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Israeli comedian makes fun of UAE normalization

An Arabic-language satirical Israeli song criticising normalization between Israel and the UAE has gone viral in the Middle East this week, causing a stir online. The song “Dubai, Dubai” was performed by Israeli comedian and activist Noam Shuster-Eliassi and appeared as part of a comedy sketch on the Arabic-language station …

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US envoy visits Sudan as protestors shot

Sudanese security forces shot dead an anti-coup protester on Wednesday as American diplomats visited Khartoum seeking to help end a crisis which has claimed dozens of lives and derailed the country’s democratic transition. For two days shops have shuttered and protesters have blockaded streets in a civil disobedience campaign to …

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NATO must not expand to Ukraine, says Russia

Russia maintained a tough posture amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning Wednesday that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO’s expansion to Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation at the security talks with …

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EU wants end to Lebanon crisis, IMF deal

The EU Delegation and the EU Member States on Wednesday urged Lebanon to resume Cabinet sessions, prepare for elections, reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund and ensure justice in the port probe. In a joint statement, they called on the Government and other decision-making bodies to “restore, without …

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First casualty in Tunis protests

A Tunisian man died in hospital on Wednesday from injuries inflicted by police, activists said, in what would be the first death from protests against President Kais Saied’s assumption of extra powers. Local radio station Mosaique FM said the public prosecutor was investigating the death after police deployed water cannons …

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NSO now implicated in spying on Israeli citizens

Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance. Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist reported that in 2020, police used the NSO spyware Pegasus …

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Mikati in Baabda talks with Aoun

Prime Minister Najib Miqati held talks Tuesday at the Baabda Palace with President Michel Aoun. “I agreed with President Aoun on the various matters and we’ll meet next week in a Cabinet session on the state budget and urgent living issues,” Miqati said after the meeting. It will be Cabinet’s …

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Mexico drops all Covid restrictions

Mexico has dropped all COVID-19 entry requirements as of January. Together with El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, there are now four countries in the world that dropped all covid-related entry restrictions. “These countries will see a boost in their visitors”, said Jeroen Vliex, Chief Commercial Officer of …

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Bennett warns of lifting Iran sanctions

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said funding for Iran could lead to “terror on steroids” on Tuesday, in an apparent warning against world powers easing sanctions against Tehran as they seek a new nuclear deal. “The last thing you want to do … is pour tens of billions of dollars …

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US TV censors pro-Trump outlets again

DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network, significantly shrinking the reach of the right-wing TV channel friendly to Donald Trump and widely criticized for spreading misinformation including the former president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election. The satellite television provider said Saturday that it has informed OAN’s …

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Protests in solidarity with Bitar

Dozens of Lebanese, including families of Beirut port explosion victims, rallied Monday outside the Justice Palace in support of Judge Tarek Bitar after he was forced to suspend his work as a lead investigator into the Beirut port blast. Protesters held portraits of their loved ones who died in the …

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China says Gulf states support it on Xinjiang

China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the ministers and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf …

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Iran president headed for meeting with Putin

President Vladimir Putin will host his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help salvage a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, state television channel Rossiya-1 reported on Sunday. Rossiya-1 did not disclose when precisely the meeting between the two leaders would …

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Al-Rahi says postponing elections for personal gain unacceptable

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi warned Sunday against disrupting the elections for “personal and suspicious” goals. He urged all Lebanese parties to prioritize Lebanon’s interest and to participate in the elections for change not for elimination. He stressed that the election is “a democratic occasion to hold accountable all those who …

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Singapore says Myanmar should still be blocked from ASEAN

Singapore’s leader said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should continue excluding Myanmar’s junta from its meeting until it cooperates on an agreed peace plans. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a video call on Friday urged the regional group’s new chair, Cambodia, to engage all sides in Myanmar’s …

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Lieberman gets Covid and goes into self-isolation

Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would self-isolate but continue working from home. “I feel good and will isolate in the next few days,” Lieberman said on Twitter. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tested positive on Monday. Lieberman has faced some …

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Amal, Hezbollah join Mikati cabinet after all

Prime Minister Najib Miqati on Saturday swiftly welcomed the announcement by Hizbullah and the Amal Movement that they will resume their participation in Cabinet sessions. “This meets the repeated calls made by the premier for everyone’s participation in shouldering national responsibility, especially amid this critical situation that the country is …

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Revolutionary Guard launches new satellite into space

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard last week launched a solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket into space, the country’s official IRNA news agency reported. The report quoted Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s aerospace unit, as saying the test was successful. He said it marked the first time Iran used a solid-fuel …

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EU to shelter Ukraine after massive cyberattack

The European Union is mobilizing “all its resources” to aid Ukraine after a cyberattack on the country’s government websites, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday. Borrell said the EU’s political and security committee would convene later on Friday for an urgent meeting on the attack, which he …

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