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Bill Gates daughter marries Egyptian

Jennifer Gates, the daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has married Egyptian equestrian Nayel Nasser, it has been reported. The two tied the knot at her farm in North Salem, New York. The 25-year-old wore a custom Vera Wang gown, as per reports. Media outlets also reported that the newlyweds …

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Apple Quran app no longer operational in China

Apple has removed a popular Quran app from its app store in China on the request of Chinese officials.  “Quran Majeed,” a reading-friendly application used by millions of Muslim users around the world, has been deleted on the Chinese app store for “hosting illegal religious texts,” the BBC reported.  “According …

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Mikati won’t resign over Judge Tarek Bitar

Prime Minister Najib Miqati has noted that he does not intend to resign and that Cabinet will not convene before a solution is found for the dispute over Beirut port blast investigator Judge Tarek Bitar. “The security situation is stable and there are no fears,” Miqati said in an interview, …

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War of words between Hezbollah and Lebanese Forces

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday reassured Lebanon’s Christians that his group is not a “threat” to them, as he accused the rival Lebanese Forces party of seeking civil war and warned it that Hizbullah has “100,000 trained and armed fighters.” “A certain party and leader want residents in …

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Israeli settlers uprooting Palestinian olive trees

Palestinians are bracing themselves for settler assaults on their land as the olive harvesting season kicks into high gear. Palestinian farmers, civil society, local and international volunteers, as well as video have documented Israeli settlers uprooting olive trees, stealing olive crops, and starting fires on nearby land. Anees Sweidan, deputy …

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Egypt building joint electricity grid with Cyprus

Cyprus and Egypt signed an accord on Saturday to pursue links between the electricity transmission networks of the two countries. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the energy ministers of Cyprus and Egypt, setting out a framework of cooperation from planning to implementation. “For Cyprus, this electricity interconnection with …

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Iran navy interdicts pirates off coast of Aden

An Iranian warship on Saturday prevented an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden, the country’s naval chief said. “Navy commandos were successful in repulsing this morning the attack by pirates against an Iranian commercial convoy in the Gulf of Aden,” …

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Families of port blast all support Judge Bitar

The spokesman for relatives of those killed in last year’s Beirut port blast quit on Saturday, following fears he had been intimidated into urging the dismissal of the lead investigator in the case. Hizbullah and allies have accused Judge Tarek Bitar of political bias in his probe into the August …

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The Third Shibboleth Meeting is Coming

One cold dark nightin the dead of winterjust below the castlethere was a meeting;a masquerade meetingabout money.There were two manic voicesspeaking about hoardable money,they were unable to even conceiveof unhoardable money with demurrage and declaring demurrage on The US Dollar,they had practiced the use ofhoardable moneyfor so longthat they had …

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Geagea claims preemptive move against Hizbollah May 7

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has described Thursday’s deadly clashes in the Tayyouneh-Ain al-Remmaneh-Shiyyah area an an attempt by Hizbullah to stage a “mini” May 7-like armed campaign against “Christians” with the objective of halting the probe into the Beirut port blast. Asked whether he takes credit for “foiling a …

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US envoy to Iran in talks with Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with US Special Envoy for Iran Affairs Robert Malley on Thursday.They discussed ways to strengthen Saudi-US cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue, and relevant international negotiations, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement. Iran’s violations of international conventions and treaties related …

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Google exposes Iran cyber spy network

Tech giant Google has exposed how Iranian-backed groups attempt to use its platforms to carry out espionage on behalf of the government in Tehran. In a blog post released on Thursday, Google’s Threat Analysis Group exposed the work of APT35, a shady hacking group that Google said is linked to …

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US offers army aid to calm situation in Lebanon

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland met with Lebanese leaders on Thursday, on a visit whose schedule was thrown off by the deadly Tayyouneh clashes — the most dangerous round of sectarian fighting that the country has witnessed since 2008. Speaking at a press conference that followed …

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Amal, Hezbollah want judge Bitar gone

The stance of Hizbullah and Amal Movement is “a righteous demand that serves the higher national interest as to security and stability and thwarts the strife scheme whose threads are American and is being implemented with domestic Lebanese tools,” sources close to the Shiite duo said. “Some of these tools …

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Afghan Shiite mosque attacked by suicide bombers

Suicide bombers assaulted a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending weekly Friday prayers, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 70, according to a hospital official and an eyewitness. The attack on the Imam Barga mosque came a week after a bombing claimed …

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Taliban wants Turkish help to get refugees back

Afghan Taliban leaders said they would do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wanting to return home, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that both sides discussed how to prevent another “migrant wave”. Turkey hosts some four million migrants, mostly Syrians, …

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