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    West Bank poverty may double over pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 10:57pm on June 01, 2020

    Poverty in the occupied West Bank may double as Palestinians are hit by the coronavirus, the World Bank warned Monday, just weeks before Israel aims...

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    Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 12:10pm on May 31, 2020

    Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, reopened on Sunday after being closed for over two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of...

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    Israel police kill Palestinian

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 11:11pm on May 30, 2020

    Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, Israeli and...

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    Iran dismisses US move to end nuclear waivers

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:21pm on May 28, 2020

    Tehran on Thursday dismissed the impact of what it called Washington’s ‘desperate attempt’ to end sanction waivers for nations that remain in the Iran nuclear...

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    Kuwait Airways declares to terminate 1,500 expatriate workers

    Agence France-Presse . Kuwait City | Updated at 10:22pm on May 28, 2020

    State-owned Kuwait Airways said on Thursday that it would lay off 1,500 expatriate employees due to ‘significant difficulties’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic...

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    Eid congestion held at Grand Holy Mosque in Saudi Arabia

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha / SPA . Makkhah / Madina | Updated at 09:16pm on May 24, 2020

    Muslims today performed the blessed Eid-ul-Fitr prayer at the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, under the necessary health precautions in terms of numbers...

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    Funding for Yemen may be slashed: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 11:16pm on May 22, 2020

    A range of aid programmes in war-ravaged Yemen, including ones responding to coronavirus, could be cut in the coming weeks because of funding shortages, the...

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    Fight to liberate Palestine is Islamic duty: Khamenei

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:05pm on May 22, 2020

    Iran’s supreme leader said it was an ‘Islamic duty’ to fight for the ‘liberation of Palestine’ in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with...

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    Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on May 24

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:51pm on May 22, 2020

    Astronomical calculations have confirmed that there is no possibility for sighting the crescent moon of Shawwal in the evening of Friday, Ramadan 29, corresponding to...

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    Sons of slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi forgive killers

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Updated at 08:04pm on May 22, 2020

    The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they ‘forgive’ the killers of their father, a move analysts said effectively grants clemency to five...