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US House agrees bill to impose sanctions on Assad supporters

The US House of Representatives yesterday unanimously agreed to pass a bill imposing economic sanctions against the supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his regime. According to Anadolu, the House of Representatives was able to pass a draft bill, supported by the Republican and Democratic parities to impose sanctions ending on 31 December 2021 against countries and companies that support Al-Assad’s regime financially or which establish business relations with the regime or the Syrian Central Bank. Read: An untold economic success story in Syria In order to be enacted, the bill still requires the approval of the Congress before being presented to President Donald Trump for his signature. However, observers do not believe the bill will be opposed. Paul […]


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Gulf, UK discuss explosives and weapons

A Bahraini official yesterday inaugurated a meeting for GCC and British specialists and experts in weapons and explosives, which is scheduled to last two days. The event is part of the efforts of the 37th Gulf Summit, which was held in the Gulf state in the presence of British Prime Minister Theresa May. It is hoped it will help enhance cooperation and coordination between the two sides, especially in the security field, and to discuss the effects and danger of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). During his opening speech, Chief of Public Security, Major-General Tariq Al-Hassan, said: “The phenomenon of terrorism is at the forefront of international, regional and local events, and attracts the attention of legal and criminal experts due […]


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Trump to announce $110bn Saudi arms deal during visit

America’s New York Times newspaper revealed that President Donald Trump is expected to announce an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, starting tomorrow and lasting until Sunday. The newspaper said that Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, made the deal. It noted that at the beginning of the month, Kushner welcomed a high-level Saudi delegation in a gold-plated reception room in the White House where he discussed the arms deal with them. According to the newspaper, the two sides discussed “a shopping list that included planes, ships and precision-guided bombs. Then an American official raised the idea of the Saudis’ buying an advanced radar system designed to shoot down ballistic […]


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Saudi Arabia warns against wearing niqab in Austria

The Saudi embassy in Austria has warned its citizens not to wear a full face veil, niqab, in Austria after the government passed a bill banning it, Al-Hayat newspaper reported. The new law stipulates that as of 1 October 2017, all those who hide their facial features in public will be fined. The embassy called on its citizens to adhere to the law when visiting the country. The newspaper noted that Austria joined Switzerland and France, which was the first European country to ban the niqab in public, in addition to other religious symbols. Belgium and some Spanish areas have also passed similar laws. The Muslim World League tweeted last week that Muslims must respect the constitutions, laws and cultures […]


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Settlers write racist slogans and burn a bulldozer south Nablus

Jewish terrorists believed to be from the “Tag-Mehir” terrorist group set fire to a bulldozer and wrote racist slogans in the village of Burin, south of occupied Nablus, threatening to seek revenge against the Arabs. According to Palestinian sources, Jewish settlers infiltrated the town which is surrounded by settlements and built on Palestinian land, set fire to a bulldozer and wrote slogans of revenge, as well as drawing the Jewish Star of David. According to Israel’s Channel 2, the settlers wrote the racist slogans and drew a Star of David in the town of Kifl Haris near Salfit, north of Jerusalem. This came hours after the death of a Palestinian man, Moutaz Hussein Bani Shamsa, 23, from Beita, southeast of […]


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Indian ‘terror suspect’ granted Saudi citizenship

Indian Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted by authorities in Delhi for alleged terrorist offences, has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. Arab sources reported that King Salman had intervened to grant Naik Saudi citizenship to protect him from arrest by the International Police Organisation, Interpol. Last month, Indian courts issued a second arrest warrant for Dr Naik in connection with his alleged role in a terror-related case and over money laundering allegations. Naik, who was on tour at the time, decided not to return to India and remained in Malaysia where permanent residency status was granted to him five years ago by the Malaysian government. The 51-year-old preacher left India last year, allegedly to evade arrest after […]


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Iran’s Rouhani to Khamenei: ‘People will choose between deception and honesty’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday attacked Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and his close associates include the Revolutionary Guard, Astan Quds Razavi Institute headed by rival candidate, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s Broadcasting and Television Authority and the judiciary. The country’s official news agency IRNA reported that Rouhani described Khamenei as someone who “believes that all the authorities are in his hands” during a speech in the northwestern city of Mashhad, a stronghold of rival candidate Ibrahim Abu-Rabi. He said that the people will today choose between “deception and honesty”, explaining that one decision taken by the president can lead to the outbreak of war while another can lead to peace, calling for awareness of internal, regional and global developments. Read: Khamenei […]


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OIC confirms support for Palestinian hunger strikers

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has stressed on its support for the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on a hunger strike for more than a month. The OIC’s committee issued a statement yesterday following a meeting held in Riyadh to discuss the issue of the Palestinian prisoners at the request of the Palestinian representative. The final statement has called on Israel to respect prisoners’ rights in consistence with international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Read: Health of 90% of hunger strikers seriously deteriorating The statement has also affirmed all the resolutions issued by the Islamic summits and the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers related to the question of Palestine, Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli conflict. #HungerStrike […]


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Netanyahu slams university for not playing national anthem

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has slammed the Hebrew University’s decision not to play the national anthem, Hatikvah during a graduation ceremony held yesterday to avoid offending Palestinian students. Netanyahu described the decision as “a disgrace”. It is the height of servility, the opposite of national pride. We are proud of our country, our flag, our anthem, and it only strengthens my resolve to pass the Jewish State bill that we are leading, in order to anchor in law the national symbols that are so dear to us. The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, described the decision as “foolish and offensive to the Jewish heritage” and called on the university to “reverse its foolish decision and restore dignity to itself”. […]


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Israeli settler kills Palestinian man

An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian youth and injured a journalist yesterday, south of Nablus. The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Moutaz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23 from Beita, was killed and AP photojournalist, Majdi Shtayyeh, was wounded after an Israeli settler fired several gunshots at a peaceful march to support Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Eyewitnesses and local sources said Bani Shamsa was transferred to Rafidya Governmental Hospital in Nablus where he later succumbed to his wounds. Read: Settler’s ‘sweet’ celebration following death of Palestinian man The sources confirmed that the town of Huwara “did not witness any confrontations before the shooting at the peaceful march, near the school […]