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Palestinians denounce ‘Israeli escalation’ after Old City ban

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The Palestinian government denounced “Israeli escalation” on Sunday after the Jewish state temporarily banned Palestinians from entering Jerusalem s Old City following attacks that killed two people and wounded a child. “The Palestinian government denounces the Israeli escalation policy by …

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Russia has deployed 28 combat aircraft in Syria: US officials

WASHINGTON – Russia has deployed 28 combat aircraft in Syria, US officials said Monday, confirming the latest move in Moscow s military build-up in the war-torn country. “There are 28 fighter and bomber aircraft” at an airfield in the western Syrian province of Latakia, one …

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Dubai declares three day mourning over death of ruler’s son

ABU DHABI -UNS : Dubai announced a three day mourning period after the 33-year-old son of the Gulf emirate’s ruler passed away, the official state news agency WAM said on Saturday. Sheikh Rashid was the first son of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his …

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Clashes rock Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound for third day

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces at Jerusalem s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a third straight day on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent reported. Young demonstrators gathered around the mosque threw stones at police who had entered the compound in large numbers …

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Obama and Saudi king stress warm ties at White House summit

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia s King Salman held a long-delayed first White House summit Friday marked by warm public words, despite differing views on Middle Eastern crises. Obama made the rare move of greeting the 79-year-old monarch at the doors …

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Israel offers to free Palestinian hunger striker if he goes abroad

JERUSALEM: Israel on Monday offered to free a Palestinian detainee whose two-month hunger strike has left him in a coma — but only if he goes abroad, a demand his lawyer immediately dismissed. The justice ministry made its proposal ahead of a hearing at Israel’s …

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15 killed in IS suicide attack on mosque inside Saudi special forces headquarters

RIYADH -UNS : A blast probably triggered by a suicide bomber killed 15 people on Thursday at a mosque inside a special forces headquarters in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. An interior ministry spokesman said the terrorist attack took place during noon prayers …

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Predecessor says Yemen leader Hadi should be tried for treason

DUBAI: Yemen’s former president, a powerful ally of Houthi forces in a four-month-old civil war, said he wanted his exiled successor tried for treason for enlisting Saudi-led attacks against the Iranian-allied militia. In remarks published on Monday by the Huffington Post website, Ali Abdullah Saleh …

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An overview of the 2014 Gaza war

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – One year ago, a new war erupted between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the third in six years. In the course of the conflict — the longest, deadliest and most destructive — 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including …

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Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters

BEIRUT -UNS : An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said Friday. Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said …

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