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Jordan, Israel, UAE sign 'declaration of intent' on energy, water exchange

Jordan, on Monday, announced signing a declaration of intent for exchanging water for energy with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, Anadolu News Agency reports. The three countries will start talks to explore...

Settlers begin building new outpost near Jericho

A group of Jewish settlers this morning started to build a new illegal outpost on a tract of Palestinian land they seized in Ein Al-Auja village, northeast of Jericho in the occupied West Bank, the...

Israel says it will not be bound by Iran nuke deal

Israel will not be bound by any new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, said Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. "The mistake we made after the first nuclear...

Israel levels Palestinian farmland in Gaza

The Israeli occupation army this morning carried out an incursion into a border area in the east of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Centre reported. According to local sources, armoured bulldozers escorted by several military...

Russian, Palestinian leaders meet in Sochi

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, held a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, in Sochi on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. Opening the meeting, Putin stressed Russia's position on the settlement of the Palestinian...

US must pressure Israel to stop settlement expansion, Congress members say

Some 26 House Democrats yesterday urged US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to pressure the Israeli government to refrain from settlement construction in "Area E1" between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Led by...

Morocco buys Israel's anti-drone system to protect its airspace

Morocco has acquired Israel's Skylock Dome anti-drone air defence system, the Royal Armed Forces announced yesterday in a statement. The system, first revealed in February at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in the...

'I am Libya': 24-year-old artist Shefa Salem re-imagines Libyan history

What does it mean to be Libyan? How to reconstruct a sense of belonging for the country and its people, starting from the deepest roots of Libyan culture, while preserving diversity? These are the...

Netanyahu faces key witness in corruption trial

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We do exist: Why the Palestinian voice should take centre stage

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time "to reclaim the narrative on Palestine". This phrase – 'reclaiming...

Jordan keeping door open for possible relations with Hamas: report

After senior Hamas leader, Mohammad Nazzal, joined a discussion panel in Amman, Rai Al Youm newspaper said yesterday that Jordan is keeping the door open for possible relations with the Palestinian movement. The newspaper said this was evident as...

Palestine court nullifies decision to stop paying salaries of 28 Hamas MPs

The Palestinian High Court of Justice yesterday nullified the decision to stop paying the salaries of 28 members of Hamas' parliamentarian bloc, Quds Press reported. The court nullified the decision after accepting an appeal filed by...

Palestinian MP criticises PA for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners

Deputy Speaker of Palestinian Parliament, Hassan Khreisheh, yesterday criticised the Palestinian Authority (PA) for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners, Al-Resalah newspaper reported. Khreisheh condemned the PA security services' "aggression" on the reception parades for freed Hamas...

Gantz: 'We will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem'

The Israeli government "will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem," Arabs48 reported Defence Minister Banny Gantz saying yesterday. Gantz's remarks came following a shootout that took place in Jerusalem on Sunday where a Palestinian teacher and Israeli soldiers were killed and four...

Sudan FM: Egypt, Israel backed Burhan's coup

Egypt and Israel backed the military coup carried out on 25 October by army chief Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi revealed yesterday. In a discussion with the Atlantic Council, Al-Mahdi said Egypt refrained from expressing publicly its...

Iraq begins manual recount of votes in 870 stations

Iraq's High Electoral Commission yesterday announced that it will start manually recounting votes in 870 electoral stations based on judicial orders, Anadolu news agency reported. The agency quoted Imad Jamil, a member of the commission's...

Egypt's president increases penalty for divulging state secrets 

Egypt's president has ratified a law with amendments on divulging state secrets, which carries a fine of 5,000 to 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($238-2,380) and between six months and five years in prison. According to the...

Israel activist calls for 'weapons to protect Palestinians' from settler violence

Left-wing Jewish Israeli activist, Haim Shadmi, asked the Knesset on Sunday to allow him to bear arms to protect Palestinians from Jewish settler violence which they experience on a daily basis, the Jerusalem Post reported. During the Knesset conference "Stop Settler...

Egypt FM reiterates refusal to use Yemen as base to target Saudi Arabia

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated his country's "categorical rejection" of using Yemen as a platform to target Saudi Arabia and harm navigation in the Red Sea. This came after Shoukry met with the...

Sudan: 12 cabinet ministers resign in protest of deal with army

As many as 12 Sudanese ministers resigned yesterday in protest of the deal concluded between the reinstated Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, and the head of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. On Sunday, Hamdok...