INTERNATIONAL Prospective pilgrims are having Hajj packages worth tens of thousands of dollars downgraded, but are not being offered partial refunds to make up the difference, with just days to go until the start of the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. In early June, the Saudi government made a surprise decision to sideline traditional[…]
INTERNATIONAL A 68-year-old Palestinian woman died in an Israeli prison on Saturday, six months after she was beaten and detained by Israeli forces near a military checkpoint in Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners Club reported. The Prisoners Club accused Damon prison authorities of medical neglect as Saadia Farajallah’s health had recently been in decline due[…]
INTERNATIONAL A proposal by the Egyptian government to double the current share of the private sector in the economy has been met with scepticism as the country reels from the knock-on effects of the Russia-Ukraine war. Called the “State Ownership Policy“, the document unveiled by the government last month is Cairo’s latest attempt to[…]
Iranian intelligence has “secretly” arrested a senior general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) for allegedly spying for Israel, the New York Times reported yesterday. The newspaper cited officials with close ties to the IRGC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that Brigadier General Ali Nasiri, who served as[…]
A Gaza-based member of the Hamas Political Bureau said on Wednesday that Israel’s presidency of the Negev Forum proves that US-sponsored action in the region is intended to reinforce the occupation state’s power and control over the Palestinian issue and Arab resources. “Israel’s position in the forum’s steering committee is[…]
Turkey has detected its first case of monkeypox in a 37-year-old patient who is in isolation, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said today, Reuters reports. The virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says cases are[…]
INTERNATIONAL On Monday, an initial draft opinion leaked by Politico suggested that the US Supreme Court could soon overturn the decades-old Roe v Wade ruling, a move that would have a monumental impact on reproductive rights in the US. What followed was a slew of outrage on social media, news articles, and opinion pieces. But within[…]
INTERNATIONAL Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man early on Wednesday in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian sources. Mohammad Marei, 25, died from a bullet wound to the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said. The Palestinian Wafa news agency said he was killed during an Israeli army raid in[…]
INTERNATIONAL The United Nations said a new drive to locate thousands of people missing in Syria’s war is set to be announced, as newly released statistics shed light on the scale of death in the conflict and in Syrian prisons. Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the UN Independent International Commission of[…]
INTERNATIONAL India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday where he was warmly embraced by President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed (MBZ). Modi also offered his condolences on the death of MBZ’s predecessor, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, who passed away on 13 May at the age of 73. The prime[…]
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