Discovering tunnels won’t save Israel in future wars: Hezbollah

Leader of the Lebanese Islamic resistance movement Hezbollah has openly mocked Zionist regime’s claims that it had discovered secret tunnels used by the group on the border between Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, saying Israel was deeply wrong to think that the closure of tunnels would save it from future attacks by the resistance movement. Speaking to the Lebanese TV station al-Mayadin on Saturday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said some of the secret tunnels run by Hezbollah that Israel claims to have discovered and destroyed in a recent operation had…

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Damascus ‘welcomes’ Kurdish negotiation appeal, talks to start ‘in days’

The head of a Syrian Kurdish group says talks with Damascus will begin “in days” following the government’s “positive” reaction to a negotiation appeal. “There are attempts to carry out negotiations. The Syrian government stance was positive,” Reuters quoted Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) chief Sipan Hemo as saying. “We believe they will start in the coming days.” Syria’s Kurds have been granted some degree of self-rule by the government since the war began in 2011. Last month, they sought to come back under the full Syrian sovereignty after the US announced plans to withdraw troops. People in the Kurdish-populated areas…

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Saudi Arabia building its first ballistic missile factory: Report

Saudi Arabia, already known as the world’s top importer of foreign-made ballistic missiles, has started building its first missile production factory near the central town of Al-Watah, The Washington Post has quoted experts as saying. In a Wednesday report, The Post quoted leading experts as saying that satellite imagery dating back to November appears to show Saudi Arabia’s debut ballistic missile factory located at an existing missile base near Al-Watah. This would reportedly be the first known instance of Saudis manufacturing the weapons indigenously, after importing foreign-made ballistic missiles for years. The photos…

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Syria warns of attack on Tel Aviv airport if UN fails to halt Israeli aggression

Syria has warned that it could use its right to respond in self defense to recent Israeli regime air raids against a civilian airport near Damascus by striking Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport if the UN Security Council fails to shoulder its responsibilities and act against the regime’s aggression. Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari said on Tuesday that “the unlimited support” provided by some permanent members of the Security Council, namely France, Britain and the US, has encouraged Israel to continue its air raids on Syria, preventing the entire UN body from assuming…

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In meeting with Bashir, Qatari Emir says supports unity in Sudan

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has visited Qatar, where Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Ale Thani offered support for the restive African country, which is grappling with anti-government protests. According to Press TV, Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests triggered by rising prices and shortages of food and fuel have intensified at home. The public display of anger has now escalated into calls for Bashir to step down. “President Bashir briefed the Emir on the latest updates regarding the situation and challenges facing the country,” the court of Sheikh…

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Syria downed over 30 Israeli cruise missiles, bombs: Russia

Russia says Syria’s air defenses shot down more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during Israeli regime’s aerial attacks in the early hours of Monday. Russia’s National Defense Control Center said Israeli airstrikes targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded six others, RIA news agency said. The announcement came after the Israeli military claimed in a statement that it had struck what it said were Iranian targets in response to alleged rocket fire it blamed on Iran. The so-called Syria Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group sympathetic to militants,…

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Qatar to launch $500-million investment in Lebanon

Qatar announces heavy investment in Lebanon’s government bonds as means of supporting the latter’s economy. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani  said that “Qatar will purchase Lebanese government bonds worth $500 million,” the official Qatar News Agency tweeted on Monday. “Qatar has always been committed to supporting Lebanese people in light of the great challenges they face, this move stems from the profound fraternal ties between the two brotherly countries,” the agency added, citing the top diplomat. Al Thani made…

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Israeli strikes aimed at prolonging crisis in Syria: Damascus

Syria has once again written protest letters to the United Nations, urging the world body to take a decisive step and put an end to Israeli regime’s acts of aggression against its territory as Tel Aviv’s hostile strikes are aimed at “prolonging” the crisis in the Arab country. According to SANA official news agency, the development came after Syria’s air defenses shot down more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during Israeli regime’s aerial attacks in the early hours of Monday. In two identical letters to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and…

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1000s join rally in Turkey in solidarity with detained Kurdish lawmaker

Thousands of people have taken part in a rally in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey to express solidarity with a detained lawmaker from a pro-Kurdish party who launched a hunger strike in November. According to Press TV, Leyla Guven, a member of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), is protesting against the prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan, the Head of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Guven, 55, launched a hunger strike on November 8 to pressure the Turkish government into allowing lawyers and family members to…

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5,000 prisoners of conscience in Bahraini regime’s detention, says rights group

An independent human rights group says it has documented the arrest of more than 5,000 prisoners of conscience in addition to 200 victims of excessive use of force, murder and torture in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, as the ruling Ale Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists. According to Press TV, the Head of the Bahrain Center for Dialogue and Tolerance, Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, said in a statement during a conference held in Lebanese capital Beirut that “human rights as well as…

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