50 years on, Israel keeps tight grip on Palestinian economy

  • SALFIT, West Bank: Fuad Maraita wakes up at 3:30 a.m. His hometown of Salfit in the Israeli-occupied West Bank lies in darkness. He drinks coffee, slings a bag with his lunch over his shoulder, gets on a minibus and starts the grueling journey to his job laying tiles at a construction site nea...
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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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A waterway lifeline for US-backed Syria force fighting Daesh

  • LAKE ASSAD, Syria: As US-backed fighters advance on Daesh’s de facto Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a waterway “corridor” has become a key supply line, and an escape route for displaced civilians.An AFP team accompanied fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance that is...
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After year of political deadlock, financial woes, what next for Lebanon?

  • BEIRUT: Over the course of 2018, Saudi Arabia opened cinemas for the first time in 35 years, Apple Inc. reached $1 trillion on the stock market, and the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.  Lebanon, on the other hand, continues to stumble around after a year that started out hop...
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Al-Qaeda, Daesh focus on bombs behind carry-on computer ban, say experts

  • WASHINGTON: The prohibition on carry-on electronics for certain flights to the US and Britain shows both Daesh and Al-Qaeda remain able to mount potent threats to civil aviation despite tighter airport security, experts say. On Tuesday, US authorities ordered a ban on laptop computers, tablets...
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Aoun and Hariri ease tensions but fail to solve Lebanon’s political deadlock

  • BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet again on Monday after they failed to resolve their differences over the formation of a new government during their meeting on Thursday. Monday’s meeting, Hariri predicted, will “provide some answers rega...
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As protests rage in Iran, Trump’s Iran policy faces sanctions test

  • WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signaled support for anti-government protests in Iran, but in two weeks he faces a decision on US policy toward the Islamic Republic that suddenly seems riskier than it did a week ago....
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Atomic energy watchdog seeks details on secret Iranian nuclear site

  • CHICAGO: Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have asked the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to provide details of their claims that Iran maintains a secret nuclear site hidden from the world as a UN-mandated nuclear arms embargo on Iran expires this week. ...
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Beirut emergency law sparks fears of army crackdown

  • BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament has approved a two-week state of emergency in Beirut that gives sweeping powers to the army, prompting warnings of a crackdown on protests in the city. The green light for the tough new measures comes 10 days after a deadly explosion in the capital killed mor...
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Biden seeking to ‘build trust’ as first step towards Israeli-Palestinian peace: experts

  • CHICAGO: US President Joe Biden wants to help build trust between the Israelis and Palestinians as a first step towards an enduring peace that might end the 73-year-old conflict, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. This is Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s priority during his fi...
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