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World Bank supports virus vaccination plan in Lebanon 

The World Bank approved on Thursday the reallocation of $34 million to fund the procurement of Covid-19 vaccine for Lebanon, which is struggling to contain the number of coronavirus infections. The international organisation said...

Iraq: parliament refers corruption files to judiciary

The head of the Parliamentary Investigative Committee in Iraq revealed on Wednesday that it has referred 46 corruption files related to the electricity sector to the Court of Integrity, Iraq News agency has reported....

Nearly 2m Israelis live below official poverty line 

Almost two million Israeli citizens live below the official poverty line, the National Insurance Institute reported on Thursday. This represents 23 per cent of the total population. Around one-third of all Israel children are...

Abbas rival Dahlan 'sends money to West Bank and Gaza ahead of elections' 

A key rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reported to be sending aid to marginalised areas in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem suburbs, and the Gaza Strip. According to Lebanon's Al-Akhbar...

Israeli officials concerned over Biden's stance on Iran and Palestine 

Israeli officials expressed concern on Thursday over the apparent intention of US President Joe Biden to rejoin the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to Israeli Army...

Israeli interpretation on the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring 

The Israeli political, security and research decision-making circles have recently shown great interest in the tenth anniversary of the outbreak of the Arab revolutions, warning against the waves of the revolution being revived. This...

The occupation's crimes against prisoners in Israeli prisons

The occupation's crimes are committed without any moral, religious, legal or human deterrents. It executes its crimes against prisoners who are unlawfully imprisoned in Israeli prisons through the actions of the gangs affiliated with...

Regeni case: Rome's Public Prosecution requests initiation of Egypt officers' trial

The Public Prosecutor in Rome on Wednesday officially requested legal action against four Egyptian National Security Agency officers accused of the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016. Italian news agencies...

Algeria's energy minister denies Lebanon adulterated fuel crisis

Algerian Energy Minister Abdelmadjid Attar asserted on Thursday that there was no crisis with Lebanon regarding the shipment of so-called adulterated fuel by the state-owned oil company Sonatrach. According to Anadolu Agency, this came...

Libya lost 92% of oil, gas revenues in 2020

Official statistics have shown that Libya's oil and gas revenues decreased by 92 per cent last year, as the blockade imposed for months on oil facilities caused the suspension of most export operations. The...

Egypt thwarts attempted sale of antique statue 

Egyptian security forces on Wednesday successfully thwarted the attempted sale of a huge antique statue that was extracted from Egypt's province of Sharqia, and subsequently transported to the country's northeastern governorate of Ismailia. Local...

Israel floods farmlands with rainwater in eastern Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Israel had vented its dams for rainwater harvesting, leading to the flooding of farmlands near the Gaza Strip's eastern borders and the destruction of vast...

UN: 43% of Yemen families reduce daily meals due to economic volatility 

43 per cent of Yemeni families have been forced to reduce the number of their daily meals due to the country's economic fluctuations, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen announced...

Saudi FM: Saudi embassy in Doha will reopen 'in days'

Saudi Arabia's embassy in Qatar will reopen "in days", Al Arabiya TV channel said on Thursday, citing Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan, Reuters reports. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt...

Palestinian inmate dies after receiving Israel vaccine

Palestinian inmate Maher Saasaa has died after recently receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees' and ex-Detainees' Affairs. The Israel Prisons Service announced late Wednesday the death of Saasaa, 45,...

Al-Arabiya TV: Saudi minister optimistic US ties will be 'excellent' under Biden

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be "excellent" under new US President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday, Reuters reported. Appointments...

Baghdad bombing sparks global condemnation

Condemnations are pouring in from across the world over twin suicide bombings in Iraq's capital Baghdad that killed at least 32 people and wounded 110 others. The attack rocked a busy commercial market in...

Morocco, Israel agree to launch direct flights

Israel and Morocco inked an agreement Thursday to operate direct flights between their countries, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Anadolu Agency reported. The daily reported the deal without disclosing additional details. Moroccan authorities have yet...

Official twitter account changed to 'US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza'

The official Twitter account of the US Ambassador to Israel had a brief name change yesterday to "US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza" after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The...

Jewish heritage sites in Iraq and Syria to be protected from Western air strikes 

British, American and Israeli researchers have identified more than 2,000 "nationally and important Jewish heritage sites" in Europe, Iraq and Syria that have been added to Western military protection lists so as to be...