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Iraqi Shia cleric Sadr visits UAE after Saudi Arabia

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has flown to the United Arab Emirates on a charter flight sent from Abu Dhabi, just two weeks after visiting Saudi Arabia in a string of controversial trips. The Sunday visit was the second by Sadr to the Emirates in as many months, Emirati paper The National reported. The ...

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Israel delays exit permits for 50% of Gaza patients: WHO

The World Health Organization says Israel has delayed giving permission to about half of Gazans who seek to leave the besieged strip for treatment in Israeli hospitals in May. According to the WHO examination, some 50.7 percent of the 2,282 requests submitted to the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the ...

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Saudi razes hundreds of houses in Shia-majority town

Saudi Arabia has reportedly laid waste to at least 320 houses in an eastern Shia-majority town, which it has placed under siege for about three months. Local activists reported the figure on Monday, saying the structures in Awamiyah had mostly been populated by Shia Muslims. They said Saudi forces also ...

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Militants begin evacuating from Lebanon’s Arsal to Syria

Hundreds of Syrian militants have started evacuating from an enclave in Lebanon on the border with Syria after the defeat of Takfiri terrorists during a Hezbollah offensive.  Buses carrying 300 Saraya Ahl al-Sham militants and 3,000 Syrian refugees left eastern Arsal on Monday at 10:00 a.m. local time, the Lebanon-based Arabic-language ...

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Saudi court gives death sentence to Shia dissident

A court in Saudi Arabia has handed down death sentence to a Shia anti-regime activist as Riyadh regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on members of the religious community in addition to political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners. The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued the ruling against Haider Al ...

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UAE military chopper crashes in southern Yemen, kills 4

A Black Hawk helicopter, belonging to the United Arab Emirate (UAE), has crashed in southern Yemen, killing four of its crew. According to Yemen’s official Saba news agency, the chopper crashed in the Amqeel area of Ar Rawdah district in the south-central Yemeni province of Shabwah on Friday afternoon. The ...

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