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Jews hold rare prayers at the holy site in West Bank

First time in 18 years Jews were allowed to pray at site – Israel to close detention centre, deport migrants HALHUL: Hundreds of Israeli Jews held a rare prayers session…

After the fall of last town, Islamic State loses its grip

RAWA: “Islamic State – Euphrates Province” reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa.  A day after government forces ousted the Islamic State…

Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

Outgoing PM meets Macron in Paris – Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany PARIS: Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations and…

Egypt-Gaza border opens under Palestinian Authority ‘control’

Palestinians hope for relief of economic hardship   GAZA: The Egypt-Gaza border opened under control of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) for the first time since 2007 yesterday, raising residents’…

Hariri ‘free to leave’ Saudi Arabia

Saudi denies detaining Hariri amid shock resignation   RIYADH: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is free to leave Saudi Arabia “when he pleases”, the kingdom said yesterday, rejecting accusations from…

Israel ‘ready’ to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military chief of staff said in an interview yesterday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran’s plans “to control the Middle East.”…

IS has lost 95% of its caliphate

AMMAN: The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border “caliphate” it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. “Since…

Egypt tries to avoid a fight; allies escalate against Iran

Heightened rhetoric raises fears CAIRO: Egypt faces high expectations from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf Arab benefactors that it will have their back as tensions rise with their rival…

Aoun accuses Saudis of holding Hariri hostage

BEIRUT: France said yesterday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit France with his family in coming days.…

Erdogan pledges continued military support for Qatar

DOHA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his country’s continued military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha yesterday, according to state media, amid an ongoing Gulf political crisis.…

Israeli PM offers quake aid to archenemy Iran

‘Enmity between governments doesn’t prevent sympathy’ JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered aid to the victims of the weekend’s deadly earthquake in Iran insisting enmity between the two…

Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Tanzanian domestic workers raped and abused in Gulf JAGTIAL, India: When Lakshmi Motam sent 20 tramadol tablets from her south Indian village to her laborer husband in Dubai, she didn’t…