April 20, 2021
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Gazans Hope For Vote After Years Of Hamas Rule, Isolation

republicworld– Palestinian poll workers fanned out across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, where they found voters eager to register ahead of elections that could serve as the first referendum on Hamas’ rule since the militant group seized power more than a decade ago. The outreach came
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Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim shot dead in southern Lebanon

independent.ie- Lebanese activist Lokman Slim was found fatally shot in a car yesterday morning, a killing that fellow activists took as a warning from Iran-backed Hezbollah, of whom Mr Slim was a sharp critic. Mr Slim, a political activist and commentator in his late 50s, was a Shiite Lebanese who had been vociferously against Hezbollah – originally […]
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10,000 mourners defy Covid-19 restrictions at rabbi’s funeral in Jerusalem

independent.ie– Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis flouted the ban on public gatherings to attend the funeral of a prominent rabbi in Jerusalem. The funeral procession for Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, wended its way through the streets of Jerusalem in the latest display of ultra-Orthodox Israelis’ refusal to honour coronavirus restrictions. Police
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Israeli Military Chief Warns Of New Plans To Strike Iran

republicworld– Israel’s military chief Tuesday warned the Biden administration against rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, even if it toughens its terms, adding he’s ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. The comments by Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi came as Israel and Iran both seek […]
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Iran crypto miners cry foul over electricity backlash

aljazeera– An Iranian newspaper this week shamed government authorities for allowing cryptocurrency farms – especially those belonging to the Chinese – to mine bitcoin in Iran. “Burning away public trust is even more dangerous than burning the people’s money in Chinese cryptocurrency farms,” read the Jomhouri-e Eslami editorial titled “Red farms!” The accusations are
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Syrian Army Says It Intercepted Israeli Missiles

republicworld– The Syrian army’s air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack on several targets south of the capital Damascus late Wednesday, Syria’s military said .A military official said the air defences shot down several missiles before they hit their targets.   There was no immediate word from the Israeli side. In the past few […]
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Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

aljazeera– Israeli prison authorities have closed down the Ramon prison after detecting several coronavirus infections among prisoners and guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). There was no comment from Israeli authorities but the PPS said on Sunday that the closure was “a serious indication of a possible wide outbreak of the pandemic among
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COVID in besieged Gaza: ‘A blockade inside a blockade’

aljazeera– Eight years ago, the United Nations warned that the Gaza Strip will not be a “liveable place” by 2020, urging Israel to lift its years-long blockade against the Palestinian coastal enclave and calling for an intensified and “herculean effort” to improve basic services there. Israel and Egypt have continued the crippling air, land and […]
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Sudan Says U.S. Congress Moves Ahead On Ending Pariah Status

republicworld– Sudan’s Justice Ministry said Tuesday the U.S. Congress has moved forward on Washington’s promise to end the African country’s pariah status, passing legislation that grants Sudan some immunity from legal action by Americans against its involvement in militant attacks. The legislation, part of a massive relief package that Congress