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Over $2.7bn food waste per year in UAE

Emirati specialists have confirmed that food waste in the country is estimated at more than ten billion dirhams per year (more than $2.7 billion) and that 30 per cent of this waste occurs during the month of Ramadan. “The amount of food waste and excess in the country exceeds ten billion dirhams per year, about 30 per cent of which …

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Expert: Israel attacks on Syria aim to eliminate Iran presence

An Israeli military expert said the latest series of attacks carried out by Israel in Syria in April are part of a policy aimed at “uprooting Iranian crops from the Syrian field”. Alex Fishman, a military affairs analyst at Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, explained that the Israeli attacks are not reactions to an Iranian action but rather “initiated actions aimed at uprooting …

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Lebanon bans Palestinian refugees from returning to the country

The Directorate of Public Security in Beirut has banned Palestinian refugees who are stranded abroad from returning to Lebanon, Al-Watan Voice reported on Monday. Domestic workers are also included in the banning directive. Staff at Middle East Airlines, Lebanon’s national carrier, have been asked not to let such refugees or workers board their aircraft taking Lebanese citizens home during the …

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Report: Russia, Turkey, Iran agree to remove Syria’s Assad

The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) expects that Russia, Turkey and Iran will reach a consensus to remove the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad, and establish a ceasefire in exchange for forming a transitional government that includes the opposition, members of the regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The RIAC, which is known to be close to the …

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UK politicians call for sanctions against Israel over West Bank annexation plans

Letter signed by 127 current and former officials urge British government to ‘take a lead’ in upholding international law Dozens of British politicians from across the political spectrum have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose sanctions on Israel if it goes ahead with plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. In a letter released on Friday, 127 …

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Deep and basic differences between the US administration and the occupation government

US President Donald Trump has told Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the deal of the century as one package and recognise the principle of “two states for two nations”. According to Israeli TV Channel 13, there are “deep” and “basic” differences between the US administration and the occupation government regarding the annexation of the Jordan Valley, the …

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Palestine activists win landmark Supreme Court ruling against UK government

Local pension schemes now able to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation, after governmental guidance ruled unlawful The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) won a landmark legal victory against the British government on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court ruled local pension schemes could divest from companies complicit in Israel’s military occupation. It is seen by pro-Palestinian activists as a major …

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Hajj pilgrimage might be cancelled this year!

The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has caused countless events to be cancelled, forcing them onto the digital realm and leaving them to rely on the power of modern technology. Even the G20 summit ended up online.   The annual Hajj pilgrimage, however, is one of those events that cannot be held digitally. Accordingly, the dreams and expectations of over 2 million …

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Bomb blast kills 40 people in Syria’s Afrin

At least 40 civilians were killed, including 11 children, when a bomb detonated on an oil tanker in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Tuesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, blaming the attack on the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. In a statement on Twitter, the ministry said the blast occurred in a crowded area in Afrin’s centre. A video …

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Lebanon: One dead after protesters, army clash

A 26-year-old man died today, succumbing to wounds sustained last night during clashes between protesters and the Lebanese Army in the northern city of Tripoli.   In a post on Facebook, Fawaz Fouad Samman’s sister confirmed the news that her brother had died after being shot with live ammunition by the Lebanese Army last night.   “My brother Fawaz Faoud …

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