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Bahrain signs $3.8bn F-16 fighter jet deal with US

Bahrain has concluded a $3.8-billion deal with a US aerospace and military equipment giant to purchase 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets. The Bahrain Defense Force announced on Monday it signed the agreement with Lockheed Martin during a military exhibition in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom, AFP reported. The State Department had ...

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Kuwaiti lawmaker tells Israeli delegation to leave IPU conference

A high-ranking Kuwaiti lawmaker has furiously told an Israeli delegation to immediately leave a conference in Russia. During an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference held in Russia on Wednesday, Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim responded to an Israeli parliament representative’s comments about imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers by telling the regime’s delegation to ...

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EU urges Israel to halt new West Bank settlement plans

The European Union has urged the Israeli regime to stop plans for the construction of new settler units in the occupied West Bank, warning that such moves undermine peace efforts. “The European Union has requested clarifications from Israeli authorities and conveyed the expectation that they reconsider these decisions, which are ...

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Ankara supports united Iraq, Turkish prime minister says

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has reiterated his country’s unwavering support for united Iraq amid spiraling tensions between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the wake of last month’s Kurdish independence referendum. Speaking in an exclusive interview with English-language TRT World television news network on Wednesday, Yildirim ...

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Israel threat won’t deter Hamas, Fatah from unity efforts: PA

Palestinian factions have blasted Israel’s threat that it will not negotiate with a unity government including Hamas, with the Palestinian Authority (PA) saying such a hostile stance would not affect the nation’s resolve in pursuit of its goals. “Israeli remarks will not change the official Palestinian position to move forward ...

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Emirati Apache helicopter crashes in northern Yemen, two pilots killed

A Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) has crashed in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, killing the two pilots on board, as the Saudi-led coalition presses ahead with its atrocious aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country. The UAE’s official WAM news agency reported on ...

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Bahrain court sentences 4 dissidents to 15 years in prison

A court in Bahrain has upheld 15-year jail terms handed down to four citizens and revoked their citizenship as the Manama regime relentlessly continues with its crackdown on human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. On Tuesday, Bahrain’s Court of Appeal found the defendants guilty of collaborating ...

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