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Israel Candidate Gantz Says Willing to Use Force on Iran

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WASHINGTON, Benny Gantz, who is posing a stiff challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, said Monday he would not hesitate to use force on Iran to contain the regional rival.In a speech to the US pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Gantz also spelled out further his views on peace prospects with the Palestinians, insisting that Israel's military will always control security in the West Bank.The centrist former military chief showed no daylight with Netanyahu on peace and security matters � but won standing ovations from the American Jewish audience by raising domestic issues, including promising more inclusiveness at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site.Citing his mother's experience as a Holocaust survivor and his son's service in the military, Gan

OPEC Prices Downed

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Baghdad, The price of OPEC basket of fourteen crudes stood at $66.67 a barrel on Friday, compared with $67.78 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Oriente (Ecuador), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Jarrah: We are determined to fight corruption

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The International Union of Catholic Press in Lebanon held its nineteenth annual dinner on Saturday, in the presence of Minister of Information Jamal Jarrah.In his delivered word on the occasion, Minister Jarrah highlighted the importance of enhancing citizens' trust in their country."It is important to restore the confidence of the citizen in his country, which is why President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and other wise leaders in the country are determined to move forward with reform and fight corruption," Jarrah said.At the media level, the Minister called on media outlets to always maintain civil peace and promote national unity.Finally, Jarrah concluded that the future of Lebanon is promising despite all the difficulties that surround us.Source: National News Agency

Syrian Fighters Clear Explosives in Area Retaken from IS

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BAGHUZ, SYRIA, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday, a day after declaring military victory over the extremists and the end of their self-styled caliphate.A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who goes by the nom de guerre Mervan The Brave, said Baghuz village where the militants made their final stand is "full of all kinds of explosives." He said SDF forces were clearing the area and have detonated land mines and suicide belts left behind by the militants.A Syrian driver working with NBC News reporters was killed Saturday by an explosive device that went off in a house used as an SDF command post and a media center for journalists covering the fighting in Baghuz.Noah Oppenheim, the president of N...

Islamic State Defeated, US-Backed Syrian Force Says

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U.S.-backed forces raised their flag over the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz and said the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State terror group was finally dead.The long-anticipated announcement Saturday by the Syrian Democratic Forces followed several waves of coalition airstrikes that repeatedly lit up the night sky.The targets were several hundred hardened IS fighters who had been clinging to scraps of land along the Euphrates River and along a mountainous ridge on the outskirts of the town. And by the time the sun began to illuminate littered and broken landscape, their resistance had been broken.The Bagoz [sic] village has been fully liberated, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali announced on Twitter. Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and %100 [s...

Hariri: We can learn from the new generation

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Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, said that he cares about the youth and about providing jobs for them, and hoped that they will be part of the change that will take place in the future.He added: "Our goal is to make the country advance and I believe that we can learn from the new generation with new ideas."Hariri's words came this morning as he addressed the participants in the "Serail Creativity Hub Design Competition" at the Grand Serail cross vault, in the presence of the Head of Business Environment and Innovation at the Prime Minister's office, Yasmina el-Khoury.He said that this area of the Grand Serail will be open to the public to raise the ideas of young people, and will become a beacon of innovation and a focal point for major discussions between the public and private sectors.Hariri...

World Leaders Blast Trump’s Call to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

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World leaders are criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.Syria's foreign ministry said Friday Trump's announcement is "irresponsible" and does not change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian." A foreign ministry source told Syria's official news agency SANA the announcement "clearly reflects the United States' contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of U.S. law."The Golan Heights were captured by Israel in 1967's Six-Day War and have been controlled by Israel since then.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Trump's announcement has brought the region "to the brink of a new crisis and new tensions."Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu t...

World Leaders Blast Trump’s Call to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

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World leaders are criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.Syria's foreign ministry said Friday Trump's announcement is "irresponsible" and does not change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian." A foreign ministry source told Syria's official news agency SANA the announcement "clearly reflects the United States' contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of U.S. law."The Golan Heights were captured by Israel in 1967's Six-Day War and have been controlled by Israel since then.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Trump's announcement has brought the region "to the brink of a new crisis and new tensions."Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu t...

Kyrgyz Premier Arrives, in Riyadh

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Riyadh, Kyrgyz Premier Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev arrived here tonight, to attend King Abdulaziz Camels' Festival, set to kick off on Saturday.At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, Saudi Ambassador to Kirghizstan Abdulrahman bin Saeid Al-Jum'ah and a representative of the Royal Protocol.Source: Saudi Press Agency

US-Backed Force Denies Report of Islamic State’s Final Defeat

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DEIR EL-ZOUR, SYRIA, The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied a report Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured after a Kurdish media outlet said the jihadist group had been finally defeated there.Combing continues in the Baghuz camp and there is no truth (to the report) about the complete liberation of the village, an SDF media official said, quoting the commanders of the offensive.Earlier, Hawar News reported the SDF had liberated all of Baghuz from the Daesh mercenaries and with that the campaign had ended with the defeat of Daesh and the victory of the SDF, quoting its correspondents.Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.Islamic State's final defeat at Baghuz will end its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.The SD...