Saturday , 24 October 2020

Middle East

Iran’s Capital May Be Relocated Due to Risk of Devastating Earthquakes

The tragic collapse of the Plasco Building in Tehran raises concerns whether the Iranian capital should be relocated from its seismically dangerous region. Despite the fact that the iconic Plasco Building was constructed in 1962 by leading Iranian engineers, a major fire that broke out in the high-rise on January 19 didn’t just ravaged the structure; it caused it to …

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Mass grave of Syrian soldiers found at school in E. Aleppo, militants’ former HQ – Syria UN envoy

A mass grave with the bodies of 23 Syrian soldiers has been discovered at a school in eastern Aleppo while the army combs neighborhoods previously held by opposition forces, according to Syria envoy to the UN. “I would like to inform you that after the liberation of the eastern areas of Aleppo, Syrian authorities have found 23 bodies in Muhaddassa …

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Israel Allows Gas, Diesel Deliveries Into Gaza Strip Amid Electricity Crisis

REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israeli authorities opened a land crossing on Friday to allow the delivery of cooking gas and diesel into the Gaza Strip suffering from electricity power crisis, media reported. According to Palestinian Ma’an news agency, 160,000 gallons of diesel and 120 metric tons of cooking gas will be delivered into the enclave through the Karam Abu Salem crossing. The enclave faced an electricity crisis with many districts receiving energy for only three hours …

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Turkey Grants Arrest Warrants for 243 Military Personnel in Post-Coup Purge

A prosecutor in Istanbul issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 243 military service members suspected of links to a network blamed for last year’s coup attempt, local media reported. Judicial sources told the state-run news agency Anadolu they were accused of using an encrypted phone messaging app to coordinate last July’s failed attempt to depose the Turkish president. The Turkish government …

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$25 trillion investment needed to meet future oil demand

Joel Angel Juarez / Global Look Press / ZUMA Press

The world needs to invest $25 trillion in new oil-producing capacity over the next 25 years to meet growing demand, Saudi Aramco’s chief executive Amin Nasser said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. According to the CEO of Saudi Arabia’s giant state-held oil company, global demand for oil and gas will still grow in the coming decades, …

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ISIS cut off Deir ez-Zor airbase, threaten 120,000 civilians

A large group of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have been making massive advances in Deir ez-Zor province, cutting off a key air base supplying both anti-jihadist fighters and civilians in the region, RT’s Lizzie Phelan reported from Syria. “Frightening developments” is how Phelan has described the situation unfolding in the eastern Syrian province near the Iraqi border over …

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Hamas ‘Honey Trap’ Dupes Israeli Soldiers

The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas militants pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official said Wednesday. Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity. Dozens of the …

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Top Court in Egypt Rejects Transfer Of Islands To Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s High Administrative Court upheld on Monday a June decision affirming Egyptian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, rejecting a government appeal against the June decision. The verdict is final and cannot be appealed. The court has rejected a number of prior appeals in the case, in which the government sought court approval for an April …

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Afghanistan: Obama Sends Marines to Take Part in America’s Longest Ever War

President Obama has decided to send 300 US Marines back into Afghanistan’s Helmand Province – the first time in three years that the US military has been sent into that conflict zone. Almost all of Helmand’s districts, except for the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, are either heavily embattled or fully controlled by the Taliban. The province is the leading opium producer …

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