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Red Cross Warns That Two-thirds Of Yemenis Have No Food
The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Saturday that two-thirds of Yemenis do not have food, and almost as many have no access to health care. In a series of statements on Twitter, the ICRC added that 58 per cent of Yemenis have no ac
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Sudan Ends Alcohol Ban For Non-Muslims And Punishment For Apostasy
Sudan’s Transitional Government has announced plans to abolish punishment for apostasy and the ban on non-Muslims drinking alcohol in the country, Sudan Tribune has reported. The changes to the law will also make Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) a cri
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Report: UAE Repelled Over 100,000 Cyber-attacks In June
The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said yesterday that the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) repelled more than 100,000 cyber-attacks against the Federal Government’s entities in June. TRA said in its monthly rep
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FM: Greece Will Ask EU For List Of Measures In Response To Turkey Violations
Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, yesterday said that his country will ask the European Union to prepare a list of actions which can be taken against Turkey in case Ankara violates Greece’s sovereign rights. Dendias told Skai TV ahead of the EU
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Iraq Calls On Germany To Help Remove It From EU Terror Financing List
The Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein yesterday called on his German counterpart Heiko Maas to support Baghdad’s removal from the European list of high-risk countries for money laundering and terrorism financing. In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign
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UN Chief Hails Security Council Extension Of Cross-border Aid For Syrian Refugees
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has hailed the Security Council decision to extend cross-border humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees, the UN News website reported on Sunday. The previous authorisation for the six-year-long humanitarian operation
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Lebanon: TV Host To Stand Trial Over Anti-Erdogan Remarks
A Lebanese TV show host is set to stand trial over remarks made against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a talk show broadcast in June, after Turkish authorities called for action. Neshan Der Haroutiounian, the host of the popular show, 
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Iraq Prevents Protesters From Entering Green Zone In Baghdad
Iraqi security forces yesterday prevented hundreds of protesters from entering the Green Zone in Baghdad to demonstrate against deductions in their salaries, Anadolu reported. Most of the protesters are members of the Islamic Dawa Party, led by forme
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Islamic Body: Turkey Overruled ‘Radical Decision’ That Made Hagia Sophia A Museum
“A temple from which the nation has been deprived for 86 years has opened its doors to believers again,” the Institute for Islamic Thought (IDE) said in a statement after Turkey’s decision to reopen Hagia Sophia as a mosque after years of it being cl
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At Least 50 Million Jobs Lost In Arab Countries Due To Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to serious losses in the tourism industry in the Arab world, with more than 50 million jobs lost, Anadolu reported on Sunday. A report from the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) said that the country most affected by the coronavi
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Former London Student Who Joined Daesh Dies In Kurdish-run Prison
A former student from London who fled to Syria to join the Daesh terror group has died in a Kurdish-run prison, according to the BBC and the Independent. Ishak Mostefaoui, 27, was captured in March last year following the territorial defeat of Daesh.
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Hamas Praises Chile For Stand Against Israel’s Annexation Of West Bank
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement has praised the resolution passed by the Senate in Chile calling for a boycott of all Israeli goods in response to the planned annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank. The lawmakers in Chile app
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Israel To Destroy Muslim Cemetery To Build Homeless Shelter
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Qatari Red Crescent Carries Out Difficult Surgery In Gaza
Doctors dispatched by the Qatari Red Crescent Society to the Gaza Strip have carried out dozens of difficult surgical operations, Al-Shorouq reported on Sunday. An example of the intricate operations carried out by the Qatari team headed by urologist
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72% Success Rate In Palestine High School Exams
Some 77,539 students sat high school exams in the occupied Palestinian territories this year, with 55,302 passing the exams, the Ministry of Education revealed on Saturday, a 72 per cent success rate. This comes during exceptional circumstances broug
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Iran Revolutionary Guard Leader Killed In Syria
Iranian local media yesterday said a senior commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in Syria. “IRGC leader Ibrahim Asami has been killed in Syria,” IRGC’s Brigadier, Rustom Ali Rafea, was quoted by IRNA as saying. Rafea
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Hagia Sophia Reconnects Modern Turkey With The Legacy Of The Ottomans
There is no doubt that Turkey’s decision to annul the 1934 Council of Ministers edict to convert the Hagia Sophia Mosque into a museum has pleased Muslims around the world. The mosque, it has been confirmed, was the personal property of Sultan Mehmet
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Egypt Pledges Housing For 'Every Citizen In Need'
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday pledged to provide a home to any citizen who is in need, local media reported. “Any citizen who applies for a housing unit will obtain it,” Al-Sisi said. The government, Al-Sisi pointed out, would off
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Bahrain: Court Upholds Death Sentences Against Torture Victims
Bahrain’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, has today upheld the death sentences against Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa over their involvement in a 2014 bomb attack that killed one police officer. Ramadan and Moosa could now face death by
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The Court Ruling Has Overturned A Historic Injustice; Hagia Sophia Was Already A Mosque
Turkey’s senior administrative court issued a ruling on 1 July that annulled the 1934 decision of the Turkish Council of Ministers to transform Hagia Sophia Mosque into a museum. It was another step in the secularisation of the Republic of Turkey und
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Saudi Real Estate Market Activity Drops 84.6% After VAT Rise
Real estate activity in Saudi Arabia witnessed a record decrease of 84.6 per cent last week after the government’s decision to increase the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) from five per cent to 15 per cent at the start of the month. Saudi Al-Eqtisadiah
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Libya's NOC Blames UAE For Halt To Oil Output, Exports
Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday of instructing forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to disrupt the country’s oil output and exports, Anadolu reports. NOC said oil production has been ha
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Joe Biden Hits Out At Egypt For Pursuit Of Activists
US Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said there will be no more “blank checks for Trump’s favourite dictator” in a widely shared Twitter post. The comments come not long after the release of the dual US-Egypt citizen Mohamed Amashah, who spent almos
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Saudi-led Coalition Says Intercepts Missiles, Drones From Yemen's Houthis
Yemen’s Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six explosive drones launched overnight by Houthi forces towards the kingdom, Reuters reports. Cross-border attacks by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement have esc
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Erdogan: Turkey’s Intervention In Libya Brought Peace And Security
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country’s intervention in Libya has foiled the plans of Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander, General Khalifa Haftar, to occupy the capital, Tripoli. Speaking to a Turkish magazine, Erdogan said the GNA
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Libya, UN Discuss Reform Of Security Sector
Libya’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha held talks via video conference on Sunday with the acting head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Stephanie Williams, to discuss Libyan plans to reform the security sector, Anadolu Agency reports.
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Senior Military Officer Dies Of Coronavirus In Iraq
A senior Iraqi military officer has succumbed to coronavirus, the army said on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports. A military statement said Maj.-Gen Murad al-Rabi’e, commander of the infantry corps of the Iraqi army, died from COVID-19. The statement di
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Iran reports 194 More Fatalities From coronavirus
Iran on Sunday confirmed 194 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 12,829, Anadolu Agency reports. A further 2,186 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 252,720, Health Ministry
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Lebanese Christian Cleric Seen To Criticise Hezbollah, Allies Over Crisis
Lebanon’s top Christian cleric stepped up criticism of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies without naming them on Sunday, saying Lebanese rejected being isolated from their allies and driven into decline, Reuters reported. Lebanon
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Lives Will Be Lost As Syria aid Access Cut, Aid Agencies Warn
A UN Security Council resolution that leaves only one of two border crossings open for aid deliveries from Turkey into rebel-held northwestern Syria will cost lives and intensify the suffering of 1.3 million people living there, aid agencies said, Re
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