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Syria introduces new banknotes featuring President Assad

For first time ever, Syria has introduced a banknote with the face of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 2,000 Syrian Lira ($3.9) bill went into circulation on Sunday, according to a statement released by the country’s central bank. This is the first time that Assad’s face has been featured on the country’s ...

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Qatar’s stock index drops as Saudi-led deadline looms

Qatar’s stock market has suffered a steep drop as nears its end the Persian Gulf nation’s deadline to give in to demands by a group of Saudi-led countries. The county’s main QE stock index dropped by over three percent after reopening following a week-long interval for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ...

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US-backed SDF enters new area in northern Syria

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have entered a new area in the city of Raqqah, the last stronghold of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria, retaking territory on the southern bank of the Euphrates River. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the US-backed SDF, made up ...

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Daesh ‘state of falsehood’ came to end: Iraqi PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced an end to Daesh’s “state of falsehood” following the recapture of the historical Grand al-Nuri Mosque at the heart of the city of Mosul. “The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh ...

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Fresh US accusations ploy to justify new attack: Syria

Syria’s Foreign Ministry says “baseless” claims that Damascus may be preparing for a chemical weapons attack are a US ploy to justify another aggression against the Arab country. In a statement carried by Syria’s official SANA news agency, a Foreign Ministry source said Washington’s allegations were not only “misleading” but ...

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Israel suspends family visits for Gaza prisoners, says Hamas

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the Tel Aviv regime has suspended family visits for prisoners from the besieged Gaza Strip in Israeli jails. Hamas said in a statement on Thursday that the Israeli authorities had “surprisingly” decided not to allow any Gazans to visit family members in jails. The Palestinian ...

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US-backed militants take last road into Syria’s Raqqah

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed group of mostly Kurdish forces, has recaptured the last road into Syria’s northern city of Raqqah, the de facto capital of the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country. Colonel Joe Scrocca, a spokesman for the US-led coalition allegedly fighting Daesh, said the SDF held all ...

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