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Image of Palestinian under Israeli Soldier's Knee Sparks Outrage

Footage of an Israeli soldier throwing a Palestinian activist to the ground and kneeling on his neck has sparked outrage in the Palestinian territories and beyond. The protester, named as Khairi Hanoun, a man in his late 60s, took part in demonstrations on Tuesday near Tulkarm, in the north of th


Saudi: No Exceptions in Fight against Corruption

As part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption, two military commanders, including a senior officer from the royal family, have been dismissed in two royal orders only one week apart. This accelerated campaign confirms the great reform path adopted in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdo


Black Lives Matter protesters gather for Kenosha march

Black Lives Matter organisers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, planned a rally and march on Saturday as reinforced National Guard units stood by with orders to prevent a resurgence of violence that convulsed the lakeside city earlier in the week. A tense calm prevailed for a third night on Friday in the do


Haters of Islam: They wanted to burn the Qur’an while Muslims were leaving the mosque

On Friday, August 28, 2020, 3 activists of the Danish “Hardline Line” party burned a copy of the Qur’an in the Swedish city of Malmö, while the Swedish authorities banned the entry of the extremist political party leader Rasmus Baludan from entering its territory for two yea


US official: US troops injured in interaction with Russian forces in Syria

A small number of U.S. troops were injured during an interaction with Russian forces in Syria, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. While such interactions between American and Russian forces are not rare, the incident highlights the risks of troops from both countries operatin


Israel strikes Hezbollah posts in Lebanon after firing at troops

Israeli aircraft struck posts belonging to the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah early on Wednesday after shots were fired from Lebanon towards its troops, Israel’s military said. No Israeli troops were wounded in the firing, the military said. Soldiers deployed illumination flares, smoke shell


Turkey rescues 68 asylum seekers in Aegean

Turkey rescued a total of 68 asylum seekers who were illegally pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean, a security source said on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. At least 38 asylum seekers were rescued from a dinghy off the coast of Seferihisar in


New Zealand court hears survivors’ horror stories of hiding under blood soaked corpses in 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks

NEW ZEALAND: Not only did Brenton Harrison Tarrant murder 51 Muslims on the early afternoon, his sentencing hearing today at the High Court here in New Zealand’s second-largest city heard, he also killed 51 Muslim families. Almost, at least, but not quite. Even in a world roiled by terrori


California Fires Force Thousands to Flee as More Blazes Feared

Some of California's largest-ever fires are raging across the state, forcing tens of thousands from their homes as forecasters warned of further blazes sparked by lightning. Several thousand lightning strikes in recent days ignited fires that left thick smoke blanketing the region on Saturday. T


Rifi to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iran, Syria behind Rafik Hariri’s Assassination

Lebanon is bracing for the verdict into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri that will be announced by the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday. The entire country and region are waiting to see whether the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will convict or acquit four Hezb


Saudi Arabia fires officials of major tourism projects over corruption

The Saudi government has fired a number of officials leading major tourism projects over suspicion of corruption, with thousands of violations having been reported. According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the officials, who were part of prominent tourist sites such as Al-Ula and


Alexei Navalny: Russian doctors agree to let Putin critic go to Germany

Russian doctors treating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who fell into a coma after being taken ill on a plane, have changed their minds and agreed to let him be flown to Germany. The doctors, in the Siberian city of Omsk, had earlier insisted he was too ill to be moved. His supporters suspect he


Trump expects Saudi Arabia to join UAE-Israel peace agreement

US President Donald Trump said yesterday he expects Saudi Arabia to join the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalise ties with Israel and forge a broad new relationship. When asked at a White House news conference if he expected Saudi Arabia to join the deal, Trump replied “I do.” La


UAE could get F-35 jets in side agreement to Israel peace deal

The United States is eyeing the sale of stealthy F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates in a side agreement to the UAE’s overtures to Israel, an industry insider who was part of the dialogue with government officials said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. A sale, which could r


Pompeo Says US Expects to Trigger Snapback on Iran Soon

The United States is expecting to trigger snapback - a return of all US sanctions on Iran - soon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, after the UN Security Council rejected Washington’s bid to extend an arms embargo on the country. To trigger a return of the sanctions, the Uni


Lebanese lawyer files complaint against leaders over blast

BEIRUT: A Lebanese lawyer filed a legal complaint on Wednesday against the country’s president and prime minister for allegedly not taking action to remove dangerous material that had been stored at the port of Beirut.The material — 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical


Lebanon tribunal convicts Hezbollah member Salim Jamil Ayyash for Hariri assassination

LEIDSCHENDAM: A UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Salim Jamil Ayyash was found guilty as a co-conspirator of five charges linked to his involvement in the truck bombing. Three others


Beirut Blast Prompts New Exodus from Lebanon

From his office in Beirut, Shady Rizk had a front-row view of the cataclysmic explosion at the Lebanese capital's port. Some 350 stitches later, he sees his survival as a miracle, a second chance at life that he is determined not to spend in Lebanon. The 36-year-old telecommunications engineer i




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