Yemen: Sanaa government rejects Saudi-led Red Sea alliance 

The Supreme Political Council yesterday denied that Yemen is represented in the newly established Council of Arab and African States, formed by Saudi Arabia, which includes countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In a meeting chaired by President Mahdi Al-Mashat, the Saudi initiative was described as “one…

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Pentagon contradicts Trump’s $1bn Saudi payment for troops

For the second time in under a week the US Pentagon has contradicted President Donald Trump, this time for his boastful claim that he manged to get $1 billion from the Saudis for increasing the number of American troops in the Middle East. Speaking of the deal in an interview with…

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New train ride in Gaza theme park imitates journey to Jerusalem

A new train ride that tours historical sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, including a small building representing the Dome of the Rock Mosque, has opened at the Asdaa City theme park in Gaza, reported The Times of Israel. The new ride is called ‘The train of Return to Jerusalem’, and the…

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South Dakota governor signs anti-BDS executive order

The Republican governor of South Dakota signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from conducting business with companies boycotting Israel. The recent move made by Republican, Kristi Noem, has made South Dakota the 28th state to have adopted the anti-BDS law. “Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies,…

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ICC chief prosecutor dismisses anti-Semitism allegation  

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the charge of anti-Semitism following its announcement to launch a full investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian Territories. The landmark decision was met with hostility in Tel-Aviv. Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, dismissed the court’s decision, stating that it had no…

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Hundreds dead in Yemen as swine flu spreads 

According to the Health Ministry of the Houthi-aligned National Salvation Government based in Sanaa, an outbreak of swine flu has claimed more than 270 lives within the space of three months. The Health Ministry is reportedly introducing measures to counter the spread of the H1N1 virus across several governates, following outbreaks…

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Why Haftar refused to sign the Moscow ceasefire document

Diplomatic activities between Moscow, Ankara, Tripoli and Benghazi finally yielded some kind of lull in the nine-month war over control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. On Sunday 12 January, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin called on Libya’s warring sides to declare a ceasefire, which they did. On Monday…

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Turkey and rights groups condemn Egypt raid and arrests of Anadolu staff

Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and human rights groups have condemned Egypt’s raid on the Turkish news organisation Anadolu Agency’s office in Cairo, yesterday evening. Speaking in a televised interview on CNN Türk, Cavusoglu stated that: “Such a raid by the Egyptian police on Anadolu Agency is unacceptable,” and called for…

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Israel army carries out military drills in Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces carried out military drills on Wednesday in several areas in the north of the occupied Jordan Valley, Wafa News Agency reported. Reporting local activist, Aref Daraghma, Wafa News Agency revealed that the Israeli military drills lasted for two days in several neighbourhoods in the occupied Palestinian territory. According…

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