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Ali Hamid Al-Khazraji, who was leading the fight against extremist elements in Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers north of Baghdad, which was once a Daesh recruitment center and sanctuary for fighters and weapons.Last week, Al-Kadhimi visited Tehran in his first foreign tour as prime minister.These separate developments encapsulate the diverse challenges facing him as he attempts to bring peace and economic revival to his beleaguered nation.https://www.arabnews.com/node/1710321
National-security experts have been clear that the ‘Muslim ban’ has made our country less safe,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.She represents Michigan’s 12th District, which has one of the country’s largest Arab American populations.“In fact, strong national-security policies include protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, compassion and justice.
In an exclusive interview with Arab News via Zoom, Steve recalled how his father, a political scientist who served as president of the American University of Beirut (AUB) beginning in 1982, helped forge his love for basketball.Malcolm was killed by terrorists on Jan. 18, 1984, at his AUB office.Now head coach for the Golden State Warriors, Steve lamented that his father never got to see his rise in basketball, which was recently featured in an ESPN docudrama on the Chicago Bulls and his friend and colleague Michael Jordan.https://arab.news/b3c4h 
The Kiswa will be replaced on the ninth day of the month of Dul Hijjah, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions.It was reported that after the conquest of Makkah in the ninth Hijri year, the Prophet covered the Kaaba in Yemeni clothes as he performed his farewell pilgrimage.The Kiswa is replaced once a year during Hajj after the pilgrims go to Mount Arafat, in preparation for receiving worshippers the next morning, which coincides with Eid Al-Adha.https://arab.news/r6ps2 
Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that the issue of income tax is not under discussion.A source told Saudi Press Agency it had not been discussed in the cabinet or any part of the government.The comment was in response to a news agency report quoting the finance minister.https://arab.news/y7f3c 
The Economist was among the publications exploring this theme in recent weeks.It is familiar territory for the newspaper that first heralded “The End of the Oil Age” back in October 2003.Seventeen years later, the claim is no less tenuous.That feature began with what has since become a much-quoted line from a former Saudi energy minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani, who said: “The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.”It is still questionable that peak oil demand is close and it is still unproven that we have already passed that point.The subdued demand for oil that has accompanied the great hiatus will eventually recover.https://arab.news/89c8b 
Within Makkah, the SRCA has provided 20 emergency centers to deliver emergency medical services for pilgrims, with 188 health workers and more than 100 modern ambulances present.In Mina, Muzdalifah and Mount Arafat, the authority allocated three emergency centers, 21 specialists and technicians, and more than 12 ambulances.For the Grand Mosque, four other emergency centers have been allocated, with 44 specialists and technicians.https://arab.news/nw74n 
Navy units have been deployed since yesterday in the south and southeastern Aegean," the source told AFP, declining to give further detail.Athens had said Turkish surveys in a section of the Greek continental shelf constituted an escalation of the tension in the region where the two countries dispute maritime rights.https://arab.news/yxz9p 
With 233 in favor and 183 against, Wednesday’s vote was largely split along party lines.Although the passage of the bill in the Democrat-controlled House sent a strong message about the party’s stance on immigration, it now faces a vote in Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, who support Trump.Even if the bill passes the Senate, it would then go to the president for signing.He would be certain to veto it, forcing the House and Senate to vote again in an attempt to override his veto with a supermajority vote, which requires a two-thirds majority in favor.Read more: https://arab.news/mvcuf 
Morgan Ortagus said the US supports “the Lebanese while continuing the sanctions against Hezbollah,” in an interview with Al Arabiya TV.|Meanwhile, Ortagus said US sanctions have succeeded in pressuring Iran, and that it was important to prevent the country from funding its militias and from developing a nuclear weapon.https://arab.news/rqqcq
Al-Jadaan said the government had not reduced spending and the budget set out last year would be maintained, but some funds would be reallocated to health care and away from projects delayed by anti-pandemic measures.“So from that point of view, we are not taking austerity measures,” he said.The minister told a Bloomberg online seminar that the recent tripling of VAT to 15 per cent was part of a strategy to assess all fiscal options, and that much of the increased revenue would be directed “to provide better services to the people.Read more: https://arab.news/c9qba
The captain of an Italian-flagged ship will go on trial next fall in Naples accused of forcing 101 migrants back to Libya, the first case of its kind in Italy.Such a case “has no precedent in the Italian judiciary system and may have relevant consequences,” said Nicola Fratoianni, an Italian MP asked to give evidence in the trial.
Officials from the three countries concluded two weeks of talks on July 13, supervised by the African Union (AU) and observed by US and European officials, but came no closer to an agreement.Officials were quoted as saying that the three countries would submit their final reports to the AU and that a mini-African summit would be held on Tuesday.https://arab.news/ptfcd
The measure is part of a series of safeguards taken to ensure the safety of pilgrims during Hajj, which takes place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.People from 160 different nationalities currently residing in the Kingdom have been selected to perform the Hajj this year.https://arab.news/8fejm
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has been admitted to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh for medical test, the royal court said in statement early on Monday.The king was admitted for inflammation of the gallbladder, said the announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).https://arab.news/53bvb
It stated this was because Sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Istanbul, had in 1453 converted the Byzantine cathedral into a mosque, established a pious foundation, and donated the Hagia Sophia mosque to this foundation.Therefore, the allocation of the Hagia Sophia for a purpose other than a mosque was considered by the court to be inconsistent with the will of the founder of the pious foundation.https://arab.news/bx2gt
Emir Tamim Al-Thani declared as his mission to promote sports and healthy living among Qatari’s and rebuild Qatar’s image abroad as he leads Qatar’s plans to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.Today, the Emir is busy sorting out the violent mischief of several of his 24 siblings from his fathers’ three wives, while distancing himself, at least publicly, from Qatar’s involvement in the killing and maiming of at least 10 Americans during his father’s reign.https://arab.news/5e3k4
Of the new cases, 178 were recorded in Riyadh, 177 in Jeddah, 163 in Hofuf and 144 in Makkah.The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 197,735 after 3,517 more patients recovered from the virus.https://arab.news/rjevg
To this illustrious list we can now add the first interplanetary expedition by an Arab country, with the UAE launching on Monday the Emirates Mars Mission.After multiple delays due to bad weather, an unmanned probe, Hope, lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan and began its 495 million kilometer journey to the Red Planet.Once it enters orbit around Mars, the Hope Probe will study the planet’s daily and seasonal cycles, along with the erosion of the Martian atmosphere, a process that leaves the planet waterless and ill-suited to life.The UAE will share the data it collects with more than 200 academic and scientific institutions around the world free of charge.https://arab.news/yr2p6
Once it enters orbit around Mars, the Hope Probe will study the planet’s daily and seasonal cycles, along with the erosion of the Martian atmosphere, a process that leaves the planet waterless and ill-suited to life.The UAE will share the data it collects with more than 200 academic and scientific institutions around the world free of charge.This historic moment for the region follows decades of preparations and work to achieve a grand vision set out in the 1970s by the UAE’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.His interest in space was triggered by a meeting in 1976 with NASA astronauts who had flown in a number of Apollo missions to the moon.US President Richard Nixon also presented Sheikh Zayed with a gift of a moon rock collected from the Taurus-Littrow Valley during the 1972 Apollo 17 mission.That relic, from what remains the last moon landing to date, is on display in Al-Ain Museum.
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