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Iraq court jails French woman for 20 years over Islamic State membership

An Iraqi court on Sunday jailed a French woman for 20 years for belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group as her lawyers accused authorities in Paris of “interference” to prevent her returning to France. Melina Boughedir, a mother of four, was sentenced last February to seven months in prison for “illegal” entry into the country, and was set to ...

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EGYPT RE-TESTING RUSSIAN WHEAT AS ERGOT FUNGUS SPAWNS CONTROVERSY AGAIN

Egypt is re-testing a 63,000-tonne Russian wheat cargo for ergot, the common grain fungus, days after rejecting it for excessive levels, official and trade sources said. The samples were sent from the Red Sea port of Safaga to a central laboratory in Cairo. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, said on Thursday the cargo, sold to state grain buyer GASC, ...

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China’s GCL signs pact for 5-GW PV factory in Egypt

May 10 (Renewables Now) – China’s Golden Concord Ltd (GCL) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s ministry of military production that outlines a plan to build a 5-GW solar panel factory, state-run news agency MENA said. The pact envisages building the photovoltaic (PV) production facility at a total cost of up to USD 2 billion (EUR ...

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24 Palestinians stranded at Egyptian airports to return to Gaza

CAIRO – 25 April 2018: The Egyptian authorities allowed 24 Palestinian citizens stranded at the Cairo and Borg El Arab international airports to return to the Gaza Strip via three vehicles, Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Loh stated on Wednesday. Loh asserted that the Egyptian and Palestinian authorities are conducting ongoing efforts to open the Rafah border crossing from both ...

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Egypt enraged at Netanyahu over Gaza

Hamas’ demonstrations have been taking place along the border fence for over a month now. The number of participants may have dropped, but the violence has intensified, with many Palestinians getting hurt and even killed. The Israeli military is currently investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead April 21. Nevertheless, there is almost universal consensus in Israel surrounding the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) ...

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At least four dead in Florida university bridge collapse

At least four people are dead and 10 others are injured after a bridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, officials say. Rescue teams were still searching the rubble on Thursday night for victims trapped beneath the buckled footbridge. The structure toppled over an eight-lane motorway on Thursday afternoon, crushing at least eight vehicles, according to police. It is ...

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Iraq Might Purchase Russia’s Most Powerful Air Defense System Ever

Iraq is considering the purchase of Russia’s potent S-400 air and missile defense system. However, there has been to firm decision in Baghdad to proceed with a purchase just yet. “There is no delegation in Moscow now to purchase S-400,” Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi told reporters according to the Russian TASS newsagency.  “When the Iraqi government decides ...

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Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator ...

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Ould Sheikh: Houthis Blocked Agreement on Peace Proposal in Yemen

A roadmap for peace in Yemen exists but parties to the conflict need to build confidence among themselves and launch it, according to UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. “Today, I would like to announce, for the first time, that we were about to reach agreement on a peace proposal, developed in consultation with the parties, but ...

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Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think

As President Trump welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House next week, opinions have never been more dour about the possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump administration says it is working on a plan, but its intended transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and its open criticism of ...

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