Friday, 30 Oct 2020

Middle East

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Israel says US will now fund Israeli research projects in West Bank, Golan

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – Israel said on Tuesday (Oct 27) the United States is effectively lifting a ban on US funding of Israeli scientific research projects conducted in the West Bank and Golan Heights, areas Israel occupied in a 1967 war. There was no immediate Palestinian comment on the move, announced a week before a US […]

Iran summons French diplomat over alleged insult against Prophet Mohammad

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the French charge d’affaires over alleged insults against Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB reported on Tuesday (Oct 27). A ministry official told the diplomat during their meeting on Monday that Iran strongly rejected “any insult and disrespect to the Prophet of Islam…, and Islam’s pure […]

Iran reports Covid-19 death every four minutes, extend curbs

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Iran extended Covid-19 curbs in Teheran and across the country on Monday (Oct 26) as health authorities said they were recording a death from the virus every four minutes. Some hospitals had run out of beds to treat new patients, the head of the national coronavirus task-force told state TV. “Our doctors […]

Iraqi forces use water cannon, tear gas against protesters in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) – Iraqi security forces fired water cannon and tear gas at anti-government protesters on Sunday (Oct 25) to prevent them crossing barricades on a bridge leading towards government buildings. The skirmishes came as hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad and some southern cities to hold anti-government protests, marking a year […]

Iraqis rally to relaunch year-old anti-government revolt

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Thousands of Iraqis headed Sunday (Oct 25) to Baghdad’s iconic Tahrir Square and its high-security Green Zone to mark the first anniversary of a protest movement against the country’s stagnant political class. “This is an important day, we are here to keep the movement going,” student Mohamed Ali said in the square, […]

US drone strike kills 17 Islamists in north-west Syria

BEIRUT (AFP) – The US army said on Thursday (Oct 22) it carried out a drone strike against Al-Qaeda leaders in north-western Syria near the Turkish border, killing 17 Islamists, according to a war monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also among those killed. “US Forces conducted a strike against […]

Sudan Premier ready for Israel ties if Parliament approves: Sources

KHARTOUM (REUTERS) – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is ready to proceed with normalising relations with Israel once a yet-to-be-formed transitional Parliament has approved the step, two Sudanese government sources told Reuters on Thursday (Oct 22). The comments are the clearest sign that Mr Hamdok, under pressure from the United States, is willing to contemplate […]

Emiratis Land in Israel, Firming New Ties and Angering Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Diplomats from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday made their first official trip to Israel since the countries normalized relations in August, and the two sides signed pacts deepening their ties, including allowing their citizens to travel from one country to the other without visas — Israel’s first such waiver with an Arab […]

Saudi retail chains join growing informal boycott of Turkish products

RIYADH (REUTERS) – Saudi Arabia’s biggest supermarket chains this week joined a growing boycott of Turkish imports proposed by business leaders and Saudis on social media, as political tensions spilled into trade between the two regional powers. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads since the 2011 “Arab Spring” over Ankara’s support for Islamist […]

Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat 'critical' from coronavirus: Hospital

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Long-time chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was in “critical” condition and in a medically induced coma on Monday (Oct 19), said the Israeli hospital in Jerusalem treating him for coronavirus complications. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said on Sunday that Mr Erekat had been admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital’s coronavirus intensive […]