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Hamas Insists On Rebuilding PLO And Liberating Palestine
Head of Hamas' political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Tuesday that his movement insists on rebuilding the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). During a speech he delivered to the Second International Student Conference, Haniyeh said: "We belie
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What Was David Cameron Thinking When He Holidayed With Bin Salman Post-Khashoggi Murder?
Sensationally, it has emerged that former British Prime Minister David Cameron went on a desert camping holiday with Mohammed Bin Salman despite Western intelligence agencies naming the Saudi Crown Prince as being the man who ordered the death of dis
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MEMO In Conversation With Susan Abulhawa
As we mark 10 years since the launch of the Palestine Book Awards, join us for a live conversation with Palestinian novelist and poet Susan Abulhawa to discuss her novel 'Against the Loveless World', described by the New York Times as "a beautiful, u
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200,000 Animals Likely To Die In Suez Canal Bottleneck
Around 200,000 animals are likely to die after being stuck in the Suez Canal bottleneck without enough food or water to last them the rest of the journey. Gabrile Paun, EU director for the NGO Animals International, has said that the worst maritime a
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Blame The Dictatorship In Egypt For The Suez Canal Fiasco
Impunity rules the day when those assigned with responsibilities are allowed to abandon them without consequences. This happens frequently in dictatorships, where economic opportunities favour those within the inner circles; bribery and corruption ar
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Turkey Insists That Libya Has Not Asked To Cancel Military Cooperation
An advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advisor has denied media reports which claim that the head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Menfi, has asked Ankara to cancel the 2018 military cooperation agreement between Turkey an
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Bin Salman Embarks On Huge Spending Spree To Transform Saudi Economy
Saudi Arabia will spend more in the next ten years than it has spent over the past 300 years since the First Saudi State was created in 1744, the Kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has said. This is a bold declaration of the de facto ruler's
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Libya: 230 Migrants Rescued Off Tripoli Coast
The Libyan authorities announced on Tuesday that 230 migrants heading for Europe had been rescued in two operations off the Tripoli coastline. According to the Libyan Navy, the migrants were in rubber dinghies and had issued distress signals before b
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PLO Says No To Elections Without Jerusalem
An Executive Member of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation called on Tuesday for the international community to bear the consequences of Israel's possible refusal to allow Palestinians in Jerusalem to participate in the upc
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Yemen: UN Observers Withdraw Money-laundering Allegations
Independent UN sanctions observers have withdrawn their allegations that the Yemeni government is guilty of money laundering and corruption, which had "adversely affected access to adequate food supplies" in a country on the brink of famine, Reuters
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Washington Confirms Support For Morocco-Polisario Talks
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has emphasised US support for political negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front over the disputed Western Sahara. Blinken's statement was issued on Monday evening following an online meeting with UN Secr
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Sisi Warns Of Regional Instability Over Renaissance Dam Crisis
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has warned that it will not allow any other country to undermine its water supply and if it does, there will be severe regional consequences. "I'm not threatening anyone here, our dialogue is always reasonable a
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Yemen: 'Houthis Have Seen No Formal Initiative From Saudi Arabia'
Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi has said that the Ansar Allah Movement, better known as the Houthis, have not received any written, formal peace initiative from Saudi Arabia. He insisted that as and when such an initiative is received, it will be assessed. Sa
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Human Rights Watch Calls On Jordan Not To Deport Yemeni Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on Jordan not to deport Yemeni asylum seekers, warning that forcible deportation exposes them to "harm in Yemen." The rights watchdog said in a statement that "the Jordanian authorities have deported at least four
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The Palestine Book Awards And Resisting The Falsification Of History
The gap between the Arab people and their governments has never been greater and deeper than what we are currently experiencing regarding Palestine. At a time when some governments have rushed to declare their normalisation of relations with the raci
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Iran Defends 25-year Cooperation Agreement With China
An Iranian government spokesman defended on Tuesday the signing of a 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China, saying the agreement is not directed against any third country. The Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabiei, said the agreemen
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Majd Barbar Released After 20 Years In Jail, Re-arrested By Israel
READ: Israel re-arrests previously jailed Palestinian-Belgian man
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Syrian Man Murders Teen Employee For Showing Up Late To Work
A Syrian store owner in the northern governorate of Aleppo has killed his 15-year-old employee for showing up late to work, the Syrian ministry of interior revealed. The Syrian ministry said in a statement on its official Facebook page, that the boy
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Saudi Arabia Seeks To Overcome Differences With Other States
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman called Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday to wish him a speedy recovery from Covid-19 and discuss mutual relations, the Saudi Press Agency has reported. Khan tested positive for the virus on
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Egypt, Jordan, Iraq Ministers Agree To Cooperate In Combatting Terrorism
The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq have agreed to enhance joint efforts to combat terrorism, pursue a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and coordinate political positions to solve regional crises, including the Palestinian issue.
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Rights Group Slams Official Lebanese Response To Tripoli Protests
Human Rights Watch criticised the Lebanese authorities on Tuesday for their response to protesters in the northern city of Tripoli at the end of January. "Lebanese military intelligence agents forcibly disappeared and allegedly tortured detainees who
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Netanyahu Needs Anti-Arab And Islamic Parties To Form Coalition
For the first time in history, Israel is faced with trying to bring together an extremist right-wing and anti-Arab party and an Islamic party to form a coalition government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud won only 30 seats in the l
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Hamas Registers Its Electoral List For Parliamentary Election
Hamas yesterday registered its electoral list for parliamentary election at the Central Elections Commission's office in Gaza. Speaking to the media, the movement's spokesman Abdel-Latif Al-Qanou announced the list was named "Jerusalem is Our Goal".
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Death Toll From Cairo Building Collapse Hits 25
The death toll from a collapsed building in Gesr Suez in Egypt has reached 25 amid ongoing rescue operations, with 75 injured. A six-month-old baby was found alive amidst the rubble though the baby's mother, father, and sister were found dead whilst
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Israel Warns Citizens Of Possible Attacks In Five Arab Countries
Israel's National Security Council has warned its citizens that Iran may target them overseas and urged them to be more vigilant, citing threats by Iranian officials, the Times of Israel reported. According to the newspaper, the council's Counterterr
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Britain Has Kept Stone Age Statues, Says Jordanian Rights Centre
The head of the Mesha Centre for Studies and Human Rights in Jordan has revealed that Britain has still not returned thirty Stone Age statues that were taken for restoration in 1990. According to Daifallah Hdeithat, the statues were supposed to be re
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Why Does Israel Keep Demolishing Al-Araqeeb Village In Occupied Palestine?
Last week, just two days after the latest Israeli General Election, the occupation army demolished the village of Al-Araqeeb for the 185th time since 2000. The context is the Prawer Plan to Judaise the Negev region, which is regarded as one of the mo
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Ethiopia Must Take Account Of The Rights To Nile Water Of Countries Downstream
The issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is at a very difficult stage with the approach of the second stage of filling its reservoir. The long-term negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have not resulted in any agreement or even a c
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Tanker Released By Suez Might Be Damaged, Warns Egypt Official
Cargo ship Ever Given might have suffered some damage after being wedged for a week at the Suez Canal's shoreline, an Egyptian official warned yesterday. The former chairman of the state-run Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Mohab Mamish, told Youm7 that t
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Egypt: 15 MPs contract Covid-19
Fifteen members of Egypt's House of Representatives have tested positive for Covid-19, local media have reported. Upon hearing the news, Mostafa Bakri MP called for the current parliamentary session to be suspended. Bakri is known for his ties to the
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