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Jan28

Amid political turmoil Palestinian PM offers resignation

By: Middle East Eye Source:Middle East Eye Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah offered to resign on Monday, his spokesman said, amid efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas to form a new government. Hamdallah has “put his government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas,” the prime minister’s spokesman, Youssef al-Mahmoud, said in a statement, adding that he welcomed Abbas’s plans for a new government. It came after the central committee of Abbas’s Fatah movement recommended, late on Sunday, the formation of a new government that would comprise members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Hamas, which has been the de facto ruling party in the...

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Jan14

Israeli minister wants the West Bank annexed

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye A newly appointed Israeli minister on Sunday dismissed the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and called for the occupied territory to be annexed. “Settlements are the new Zionism of the 21st century,” Migration and Integration Minister Yoav Galant said. During an election campaign stop in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Galant said: “I am clearly saying no to a Palestinian state. It is not possible to have more than one state west of the Jordan River.” “We will work to apply sovereignty in all of Judea and Samaria and to strengthen the settlements,” he added, using the terms Israel uses...

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Jan13

Saudi to set up $10 billion oil refinery in Pakistan

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Saudi Arabia says it plans to set up a $10 billion oil refinery in Pakistan’s deepwater port of Gwadar, which is being developed with the help of China. “Saudi Arabia wants to make Pakistan’s economic development stable through establishing an oil refinery and partnership with Pakistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters in Gwadar on January 12. Falih made the comments as he visited the site for the proposed oil refinery, along with Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Pakistan’s minister for petroleum and natural resources. Falih said Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman would visit...

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