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Saudi sends first communications satellite into orbit

By: MENAFN Source: MENAFN RIYADH, Feb 6, (KUNA): Saudi Arabia’s first communication satellite (SGS-1) has been launched successfully from Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America on Tuesday. An Ariane 5 rocket put the satellite into orbit, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported this evening, citing a statement by King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz signed the fi- nal piece of satellite before its launch with the words, ‘above the clouds.’ Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khaled bin Abdul- Aziz Al-Falih hailed the event as ‘a spectacular...

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Concern as Israel bars monitoring group from Hebron

By: AFP Source: The Daily Star RAMALLAH, Palestine: Palestinian and European officials expressed concern and regret Wednesday over Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of an international monitoring group in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established after a massacre of Palestinians in 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias. The Palestinians labeled the move a “green light” for Israeli settlers in the city to carry out abuses. “I think nations should stand tall against this,” PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat...

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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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