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Saudi: Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Jeddah

By: Tom Finn Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage DOHA (Reuters) – Two suspected militants blew themselves up following a confrontation with security forces in Saudi Arabia’s second city of Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi media reported. Saudi security forces surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with the men, who blew themselves up,, a  website affiliated with the monarchy’s interior ministry, said. UAE-based Sky News Arabia also reported the incident and ran a video of an explosion in Jeddah’s eastern Al-Harazat district. The Saudi interior ministry had no immediate comment. ISIS has carried out a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since...

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Gaza: UN and EU funded desalination plant brings needed water

By: AP Source: VOA News DEIR EL-BALAH, GAZA STRIP – International aid workers on Thursday opened a new desalination plant in the Gaza Strip, bringing some relief to a territory where 97 percent of the water is undrinkable. It is the Hamas-ruled territory’s second and largest desalination plant. While it will not solve Gaza’s water woes, officials said the project marked an important step. “Despite the small production, this gives symbolism to Gaza residents that the train of water solution is now on track,” said Monzer Shublaq, director of Coastal Municipalities Water Utility in Gaza. The plant will initially produce 6,000 cubic meters of water a day, a small...

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Tehran: at least 20 firefighters perish in building collapse

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL At least 20 firefighters died after a high-rise building in downtown Tehran caught fire and collapsed, the semiofficial Fars News Agency cited the mayor of the Iranian capital as saying. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours on January 19 before the 17-story Plasco building came down as state TV was broadcasting live. “Our main worry is about those firefighters trapped under rubble,” Emergency Medical Services chief Pir-Hossein Kolivand told the official IRNA news agency. Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told state television that up to 25 firefighters were thought to be inside when the building fell. State television reported that...

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