Israeli helicopter conducts fresh airstrike against blockaded Gaza Strip

An Israeli combat helicopter has carried out an overnight aerial attack on the southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that the airstrike was conducted in response to a purported rocket attack from the impoverished enclave. The Israeli military said in a brief statement on its twitter account in the early hours of Saturday that an Israeli “attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military post in southern Gaza.” There was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted in the Israeli airstrike. The Israeli regime military…

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Jewish sect members accused of kidnapping children in New York

Four members of a Jewish sect have been charged with kidnapping a young brother and sister in New York state. Prosecutors say the men belong to the ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor group, which is based in Guatemala. They are accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother from the village of Woodridge, which is north of New York City. The men planned to take the pair back to Guatemala after their mother fled the sect six weeks earlier. The woman had reportedly feared for her children’s safety and felt…

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Egypt police ‘kill 40 militants’ in raids after tourist bus blast

Police in Egypt have killed dozens of militants during security raids on their hideouts, the interior ministry has said. The raids killed “40 terrorists” in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the ministry. It said the militants were planning a series of attacks on tourist sites, churches and military personnel. The raids followed Friday’s roadside bomb attack on a tour bus in Giza. No group has yet said it was behind the blast, which killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide, but Islamist…

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Russia completes fence between Crimea and Ukraine

Russian authorities say they have completed construction of a “defensive” fence dividing the Crimean Peninsula, which rejoined Russia in a 2014 referendum from Ukraine. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said the construction of the 60-kilometer-long fence on the Crimea-Ukraine border had been completed and that the barrier would help to prevent possible border violations and strengthen cross-border security. The barrier, starting in 2015 at a total cost of $2.9 million, is equipped with sensors and CCTV cameras to protect Russia’s southern border against “reconnaissance and sabotage groups.” “The fencing anti-intruder…

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Golestan exports fish food for first time

According to Arash Jeyran, in line with the plans to increase the share of agricultural and fishery exports, domestic producers have embarked on shipping foods for aquatic animals to the international markets. In less than a week, around 250 tons of the nutrients (mainly for the common carp) were exported to Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, he noted. Golestan is one of the main hubs for producing and breeding aquatic animals and seafood, especially shrimp, in the country. The green province enjoys high capacity in shrimp farming. About 80% of the shrimp…

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