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Burgan fire threatens Kuwait oil industry

A “limited fire” broke out on Monday at the Kuwait Oil Co’s Greater Burgan field, injuring two workers but with no impact on production, the state news agency KUNA reported, citing a company statement. The fire was quickly brought under control, it said. Greater Burgan is Kuwait’s biggest and one …

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Indian COVID makes its way to Jordan

Jordan detected three cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant in people who had not travelled, the health minister told state-owned Al Mamlaka TV. “Two cases were recorded in Amman and one in Zarqa in people who did not travel, which confirms that the emergence of mutated cases does not necessarily …

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Moscow on the verge of a geopolitical defeat in Sudan in “new cold war” with Washington

The “new Cold War” between the US and Russia in northeast Africa intensifies. Washington and Moscow struggle to increase their military presence in Sudan.By Nikola MikovicSudan reportedly decided to suspend an agreement granting Moscow permission to construct a naval base just north of Port Sudan, the country’s main commercial hub …

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Pre-dynastic tombs unearthed in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists working on the Nile Delta have uncovered dozens of rare predynastic tombs dating to the period before Egypt’s Pharaonic kingdoms first emerged more than 5,000 years ago. They also found tombs nearby from the later Hyksos period (1650 to 1500 B.C.), when Western Asian migrants took over the …

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Egypt signs historic $7.5 billion petrochemical deal

Egypt has signed a $7.5 billion deal to construct a petrochemical complex in the Ain Sokhna industrial zone, the cabinet said on Wednesday. The deal, between the Red Sea National Refining and Petrochemicals Company and the Suez Canal Economic Zone’s development company, aims to produce value-added petroleum products in order …

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First NASCAR Arab woman driver gets fashion sponsor

US-Iraqi beauty mogul Huda Kattan has announced that her brand Huda Beauty will sponsor NASCAR’s first female Arab driver Toni Breidinger for her track debut at General Tire 200 at Talladega Speedway.  Breidinger will drive the Huda Beauty 02 Chevrolet SS for Young’s Motorsports at the events and will work with Kattan to shine a …

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Arabs condemn Israeli racism at UN

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi held talks with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland on Sunday over violent clashes in Jerusalem. Anti-Arab Israeli extremists, emboldened by the election of their allies to parliament, began a march over the weekend calling for violence against Arabs. …

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Jordan prosecutor says everything back to normal now

An investigation into recent events that threatened to undermine Jordan’s security and stability has ended, the kingdom’s public prosecution said on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Hazem Al-Majali said: “The Public Prosecution of the State Security Court has completed its investigations relating to the events that the kingdom was exposed to recently.” …

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IMF warns Jordan about unemployment, electricity reform

Jordan must address high unemployment to deliver durable, jobs-rich and inclusive growth, said IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. The country also needs to advance electricity sector reforms, boost business competitiveness, and strengthen governance and transparency, she added. Georgieva said that timely and targeted fiscal measures have helped protect jobs, while …

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Prince Hamza not to be charged with anything, official

Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh denied there had been a “coup,” and that the former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein will not face a trail, local media reported on Monday citing lawmakers. Members of parliament, Saleh Al-Armouti, Mohammad Al-Alaqma and Omar Ayasrah, told Roya News TV that their prime minister …

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Mirror City on The Border and The New Levant Region

Is the stock of money,the trillions US dollarswhich have been injected into circulation,  going to stay in circulation long enoughto produce the desired result?Climate change?Or will much (MUCH) of this moneybe cashed in , vacuumed up,gradually and eventually,for paper money US dollars,and then,for whatever reason it may be,withheld from circulation,hoarded, …

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Jordan king says everything is safely resolved now

Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Wednesday sedition has been quashed after a rift with his half-brother and former heir Prince Hamza, whom the government had accused of links to efforts destabilise the country. In his first statement since the affair came to light, the monarch said the crisis that shook …

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War drums over Blue Nile

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday warned Ethiopia of the risk of conflict over its giant dam on the Blue Nile after talks involving the two countries and Sudan ended without progress. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power generation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, …

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Bahrain defends journalists against summery imprisonment

Bahrain’s Cabinet amended its Press, Printing and Publishing Law on Monday that included the abolition of jailing journalists, and the addition of a major section regarding digital media, Bahraini daily Al-Ayyam reported. The Cabinet also approved a memorandum of the Ministerial Committee for Legal and Legislative Affairs regarding the amendments …

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Tunisian Human Rights advocates: ‘all charges against LGBT activist Rania Amdouni should be dropped immediately’ (UPDATE)

“Tunisian authorities should drop the charges against Rania Amdouni, a prominent women’s rights defender and LGBT activist”, said Hamza Nasri a Tunisian Human Rights activist and defender. Amdouni was sentenced to six months in prison last month for ‘insulting a public officer’.By Arthur BlokNasri is a member of the Tunisian …

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