Tunisia promises democratic reform in UN address

  • LONDON:  Tunisia is working on democratic reforms through parliamentary elections in the wake of months of civil unrest, the country’s foreign minister told the UN General Assembly on Monday. Othman Jerandi said Tunisia’s development goals remain in line with UN ambitions, describing the...
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War turned Syria’s regime into a ‘narco-state’ smuggling drugs to Gulf, says expert

  • CHICAGO: Although President Bashar Assad continues to survive the civil war that has gripped Syria since 2011, he controls only 60 percent of the country and his regime’s largest source of revenue is now drug trafficking, according to an expert on the nation’s geopolitical history. Charles Li...
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Israeli restrictions compound suffering of Palestinian patients

  • GAZA CITY: For years, patients in the Gaza Strip have complained about the lack of medical services and their inability to receive treatment because of Israeli restrictions and the bureaucracy involved in medical referrals. Mahmoud and his wife Rahma seem tired as they wait in front of t...
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Dubai customs officials uncover 3.7kg drug haul hidden in car parts

  • DUBAI: Inspectors at Dubai International Airport have seized 3.7kg of marijuana that were found hidden inside air filters used for an engine, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. Dubai Customs officers made the discovery after an x-ray of a passenger’s items revealed an “abnormal density,” th...
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UK money-laundering ring used network of women including ‘Kim Kardashian lookalike’ to smuggle cash to UAE

  • LONDON: The UK’s biggest ever money-laundering case enlisted a network of 36 people, including a “Kim Kardashian lookalike” and other British women in white-collar jobs, to smuggle cash to the UAE. The UK National Crime Agency discovered the scheme, which saw money sent to flats in central Lo...
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EAD highlights Abu Dhabi Marine biodiversity conservation and rehabilitation efforts

  • ABU DHABI: The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi has led a high-profile tour of the National Aquarium to commemorate Shark Week, which runs from July 24-31, Emirates News Agency reported.  The tour was attended by Minister of Climate Change and the Environment Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri an...
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Status of Jerusalem to feature prominently in Palestinian Authority talks with Biden: PLO secretary-general

  • AMMAN, Jordan: The status of Jerusalem will be high on the agenda when US President Joe Biden meets officials from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank this week, according to Hussein Al-Sheikh, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. “When it c...
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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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