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Saudis launch campaign to oppose normalization of ties with Israel

People in Saudi Arabia have launched a campaign on social media dubbed “Saudis against normalization” to express their opposition to the Riyadh government’s attempts to develop ties with the Israeli regime. Under the hashtag #SaudisAgainstNormalization, the Saudi activists condemned a July visit to Israel by a delegation headed by a former ...

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Israeli forces arrest 27 Palestinians across West Bank

Israeli military forces have arrested at least 27 Palestinians during overnight raids on a number of houses across the occupied West Bank. Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israeli forces stormed the town of Dura, located 11 kilometers southwest of al-Khali (Hebron), early on Monday and detained nearly ...

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Turkey summons German envoy over restrictions on Cologne rally

Turkey has summoned Germany’s envoy to Ankara over Berlin’s move to prevent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing his supporters during a rally in the German city of Cologne via video conference. “The [German] charge d’affaires has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry at 1:00 pm (1000 GMT),” ...

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‘Economic inequality rising in Pakistan’:Report

ISLAMABAD: According to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, the problem of 22 families controlling 66pc of Pakistan’s industrial assets, as identified by Dr Mahbubul Haq in 1968, remains relevant today due to rising inequality in a country where the richest 20pc consume seven times more than the poorest ...

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Gulen likely to flee US to escape extradition: Turkish minister

The Turkish justice minister says the Ankara government is receiving intelligence that US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses to have orchestrated the July 15 failed coup attempt, could flee his residence in the northern US state of Pennsylvania amid speculations of his extradition. Bekir Bozdag told privately-owned Turkish-language Haberturk television news network on ...

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UN chief voices concerns over Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls on Turkey to present “credible evidence” for those detained in its post-coup crackdown.   According to UN spokesman Farhan Haq, Ban expressed his worries during a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (seen below) on Wednesday. Ban “referred to worrying reports of mistreatment and ...

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Palestinians alarmed as Israel steps up razing of homes

Palestinians have expressed alarm at a sharp rise in Israeli demolition of their homes in the occupied territories, urging international action to stop Tel Aviv from driving more families from their homes.  Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Saeb Erekat said Wednesday Israel had displaced more than 30 families after demolishing their homes in East Jerusalem al-Quds and the ...

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Ex-general’s Israel visit doesn’t reflect gvt. stance: Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry is at pains to distance itself from a recent visit to Israel by a delegation headed by a former military general, which has generated a chorus of denunciation among Arabs.  Government permission was necessary for Anwar Eshki and other Saudis to make the visit during which they met a senior Israeli foreign ministry official ...

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