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Czech Republic to purchase Israel air defence systems

The Czech Republic has signed a deal to buy an Israeli anti-aircraft missile system in a deal worth an estimated $450 million, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday. Developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, SPYDER is...

Arabs are cause of coronavirus outbreak in Israel, says minister

Arab citizens and ultra-Orthodox Jews are the cause of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Israel, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said on Saturday. “Recent demonstrations in Tel Aviv are not the cause of the...

Greece urges Turkey to probe ‘flag vandalism’, report says

Greece yesterday condemned vandalism to a mural of the Greek flag on Kastellorizo island blamed on Turkish nationals, a day before the arrival of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, AFP reports. Kastellorizo , officially Megisti,...

Two stabbed near former Charlie Hebdo offices in cartoon reprint revenge attack

Two people were stabbed in Paris near the former Charlie Hebdo offices on Friday, in an attack directed at the magazine over its republication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) earlier this month. The...

Lawyers, activists petition Israel supreme court to block training of India police

Israeli lawyers and human rights activists have petitioned the supreme court for the country’s security forces to block the training of Indian police officers involved in “severe violations” of human rights and international law...

France’s Macron condemns Lebanon leaders for ‘betraying’ reforms roadmap

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday condemned Lebanese leaders for allegedly serving their own interests and neglecting reforms offered by France. At a news conference in the French capital Paris, Macron stated: “I am ashamed...

Evidence of recent Saudi war crime in Yemen surfaces

An investigation by Sky News claims to have uncovered evidence of a potential war crime in Yemen committed by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition. According to a report, an investigative team travelled to a remote northern village,...

Yemen: UAE transports 100 militants to Socotra

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday transferred 100 militants belonging to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) from Yemen’s interim capital city of Aden to Socotra. Yemeni media quoted local sources as saying that the...

Iran received 'gold bullion' from Venezuela in return for oil, says official 

Iran has obtained gold from Caracas in return for the fuel loads it sent to Venezuela, Iranian chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced yesterday. Yahya Safavi explained that the gold...

PLO: US puts pressure on Sudan to settle Palestine refugees

The United States is putting pressure on Sudan to accept settling Palestine refugees on its soil, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, Bassam Al-Salhi, was reported saying by Anadolu yesterday. “Special sources told me that the ongoing...

US congresswoman withdraws from Yitzhak Rabin memorial

New York Democratic Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), on Friday cancelled her participation in an event commemorating the life of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. An AOC spokeswoman said Ocasio-Cortez would not attend the...

Armenia uses image of gun-wielding priest as Azerbaijan declares state of war

Azerbaijan yesterday declared a state of war in some of its cities and regions following attacks by Armenian forces on military and civilian sites over the weekend. The decision was made in a meeting...

Turkey, Italy will strengthen ties to defend Mediterranean rights, says former admiral

Turkey’s 21st-century geopolitical strategy is called the Blue Homeland. It is the brainchild of retired Rear Admiral Cem Gurdeniz, who talked to MEMO about Turkey’s eastern Mediterranean policy, which envisions Turkey ignoring the internationally-recognised...

Canadian’s gruesome Daesh story a ‘hoax’, say police

A Canadian man who, in several interviews with the New York Times, recounted a gruesome description of working for Daesh has been accused by police of making the entire story up, the Times reports. Shehroze Chaudhry was...

68 children arrested since start of Egypt protests released

Egypt’s public prosecution has announced the release of 68 children arrested since the beginning of the 20 September demonstrations. The announcement has sparked fierce criticism among human rights organisations, who question why children are...

Egypt pro-regime TV host celebrates murder of 2 Gaza fishermen

Pro-regime Egyptian TV host, Ahmed Moussa, yesterday boasted about the Egyptian navy’s killing of two Palestinian fishermen after they had allegedly crossed into Egyptian territorial waters a day earlier. “Whoever tries to cross our...

Morocco: No peace without recognition of Palestinian rights

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that there can be no peace without giving Palestinians their rights. “There can be no just or lasting peace unless the Palestinian...

PA issues ‘strict’ directions for West Bank Dahlan supporters

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued “strict” directions related to the ongoing campaign against supporters of disgraced Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan in the occupied West Bank, Safa reported on Sunday. According to informed...

Pakistan envoy to Syria reiterates support for Palestinian cause

Pakistan Ambassador to Syria, Saeed Muhammad Khan, yesterday reiterated his country’s support for the Palestinian cause and its full rejection of normalising relations with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with...

UAE envoy says Israel postponed West Bank annexation for normalisation deal

The UAE’s Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, claimed that his country has stipulated that Israel postpones its plans to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley,...