Massive demonstrations in Jordan against Israel gas deal 

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday, demonstrating against the gas deal signed between Jordan and Israel, Quds Press reported. Quds Press reported that demonstrators called for ousting the government, and holding the officials accountable for signing the “shameful” deal. Prominent national, youth and Islamic leaders took…

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PA denies importing gas from Israel

Head of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) delegation to the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, Mohammed Mustafa, denied that the PA is to import natural gas from Israel, news agencies reported on Friday. Mustafa announced, according to news agency Wafa, that the news reports about this were “not precise”. His remarks…

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Leaked pictures show torture of Palestine prisoner in Israel prison

A number of pictures leaked to mass media show the grave effects of the severe torture of Palestinian prisoner, Walid Hanatsha, inside an Israeli prison, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday. The pictures demonstrated the effects of torture on different parts of the prisoner’s body, including his neck, thighs and legs….

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Iran and Canada discuss Ukraine plane crash

Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Friday met his Canadian counterpart, François-Philippe Champagne, to discuss the issue of the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran last week. According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the Canadian foreign minister had requested to meet with the Iranian official. The meeting took place in the Omani…

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Free Jonathan Pollak

Back in my mid-twenties, I went off to Palestine to become a solidarity activist. I volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) – a group which used to take part in non-violent Palestinian protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. All told, I spent the best part of two…

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UK expands Hezbollah asset freeze, targets entire movement

Britain expanded the scope of its asset-freezing measures against Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah on Thursday to cover the entire organisation as well as its military wing, Reuters reports. The finance ministry move follows Britain’s decision last year to classify the whole group a terrorist organisation due to its destabilising influence in the Middle East. The…

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UN: Syria truce fails as Idlib civilians killed daily

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Friday for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province, saying the latest ceasefire attempt had yet again failed to protect civilians, Reuters reports. Turkey, which for years has backed Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad, agreed a truce with Russia…

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US sanctioning Iranian IRGC brigadier general

The US announced on Friday it is sanctioning a top military official in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps over alleged involvement in the violent suppression of popular protests, Anadolu Agency reports. Brian Hook, the State Department’s top official for Iran, told reporters the department has imposed visa sanctions on Brigadier General Hassan Shavapour for committing…

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Report: Saudis paid about $500M for US troops

Saudi Arabia has paid the US roughly $500 million in compensation for the costs associated with stationing American forces in the Kingdom, according to a report, Andolu Agency reports. The payment was made in December, an anonymous US official told CNN. If true, it stands in stark contract to US President Donald…

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