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Grandson of Libya’s last king bids for interim president

Mohammed El-Senussi, the grandson of King Idris El-Senussi, Libya’s first king, has offered to lead the country during this transitional period. Speaking to reporters in Tunis, El-Senussi called for the re-enactment of the 1951 constitution – implemented after Libya’s independence from Italy – and presented himself as a potential figure to lead the country’s transitional period. “The safest and most effective way for a speedy and satisfactory solution for everyone in Libya is to refer to the 1951 Constitution, because it is the only constitution that represents the constitutional and legal legitimacy of the country,” he said. Read more: International community against political consensus in Libya, says former offical


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International community against political consensus in Libya, says former official

The former political adviser to the prime minister of Libya’s National Salvation Government, Mohamed Hussein Omar, has played down the efforts led by the UN’s new envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, to support political consensus in Libya. “These are all efforts to cover up the regional and international trend to break the will of the Libyan people, and impose a military option on it,” Omar said in an interview with Quds Press. “The international community, especially the United Nations, is not serious about looking for a political solution in Libya,” Omar said, adding that the international community is focused on supporting the military operation led by Libya’s retired Major General, Khalifa Haftar, and does not to want political consensus among […]


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Department of Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem labelled as ‘terrorist’ organisation

The Department of Islamic Waqf (Religious Endowment) in occupied Jerusalem has rejected the decision of the Israeli police to prosecute it as a “terrorist” organisation. The decision to close the Waqf office at Bab Al-Rahmah within the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa has also been condemned. “The Waqf Department is the sole official and religious party,” said an official statement from the organisation. “It is part of the Jordanian government and supervises the Islamic sanctities and their endowments, including the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Officials pointed out that successive Israeli governments have recognised this fact since the occupation of Jerusalem started in 1967 and accepted that the Jordanian Waqf has exclusive authority in managing, supervising and reconstructing these sanctities and their endowments, […]


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Israel digs tunnel on Gaza’s eastern border as obstacle to Hamas

Israel is building a concrete tunnel under the eastern border of Gaza as an obstacle to any tunnels across the border that Hamas might build, local sources have reported. The local residents told Quds Press on Thursday that the Israelis have completed drilling operations in the central region of the Gaza Strip which extends from the area of Juhr Al-Dik in the north to the southern city of Deir Al-Balah. They pointed out that the work is carried out alongside the separation barrier and involves dozens of workers. According to the sources, the Israeli army has deployed hundreds of troops, including snipers, to protect the workers. Read: Israel seeking to legitimize its crimes by claiming tunnels exist under Gazan houses says […]


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Police have ‘sufficient evidence’ to charge Netanyahu with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be summoned for questioning again on fraud charges, Israel Hayom reported on Thursday. In what is known as Case 1000, he is accused of receiving gifts worth tens thousands of dollars from Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan. According to the newspaper, investigators believe that they have sufficient evidence to indict the Israeli leader. Netanyahu is accused of “acts constituting fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes.” It cited the Israeli police as saying that the investigations with Milchen in London “achieved their goal in full, and with great success.” Milchen had previously filed a statement regarding gifts he gave to Netanyahu, including cigars, champagne and jewellery. The investigators dismissed Netanyahu’s claims that […]



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New solar electricity project back on agenda in Tunisia

  After several years suspended as a result of political unrest, there is renewed hope for British project to construct a giant solar power plant in the Tunisian desert which would supply Europe with electricity. This huge project was developed by British company TuNur and would have a production capacity of 4.5 gigawatts. When complete it would supply Malta, Italy and France with electricity using submarine cables. The project will become the largest energy export project since the – since abandond – DESERTEC Industrial project. Last month, sources at the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy said that the ministry had received an official request from the British renewable energy company, TuNur, to establish a solar power plant in the desert […]


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Egypt blocks Human Rights Watch website amid widespread media blockade

Egypt has blocked the website of Human Rights Watch just one day after the organization released a report on systematic torture in the country’s jails. Reuters attempted to access the website late on Thursday but was unsuccessful. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human Rights Watch report proves otherwise,” Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said on Thursday. The report titled “We Do Unreasonable Things Here”, based on the accounts of 19 former detainees and the family of another, claimed Egyptian authorities used arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture. Read More: Khashoggi: Defending what’s happening in Egypt is disgraceful “Rather than address the torture […]


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Trump discusses Gulf crisis with Qatari Emir

The US President Donald Trump and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani spoke over the phone about the Gulf crisis, Friday. Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera television the two leaders discussed the meeting between Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah and Trump. Earlier Trump and Kuwaiti Emir held a press conference and Trump said: “While I do appreciate and respect the mediation, I would be willing to be the mediator.” Qatari Foreign Minister said that the US president called all sides for dialogue to solve the ongoing inter-Arab diplomatic crisis. He added that the solution could be achieved by mutual obligation rather than giving orders from one side to the other. Read More: Trump offers to mediate talks to end Qatar […]


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Trump offers to mediate talks to end Qatar row

President Donald Trump offered Thursday to mediate between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors to help end a months-long diplomatic row. “While I do appreciate and respect the mediation, I would be willing to be the mediator,” he said during a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah. “And I think you’d have a deal worked out very quickly. I think it’s something that’s going to get solved fairly easily.” The inter-Arab diplomatic crisis began on 5 June when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain collectively severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region. Read More: Trump reportedly set to meet Netanyahu and Abbas at UN General Assembly Doha denies the […]