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Israel, United Arab Emirates sign visa exemption deal

With the pact, the UAE became the first Arab nation to lift visa requirements for Israeli nationals. Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday signed four agreements during the first high-level visit from the Gulf state to Tel Aviv following a controversial

Turkey to plant saplings in fire-hit Hatay province

The Turkish agriculture minister said that preparations made to plant seedlings on nearly 124 acres of land in Hatay province. Turkey is all set to plant saplings on 50 hectares [nearly 124 acres] of land in the southern Hatay province, the country’s agriculture and

Iran records 337 new fatalities

According to the Health Ministry, 30 out 31 provinces are in red zone with high risk of coronavirus transmission. Iran recorded its worst day of daily death toll from the novel coronavirus with 337, the health ministry said on Monday. Daily death toll count

EU voices concern over Israel’s settlement plans

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is regarded as occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there illegal. Europe’s five major powers urged Israel on Friday to immediately stop its plans to construct new settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. “WE

Haftar’s militia fires rockets at Libyan army

On Aug. 21, the Libyan government announced a truce and ordered the military to stop operations against warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias. Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militia on Thursday fired four rockets aimed at targeting Libyan troops deployed west of Sirte. ATTACK DIDN’T CAUSE ANY CASUALTIES

UAE plane flies above Israel for first time after signing deal

A direct commercial aviation line between Israel and the UAE is expected at the beginning of 2021, according to Israeli media. A United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways plane flew above Israeli skies for the first time Wednesday, according to Israeli Defence Ministry. “Historical

Israeli forces destroy Syrian posts in cross-border raid

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the country’s civil war in 2011. Israeli forces destroyed two Syrian military positions in a cross-border raid in the Golan Heights, the army said on Wednesday. NO COMMENT FROM SYRIAN AUTHORITIES Military

Lebanon, Israel to hold talks to delimit maritime border

The maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel have not seen any military conflicts, unlike their land borders. Lebanon and Israel started negotiations on October 14, 2020 to demarcate their maritime border at the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in

Libya defuses 22 tons of ammunition left by Haftar forces

The Libyan government says Haftar militias are planting explosives banned by international agreements in civilian settlements, and they should be charged and put on trial with war crimes. Libyan Army on Monday (Oct. 12) defused ammunition left by warlord Khalifa Haftar near the capital

Coronavirus cases in Arab countries

More cases and related deaths confirmed in Kuwait, UAE, Oman and Libya. Health authorities in Arab countries confirmed on Sunday more coronavirus cases and related deaths. UAE REPORTED 445 DEATHS In Kuwait, three deaths and 548 new infections were reported over the past 24