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Military: Azerbaijan exerts ‘superiority’ on front line

Military: Azerbaijan exerts ‘superiority’ on front line

/ / October 18, 2020 at 10:21 am | Published in: , , , Armenia suffered heavy losses as Azerbaijan exerted operational superiority along the entire front line of battle, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.The ministry said news disseminated by Armenia that Azerbaijani soldiers were surrounded is false and misinformation.“In fact, the real situation is completely different. The Azerbaijani army has an operational superiority along the entire front on the side,” the statement stated.A new temporary humanitarian cease-fire took effect at midnight local time (2000...

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UN arms embargo ends against Iran

UN arms embargo ends against Iran

/ / October 18, 2020 at 12:03 pm | Published in: , , , , , , An arms embargo imposed since 2007 by the UN Security Council (UNSC) ended Sunday, according to Iran’s foreign ministry, Anadolu Agency reports.All restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the UN member states previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are automatically terminated, the ministry said on its website.“As of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran may...

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Yemen rebels say ready to swap all prisoners with government

Yemen rebels say ready to swap all prisoners with government

/ / October 18, 2020 at 1:02 pm | Published in: , , , , , Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Sunday they are ready to exchange all prisoners with the Yemeni government, one day after a major prisoner swap between the two warring rivals, Anadolu Agency report.“We are ready to exchange all prisoners, including former Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Subaihi,” rebel leader Mohamed Ali al-Houthi said on Twitter.Al-Subaihi was captured by the rebel group in March 2015.Al-Houthi called for forming an independent commission to look into what he described as torture of prisoners held by the Yemeni government...

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Lebanese are no longer begging for change. Instead, they are begging to leave.

Lebanese are no longer begging for change. Instead, they are begging to leave.

/ / All talk about any hope for Lebanon’s future seems lost, as a record number of people are so desperate to escape the country October 17, 2020 at 10:33 am | Published in: , , , , “Our lives have become very hard. They burned Lebanon. They burned its economy. They burned their own people.” Merched Bou Mansour reflected aloud, disgusted with what has so quickly become of his country in the space of a year. All three of his sons left the country between 2019 and 2020 for better prospects abroad.It has been one year since the anti-government protests in Lebanon began on 17 October, 2019. One...

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Tunisia celebrates day that last French soldier left the country

Tunisia celebrates day that last French soldier left the country

/ / October 16, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Published in: , , , , Tunisia has celebrated the 57th anniversary of Evacuation Day, the day that the last French soldier left the country on 15 October, 1963. France occupied Tunisia in 1881, as part of a partition plan of the Western powers, led by Great Britain and France, to colonise what we now call the “Third World”. The French more or less occupied the Maghreb region of North Africa.Tunisia won its independence on 20 March, 1956, following a popular and military resistance movement against the French occupation. However, French troops stayed in the...

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Israel rushes to normalise ties with Sudan

Israel rushes to normalise ties with Sudan

/ / October 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Published in: , , , , , , , , Following the normalisation agreements between Gulf states and Israel, the US administration and the Israeli occupation started talking about the next country in line – Sudan.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been exerting pressure on Khartoum to join the normalisation wave. This comes despite the presence of internal opposition in Sudan, coinciding with the US’ offer to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and hand over financial aid to Sudanese authorities.A heated debate is currently taking place in...

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Britain selling arms to Saudi Arabia at unprecedented rate

Britain selling arms to Saudi Arabia at unprecedented rate

/ / October 12, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Published in: , , , , Britain is issuing arms licences to Saudi Arabia at an unprecedented rate of almost one a day, making up for months of lost time after the appeal court banned the sale of arms to the Kingdom over allegations that British made weapons are used to target civilian populations. revealed Britain’s growing role in the dangerous flow of arms across the globe. The UK is holding its position as the second highest exporter of arms, despite . Now more details have been uncovered about the trade, prompting allegations of British “complicity” in...

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Iran’s Rouhani warns against transfer of Syria fighters to Azerbaijan 

Iran’s Rouhani warns against transfer of Syria fighters to Azerbaijan 

/ / October 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm | Published in: , , , , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday warned that his country will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters – “terrorists that Iran has fought for years” – close to its northern border, where the on-going conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is occurring over the Nagano-Karabakh region.During a cabinet meeting, Rouhani said that “Iran will not allow terrorist groups to approach its borders, and the transfer of a number of terrorists from Syria and other regions to the Iranian border is totally unacceptable to...

