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National Security Committee endorses FATA-KP merger

The National Security Committee has endorsed the merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and directed the ministries to work out the constitutional, legal and administrative modalities in consultation with all the political parties in the Parliament. The 23rd meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was held in Islamabad on…

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Pakistan observing Palestine Solidarity Day

Pakistan is observing “Palestine Solidarity Day” against the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a statement, said that Pakistan will continue its support to Palestinians on every platform. Rallies and conferences have been organized in which the issue will be discussed. Meanwhile, leaders of the Hurriyat conference have called…

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Lebanese actor draws attention to Palestinian suffering at Cannes

Lebanese actor Manal Issa held a sign that read “Stop the Attack on Gaza” at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Cannes film Festival on Tuesday. Lebanese actress Manal Issa on the red carpet at the premiere for the new Star Wars film 🇵🇸🇱🇧 pic.twitter.com/XlWNmbr79Y — Amal (@HannunAmal) May 16, 2018…

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Pakistan to observe Palestine Solidarity Day

Pakistan will observe Palestine Solidarity Day on Friday. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. On Monday, tens of thousands had gathered near the border while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought…

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel was under mounting international pressure amid calls Tuesday for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians during violence along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. Protests and sporadic clashes flared again on the Gaza border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day,…

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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in…

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Israeli forces kill 28 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy

Israeli forces killed at least 28 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem. It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began…

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U.S. Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem

U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Trump says he is making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades. Other world powers have not done so, sidestepping one…

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Landmark Palestinian art museum opens doors in US

CONNECTICUT: A bucolic Connecticut town may have outwardly little in common with the Middle East, but it’s home to a new art museum hoping to change US attitudes toward the Palestinians. Tucked away in Woodbridge, an affluent community near Yale University 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Manhattan, it is well off the museum circuit…

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Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Gazans used catapults and sling-shots to launch stones at Israeli forces, and some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence,…

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Saudi king announces $150 million for East Jerusalem

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. “Saudi Arabia announces a $150-million grant to support the administration of Jerusalem’s Islamic property,” the monarch said at the opening of the Arab League summit in the kingdom’s eastern city of Dhahran….

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Gaza toll rises to 17 after Palestinian dies of wounds: ministry

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds Monday three days after being shot by Israeli forces when a mass protest led to clashes, Gaza’s health ministry said, raising the death toll to 17. Faris al-Raqib, 29, was shot in the stomach during Friday’s clashes east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, the…

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No Gaza inquiry, Israeli defense minister says

Israel’s defense minister rejected on Sunday calls for an inquiry into the killing of 15 Palestinians by the military during a Palestinian demonstration that turned violent on Friday at the Gaza-Israel border, reported Reuters Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in Gaza, said five of the dead were members of its armed wing. Israel said eight…

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Turkish President Erdogan calls Netanyahu terrorist

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being “a terrorist” after the Israeli prime minister rejected Ankara’s “moral lessons” over deadly clashes in Gaza. “Hey Netanyahu! You are an occupier. And it is as an occupier that are you are on those lands. At the same time, you are a terrorist,”…

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Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Gazans buried their dead on Saturday with calls for “revenge” a day after a mass protest led to clashes that saw Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in the bloodiest day since a 2014 war, reported AFP The angry funeral scenes came as the United States blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and…

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Israeli troops wound 13 on Gaza border, day after deadly protest

GAZA: Israeli troops fired warning shots toward Palestinian youths gathered at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, wounding 13 people, health officials said. Tension remained high in the area a day after deadly violence broke out in one of the biggest Palestinian demonstrations there in years. An Israeli military spokesman said he was checking the details…

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Israeli forces kill 12 Palestinians in Gaza border protests: Gaza medics

GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER – At least 12 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials said. Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered at five…

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Israeli fire kills 2 in Gaza after blast wounds soldiers

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said Sunday, as tensions rose after an apparent bomb attack that wounded several Israeli soldiers on the enclave’s border. The Saturday explosion and ensuing Israeli air strikes marked one of the most serious escalations in the Hamas-ruled territory since the Islamist movement…

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Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories: Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank where he held talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour. The visit, which came weeks after Modi hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was seen as an Indian effort to…

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U.S. won’t pay $45 million pledged for Palestinian food aid for now

WASHINGTON: The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, reported Reuters. The State Department had said on Tuesday that Washington would…

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Khawaja Asif sees India, Israel developing anti-Muslim nexus

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says India and Israel have anti-Islam nexus, which is evident from their occupation of Muslim territories. In an interview with a private channel, he said India has occupied the territory of Kashmir, while Israel is occupying a vast area of Palestine. The foreign minister said Pakistan never accepted Israel, and…

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