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Bahrainis call for word on top cleric’s whereabouts

Bahraini people have staged fresh protests across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in solidarity with Sheikh Isa Qassim and his supporters. Protesters, carrying candles, took to the streets of the northern villages Abu Saiba and Shakhoura on Sunday night to commemorate Sheikh Qassim’s supporters of  who lost their lives during a raid ...

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Hamas leader in Egypt for rare talks after spat

A delegation from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, headed by the newly chosen leader in Gaza Yehiya Sinwar, has arrived in Cairo to hold the first high-level meeting with the country’s security officials after months of tensions. Salah Bardaweel, an official within Hamas, said the three-member delegation crossed into Egypt ...

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Saudi court upholds 7-year jail for writer

A Saudi Arabian tribunal has upheld a seven-year jail sentence handed down to a pro-democracy writer over his alleged association with foreign media outlets. The Persian Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) said 40-year-old Nadhir al-Majid was told by the penal authorities three weeks ago that an appeals court in Riyadh had confirmed ...

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Saudi jets hit Yemen’s cholera treatment center

As Yemen is struggling with a cholera epidemic, Saudi warplanes have reportedly stricken a health center treating cholera patients in the impoverished country’s extreme northwest. The attack killed and injured a number of people at the facility in the Sa’ada Province, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported, citing the province’s health authority. ...

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Israel planned atomic explosion in 1967 war: Organizer

Israel developed a secret contingency plan to move an atomic device atop a mountain in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and detonate it in a display of force during the Six-Day War in 1967, says a key organizer of the project. Retired Israeli Brigadier General Itzhak Yaakov detailed the initiative to Israeli ...

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Iraqi forces liberate west Mosul district

Iraqi forces have managed to wrest control over a neighborhood in the west of the city of Mosul where Daesh is taking its last breaths in the face of multi-pronged operations by government troops. Members of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) retook the al-Saha al-Oula district, said Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir ...

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Israel to unveil ‘multiple’ settlement plans: Paper

Israel’s top settlement construction committee is about to meet next week to advance “multiple” expansion projects in the occupied West Bank, a Tel Aviv-based newspaper says.  The so-called Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to push through various projects, including construction of 2,600 settler units, The Times ...

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