IRAN DENIES COMMUNICATING WITH BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

Tue 19 January 2021: Chief of Staff of the Iranian president’s office Mahmoud Vaezi denied on Monday media reports claiming that his country has been in contact with the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported. Vaezi told the agency that the Iranian policy with the new US administration would be: “Commitment in […]

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PALESTINIANS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE FIRST BATCH OF RUSSIAN VACCINES

Tue 19 January 2021: The Palestinian Authority will receive the first 5,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine on Tuesday, intended to inoculate hospital and health workers. The shipment is due to be brought by a PA delegate into the occupied West Bank through Jordan, the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that […]

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SAUDI ARABIA LAUNCHES “KIDANA” $270M COMPANY TO DEVELOP THE HOLY SITES

Mon 18 January 2021: Saudi Arabia has launched a company with an authorized capital of SR1 billion ($266 million) called “Kidana” to develop holy sites in the Kingdom. Kidana will be headquartered in Mina and is the first closed joint-stock company owned by the Royal Commission for Makkah Al-Mukarramah and the Holy Sites (RCMC), the […]

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ISIS LANDMINES KILL 10 RUSSIA-BACKED FIGHTERS IN SYRIA’S HOMS

Mon 18 January 2021: Ten Russia-backed fighters were killed when ISIS landmines exploded in al-Tayba area in al-Sukhna, Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Al-Tayba located in Syria’s eastern Homs countryside near the administrative border with the Deir Ezzor province. ISIS has recently increased its attacks against regime forces, killing and injuring dozens. Analysts believe this reflects the […]

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HEAVY RAIN FLOODS SYRIA’S IDLIB, IMPERILING REFUGEES

Mon 18 January 2021: Heavy rainfall has flooded hundreds of tents on Sunday occupied by internally displaced Syrian families in the northeastern Idlib province, local media reported. According to media reports, the rainstorm that hit the region on Sunday night swept away 40 canvas tents housing displaced people in Ghuraba Al-Sham refugee camp, as well […]

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ISRAELIS CONTINUE ANTI-NETANYAHU PROTEST

Sun 17 January 2021: Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite a coronavirus quarantine, Anadolu Agency reports. Demonstrators gathered at bridges and crossroads from the north to the south of the country, intensifying protests in front of Netanyahu’s residence, according to Haaretz newspaper.   Protesters carried banners that read: ‘Netanyahu is the great […]

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PALESTINE GROUP SAYS NEWS ABOUT ELECTION FALSE

Sun 17 January 2021: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday that reports about a decision on elections before any national dialogue is not true, Anadolu Agency reports. A statement by the group said the election decision did not constitute a guarantee for an end to internal Palestine division.   It stressed that national […]

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RUSSIA HOPES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WILL KEEP PROMISE AND CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY

Sun 17 January 2021: At a press conference on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Moscow hopes that the US will keep its promise and close Guantanamo Bay. “We hope that the new US administration will keep Washington’s promise and close the Guantanamo prison without delay, and provide its inmates with access to […]

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EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MISSION ANNOUNCES NEW MAJOR DISCOVERIES AT SAQQARA NECROPOLIS

Sun 17 January 2021: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Saturday a new batch of major discoveries in the Saqqara Necropolis archaeological site. The tourism and antiquities ministry said the “major discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists headed by renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, also included more than 50 sarcophagi.  Zahi Hawass said […]

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