Official: Israel upgrading contingency plans for Iran attack

  • TEL AVIV, Israel: Tension seems to be rising between Iran and Israel as the latter’s defense minister said his country is upgrading contingency plans to strike Iranian targets if Tehran shows signs of nuclear escalation. Israel is still working on its plans, but that “we have them in our hands...
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Parkour brings youngsters a taste of freedom in Gaza

  • GAZA: Using crutches, Palestinian Mohamed Aliwa leaps from one concrete slab to another, determined that his missing leg won’t stop him doing parkour, a sport that brings respite from grim reality in Gaza. The Palestinian teen’s right leg was amputated near the knee in 2018 after he was ...
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People smugglers busted after 22 people found in cement transporter at UAE border

  • DUBAI: These images capture the moment UAE authorities foiled a smuggling operation involving 22 people hidden inside a cement transporter, UAE state news agency WAM reported....
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Police ID allowed Russian envoy’s killer to enter Ankara hall

  • ANKARA: The Turkish policeman who assassinated Russian ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov at an exhibition center used his police ID to enter the show while armed, the local municipality said.Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, did not go through the metal detector security check when he entered the...
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Quds Force commander admits Iran supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

  • JEDDAH: Tehran supports attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas Quds Force has admitted. Ismail Qaani told a conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad that the Houthis had launched  “18 oper...
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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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Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded, report says

  • MOSCOW: About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter....
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Saudi Arabia: Iran must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons

  • JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet that Iran must never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon or the ability to build one. The Kingdom spoke out on the eve of the resumption of talks aimed at reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal ...
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Starved infants, wounded women crowd Syrian hospitals after Daesh defeat

  • HASAKA, Syria: The paramedics’ log at Al-Hol camp in eastern Syria lists the injuries and ailments of infants rushed from the battlefield to its crowded, dirty clinic: malnourishment, stunted growth, broken leg. Those in critical need – mostly emaciated babies born in war to the wives of dead ...
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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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