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Additional Egyptian Incentives to Boost Tourism, Aviation

The Egyptian government is seeking to provide more incentives to help the tourism and aviation sectors, which have been severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. In a meeting on Tuesday, the ministers of petroleum and mineral resources, antiquities and tourism, and civil aviation discu


Jordan demands international pressure to stop Israel settlement expansion

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Daifallah Al-Fayez yesterday condemned Israel's approval of 540 new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Har Homa in occupied East Jerusalem. Al-Fayez stressed that these settlement activities are "completely rejected" as "they amount to violatio


Hamas criticises Fatah for resuming security cooperation with Israel

Hamas yesterday criticised  its rival Fatah movement after it decided to resume security cooperation with the Israeli occupation. On Facebook, Hamas official spokesman Abul-Latif Al-Qanou wrote: "Palestinians do not trust the party which undermines their institutions," referring to Fatah's d


287 Imams Contract COVID-19 in Morocco

Morocco’s Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Al-Tawfiq announced that 287 imams have contracted the COVID-19. However, he assured that this figure remains minimal compared to the overall number of clerics in the country, which is around 67,000. In mid-March, Morocco shut down


WHO warns of collapse of health system in Gaza due to coronavirus

The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is near collapse as a result of Israel's stifling siege and the rise in coronavirus cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Abdelnaser Soboh, emergency health co-ordinator in the WHO's Gaza office, warned that "within a week, we will become u


Source: US undermining formation of Lebanon government

The US is exerting efforts to undermine the formation of Lebanese government, Anadolu reported a close aide of Lebanese President Michel Aoun saying. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu that a Lebanese government would not be formed soon. "Possibly, th


Egypt court adds 26 to 'terrorism list'

An Egyptian court has put almost 30 people on a terrorism watch list and accused them of joining the Muslim Brotherhood. Not long after the 2013 coup, the Muslim Brotherhood were outlawed in Egypt and its members heavily targeted by Egyptian authorities. It was not only actual members of th


Syria opposition refuses to allow YPG to join constitution talks

A leading Syrian opposition group has stated its refusal to hold constitutional talks with the Kurdish militias, labelling them terrorist groups who do not deserve to sit at the negotiations table. The head of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) Nasr Al-Hariri made the comments yesterday during


Egypt Slams Houthi Attack on Jeddah

Egypt slammed on Monday the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for attacking a petroleum products distribution station in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah city. In a statement, it expressed its complete rejection and strong condemnation of such acts of sabotage and terrorism against vital facilities


Arab Coalition: Iran-backed Houthis behind Cowardly Jeddah Terrorist Attack

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced on Monday that the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen were behind the “cowardly terrorist” attack against an oil facility in Jeddah. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said that the attack “not only targets Saudi Arabia’s na


Jordan's King Expresses to Biden Keenness to Continue Strategic Partnership

Jordan’s King Abdullah expressed in a phone call on Monday with US President-elect Joe Biden “keenness to continue bolstering the strategic partnership between the two countries to expand cooperation, in service of mutual interests and regional security and stability,” the Jordan


Egypt Denies Rumors over Shortage of Medical Supplies in Hospitals

Egypt denied rumors on Sunday claiming a shortage of medical supplies in governmental hospitals amid a second wave of the coronavirus. The Egyptian cabinet’s media center assured in an official statement that there is a sufficient strategic stock of medical supplies in government hospitals


GNA Interior Minister: Sarraj Held Secret Talks in Cairo

Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj recently made a secret trip to Egypt, revealed GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha. Last week’s trip, which lasted only a few hours, saw him meet various Egyptian officials before he departed for Bahrain where he offered his


Calls for Saving Lebanon, Restoring State Authority Prevail on Independence Day

As Lebanon celebrated Sunday its 77th Independence Day, religious figures unanimously stressed the importance of neutrality and the need to resolve its crippling crises and facilitate the formation of a new government. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian lamented that Independence Day was takin


Syria appoints veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister

Syria’s President Bashar Assad named a new foreign minister on Sunday, appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to replace a longtime diplomat who passed away last week after holding the post for more than a decade.c. During the past decade’s uprising against Assad, he became o


Sudan to skip Nile dam talks but calls for African Union involvement

Sudan plans to boycott further talks with Egypt and Ethiopia over Addis Ababa’s massive dam project on the Nile river and called on the African Union to play a greater role, Khartoum’s irrigation minister said on Sunday. The years-long talks over how water should be shared and the ope


Israeli army bombs western, southern Gaza

The Israeli military bombed western and southern Gaza early Sunday after it said a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip. Israeli army combat helicopters bombed Khan Yunus, according to data received by Anadolu Agency. No information was released on casualties. Gaza has not released a statement


Morocco says its move in Sahara 'not military action'

The Moroccan prime minister said on Sunday that interference in the Guerguerat buffer zone in disputed Western Sahara were "not a direct military action but a peaceful act" to reopen the road to neighboring Mauritania. "The Polisario Front has repeatedly blocked the road, and thus violated t




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