Author: Aljazeera

Doha, Qatar — Israel must stop its war on Gaza, and the world needs to drop its “double standards” over the killings in the besieged enclave, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Yusuf Tuggar told Al Jazeera. Tuggar was visiting Qatar as part of a delegation led by Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Nigeria and Qatar signed a series of memorandums of understanding and discussed potential collaboration in sectors such as energy, trade, labour, agriculture and more. The visit came at a time when Nigeria faces mounting economic and social challenges with armed attacks proliferating and an inflation rate at 30 percent. Yet…

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Suspects allegedly collected data on individuals and companies in Turkey and sold it to Mossad.Turkish police have detained seven people suspected of selling information to the Israeli spy agency Mossad. The suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday during simultaneous raids in Istanbul, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on X. The detentions are the latest in a wave of such arrests in Turkey. The detainees are suspected of collecting data on individuals and companies in Turkey and selling it to the Israeli intelligence agency, Yerlikaya said. The raids were a joint operation with Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT). “We will never…

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In January, the Birthright Israel programme resumed operations following a brief suspension of activity. The hiatus was triggered by the October 7 Hamas attack and the ensuing Israeli-perpetrated genocide in the Gaza Strip, which has thus far killed well over 30,000 Palestinians. Since 1999, Birthright has treated some 850,000 Jewish young adults from around the world to 10-day, all-expenses-paid trips to Israel, jointly funded by the Israeli government and private donors. Participants ride around on buses, see the sights, enjoy “hormonal encounters” with Israeli soldiers, and otherwise bond with stolen Palestinian land. Rather than being a coincidental byproduct of the…

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Moscow hit out at envoys claiming they refused to meet with foreign minister, as relations continue to deteriorate.Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused Western ambassadors in Moscow of meddling in its internal affairs and questioned their function. The statement on Tuesday followed complaints from Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the previous day that ambassadors from European Union countries had refused to meet him. The rebuke comes with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine having pushed relations with the West to their lowest ebb in decades. Lavrov said on March 4 that he had invited EU envoys for a conversation ahead of…

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Kyiv’s military intelligence unit says it sank the patrol ship Sergey Kotov near the Crimean peninsula.Ukraine claims to have destroyed a Russian military patrol boat near the annexed Crimean peninsula. The country’s military intelligence unit, GUR, said on Tuesday that it had hit the Sergey Kotov with drones. It reported that the patrol ship had sunk, making it the latest victim in a series of attacks on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Posting on the Telegram messaging app, GUR said that the vessel was destroyed by special unit Group 13 near the Kerch Strait, which sits between Crimea and Russia. The…

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Tribunal disqualifies Martinelli’s candidacy over 10-year prison sentence for money laundering received last year.Panama’s electoral tribunal has annulled the candidacy of former President Ricardo Martinelli in the presidential election set for May. The decision, announced late on Monday by the body’s president Alfredo Junca, appears to end Martinelli’s hopes of re-election. It comes a month after the former leader lost a bid to avoid a prison sentence for corruption and took asylum in the Nicaraguan embassy. Martinelli served as president from 2009 to 2014. Last year he was found guilty of using stolen public money to buy a stake in…

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Use of the death penalty surged by 43 percent following huge protests prompted by Mahsa Amini’s death.Iran hanged at least 834 people in 2023, the second-highest number of executions in two decades, according to a report released by rights groups. The report, released on Tuesday by Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) and Paris-based Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), suggests that the 43 percent spike in the use of capital punishment last year came in reaction to nationwide protests prompted by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in 2022. However, while nine executions were directly linked to attacks…

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The law, known as Senate Bill 4, had been set to take effect on Saturday and it would allow state officers to arrest people suspected of entering the country irregularly.A United States Supreme Court judge has temporarily blocked a bill that would hand authorities in Texas draconian powers to arrest and expel migrants and refugees who enter the country without documents. An order issued on Monday by Justice Samuel Alito puts the legislation on hold until at least next week, when the court is set to examine it again. Opponents have called the measures, which would give state officials broad…

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Lee Hsien Loong says deal to lure pop star not ‘unfriendly’ to other countries in Southeast Asia.Singapore’s prime minister has defended striking a deal with Taylor Swift to ensure she did not perform in any other Southeast Asian country following complaints from regional neighbours. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday acknowledged for the first time that the city-state had signed an exclusivity deal with the global pop icon but denied that the arrangement was “unfriendly” to other countries in the region. “Our agencies negotiated an arrangement with her to come to Singapore and perform, and to make Singapore her…

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Bezos has gained $23bn in 2024, while Musk has lost $31bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Jeff Bezos has dethroned Elon Musk to reclaim his title as the world’s richest man. The Amazon founder’s net worth currently stands at $200bn, topping the Tesla chief’s $198bn, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index showed on Tuesday. Bezos has gained $23bn so far in 2024, while Musk has lost about $31bn, according to the index. The billionaires’ wealth gains and losses closely tracked the stock market fortunes of Amazon and Tesla, who count their founders as their biggest shareholders. Amazon’s share price has surged by…

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