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Azerbaijan acknowledges use of Turkey drones in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan acknowledges use of Turkey drones in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

/ / October 6, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Published in: , , , , , , Azerbaijan has admitted using Turkish-manufactured armed drones in clashes against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, acknowledging it for the first time since the conflict was reignited.In a televised interview with the Turkish news channel TRT Haber yesterday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said: “Thanks to advanced Turkish drones owned by the Azerbaijan military, our casualties on the front shrunk.” He praised the efficiency of the drones, stating: “These drones show Turkey’s strength. It also empowers us.”After border...

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Israel army recruits ex-intelligence officers to spy on Arab Israelis

Israel army recruits ex-intelligence officers to spy on Arab Israelis

/ / October 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Published in: , , , The Israeli army is recruiting former intelligence officers from the Shin Bet to spy on Palestinians living in Israel under the pretext of combating the coronavirus, Israel’s Walla news site revealed.The site quoted senior sources in the Home Front Command as saying that the army has contacted former officers in the Shabak, who are known for their knowledge of Arabs living in Israel, and asked them to join a new “security body” tasked with tracking coronavirus infections.A former army officer, who had been contacted by the army, told the...

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Canada suspends arms exports to Turkey over Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict 

Canada suspends arms exports to Turkey over Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict 

/ / October 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm | Published in: , , , , , , , Canada has suspended arms export permits to Turkey over concerns that it is using its technology in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.“In line with Canada’s robust export control regime and due to the ongoing hostilities,” announced Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, “I have suspended the relevant export permits to Turkey, so as to allow time to further assess the situation.”In line with 🇨🇦's robust export control regime and the ongoing investigation, I have...

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Egypt executes 15 political prisoners

Egypt executes 15 political prisoners

/ / October 5, 2020 at 11:15 am | Published in: , , Egypt’s execution of 23 detainees, 15 of whom were political prisoners, over the weekend has ignited condemnation online.For years, rights groups have lamented Egypt’s judicial system which metes out  in  with little or no evidence.Often defendants are tortured to obtain confessions.Of the political detainees who were executed over the weekend, 13 were on H1 block of Scorpion Prison, where at the end of September four inmates and three police officers died in a .At the time, the Interior Ministry announced that the prisoners were...

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NATO official visits Turkey, Greece over Mediterranean tensions

NATO official visits Turkey, Greece over Mediterranean tensions

/ / October 5, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Published in: , , , , , , , Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, will today arrive in Turkey as tensions between Ankara and neighbouring Greece amount as a result of a dispute over the Eastern Mediterranean.A NATO statement said that Stoltenberg would meet with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as a number of “high-ranking government officials”.Stoltenberg will then travel to the Greek capital Athens to meet the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Michotakis, Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias,...

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UK’s Trade Union Congress passes anti-apartheid motion against Israel

UK’s Trade Union Congress passes anti-apartheid motion against Israel

/ / September 17, 2020 at 12:22 pm | Published in: , , , , , Britain’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) , has passed a motion identifying  and called for the continued support of the Palestinian people.The TUC, an organisation made up of UK trade unions, voted on Tuesday at its annual conference in Brighton, in favour of a motion put forward by Unite the Union which opposes the current Israeli government’s plans to  of the West Bank. The motion identifies annexation as “another significant step in the creation of a system of apartheid” and has been welcomed by representatives of Palestinian civil...

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British soldier arrested for protesting in uniform against Yemen war 

British soldier arrested for protesting in uniform against Yemen war 

/ / A serving British soldier was arrested after protesting in uniform against Britain’s support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war August 26, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Published in: , , , , , A serving British soldier was arrested by the Royal Military Police on Monday after protesting in uniform against Britain’s support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war. Yemen-born Lance Corporal Ahmed Al-Babati was filmed in Whitehall outside the Ministry of Defence before being taken away by three military police officers.Al-Babati joined the British Army in 2017. He described the British government as having...

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Israel to demolish mosque in occupied Jerusalem

Israel to demolish mosque in occupied Jerusalem

/ / September 15, 2020 at 9:33 am | Published in: , , , An Israeli occupation court yesterday ordered that Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood be demolished because it was built without planning permission, Anadolu reported.The court gave Palestinians 21 days to challenge the order or the Islamic site will be demolished.Anadolu said the mosque is 110 square metres over two floors and was built in 2012. An order had previously been given for it to be demolished in 2015.The Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza condemned the occupation state’s...

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Israel court evicts Palestinian family from Jerusalem home

Israel court evicts Palestinian family from Jerusalem home

/ / September 9, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Published in: , , , The Jerusalem District court yesterday ordered the eviction of Nasser Rajabi and his family from their home in the Batan Al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem.The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, which monitors Israeli human rights violations in Jerusalem, said in a statement that the Al-Rajabi family’s property is a residential building consisting of three apartments housing 30 family members.According to the statement, the family has been locked in a legal battle over the ownership of its property since 2016.The...

