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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Airport customs officials in Cairo foil bid to smuggle in 45 bladed weapons, narcotic pills

  • CAIRO: Two passengers who arrived at Cairo International Airport are to be prosecuted in separate cases for trying to smuggle in items in violation of customs laws. The first passenger was held in possession of 45 bladed weapons, while the other was carrying a quantity of tramadol tablets. ...
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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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As the death toll falls and talks progress, could Syria finally know peace in 2023?

  • IRBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan: Fewer Syrians were killed in 2022 than in any other year since the civil war began in 2011. What is unclear is whether this represents the beginning of the end of this seemingly endless conflict or merely an interlude before another round of grinding violence. An estim...
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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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