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Qatar launches refinery project in Egypt

Qatar Petroleum (QP) yesterday announced the launch of the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC)’s in the Mostorod refinery plant located in the north of the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. “QP is pleased to announce a successful launch of the ERC’s refinery project in Mostorod,” the company told Russia’s Sputnik. QP owns 38.1 per cent of the Arab Refining Company, which in …

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Mladenov praises Hamas’s election efforts

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has hailed Hamas’s positive attitude and keenness on the success of the Palestinian elections. Hamas said in a statement on Monday evening that the head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya met with Mladenov at his office in Gaza and together they discussed ways to end the Palestinian political …

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Netanyahu’s office reveals details of agreement reached between Jordan, occupation

The Israeli Occupation Prime Minister, Netanyahu’s office revealed on Monday evening, November 4, 2019, the details of the agreement reached between Jordan and the Israeli occupation on the release of the two Jordanian detainees, Hiba Al-Labadi and Abdulrahman Marei. “Jordan will return its ambassador to Israel in the coming days, after an agreement was reached between the countries for the transferring …

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Norway’s capital, Oslo, is banning Israeli settlement goods and services

In a historic step, Oslo’s newly installed City Council is banning Israeli settlement goods and services from public procurements. The ban on goods from Israel’s illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is a part of the newly adopted platform for 2019 – 2023 approved by Oslo’s recently-elected City Council, led by the Socialist Left (SV), Labor and Green parties. …

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US still pressing Turkey to ‘walk away’ from Russian missile purchase

The United States is still in talks with Turkey to get Ankara to ‘walk away’ from the Russian missile defense system it bought, a senior State Department official said on Friday but warned Turkey that the risk of sanctions over the issue persisted, reports Reuters. “There’s still work to get the Turks to walk away from the S400s: be it turn …

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UN: one child dies every 12 minutes in Yemen

Achim Steiner, the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has announced that one child under the age of five dies every 12 minutes in Yemen. Steiner posted on his Twitter account “1 child under the age of 5 dies every 12 minutes in #Yemen, mostly from lack of water, basic nutrition, healthcare & medicine due to the conflict.” He included …

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Malaysia to open embassy to Palestine

Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, announced on Friday that his country is to open an accredited embassy to Palestine, Anadolu News Agency reported. “We know that Israel will not allow Malaysia to open an embassy in the Occupied Territory. As such, we will open the embassy in Jordan,” Mohammad announced. Mohammad revealed that the embassy would be accredited to Palestine, and it would more freely …

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UN calls to ban on products of Israel

The UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories on Wednesday called for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements, as an important step towards ending Israel’s 52-year-old “illegal occupation” of the West Bank. Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, told the General Assembly’s human rights committee Wednesday that …

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Israel’s Netanyahu gives up effort to from new government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was giving up his effort to form a new government after failing to secure a majority coalition in parliament following an inconclusive election in September, reports Reuters. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, said he was returning the mandate back to Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin after “working unceasingly … to …

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Egypt accepts invitation to meet in US over Ethiopia dam dispute

Egypt said on Tuesday it had accepted a US invitation to a meeting of foreign ministers over a project for a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile that is causing an escalating spat between the two African countries, Reuters reports. The meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the three nations directly affected by the project, will be held …

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