NHS paediatrician racially profiled, humiliated at Cambridge event

A young doctor and father of two has condemned how he was racially profiled and humiliated when he turned up to attend a lecture by Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely at the University of Cambridge last Wednesday. Dr Zeshan Qureshi, a Cambridge Union member of good standing, said he had acquired a ticket to attend the event through official processes. He recalled: “After going past the CCTV camera and through the scanner, an unfamiliar security individual, not directly employed by the union, told me that I needed to come with him.” The doctor was then taken aside and interrogated. “I was asked if I was a member of any Palestinian organisations and whether I was planning to cause trouble at the […]

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Libya: Dispute over presidency between Bashagha, Dbeibeh    

Uncertainty and anticipation have characterised the political landscape in Libya after parliament assigned Fathi Bashagha as the new head of government. The High Council of State in Libya announced yesterday that a session will be held today to listen to the new head of government's agenda amid a state of anticipation and looming political division. Meanwhile, Head of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh remains in his current position. The Tobruk-based Council of Deputies voted on Thursday for former Minister of the Interior Bashagha as the new head of government. Bashagha called on the GNU to adhere to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power, while Dbeibeh stressed that he is preparing an initiative to solve the […]

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Israel to establish 'triangle of relations' with India, UAE

In addition to the normalisation deals between Israel and several Arab and Gulf states, Israel is looking forward to developing relations with India, hoping to establish a “triangle of Israeli-Indian-Emirati relations.” In the first meeting of its kind held in October 2021 between the foreign ministers of India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and the US, it was decided to establish an international forum for economic cooperation. Yoel Guzinsky, a researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University and expert on Gulf states, shared: “New Delhi has recently resumed talks to promote a free trade agreement with Israel and the UAE.” According to Guzinsky, this is in return for the Israeli interest in increasing the […]

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Over 150 Palestinians wounded in Israel's West Bank aggression 

Over 150 Palestinians have been injured in Israeli attacks across occupied Palestinian West Bank cities, witnesses and Palestinian medical sources reported. Arab48 revealed that eight of the wounded were journalists and two others were paramedics stationed in the field to help the injured. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that 80 Palestinians were wounded in the cities of Nablus and Qalqilya. It also confirmed that 24 others were wounded during protests against the Israeli appropriation of private Palestinian lands on Sbaih Mountain, located in the neighbourhood of Beita. The Israeli occupation army also cracked down on two peaceful Palestinian demonstrations. Witnesses confirmed that the Israeli occupation used live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. Meanwhile, the PRCS reported […]

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Palestine charity sends aid convoy to Syria refugees

Palestinian charity KindHearts has sent 80 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in the north of the war-torn country, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday. Deputy Governor of Gaziantep Bulent Uygur confirmed that he is following up closely on the ordeal of the “oppressed” Syrians, whether in Turkey or the “safe refugee camps” in the north of Syria. “Palestine is the bleeding wound of every Muslim,” Uygur expressed, “but the Palestinian brothers insisted on putting their wounds aside and helping the brothers in Syria. It is an important step.” READ: Assad regime tortured over 653 Palestinian refugees to death since 2011, report reveals Meanwhile, Director of KindHearts Raed Badr said that Turkey played a big role in arranging the aid […]

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Report: PA committed 265 violations against West Bank Palestinians in January

Palestinian Authority (PA) security agencies committed 265 violations in January against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the Committee of Families of Political Detainees disclosed on Friday. The committee pointed out that the PA had escalated its aggression on Palestinian citizens in January, noting: “This ushers in another year of crackdown, police terrorism and political detention.” The report found that the PA had detained 80 Palestinians, summoned 28, attacked and beaten nine, raided 27 homes, suppressed freedoms 16 times and tortured five prisoners, causing major deterioration of their health. It also found that the PA confiscated the property of two Palestinians, turned 55 to arbitrary prosecution, chased 25 over their participation in protests and carried out security cooperation with the Israeli […]

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PUMA sportswear is being urged to axe its football sponsorship in apartheid Israel

