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UN: Israel demolished, confiscated 617 Palestinian structures since January

NEW YORK: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israeli authorities have demolished and confiscated hundreds of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank since January as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories. The world body, …

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Algeria president names Abdelaziz Djerad as new prime minister

ALGIERS: Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has named a university professor and former diplomat as prime minister as he builds a new government to handle political unrest and a looming economic challenge. Abdelaziz Djerad, 65, served in the administration of a previous president in the 1990s, but was sidelined by president …

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Libya’s eastern government rejects security deal with Turkey

TRIPOLI: Libya’s eastern-based administration has rejected a security deal between the UN-backed government and Turkey, saying plans by Ankara to deploy troops to the North African country would be seen as a form of unwanted intervention. Speaker of Libya’s parliament Aguila Saleh said on Saturday that a recent maritime border …

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Nigeria’s Zakzaky: A religious figure in deadly thrall to government

ABUJA: The Nigerian government, whether at the behest of some of its more powerful allies or acting on a fatal misconception, is continuing to enact a campaign of deadly dehumanization against the country’s Muslim religious icon and his thousands-strong followers. The acts of brazen oppression that have been visited upon …

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Typhoon toll reaches 28 as Philippines crawls back to normality

MANILA: The death toll from a Christmas typhoon that tore through the central Philippines rose to 28 on Friday, with 12 people missing, the disaster agency said, as authorities moved to restore power and residents tried to repair damaged homes. Typhoon Phanfone hit late on Tuesday with winds of up …

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Japan OKs divisive plan to send warship, aircraft to Middle East

TOKYO: Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region. The Japanese cabinet’s decision reflects tensions that have escalated between Iran and …

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Indonesian Muslims protest China’s treatment of Uighurs

JAKARTA: More than a thousand Muslims marched to the heavily guarded Chinese Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on Friday to protest China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslims. The protesters, many wearing blue headbands reading “Save Uighurs,” chanted “Get out, China!” and unfurled Indonesian and Uighur flags as they marched to the …

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Massive car bomb kills at least 76 in Somalia’s capital

MOGADISHU: A massive car bomb exploded in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, leaving at least 76 people dead and scores injured, an ambulance official said. The blast occurred in a busy area of the city where traffic is heavy because of a security checkpoint and …

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