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Egypt releases Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after 4 years in jail
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Egypt releases Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after 4 years in jail

Egypt has released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, reports AFP. Hussein, an Egyptian national held under preventive detention since December 2016, was released from jail Thursday night, as per AFP sources. Al Jazeera has not yet confirmed his release. It had run […]

Saudi sentences prominent women rights activist to nearly 6 years in prison; Family calls trail a sham
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Saudi sentences prominent women rights activist to nearly 6 years in prison; Family calls trail a sham

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison on terrorism-related charges and banned her from leaving the country for five years. State-linked Saudi news outlet Sabq reported that al-Hathloul had been found guilty on charges of pursuing a foreign agenda, contacting “unfriendly” states […]

US Embassy in Baghdad targeted in ‘largest’ rocket attack in a decade; President Trump threatens Iran with retaliation
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US Embassy in Baghdad targeted in ‘largest’ rocket attack in a decade; President Trump threatens Iran with retaliation

In what a U.S. military commander for the Middle East said ‘largest’ rocket attack in a decade, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was hit by rockets over the last few days. The biggest attack came on Sunday, though reports of the embassy being attacked on Saturday and Monday have emerged. It is alleged that the […]

Israel to go for snap elections in March as Unity government falls after failing to pass the budget; Will be the fourth election in two years
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Israel to go for snap elections in March as Unity government falls after failing to pass the budget; Will be the fourth election in two years

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, was automatically dissolved as required by the country’s law after a deadline to pass the 2020 state budget expired. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling coalition, the Unity Government, failed to pass a budget, triggering the country’s fourth election in two years. Last-ditch attempts to pass the budget by allowing more time was voted down, resulting in the automatic collapse of the government.

Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara
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Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalise relations in a deal brokered by the United States. As part of the agreement, US has agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the Western Sahara. The Polisario Front wants to establish an independent state in the territory with the backing of Algeria and the African Union.

Iran blames Israel for the killing of its top nuclear scientist near Tehran; Vows ‘harsh revenge’
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Iran blames Israel for the killing of its top nuclear scientist near Tehran; Vows ‘harsh revenge’

Prominent Iranian physicist and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in a gun attack near the capital Tehran on 27 November at . A report in state-controlled Iranian news channel Press TV said that Fakhrizadeh  had been targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number […]

Bangkok 2012 bombings: Thai government approves transfer of 3 Iranians charged with involvement in botched bomb attack
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Bangkok 2012 bombings: Thai government approves transfer of 3 Iranians charged with involvement in botched bomb attack

The 2012 bomb plot involving the three Iranian was exposed when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying. Three Iranians Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, Saeid Moradi and Mohammad Kharzei were arrested by the Bangkok police. Investigations by the Thai and Israeli security agencies revealed that those arrested were planning for a bomb attack on Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.