Syrian refugees forgotten as attention shifts to new conflicts, expert says

  • CHICAGO: More than a decade after being forced to flee their homes to escape the civil war, Syrian refugees face increasingly “dire” circumstances as international attention shifts toward more recent conflicts in the Middle East and the war in Ukraine, according to a top official from one of th...
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‘Elections did not undermine Hezbollah but gives Lebanon chance to reorganize’ says spokesman for the American Task Force on Lebanon

  • CHICAGO: The result of Lebanon’s elections should not lead people to believe that Hezbollah has been undermined but should be seen as an opportunity to restructure the country’s political dynamics, a spokesman for the American Task Force on Lebanon said on Wednesday. Jean AbiNader, ATFL vice p...
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Reformists surge in Lebanon polls

  • BEIRUT: Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its allies lost their parliamentary majority while independents achieved surprise breakthroughs, final elections results showed Tuesday. The results indicate a fragmented and polarized parliament divided between pro- and anti-Hezbollah lawmakers ...
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Top Israeli journalist lambasts Tel Aviv for ‘brutality’ at Al-Aqsa compound

  • CHICAGO: A leading Israeli journalist has launched a scathing attack on the Tel Aviv government for the manner in which police and soldiers brutalized civilians and journalists at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Haram Al-Sharif over the past week, and called for a probe into their actions. ...
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Hard-hit Gaza eateries pray for ‘holy month of mercy’

  • GAZA CITY: Struggling restaurants in the Gaza Strip, many still counting the cost of pandemic curfews and now facing a worsening economic crisis, are counting on Ramadan to provide a much-needed boost in revenue. The holy month is traditionally the busiest time of the year for Gaza’s hundreds...
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Mideast striving to become a space power

  • LONDON: The recent memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Space Commission and the UK’s Space Agency, which will see them develop a framework aimed at cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space, is the latest move in an ambitious regional space push. Among those to get out in front...
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A top-notch hospital in Doha is busy: Only falcons allowed

  • DOHA: At first glance, the Souq Waqif clinic in the historic center of Doha, the capital of Qatar, could be any other state-of-the-art hospital. Nurses in blue scrubs move briskly through the bright wards, conducting rounds. Radiology and operating rooms whir with the beeps and blinks of...
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Zaghari-Ratcliffe, fellow British-Iranian freed to return to UK

  • DUBAI: British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anousheh Ashouri were freed on Wednesday after a long ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran’s negotiations with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. A video aired by Iran’s Tasnim news agency, ...
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Clinical trials begin for Egyptian COVID-19 vaccine

  • Egypt is to start clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, EgyVax. The announcement was made by Egyptian minister of higher education and scientific research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. He said the trials represented “a very important development” and major success for Egypt in fighting the coro...
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COVID-19 rages in Iraq as vaccinations lag

  • BAGHDAD: In the stores and buses of Iraq masks are rare even as Covid-19 spreads widely, vaccines are viewed with suspicion and the sick see hospitals as a last resort. At Al-Shifaa Hospital in the capital Baghdad, the ramifications are clear. “More than 95 percent of those sick with Covid-19...
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