Tehran hard-liners admit Iran attacked Israeli ship off Oman

  • JEDDAH: An Israeli ship hit by an explosion off the coast of Oman was “a legitimate target” attacked by Iran and its allies, a hard-line Iranian media outlet claimed on Sunday. The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle carrier, was traveling from the Gulf to Singapore on Thursday when the blast blew two h...
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The Pope of Hope: Egypt’s Tawadros II on status of Copts, regional politics and Saudi reforms

  • CAIRO: It was July 21, 1969, and Neil Armstrong had just taken mankind’s first steps on the moon. In Egypt, 16-year-old Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman was transfixed by the achievement. More in hope than in any expectation of a reply, he wrote to the US astronaut asking for an autograph. A few wee...
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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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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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Tunisia’s unsettling political turmoil worsens

  • CHICAGO: Political turmoil and the rise of the Annahda Islamist Party in Tunisia have undermined the country’s stability and crippled its ability to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a leading analyst and writer said Wednesday. Tunisia was initially praised for managing COVID-...
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Turkey builds wall at Syria border crossing after bombs

  • ANKARA: Turkey is constructing 2.5-km-long twin walls at a border crossing with Syria to increase security at the frontier following three deadly bombings this year.The concrete walls will be built on either side of the road leading from the Turkish side of the crossing at Cilvegozu to the Syrian...
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Turkey lifts PCR requirement for unvaccinated in some areas

  • ISTANBUL: Turkey will no longer require unvaccinated individuals to take a PCR test for COVID-19 before using planes, buses or other transportation, or before attending events such as concerts, plays or movies, the state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Saturday. Citing the Interior Ministry, Anad...
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Two-state solution, Mideast peace at stake in US election: Activists

  • CHICAGO: The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Middle East peace in general, are at stake for Arab Americans in the Nov. 3 election battle between US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, activists for each side argued on Wednesday. Ed Gabriel, former US ambassa...
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UAE assists US in money laundering ‘landmark’ case

  • DUBAI: UAE law enforcement assisted in the apprehension of six individuals facing criminal charges by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, state news agency WAM reported on Friday. Six fraudsters, including Nigerian socialite Ray Hushpuppi, are alleged of defrauding a Qatari school founder an...
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UAE expresses solidarity with India by lighting up Burj Khalifa with flag

  • DUBAI: Burj Khalifa lit up in the colors of the Indian flag on Sunday evening in a sign of the UAE’s solidarity with the coronavirus-ravaged country. “Sending hope, prayers, and support to India and all its people during this challenging time,” the iconic tower’s official Twitter account state...
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