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Istanbul's Hagia Sophia declared a mosque after Turkish court ruling

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia declared a mosque after Turkish court ruling

A top Turkish court yesterday struck down the 1934 Cabinet decree that turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque after an 85-year hiatus.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and its allies protest near US embassy

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and its allies protest near US embassy

Dozens of followers of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and its allies yesterday staged a protest near the US embassy in Beirut against what they call Washington’s meddling in Lebanese affairs.

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said. The ministry did not give any details as to the circumstances of the killing

Iraqi MP dies of Covid-19 as cases jump 600%

Iraqi MP dies of Covid-19 as cases jump 600%

Iraqi lawmaker Ghida Kambash died Friday after contracting the novel coronavirus, parliament announced, its first member to succumb to the virus as its spread ramps up across the country.

Palestinians hope Biden would roll back Trump’s embrace of Israel

Palestinians hope Biden would roll back Trump’s embrace of Israel

Palestinian leaders hope Democrat Joe Biden will tone down Washington’s pro-Israel policies if he becomes US president, and Palestinian-Americans have been pressing his campaign for a change, sources familiar with the efforts said. So far, their efforts have had little impact, the sources said.

UN chief slams ‘unprecedented’ foreign meddling in Libya conflict

UN chief slams ‘unprecedented’ foreign meddling in Libya conflict

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council yesterday that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase with “unprecedented levels” of foreign interference and mercenaries in the oil-producing country.

As virus cases rise, Iranian leader bans wedding, funeral ceremonies

As virus cases rise, Iranian leader bans wedding, funeral ceremonies

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday banned people from holding ceremonies to celebrate weddings and funerals as the number of coronavirus cases in the country continues to rise steeply.

Israeli annexation plans ‘violate international law’

Israeli annexation plans ‘violate international law’

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Germany, France and Jordan issued a stark warning to Israel yesterday against annexing Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Deadly Syrian, Russian air strikes in Idlib amount to war crimes: UN

Deadly Syrian, Russian air strikes in Idlib amount to war crimes: UN

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province that amount to war crimes, UN investigators said yesterday in a report that also condemned attacks by militants.

Iraq forms panels to probe expert’s killing

Iraq forms panels to probe expert’s killing

Iraq has set up commissions to investigate the killing of a prominent armed groups expert in Baghdad, after Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

US killing of Iran’s top general ‘unlawful’

US killing of Iran’s top general ‘unlawful’

The US drone strike that killed Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was “unlawful”, the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings concluded in a report released yesterday.

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