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Yemeni conflict spreads to national currency

Yemen’s warring sides opened a new front in their five-year conflict on Saturday – a battle over old and new banknotes that threatens to create two economies in the same state. As of midnight, the Houthi movement which controls the capital Sanaa outlawed the use and possession of crisp new …

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Greece warns Haftar yo stick to ceasefire proposal

Greece encouraged Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar to be constructive at an upcoming conference in Berlin to try end the war over Tripoli, its foreign minister said on Friday after meeting the commander in Athens. “We encouraged the commander to take part with a constructive spirit in Berlin’s procedure and …

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UK freezing all assets trusted to Hezbullah

Britain expanded the scope of its asset-freezing measures against Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah on Thursday to cover the entire organization as well as its military wing. The finance ministry move follows Britain’s decision last year to classify the whole group a terrorist organization due to its destabilizing influence in the …

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The race to annexation

By Nasser Nasser   We are witnessing the “annexation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley” fever and the left in Israel is running to catch up to Israel. This is the meaning of what one of Israel’s senior investigative journalist, Raviv Drucker, revealed in Haaretz yesterday, January 13th, …

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US, Israel conspiring against UNRWA

The interim head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, to which Washington cut off funding in 2018. Christian Saunders, in an interview with Reuters in his Gaza office, also said Israel was …

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Rising sea levels threaten Moody credit ratings

Economic shocks stemming from rising sea levels pose a long-term risk to the sovereign credit ratings of dozens of countries which have large areas at risk of submersion, including Vietnam, Egypt, Suriname and the Bahamas, Moody’s said on Thursday. Climate science suggests that sea levels will continue to rise for …

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Trump tweets linked to Iran protests

With tweets of solidarity in Farsi and technological tools to circumvent internet shutdowns, U.S. President Donald Trump might be close to exhausting his options to support Iranian protesters rising up against their rulers. U.S. officials say the administration needs to avoid any overtures that could draw accusations of foreign meddling …

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Israel fires back at Gaza strip

Four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, and it responded with air strikes against facilities belonging to the enclave’s ruling Hamas militant group. No casualties were reported on either side of the Israel-Gaza border. Two of the projectiles launched from Gaza …

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Gaza rockets hit Israel anew

Four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, and there were no reports of casualties or damage. Two of the projectiles were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, the military said in a statement. Israel’s Channel 13 television said …

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Israeli airstrike on Syrian airbase

The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defences intercepted …

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Russia wants to extend security network to Gulf states

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday Moscow has been urging Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism for the region. “We have been suggesting to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms … starting with confidence building measures and inviting each other to military exercises,” …

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Moqtada al-Sadr ants anti-American protests in Iraq

Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the U.S. “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad. Iraq’s parliament has called for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave amid growing a backlash against Washington’s …

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Turkey to fight Haftar if necessary

Turkey will not refrain from “teaching a lesson” to Khalifa Haftar if his eastern Libyan forces continue attacks against the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. Turkey and Russia failed to convince Haftar on Monday to sign a binding truce to halt his nine-month campaign …

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Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence meet

Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence met in Moscow on Monday, in the first official contact in years despite Ankara’s long-standing hostility to President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Turkish official and Syrian news agency SANA said. Both sides have said there have been intelligence contacts, but this is the first …

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Japan sending troops to Middle East

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet decided on Tuesday to use about 507 million yen ($4.6 million) from this fiscal year’s budget reserves for the Self-Defense Forces in the Middle East, the finance ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East and the …

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Soleimani not an imminent threat after all, Trump admits

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, contending Soleimani posed an impending threat to the United States but also saying the threat “doesn’t really matter” given the military leader’s history. “The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine …

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Israeli finance minister on the way out

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will not run in a March parliamentary election but will keep his post until a successor is chosen, his spokesman said on Monday. “He is not going to be a member of Knesset (parliament) … or hold any political office. He wants to be with …

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Will Khaled Meshaal lead Hamas again?

By Damir Nazarov* |   As the rumours of Khaled Meshaal’s desire to return to senior positions in Hamas increase, a new attempt at provocation to “drive a wedge” between the links within the Axis of Resistance should be described. The former head of the Hamas Politburo has long lived …

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