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    Al Jazeera

    Senate vote likely next week on blocking Trump's UAE arms sale

    The top Democrat on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he expected lawmakers to vote as early as next week on resolutions seeking to block Republican President Donald Trump’s $23bn weapons sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We are gathering support for it, and I would think some time next week,” Senator Bob Menendez told reporters on Thursday.

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    Egypt Independent

    Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

    In recent months, Israel has signed agreements establishing diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab states of the UAE and Bahrain — its first normalization deals with Arab countries in a quarter century. The agreements, brokered by the Trump administration, have generated widespread excitement in Israel, and thousands of Israeli tourists are scheduled to travel to the UAE for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah this month. That may change following Thursday’s warning.

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    Arab News

    People disabled by Beirut explosion stage protest

    BEIRUT: People disabled by the Aug. 4 Beirut Port explosion staged a sit-in on Thursday to protest against “injustice, corruption and marginalization. The protest took place in the Basta Al-Tahta neighborhood, where a disabled 87-year-old man called Tawfiq Khawam had set himself alight due to the poverty and neglect he faced. Protesters said they did not want “another Tawfiq Khawam.

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    Al Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia, Qatar near agreement in Gulf crisis: Sources

    Qatar and Saudi Arabia are close to striking a preliminary agreement to end a dispute that has pitted the Gulf neighbours against each other for more than three years, sources told Al Jazeera. The expected deal comes after United States President Donald Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner arrived in the Gulf region as part of a last-ditch effort to resolve the Gulf crisis, before the Trump administration leaves office in January.

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    CNN

    Politicians urge people to buy Australian wine in defiance of China

    China is the most important export market for Australian wine, and winemakers are scrambling to find new markets following Beijing's decision to slap tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine imports amid an escalating trade war between the two nations. Now a number of public figures associated with the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), which calls itself "an international cross-party group of legislators working to reform the approach of democratic countries to China," have called on...

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Kurd vs Kurd: Fears of full-scale war rise in northern Iraq

    Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Fears are growing of a full-fledged war between Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and forces of the ruling Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in this autonomous region of northern Iraq. Tensions between the two sides are increasing amid a military standoff on the Iraq-Turkey border, with civilians on both sides strongly rejecting any possible intra-Kurdish confrontation.

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    Egypt Independent

    Iran likely to hold off on retaliation over scientist's killing, US envoy says

    Iran is unlikely to retaliate over the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist before the inauguration of Joe Biden in case it jeopardizes any future sanctions relief, the top US envoy on Iran told Reuters on Thursday. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who had little public profile in Iran but had been named by Israel as a prime player in what it says is Iran’s nuclear weapons quest, was killed on Friday when he was ambushed on a highway near Tehran and his car sprayed with bullets.