Official: Hamas relations with Saudi Arabia ‘estranged’

A member of Hamas’ political bureau Khalil Al-Hayya said Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia are “estranged,” denying enmity with Riyadh. “Perhaps [there] is a rupture of relations that the brothers of Saudi Arabia have imposed,” Al-Hayya said in an interview published by the movement’s official website. “These are our people,…

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Over 500 dead in Syria Al-Hol camp in 2019

At least 517 inhabitants – mostly children – of the famed Al-Hol camp which houses relatives of detained Daesh fighters in northern Syria, have died throughout 2019, the Kurdish Red Crescent reported. The Kurdish-run camp, which hosts around 68,000 people reliant on humanitarian aid and assistance, has long been deemed to…

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Rouhani working daily to prevent war 

Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, disclosed on Thursday that his government is working daily “to prevent military confrontation or war,” stressing that dialogue between Iran and the rest of the world is difficult, but “possible”. In a televised speech, Rouhani announced: “The US administration planned to eliminate the Iranian regime within three…

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Uncertainty surrounds Netanyahu immunity request 

A request filed by Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, asking the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution in the three criminal cases against him is shrouded with uncertainty, due to insufficient time ahead of the upcoming elections scheduled for 2 March. Israeli media reports have been contradictory regarding Knesset speaker,…

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Hamas: PA committed 424 violations against university students in 2019

Hamas has said that the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus has committed 424 violations against university students in 2019. Hamas’ media office said in its annual report that in 2019, female university students were attacked and their families were threatened in order to prevent them from participating in activities run by Hamas’…

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Ethiopia-Israel protester faces 6-year prison sentence for allegedly torching police car 

An Ethiopian-Israeli protester accused of torching a police car during demonstrations against police violence in Israel is facing a six-year prison sentence. Eitan Mahareto, 24, is being tried on charges of incitement, arson, and vandalism for setting fire to the car during massive protests in July after an off-duty police officer…

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Cavusoglu denies granting Turkish citizenship to Syrians in exchange for fighting in Libya 

Turkish foreign affairs minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, refuted allegations over granting Turkish citizenship, or offering compensation, to soldiers affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, in exchange for fighting in Libya. In response to the allegations, Cavusoglu indicated in statements to CNN Turk that: “These allegations are completely false.” Turkey has previously confirmed…

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How the first Palestinian woman is disrupting the finance industry with her fintech start-up

Fuelled by a supportive ecosystem and a tech-savvy population, the fintech industry in the Middle East has been growing rapidly in the last few years, disrupting the financial landscape and attracting billions in investment globally. In the future, it’s believed that the whole world will move to the digital space in…

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Turkish journalist back in Turkey after detention in Egypt

One of Anadolu Agency’s four employees detained in Egypt earlier this week has arrived back in Turkey, the agency’s director said Friday, Anadolu reports. Hilmi Balci said he felt the support of his nation and government while being held in Egypt, expressing his gratitude to the country’s president, foreign minister and communications director,…

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