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Guterres calls on PA and Israel not to obstruct efforts to help Gaza

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel not to thwart efforts being made to meet the vital needs of the Gaza population. This came in a news conference held on Friday by  a spokesperson for Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York. “Guterres calls on all parties to continue to deal with Egypt …

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South Korea Warns Against North Korea Rocket Launch

A special adviser to South Korea’s president said a launch by the North would be a “big disaster” for diplomacy. North Korea must not use a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the U.S, a South Korean presidential adviser said Tuesday, saying such a move could be “catastrophic” for global diplomacy on its nuclear program. U.S.-based websites recently …

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Egyptian female detainees face serious violations inside El-Sisi prisons

A television report reviewed several cases of human rights violations against hundreds of Egyptian female detainees documented by international reports and highlighting the suffering of the families of these detainees amid the silence of the National Council for Human Rights, the National Council for Women and other women’s rights bodies in Egypt. The report, which was broadcast on Al Jazeera TV during …

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Israelis ‘undergo Jewish DNA test before being allowed to marry’

Israel’s rabbinate “has been performing genetic testing on Israelis from the former Soviet Union, to check if they are ‘genetically Jewish’ as a condition for marriage registration”, according to Ynet. The new site reported that “at least 20 couples have come forward after having been asked to undergo the procedure in the past year.” “Although the existence of such tests was …

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Netanyahu: Israel ‘not a state of all its citizens’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel is home only for the Jewish people, ignoring Arab citizens who make up 20 per cent of its population. On Twitter, he wrote: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens… According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and …

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Oxfam: Starving Yemeni Families Selling Daughters as Young as Three into Marriage

The fact that girls as young as three have been sold is shocking and a testament to the severity of the humanitarian crisis, particularly the country’s burgeoning famine, that many Yemenis face. LONDON — As the entirely man-made crisis in Yemen continues to worsen, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam has stated that some desperate Yemeni families are selling their daughters, some as …

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Ilhan Omar suggests Obama was a ‘pretty face who got away with murder’

Representative Ilhan Omar has suggested Barack Obama is a “pretty face” who “got away with murder”. The Minnesota Democrat implied the former president’s “hope and change” message was an illusion – saying his immigration policies involved detaining children at the southern border and pointing to his repeated use of lethal drone strikes overseas. “We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are …

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Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers killed, on Sunday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, driving through a military block on Road #90 in the Jordan Valley area, near Jericho in the occupied West Bank. Media sources said army informed the Palestinian District Coordination Office that the young man, Salama Salah Ka’abna, 22, was shot dead while bypassing a vehicle which was stopped by …

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