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Syria executes 24 people for starting wildfires that burned thousands of hectares of forests

Syria executed 24 people after charging them with igniting wildfires last year that left three people dead and burned thousands of hectares of forests, the justice ministry said. Although executions are common in war-torn Syria, the number of those put to death on Wednesday was larger than usual. Syria’s decade-old conflict left hundreds of thousands […]

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Syria: At least 14 killed in deadly bomb attack on military bus in central Damascus

A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, such […]

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Diver discovers 900-year-old sword off Israel’s northern coast

A sword believed to have belonged to a crusader knight about 900 years ago has been found by an amateur diver off the Carmel coast on Israel’s northern coast. The one-metre blade was discovered by Shlomi Katzin and handed over to the authorities. It is thought the sword, which is encrusted with marine organisms, resurfaced […]

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1,500-year-old Byzantine wine-making complex discovered in Israel

An ancient wine-making complex, estimated to be about 1,500-year-old, the world’s largest of its time, was discovered in Israel, archaeologists say. Five presses were unearthed at the huge Byzantine-era winery at Yavne, south of Tel Aviv, which is estimated to have produced two million litres a year. After a sophisticated production process it was exported […]

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Newcastle United F.C: Saudi sovereign wealth fund completes purchase of English Premier League club

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund completed a buyout of Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday, giving hope to fans dreaming of a first title in almost a century. The $409 million takeover had been pursued since 2017 but stalled and then collapsed last year over concerns about how much control the Saudi state would have […]

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Beirut Port blast inquiry suspended on request to remove judge over bias investigation

The inquiry for the Beirut Port blast has been suspended after an accused former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk formally notified the investigator of the request to dismiss him from the case. As per Lebanese law, Judge Tarek Bitar was forced to halt the investigation. He had already filed new requests to the Ministry of Interior and […]

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Iran fails to abide by agreement on monitoring equipment: IAEA

The global nuclear watchdog said on Sunday Iran had failed to fully honour the terms of a deal struck two weeks ago to allow the watchdog’s inspectors to service monitoring equipment in the country. “The (IAEA) Director General (Rafael Grossi) stresses that Iran’s decision not to allow agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component […]

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Saudi Arabia intercept Houthi missiles aimed to target oil facilities

Saudi Arabia intercepted three missiles and three drones fired by Houthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen. One was destroyed in the eastern city of Dammam, where falling shrapnel injured two children and damaged buildings, the defence ministry said. The Houthis said they had targeted Saudi oil facilities. The other attacks were aimed at oil sites in […]

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Syrian oil slick spreads across the Mediterranean Ocean, alarming neighboring nations

An oil slick that originated from a power plant on Syria’s Mediterranean coast has spread and alarmed the island nation of Cyprus. Authorities in Cyprus island are monitoring the leak and expansion. The Syrian media reported the oil spill from the plant, which is inside the Baniyas oil refinery. Satellite imagery showed that the slick spread […]

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Yemen: Armed drones and missiles attack on government airbase leaves at least 30 soldiers dead

At least thirty government fighters were killed in an attack on an airbase in southern Yemen. The spokesperson for Yemeni southern forces said al-Anad airbase was targeted with armed drones and missiles. He blamed the Iran-aligned rebel Houthi movement, which is fighting a war against the Saudi-backed government. The Houthis are yet to comment, but […]

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Lebanon: 28 killed, 79 injured in fuel tanker explosion

At least twenty-eight people were killed and 79 injured when a fuel tank exploded in northern Lebanon early on Sunday, the health ministry said. Reports said the army had seized a fuel storage tank hidden by black marketeers and was handing out gasoline to residents when the explosion occurred. Lebanon is suffering from a severe […]

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92 killed, more than 100 injured in fire at coronavirus hospital in Iraq after explosion of oxygen tank

A fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq killed 92 people, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities faced accusations of negligence from grieving relatives and a doctor who works there. More than 100 people were injured in the blaze on Monday night in Nassiriya, officials said. An investigation showed the fire […]