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Hearing resumed on Netanyahu’s corruption charges

The second round of hearings on corruption charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resumed on Sunday morning, focusing for the third day on “file 4000”, on suspicion of Netanyahu’s granting of privileges to Bezeq company and its owner. The second part of the interrogation concerns “file 1000.” This focuses on suspicions that Netanyahu, his wife and son received benefits and …

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US warns Turkey over offshore drilling near Cyprus

There are rules in exploring energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, warning Turkey not to engage in drilling activity that is “illegal” and “unacceptable”. “We’ve made clear that operations in international waters are governed by a set of rules. We’ve told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable and we’ll continue …

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Iran releases two Australian citizens

Two Australian-British travel bloggers are released from an Iranian prison on Saturday after three months of arrest over flying drone without permit in the capital Tehran, reports Anadolu Agency. All charges against the social media phenomenons, Mark Firkin and Jolie King, have been dropped, according to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Saturday. Payne said that the couple looked happy and …

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A look at the legal trouble facing Israel’s Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attempt to head off a corruption indictment at a series of pre-trial hearings that begin on Wednesday, in which he will try to persuade Israel’s attorney-general not to press charges, reports Reuters. The political survival of Israel’s longest-serving leader, who denies any criminal wrongdoing, is also clouded by his failure to win a clear victory in …

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Several African nations to support Palestinian rights at UNGA

Palestine remains a priority Africa, as more than a dozen leaders from across the continent stressed the need for Israel to end its occupation of Palestine and reiterated the inalienable, legitimate right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and freedom during their addresses at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly last week. Senegal, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, …

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UN: Boat with over 50 people capsizes off Libyan coast

A boat with more than 50 people onboard has capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations said on Saturday, the latest accident involving migrants trying to reach Europe. The exact location of the accident remains unclear, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Twitter. A spokesman for Libya’s coastguard said a patrol boat had been dispatched, without providing any …

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Hundreds of thousands of tweets call for Sisi to quit

Hundreds of thousands of tweets called on Friday for the Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, to quit, Rassd.com reported. It has been the largest electronic demonstration since the removal of the late first-ever freely-elected Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi. The hashtags of the demonstration were locally, and internationally, trending on Twitter. The hashtags included “leave, the people want to oust the regime,” “Friday of rage” and “Sisi …

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Reports: Russia army destroys Israel drone in Damascus airspace

On Thursday evening, the Russian Air Force destroyed an Israeli drone in the airspace of the Syrian capital of Damascus, Israeli website Hadashot 12 reported, through information gained from Russian sources. According to the source, the drone was on its way to carry out an attack on a target in Damascus. This is the fourth time that the Russian army has prevented any Israeli attack in …

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Malta condemns Netanyahu’s remarks regarding annexation of West Bank land

Malta condemned today statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his intention to annex West Bank land. Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela called the annexation of land from the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, a violation of international law. He also stressed that a multilateral dialogue is the only way to establish …

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Turkey: Unemployment rate rises to 13% in June

The unemployment rate in Turkey stood at 13 percent in June, the country’s statistical authority announced today. This was a rise of 2.8 percent from the same time last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said in a statement. The number of people who were unemployed and aged 15 and over increased 938,000 year-on-year to hit 4.25 million in June. …

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