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Ukraine Plane Crash Death Toll Rises to 26

Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military aviat

1.5 Million Afro-Iraqis

Fouzia Bencheikh   Afro Iraqis are descendants of the Zanj, Africans from modern day East African countries — Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia. The Zanj started arriving in Iraq in the ninth century and most were brought over as slaves to work on date plantations. In comparison to Afric

8 Everyday Ways to Fight Racism

On March 21, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins the global community in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We recognize the importance of challenging racial injustice in our fight to end domestic violence. “Injustice for one

US: UAE will not get F-35 jets for up to 7 years, despite Israel peace deal

US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said that the United Arab Emirates, which has recently signed a historic US-sponsored peace deal with Israel, would not receive American F-35 stealth fighter jets for six or seven years. “The Emiratis have been trying to get the F-35 for six or seven

Egypt prepares to receive its 4th German submarine in 2021

The Egyptian Navy is preparing to receive the fourth and final Type 209/1400mod submarine (S44) from Germany in 2021, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. German reports said, according to the news site, that the Egyptian army had received special training on how to submerge the vessel i

Coronavirus cases, deaths rise in Arab countries

Authorities in Arab countries confirmed more cases and deaths Tuesday from the novel coronavirus outbreak, reports Anadolu Agency. In Saudi Arabia some 522 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 330,798. At least 30 more fatalities moved th

Protests against Sisi’s rule break out across Egypt

Protests have broken out across Egypt against the rule of General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. In Suez, Kafr El Dawwar, a city on the Nile Delta, Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan, demonstrators demanded Al-Sisi stand down. Following security forces’ attack on demonstrators, the presidential residenc

Muslim Brotherhood faces internal reorganisation

The new Acting Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood has said that the reorganisation of the movement is intended to improve efficiency and relations. Speaking to Al-Hiwar TV, Dr Ibrahim Mounir said that the changes may have “appeared hasty” because they were announce

Global COVID-19 Cases Surpass 30 Million

Worldwide confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 30 million, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 30 million on Thursday. More than half of the registered cases are from the US, India and Brazil. The number increased by 1

Saudi Crown Prince Hails National Anti-Corruption Commission’s Role in Fighting Corruption

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, lauded on Friday the role of the Control and Anti-Corruption Commission in combating corruption in Saudi Arabia. In a message of gratitude to the employees at the commission, he said they were “fighting a fierc

Romania Receives US Patriot Missiles to Bolster Defenses

The Romanian army received its first shipment of US Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missiles on Thursday to boost its defenses. “Romania has just become a safer nation by hosting these Patriot missiles on its territory. Romanian citizens are now better protected,” Prime Minister Ludov

UAE, Bahrain normalize ties with Israel at historic White House event

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain officially normalized relations with Israel at a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. The agreements “will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region,” said US President Donald Trump in an opening speech at

Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals

 President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November U.S. election. In a White House ceremony aimed at showc

Trump Says Bahrain Agrees to Normalize Relations with Israel

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday. Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, t

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 900,000 Worldwide

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 900,000 since the respiratory disease first appeared in China last year, according to an AFP tally. As the fatalities climbed, US President Donald Trump admitted he had tried to minimize the seriousness of the Covid-19 threat at the s

Fire breaks out at Greece's overcrowded Moria refugee camp

Fire broke out at Greece's overcrowded migrant camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos early on Wednesday, fire brigade officials said. There were no reports of injuries so far, while the cause of the blaze which burned tents and containers was not immediately clear, a fire brigade official said.

Trump to host Israel-UAE deal-signing ceremony on September 15

US President Donald Trump will hold a September 15 signing ceremony for a groundbreaking Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a senior White House official said on Tuesday. As part of the deal, announced at the White House on August 13 

Bangladesh Mosque Blast Death Toll Rises to 24

The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers. A 7-year-old boy who went to pray with his father in Narayanganj district was among the dead.

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