Europe's largest sportswear manufacturer, Adidas, has ended its lucrative boot deal with French footballer Kurt Zouma, after the English Premier League player was shown to kick and slap his pet cat in a video clip uploaded by his brother onto social media. The West Ham United defender has since faced enormous criticism for his cruelty. Indeed, the football club has fined Zouma two weeks' wages — a staggering £250,000 — and as well as losing his six-figure sponsorship deal with Adidas, an insurance company has suspended its partnership with West Ham. This drama is still playing in the media, and looks like costing the player and his club an awful lot of money. Happily, Zouma's two cats have been taken […]

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Sky is limit for girls in science, says Pakistan's first woman string theorist

Pakistan's first woman scientist to earn her PhD in the cutting-edge world of string theory is urging girls nationwide to pursue a career in science with “every field open to them”, Anadolu News Agency reports. Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which falls on 11 February, Tasneem Zehra Husain said it was not easy for her to pursue a scientific career “as I had no inspiration to look up to, and in schools and even college, teachers especially made science subjects very dry.” An eminent theoretical physicist who is also a literary enthusiast, Husain studied mathematics and physics at Kinnaird College, Lahore, before completing her master's degree in physics from […]

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Rayan's story between politics, economics and the news industry

Rayan is the name of the Moroccan child that entered every house in the Arab world and became a symbol of the humanity of all people in the region, and all the villages in our afflicted region became called Ighran, the name of his village. His story spread fast on social media along with debate, controversy and conflict. Now may be a time to discuss some of the political, economic and news debates which came to light. Perhaps the most important observation is connection the people feel towards one another across the Arab world. Rayan's tragic story coincided with Egypt qualifying for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and the region discussed both events as if they were […]

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Morocco in talks with Ukraine to buy mine-resistant military vehicles

Morocco is in talks with Ukraine on the procurement of a squadron of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) Varta vehicles from Ukrainian Armor, Tactical Report has said. Another website which focuses on the defence industries, Army Recognition, reported that a Moroccan army delegation visited Ukrainian Armor, a manufacturer of personal protection equipment, in December 2020. “During this visit, the Ukrainian company has conducted live demonstration to demonstrate combat capabilities of MRAP Varta and SAV Novator armoured vehicles, 60 mm, 82 mm, and 12 mm mortar and ammunition,” the website added. Ukrainian Amor said MRAP Varta vehicles are fully equipped vehicles that transport soldiers in combat situations and can additionally be “equipped as a Command-Post Vehicle or evacuation of troops.” According to the company, the vehicle's compartments are […]

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Somaliland: China cannot dictate our relations with Taiwan 

China cannot dictate who Somaliland can have relations with as it is a sovereign nation and “born free”, the foreign minister of the breakaway Somali region said today during a trip to Taiwan which has been condemned by Beijing, Reuters reports. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence. The region has been mostly peaceful while Somalia has grappled with three decades of civil war. Somaliland and Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory and likewise diplomatically isolated, set up representative offices in each other's capitals in 2020, angering Beijing and Mogadishu. Strategically situated on the Horn of Africa, Somaliland borders Djibouti, where China maintains its first ever overseas military base. China's […]

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Families of Beirut port victims protest to demand 'faster justice'

Dozens of families of the 2020 Beirut port blast, on Thursday, stormed the Justice Palace in the Lebanese capital to demand faster court decisions in the case, Anadolu News Agency reports. Protesters raised pictures of their relatives killed in the blast and banners calling for faster decisions on lawsuits obstructing investigations into the explosion, the state news agency reported. According to the same broadcaster, families of the victims staged a sit-in in front of the palace. On 4 August, 2020, the ignition of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at Beirut port caused an explosion that killed more than 217 people, injured thousands and caused billions of dollars in property losses. READ: World Bank berates Lebanon's elite for 'zombie' economy Investigations […]

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Air pollution costs MENA $141bn, claims 270k lives each year, World Bank warns

Air pollution costs the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region around $141 billion annually, or 2 per cent of its economic output according to a new report by the World Bank. The report entitled “Blue Skies, Blue Seas: Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa” focuses on the degradation of the so-called “blue” natural assets in the MENA region (such as clean air, healthy seas and coastlines) and found that its biggest cities are second only to those in South Asia in terms of air pollution levels, where the average urban resident breathes in amount to over ten times the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation. The region's air pollution also causes […]

