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The fate of 9 million Syrian refugees still unclear

The majority of displaced Syrians want to go home but unless conditions improve, few will risk returning to their war-torn country, a grassroots civil rights organisation says. In a report released on July 21, the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity said the longer Syrians felt unable to return, the more …

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King Salman reported to be in good condition

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is in stable condition, three Saudi sources said, after the 84-year-old monarch was admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh on Monday with what state media said was inflammation of the gall bladder. The king, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporter and close U.S. …

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Labour abuse facing migrant workers in Israel

Thai agricultural workers in Israel will be at greater risk of labour abuses under a new partnership between the governments, advocates said, voicing concerns that the United Nations migration agency (IOM) would no longer oversee the process. Thailand’s Department of Employment (DOE) this week signed a deal with the Israeli …

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Omar Bashir facing trial for illegal 1989 coup

Sudan started on Tuesday a new trial against ousted President Omar al-Bashir and some of his former allies on charges of leading a military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989. State TV broadcast the judge opening the trial without showing footage of Bashir, who has been jailed …

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Syria thwarts Israeli airstrike on Damascus

Syrian air defenses on Monday intercepted a new Israeli “aggression” above the capital Damascus, state media said, in the latest wave of attacks that Western intelligence sources have said were Israeli strikes on a major Iranian-backed ammunition depot on the edge of the capital. State television said Israeli missiles had …

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UAE launches long postponed Mars probe

The United Arab Emirates launched its first mission to Mars on Monday as it strives to develop its scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its reliance on oil. The Hope Probe blasted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 1:58 a.m. UAE time/6:58 a.m. Japanese time Monday (2158 GMT Sunday) …

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Saudi King rushed to hospital

Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, state news agency SPA said on Monday. The king, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporter and close U.S. ally since 2015, was undergoing medical …

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Syria defies war, corona for parliamentary elections

Syria held a parliamentary election on Sunday, gripped by a collapsing economy and new U.S. sanctions after President Bashar al-Assad clawed back control of most of the country. People voted across government territory at more than 7,000 polling stations, including for the first time in former rebel bastions that the …

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Netanyahu corruption trial resumes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s graft trial resumed on Sunday after a two-month break amid mounting protests over his alleged corruption and handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, did not attend what a spokesman for the prosecution said would be …

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Latest explosion at Iran power plant

An explosion occurred at a power plant in Iran’s central Isfahan province on Sunday but there were no casualties, the official IRNA news agency reported. The blast was caused by the wear and tear of a transformer at the power plant in Islamabad, the managing director of the Isfahan power …

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91-year old Kuwaiti amir rushed to hospital

Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah was admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical checks, and the country’s crown prince will temporarily carry out some of his duties, the state news agency KUNA reported. It said Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled the OPEC oil producer and U.S. ally …

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Study on Saudi cybersecurity rings warning bell

Only 8 percent of organizations in Saudi Arabia are considered “leaders” in “cyber resilience” compared with 17 percent globally, according to a new study that identifies how well organizations are prepared to defend themselves against cyberattacks. The study, carried out by the multinational professional services company Accenture, said that companies …

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Iraqi PM headed to Saudi and Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday. On Sunday, Al-Kadhimi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before traveling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, …

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G20 headed to Saudi for post-coronavirus talks

G20 finance ministers and central bankers are set to hold talks Saturday aimed at spurring global economic recovery from a coronavirus-triggered recession amid growing calls to widen debt relief for crisis-hit poor countries. The virtual talks, hosted by Saudi Arabia, come as the surging pandemic continues to batter the global …

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Erdogan warns Egypt not to interfere in Libya

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Friday for supporting forces based in eastern Libya, after Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Libyan tribesmen who called for Cairo to intervene in the civil war. Turkey has been providing military aid to the Tripoli-based government in …

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Sisi making warnings about security of Libyan border zone

Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan security, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday, after lawmakers allied to commander Khalifa Haftar urged Cairo to intervene militarily in Libya’s civil war. Tribal leaders who flew in from Haftar’s Benghazi stronghold told Sisi …

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Tunis jobless protesters target oil pumps

Tunisian demonstrators shut an oil pumping station that feeds a coastal terminal on Thursday, escalating weeks of protests for jobs in the marginalized southern region of Tatouine, witnesses told Reuters. The move places further pressure on Tunisian leaders already struggling with political deadlock following the resignation on Wednesday of prime …

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Has the whole world gone crazy?

It seems like the whole world is going crazy: the most recent trend in the United States is buying guns and ammo in mass quantities. This unprecedented surge in gun buying seems to be related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not the first time something like this has happened. …

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The show stopper

President Trump to the press corps; “I read an interesting article in the news the other day. Here is what it says. I have it here right in front of me. Maybe the formal declaration to begin demurrage charges on The US dollar will not even be necessary. We will …

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Lebanon restructing banks to fight financial crisis

Lebanon’s central bank has set up a committee to restructure financially stricken commercial banks and study their performance, according to a memo by the bank seen by Reuters on Thursday. The panel will also propose measures to preserve the soundness of the banking sector, the memo said. Lebanese banks are …

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Anti-Russian report to be published in UK soon

A long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics will be published in the next week, parliament’s intelligence and security committee agreed on Thursday, a day after a dispute over the appointment of its chairman. The committee, which oversees the work of Britain’s intelligence community, has been in focus since …

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Rouhani foils attempt at impeachment

A group of Iranian parliamentarians has abandoned an attempt to impeach President Hassan Rouhani, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, marking the end of a move sparked by growing economic hardship. Approximately 10 parliamentarians who were seeking to impeach the president, and rally other members of the 290 seat …

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Israelis pressure Netanyahu to focus on COVID, not annexation

A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, officials said. Although the conservative Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz, his centrist coalition partner, agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of …

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Palestine plays regional power politics with proposed energy deal

by James M. Dorsey | Jul 14, 2020 An initial version of this story was first published in Inside Arabia A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. A Palestinian move to secure Palestine’s energy needs by tying them to high-stakes Turkish regional gambits constitutes an effort to reduce Palestinian dependence on …

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The MOO-LA pulls up to Doral

Tonight Angel NicGillicuddy‘s great ship The Moo-La is floating just off the coast of the great city Doral, Florida. Angel and Barron are sitting high up in the crow’s nest. Here is the report: Meetings are going well for The New Southern Confederation of The Americas. This time it won’t …

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The Square of Communication

Many books about corporate communication mention the so-called ‘square of communication’. As a communication specialist the following factors interested me the most: 1-Right place–choose the right location that suit both you and your counterpart to optimize the outcomes. 2-Right time–select the timing that suit your and counterpart preferences. 3-Right agenda …

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