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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli soldier
TEL AVIV: A Palestinian was shot dead by the Israeli soldier in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said. In a statement, the military said the incident occurred near the biblical Cave of the Patriarchs, revered by Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque, in the city of Hebron. The soldier was slightly wounded in the attack and opened fire, along with other soldiers, at the assailant, killing him, according to the
 
 
Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe
GAZA CITY: Gaza’s Hamas on Thursday pledged to launch an investigation into rocket fire at Israel the previous day, in an apparent bid to calm fears of a new war. Israeli children returned to schools near the border with the Palestinian territory that had been closed on Wednesday after the pre-dawn rocket fire from Gaza badly damaged a family home in the southern city of Beersheba. But the risk of a new war, whether through
   
Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq fronts
SULAIMANIYAH: A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad. While Iraq’s presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Saleh of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was on Sunday declared the clear winner of the September 30 parliamentary
 
 
Morocco to deport 141 migrants arrested at Spanish enclave fence
RABAT: Morocco said on Monday it would deport 141 migrants who were arrested a day earlier as they tried to storm a border fence with the Spanish enclave of Melilla. One migrant died after falling off the seven-metre high metal barrier on Sunday, while 22 others and 12 security personnel were injured, the interior ministry said. Around 200 people got over into Melilla and were taken to a reception centre, Spanish authorities said
   
2 children die after migrant boat sinks off western Turkey
ISTANBUL: Two children died after a boat carrying migrants sank just 50 metres off Turkey’s western coast near Bodrum early on Monday, the coastguard said. Seventeen people on the boat were rescued from the sea and seventeen others were found on the shore, the coastguard said. Reuters television footage from the scene showed attempts being made to resuscitate a girl on the beach and an unconscious child being carried from the
 
 
Morocco sees 2019 budget deficit down at 3.3 %
RABAT: Morocco’s 2019 draft budget forecasts a deficit narrowing to 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2019, down from 3.8 per cent expected in 2018, a government statement said on Thursday. Based on an average cereals harvest of seven million tonnes, 2019 economic growth is forecast at 3.2 per cent, down from 3.6 per cent this year, the government said in a statement issued after approving the draft budget at its weekly
   
Normalcy returns for some in Damascus after fighting ends
DAMASCUS: Some people in the Syrian capital Damascus have been able to enjoy a semblance of normality since fighting in the area ended in May, but in the rubble of shattered, destitute towns nearby, life could not be more different. Central Damascus was held by the government throughout the war and suffered much less damage than opposition-held areas — evidence of the huge gulf in fire power between the two sides.
 
 
Swim team braves pollution to dive into Gaza waters
BEIT LAHIA: On one of the world’s most polluted coastlines, 30 young Palestinians dive head first into the sea off the Gaza Strip, their minds filled with dreams of Olympic glory. Aged between 11 and 16, they make up a rare swimming club in the Palestinian enclave, and perhaps its only mixed-sex one. Coach Amjad Tantish talks through a warm-up before they race from the trash-strewn beach into the sea as he continues to bark
   
Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumbling
TRIPOLI: Close to the seafront in Lebanon’s Tripoli, giant curves of concrete stand testimony to dreams before the civil war, etchings of an exhibition park never finished but already cracking. This month, a rare exhibition is being held at the site designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin. Inside the vast grey grounds of the Tripoli International Fair in northern Lebanon
 
 
Biopic of war reporter comes ‘under attack’
LONDON: A biopic of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, is a celebration of journalism as it increasingly comes “under attack,” according to the film-makers. “A Private War”, released in US cinemas next month, chronicles the harrowing career of Colvin − played by “Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike − who was an award-winning journalist for Britain’s The Sunday Times. The feature film debut of director Matthew
   
Hariri says he is still working to form government
BEIRUT: Efforts to form a new Lebanese government after months of negotiation remain “on their way to a solution”, prime minister designate Saad al-Hariri said on Monday. Last week President Michel Aoun said a government would be formed “very soon” and a government source said it would be agreed during the weekend, but press reports on Monday cited senior politicians saying problems persisted. Parties have been jostling since May
 
 
Extremists claim responsibility for Iran troops abduction
TEHRAN: An extremist group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 Iranian security personnel near the border with Pakistan, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Monday. “The terrorist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic) has posted two photos... claiming that those in it are the forces abducted” on October 16, ISNA said. Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the Sunni extremist group
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