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Lebanon’s unique parliament net page to protect up first session 0

Lebanon’s unique parliament net page to protect up first session

After a nine-year run and three extensions of its mandate, Lebanon’s parliament has finally dissolved, paving the way for a new house of assembly. Legislators elected in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary vote are set to convene on Wednesday for the assembly’s first session, when they are expected to elected a new house speaker. Under Lebanon’s sectarian…

Tens of 1000’s enter al-Aqsa Mosque for Ramadan’s first Friday 0

Tens of 1000’s enter al-Aqsa Mosque for Ramadan’s first Friday

Occupied East Jerusalem – More than 100,000 Palestinians, many of them from the occupied West Bank, have made their way to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem for the first Friday of Ramadan. Palestinians from the occupied territories, who otherwise cannot access Jerusalem, are typically allowed to enter the city under strict conditions during the Fridays…

Malaysian opposition wins for the first time since independence 0

Malaysian opposition wins for the first time since independence

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – How do you topple a government that has been ruling a country uninterrupted for more than six decades? Well if the latest events in Malaysia are anything to go by, here’s how it’s done. Bring in one of the architects of that historic party, let’s call him Mahathir Mohamad.It does not…

Lebanon holds general election for first time in 9 years 0

Lebanon holds general election for first time in 9 years

Polls have opened in Lebanon, kicking off the country’s first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade. Sunday’s vote sees 583 candidates compete for the 128 seats in parliament through 77 rival lists, spread across 15 districts. Under the terms of a new electoral law that introduced proportional representation, voters will be casting two votes; one…

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Malala returns to Pakistan home city for first time since attack

Islamabad – Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani education rights icon, has returned home to her native Swat Valley for the first time since being shot by the Taliban there more than five years ago. Yousafzai flew from the capital Islamabad to Mingora, the main town in Swat, by helicopter on Saturday morning. She briefly met…

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Meet Shadia Bseiso: the first Arab lady to save with WWE

It was never Shadia Bseiso’s plan to become a WWE wrestler. The 31-year-old Jordanian athlete, versed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, had built her career on-camera as a live events and sports presenter. “I wanted to be as accomplished as possible as an athlete so that I could gain a lot of credibility as a sports entertainment…

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Israeli parliament endorses ‘nation-impart bill’ for first finding out

Nazareth, Israel – After seven years of delays, the Israeli governing parties have agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. The bill is now expected to be fast-tracked through the Israeli parliament and on to the statute books in the coming weeks. Approval…

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US: Jury deliberation begins for first J20 defendants

The trial of six people facing than 50 years in prison over felony charges related to January 20 protests against the inauguration of US President Donald Trump neared its conclusion on Friday as the jury began its deliberations.  Nearly 200 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanours related to destruction of property – mostly…