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Egyptians angered by massive home demolition policy

Egyptians angered by massive home demolition policy

/ / September 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm | Published in: , , Many Egyptians are angry with the authorities’ indiscriminate demolition policy pursued against mainly the poorest in society.Local eyewitnesses in the Gharbiya governorate told Al Jazeera Net that hundreds of impoverished families could end up in the street after losing their homes.The authorities not only demolish the homes, they also arrest the owners under the pretext of they built their homes without planning permission, they said.Egypt is estimated to have about 2.8 million buildings which violate building regulations as well as...

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Lebanon mourns firefighters who perished in Beirut blast

Lebanon mourns firefighters who perished in Beirut blast

/ / A funeral was held for the three Lebanese firefighters who lost their lives in the Beirut blast August 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm | Published in: , , , A funeral was held yesterday for the three Lebanese firefighters who lost their lives in the Beirut blast earlier this month, Getty reported.Thirty-seven-year-old Charbel Karam, 27-year-old Najb Hitti and his 22-year-old cousin Charbel Hitti were carried to church during their funeral service in their hometown of Qartaba.Their families had requested attendees wear white and celebrate the men’s lives.The three men died along with seven other...

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UAE arrests opponents of Israel peace deal  

UAE arrests opponents of Israel peace deal  

/ / August 17, 2020 at 12:12 pm | Published in: , , , , , The UAE State Security Agency has secretly arrested scores of Emiratis, Palestinians and Jordanians living in the UAE for opposing Abu-Dhabi’s peace deal with Israel.The Emirates Leaks website quoted human rights sources as saying that the Emirati citizens were arrested after expressing their opposition to the deal either in private meetings or on social media.Emirati opponents living in exile have categorically rejected the agreement and described it as “betrayal of the nation and the people” as well as “a stain on the regime’s...

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Pentagon issues report on Syria war, condemns SDF

Pentagon issues report on Syria war, condemns SDF

/ / August 8, 2020 at 12:34 pm | Published in: , , , , The Pentagon confirmed in a report on the war in Syria and Iraq that the militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues to recruit children through forcible detention.On Thursday, the Lead Inspector General issued a report on (OIR), launched by a US-led international coalition against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, indicating that the from refugee camps in the areas it controls in north-eastern Syria.The report pointed out that the SDF militia did not fulfil its pledges to international organisations to not recruit children,...

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Tens of thousands sign petition to place Lebanon under French mandate

Tens of thousands sign petition to place Lebanon under French mandate

/ / Nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for their country to be placed under a French mandate for the next 10 years August 7, 2020 at 2:58 pm | Published in: , , , , , Nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for their country to be placed under a French mandate for the next 10 years. The move follows the that rocked the capital Beirut on Tuesday.The petition calls for the imposition of a French mandate because of the current political and economic crisis, for which the ruling elite is being blamed.“Lebanon’s officials have clearly shown a total inability to...

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Report: Israel demolished 313 Palestine homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem in 2020

Report: Israel demolished 313 Palestine homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem in 2020

/ / August 7, 2020 at 3:09 am | Published in: , , , The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission have confirmed that Israeli forces demolished 313 homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the first half of this year.The commission disclosed in a report that 64 per cent of the demolitions took place in East Jerusalem, Nablus and Hebron.According to the report, the Israeli authorities have issued 129 eviction notices requiring 737 and lands under the pretext of declaring them closed military zones, nature reserves or for the use of military training...

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Ex-Israel MK declares Lebanon blast as 'gift from God'

Ex-Israel MK declares Lebanon blast as 'gift from God'

/ / August 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm | Published in: , , , Former Israeli Member of the Knesset Moshe Feiglin gleefully hailed yesterday’s devastating explosion in Beirut as a “gift” from God in time for the Jewish festival Tu B’Av.Feiglin posted on Facebook that he thanked God that the deadly blast took place in Beirut, and claimed it was just in time for Tu B’Av, which is a festival of love, and in modern times has become a romantic Jewish holiday for dancing, handing out flowers and singing.“Today is Tu B’Av, a day of joy, and a true and huge thank you to G-d and all the geniuses and heroes...

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Yemen faction rejects implementation of Riyadh Agreement 

Yemen faction rejects implementation of Riyadh Agreement 

/ / August 4, 2020 at 11:51 am | Published in: , , , , A Yemeni faction has announced its rejection of any agreements that do not implement the demand for self-rule in the south of the country.The statement by the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Movement for the Peaceful Liberation and Independence of the South follows the decision by the Southern Transitional Council () to its separatist demands and seek the implementation of the signed by the Yemen government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi late last year.The head of the Revolutionary Movement, Hassan Ba’oum, said on Sunday evening that he...

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