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US looks to Algeria as alternative energy source

The US has asked to meet with Eni, TotalEnergies and other energy companies operating in Algeria to see if more gas can be sourced from the country, Reuters quoted informed sources as saying. The move comes as Washington intensifies efforts to find alternative gas supplies for Europe in case any disruption arises from the standoff between Russia and Ukraine. The European Union depends on Russia for more than a third of its gas, and any interruption of flows would worsen an energy crisis that has already sent consumer bills sky high. “The US has requested a meeting with Eni on Algeria,” one of the sources told Reuters. Eni, which has a series of long-term gas contracts with Algerian gas monopolist Sonatrach, is one […]

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MAB condemns entry of Israeli fascist hate preacher to UK

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) has today issued a statement condemning the entry into the UK of notorious Israeli hate preacher, Bezalel Smotrich. Smotrich who heads the Religious Zionist Party, has openly called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and claims that David Ben Gurion did not “finish the job” of clearing out the territory of its indigenous populations – the Palestinians. MAB welcomed a tweet from the Board of British Deputies of British Jews who have distanced themselves from the controversial hate preacher. MAB said it viewed Smotrich's presence in the UK as a threat to community harmony and public safety and called on the British government to immediately expel him from the country. STATEMENT | MAB condemns fascist hate preacher Bezalel Smotrich's entry […]

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Libya: prime minister survives assassination attempt

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Al-Dbeibeh survived an apparent assassination attempt earlier today according to sources close to him. He managed to escape unharmed after assailants opened fire at his car in the capital Tripoli as he was returning home. The gunmen fled the scene and an investigation has been launched. The incident happened hours before the country's eastern-based parliament was scheduled to vote to replace Dbeibeh with a new prime minister. The attack also follows his stated intention earlier this week that he would defy the planned vote, insisting that his government remains legitimate. “I will not allow new transitional periods,” insisted Dbeibeh said on Tuesday. “We will not retreat from our role in government that we pledged to […]

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Egypt gas exports set to rise 

Egypt's natural gas exports are expected to rise to 7.5 million tonnes by the end of this fiscal year, Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla said today, Reuters reports. Egypt's gas exploration plan for the fiscal year 2022/2023 is expected to add 450 million cubic feet to gas production per day and 17,200 barrels per day of gas condensates, the minister added. The country's investments in gas exploration and production will exceed $1.6 billion both this year and next, El-Molla said. Last year it was announced that Egypt will supply gas to Lebanon under a plan to help ease Beirut's power crisis. In November, Egypt and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding to increase natural gas supplies from Israel to Egypt, with the aim of re-exporting. However this […]

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Aqsa Week goes global to spread love for Islam's holy site 

Aqsa Week will be marked between 24 February and 2 March and involve events around the world from Australia to the UK, South Africa to Turkey. Ahead of the event, groups and individuals are being mobilised to organise their own initiatives, competitions, lectures, exhibitions and rallies, all under the hashtag #LoveAqsa all to show their love for Islam's third holiest site, Al-Aqsa Mosque. Bishop Emmanuel of Jerusalem said he welcomes Aqsa Week since Al-Aqsa Mosque is a symbol of resistance for Muslims as well as Christian and all Palestinians. Aqsa Week will coincide with Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him)'s Night Journey (Al-Isra Wal-Miraj). Organised by Friends of Al-Aqsa, it is hoped the activities will help increase people's understanding of the importance of Al-Aqsa and […]

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Israel will not oppose US re-joining UNESCO

Israel has told the United States that it will not oppose its return to full membership of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Axios reported yesterday. The news site revealed that the US administration of President Joe Biden had privately asked Israel not to oppose its return to UNESCO, where it is looking to counter China's growing influence. In 2017, during the tenure of the former President Donald Trump, the US administration left the UN organisation over claims of its anti-Israel bias. Biden's administration needs Israel's consent in this regard in order to convince Congressmen to vote in favour of a bill that will allow the president to waive the law that stopped US funding. Re-joining the UN organisation paves the way for the US Congress to vote on […]

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