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Situation in Jordan escalates as ex-MP is arrested

A Jordanian MP expelled from parliament for inciting riots, has been arrested Jordan News Agency reported on Wednesday. Jordanian MPs voted earlier this month to remove Osama Al-Ajarmeh from the lower house after violence erupted in the suburb of Naour, a stronghold of the Ajarmeh tribe in southwest Amman.  Four …

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BREAKING NEWS – Israeli ultra-nationalits march on East Jerusalem, with police escort

Israeli far-right nationalists began a flag-waving march through East Jerusalem on Tuesday that risks reigniting tensions with Palestinians and poses an early challenge for Israel’s new government. Last month, Israeli-Palestinian tensions and violence in contested Jerusalem helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant …

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Iran’s hardliner in front row for presidential spot

Ebrahim Raisi’s record of fierce loyalty to Iran’s ruling clerics helps explain why the chief judge is a frontrunner in Friday’s presidential election, a contest that authorities have limited almost exclusively to hardline candidates. As the. A victory for Raisi, 60, a relentless critic of the West whose political patron …

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GCC wary of G7 corporate tax plans

The threat seemed clear. The low-tax countries of the Middle East would have to fall in line with the high tax-and-spend economies of Europe and North America, and impose big tax increases that would threaten their global competitiveness. But although initially hailed as “historic,” when the experts and policymakers got …

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New charges, suspects for Jordan destabilization case

Jordan’s military court will start the trial next week of former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and Sherif Hassan Zaid Hussein on charges of agitating to destabilise the monarchy, state media said on Sunday. Prosecutors last week referred to court the defendants case. They were arrested in early April over allegations they had …

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Sunni leadership continue to back Hariri as PM

The Supreme Islamic Sharia Council, which represents the Sunni community and its leaders in Lebanon, has renewed its support for Saad Hariri, the prime minister-designate, amid an escalating dispute over the failure to form a government in the country. After a lengthy meeting on Saturday, in which Hariri participated, the …

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Netanyahu’s fate to be decided by Knesset

 Israeli lawmakers are to vote Sunday on a “change” coalition government of bitter ideological rivals united by their determination to banish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power. The crunch Knesset vote will either terminate the hawkish premier’s uninterrupted 12-year tenure or return Israel to a stalemate likely to trigger a …

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Ali Larjani wants answers over election disqualification

The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the hardline Guardian Council approved just seven hopefuls to stand in Friday’s poll and disqualified several prominent candidates, …

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Iraqi generals arrested over bribery, port corruption

Iraq announced Saturday it has arrested two generals on suspicion of taking bribes to waive customs duties, a practice estimated to cost the state $6.3 billion a year in lost revenues. Both men worked at the Gulf port of Umm Qasr, a key entry point for imports of foodstuffs and …

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