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Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a long-dormant Arab peace initiative with the Palestinians that he has spoken of reviving must be changed before Israel can support it.Netanyahu made the comments on Monday night to members of his Likud party, Israeli media reported, after facing pressure from rightwing members of his cabinet over his recent comments on the Arab initiative.Members of the religious nationalist Jewish Home party who hold key positions in Netanyahu's cabinet oppose a Palestinian state."If the Arab nations grasp the fact that they need to revise the Arab League proposal according to the changes Israel demands, then we can talk," Netanyahu said, according to the Haaretz newspaper, which cited two sources at the meeting."But if they bring the proposal from 2002 and define it as 'take it or leave it' -- we'll choose to leave it."Late last month, Netanyahu spoke of the Arab League-endorsed proposal that ...

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Saudi denied 'victim status' in Lithuania black site probe VILNIUS: A Lithuanian court has denied "victim status" to a Saudi terror suspect held in Guantanamo after allegations he may have been tortured at a secret CIA jail in the Baltic state.The court in Vilnius dismissed a petition by Mustafa al-Hawsawi, 47, ruling that the evidence presented by his defence amounted to "assumptions" rather than "objective facts", and failed to prove the CIA ever detained him at an alleged "black site" in Lithuania.Hawsawi's lawyer Ingrida ...

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India inflation increases in May on higher food prices NEW DELHI: India's consumer prices rose faster than expected in May due to higher food prices, official figures showed Monday, which will likely hold off an increase in interest rates. The inflation rate increased by 5.76 percent from a year earlier, substantially higher than 4.8 percent recorded in March and 5.4 percent in April, reported the statistics ministry. The jump was mostly driven by higher food prices due to back to back droughts, reported Bloomberg. ...

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Saudi stops 122 African migrants at sea: media RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has intercepted 122 illegal migrants trying to reach the kingdom from Africa by sea, official media said on Monday.In the past two days border guards disrupted four attempts by people trying to enter the kingdom from the Red Sea, the Saudi Press Agency said.Patrol boats intercepted three wooden boats with the 122 "infiltrators" including women and children, it quoted border guards spokesman Colonel Sahir al-Harbi as saying.Most of them, 109, were Sudanese, ...

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Facebook, Twitter bows down to Israel, remove pro-Palestine content Facebook and Twitter, the so-called social media platforms bowed down to the pressures of Israel, as it deletes thousands of pages, posts and accounts promoting Pro-Palestine content. According to media reports, Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked while speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth, newspaper said, “We succeeded to achieve our goals as around 70 percent of our demands (to delete Facebook and Twitter content) were fulfilled.”Now, as per Israel Justice Minister the type of content that ...

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Saudi prince in charge of economy, defence to meet Obama on US visit DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince will fly to the United States on Monday for meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and senior officials, Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.The visit of Mohammed bin Salman, in charge of an ambitious plan to revamp the economy of the world's top oil exporter, comes amid a diplomatic row with the United Nations and policy differences with the United States over the war in Syria ...

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Powerful explosion near bank in Lebanese capital BEIRUT: A blast caused by a bomb rocked the western part of the Lebanese capital late Sunday, with the interior minister saying a major bank had been targeted.An AFP correspondent saw almost all the entire glass facade of a branch of BLOM BANK, one of the country's largest, blown out, with debris littering the ground.Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq told AFP that a bomb containing about 3-4 kilos (6.6-8.8 pounds) of explosives had been "placed behind ...