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Indonesia church attacks kill 9, dozens wounded

A wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens of others, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Three separate locations in the city of Surabaya were hit …

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Fourth MEPRA Leadership Majlis Brings Together Almost 200 Industry Leaders to Discuss Fake News, CEO Activism, Communications Leadership and More

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) hosted the fourth Leadership Majlis today, the year’s major communications conference in Abu Dhabi. The 2018 edition brought together almost 200 industry professionals from more than 40 organisations, to uncover the industry’s biggest challenges trends and opportunities. Speakers included senior leaders from The …

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Iraq holds first parliamentary election since Daesh defeat

Iraq began voting Saturday in its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over Daesh, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace and rebuild. Polling stations opened around the conflict-scarred nation under tight security as fighters still pose a major security threat despite a sharp fall in violence. …

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Malaysia king agrees to pardon Anwar after opposition election win

Malaysia’s king has agreed to pardon Anwar Ebrahim, the country’s newly installed prime minister said on Friday, paving the way for the jailed opposition leader to return to politics and potentially become premier. It was the latest dramatic development after Mahathir Mohamad’s opposition alliance inflicted a shock defeat on the …

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UAE adds Iranians to list of terror supporters

The UAE Cabinet on Thursday added nine Iranian individuals and entities to the approved list of terrorism supporters. The move, which was taken according to the Cabinet decision No.24 of 2018, comes in line with the UAE’s keenness to target and disrupt networks associated with terrorist financing and activities. Individuals …

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Trending: Monica Lewinsky calls out publication for uninviting her to philanthropic event because of Bill Clinton

Town & Country uninvited Monica Lewinsky from an event because Bill Clinton was attending and Lewinsky (rightfully) called them out.  Getty Images Monica Lewinsky ✔@MonicaLewinsky dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and –then after i’ve accepted– uninvite me because bill clinton then …

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Google Maps reveals ‘alien structures’ deep in desert

The satellite imaging service has unearthed many of the world’s mysteries, including ghosts and the Loch Ness Monster. And its latest set of snaps, taken from the desert east of Cairo, rank among the most bizarre. YouTube channel SecureTeam10 claims the odd markings in the picture are the remains of alien …

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Things to Know About Israel’s Alleged Top-Secret Nuclear Program

During an internationally-televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program after signing the 2015 deal – his remarks have prompted speculations over Tel Aviv’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction. Israel is widely suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction, supposedly developed in 1948-1949, with an …

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Syria Reportedly Regains Control Over Key Highway for First Time in 6 Years

The militants, who blocked the road, left their positions and handed over their weapons to government forces. According to the newspaper Al-Watan, the Syrian Arab Army has regained control over the stretch of the M5 highway between the cities of Homs and Hama due to the implementation of a reconciliation agreement in a militant-held enclave north of Homs (165 km from Damascus). …

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Maduro: America’s Hostile Decisions Want to Rob Jerusalem of Its History

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reaffirmed his country’s pro-Palestine stance and rejected the controversial US embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem. In a press conference held following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Maduro said “Sovereign and free Venezuela resolutely, firmly, and efficiently supports a free and independent …

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President Abbas at the Helm again: A Way Forward for Palestinians

by Munshi Zubaer Haque, Intern, Beirut Center for Middle East Studies President of Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as head or chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a move that clearly seems to be a further consolidation of his authority …

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