Crown Prince bin Salman ‘Bribed’ Trump, Saudi Twitter Whistleblower Claims

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally bribed Donald Trump with $1bn during the US president’s visit to Riyadh in May, an anonymous Saudi commentator, who uses the Twitter handle Mujtahidd, has claimed. Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration's favour in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed …

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Israeli Official Confirms: Muhammad Bin Salman Visited Tel Aviv Last Month

An Israeli official told AFP on Friday that Saudi Crown Prince Emir Mohammed bin Salman secretly visited Tel Aviv in September. The official, who requested that his identity remains anonymous, refused to reveal the nature of bin Salman’s meetings in Tel Aviv, the people he met, as well as the results of his discussions with …

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Israel Backs Big Expansion of East Jerusalem Illegal Settlement

Israel has approved the construction of 176 homes in east Jerusalem, paving the way for what will be the largest settlement inside a Palestinian neighbourhood of the city. The development will almost triple the size of the Nof Zion settlement, where there are currently 91 homes, in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, south of …

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Iraqi Forces Taking Over Kirkuk ‘A Declaration of War’ – Kurdish Peshmerga

Iraqi soldiers have raised their country’s flags over key buildings in Kirkuk, and Baghdad has declared the Kurdish city be under government control. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces called the takeover “a flagrant declaration of war” and vowed that Iraq will pay a “heavy price.” The Iraqi government forces have taken full control of Kirkuk, Al …

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Israel Seals off West Bank and Gaza as Sukkot Begins

Eleven-day border closure hits some four million Palestinians as week-long Jewish holiday commences. Israeli authorities have sealed off the occupied West Bank and the already besieged Gaza Strip for 11 days, as Jewish celebrations for the Sukkot holiday commence. At midnight on Tuesday, all crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip were closed off …

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Over 90% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence

Some 91.83 percent of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan supported the idea of independence from Baghdad, as 3.4 million ballots were counted, the referendum commission said on Tuesday. It was earlier reported that a total of 3.4 million people voted in the referendum that was held on Monday. The commission noted that highest level of "yes" answers was recorded …

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‘Dramatic Humanitarian Crisis’: UN Chief Visits Gaza, Urges Israel to End Decade-Long Blockade

The UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to end its 10-year blockade of Gaza, calling it one of the worst humanitarian crises he’d ever seen. Speaking from Gaza Wednesday, Antonio Guterres says he hasn’t seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza for years. “Yesterday I was in Ramallah. Today I am in Gaza, …

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Ha’aretz: Meet the Israelis ‘Not Jewish Enough’

How Israel excludes those ‘not Jewish enough’: Meet the ‘second-class’ Jews whose plight is sparking an uprising against Israel’s supreme religious authority. Many are children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, largely Russian-speaking immigrants. Some are Jews of choice whose conversions are unrecognized by Israel’s supreme religious authority because the rabbis who signed their certificates …

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WikiLeaks: Riyadh Flirts with Tel Aviv Through Normalisation

A “highly classified” press release by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was published by WikiLeaks, reveals the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initiated discussions on the issue of normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi peace initiative that was adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut Summit …

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