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UNRWA faces budget crisis

The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees is facing an “existential” budget crisis and appealing for urgent funding of $120 million to keep essential education, health care and other services running, the agency’s chief said. “We keep struggling, running after cash,” Philippe Lazzarini said. “The financial situation is a real existential …

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Houthis launch 17 drones in concerted attack on Saudi, condemned by Arab states

Arab countries and organizations have denounced the Houthi attacks targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait and Najran using explosive-laden drones. Saudi Arabia’s air defenses destroyed 17 drones launched toward the Kingdom’s southern region on Saturday.A booby-trapped drone targeted Khamis Mushait early in the morning before seven more targeting the southern region …

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Gaza children killed in Israeli airstrikes

Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday, hitting a pair of high-rise buildings believed to be housing militants, as Hamas and other armed groups bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of rockets. The escalation was sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem. Since sundown Monday, 26 Palestinians — including …

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Egypt strenously denies it held East Med talks with Turkey

Egyptian diplomatic sources have denied rumors that Cairo discussed the eastern Mediterranean issue with Turkey. Egypt is committed to Cyprus and Greece being part of any negotiations with Turkey, the sources added. Cairo also has “no intentions” of negotiating with Turkey over the issue, they said. Turkish claims that a …

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UN raises alarm about police brutality in lockdowns

The U.N. human rights office voiced concern on Monday about more than a dozen countries that have declared states of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic where police have arrested or detained hundreds of thousands of people and killed others. “Emergency powers should not be a weapon governments can wield …

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UAE-Jordan begin joint military manouvers

The UAE and Jordan today started joint military drills in demonstration of the robust cooperation ties between the two countries. Titled “Bonds of Strength”, the exercises are part of the ongoing military collaboration between the armed forces of the two countries to improve their fighting capabilities and combat readiness in …

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Jordan seeks to end Israel land lease

Jordan says it plans to end a lease of two areas of land to Israel that was agreed in annexes to the 1994 peace treaty between the two countries. The areas are Naharayim in the north and Tzofar in the south, known as Baqura and Ghamr in Arabic. The lease …

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A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone

By Elias Muhanna   On a small rock found in Jordan, Ahmad Al-Jallad, a linguistics professor in the Netherlands, discovered text that he thought could be the oldest known record of literary expression in Arabic.   Afew years ago, Ahmad Al-Jallad, a professor of Arabic and Semitic linguistics at Leiden University, …

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