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A video showing a senior Likud party member being adorned with a medallion featuring leader MK Benjamin Netanyahu’s image as a show of fealty has drawn comparisons of cult worship from rivals.

The video was taken during a Likud party event at a private home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Mordechai on Sunday evening, which was attended by several party MKs, including former finance minister MK Israel Katz.

The medallion features Netanyahu’s face along with a representation of the Israeli flag.

On Monday, Katz dismissed the significance of the incident, tweeting that he was not even aware that the necklace featured a likeness of Netanyahu.

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Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi and a former prime minister are under investigation. Among them is the leader of the Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi, along with several members of his family.

The charges against Ennahda leaders stem from the alleged involvement of 33 Islamist politicians, including Ghannouchi and Jebali, in the assassination of two socialist MPs in 2013, during Marzouki’s presidency and Jebali’s government.

Chokri Belaïd and Mohamed Brahmi, two politicians highly critical of the Islamist Ennahda current, were shot dead as they left their homes.

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President Joe Biden has pledged that the US is “prepared to use all elements of its national power” to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

Mr Biden made the declaration with Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid on the second day of his visit there.

He also pledged that the US would “work together with our other partners to confront Iran’s aggression and destabilising activities”, including Iran’s use of “terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad”.

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Yemen has called for international pressure to compel Houthi militias to fulfill their commitments related to the April 2 truce agreement.

Yemen’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Abdullah al-Saadi told the UN Security Council that the Yemeni people continue to suffer as a result of the militias’ ongoing war and escalation of violence, causing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Among these violations are establishing new military sites, smuggling weapons, bombing residential neighborhoods in Taiz, Marib, Hodeidah and other Yemeni areas, recruiting children and repositioning.

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Iraq on June 10 paid debt owed to Iran for gas and electricity imports, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), transferring $1.6 billion to pay down debt acquired under the previous governments of prime ministers Haidar al-Abadi and Adel Abdul Mahdi.

On July 3, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi inaugurated the first Iraqi generator in Maysan province that uses only Iraqi gas from the fields in the province itself.

In his speech at the inauguration, Kadhimi emphasized the policy of diversifying Iraq electricity resources to reduce dependency on one side. This policy includes grid connection with the Gulf, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey. This is in addition to Iraq’s main deal in 2021 of $27 billion with France’s TotalEnergies to extract Iraqi gas that is currently mostly flaring.

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Human Rights Watch recently accompanied a Nepali driver carrying out a somber task: delivering the body of a migrant worker who died in Qatar to his grieving loved ones. Despite Nepal’s arduous terrain and the frequent arrival of bodies at Kathmandu’s airport long after midnight, these drivers are present to…

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The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism launched a campaign last month to attract Lebanese people living abroad to visit the country this summer. Lebanon has a diaspora of millions of people in Europe, the Americas and Africa, which may outnumber the population in Lebanon itself.

The efforts may be succeeding. Most of the people who use the airport at present are Lebanese, according to the National News Agency.

Lebanese living abroad have the advantage of bringing in more stable currency into the country. Many Lebanese are being priced out of summer activities due to the currency depreciation.

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Saudi Health Minister Fahad Al-Jalajil has inspected hospitals and other health facilities in Makkah and the holy sites to ensure they are up to standard for the pilgrims.

There are also 15 outpatient clinics in the hospital, with 550 employees from administrative, technical, and medical departments working around the clock.

Al-Jalajil then visited the emergency complex in Al-Me’aisem, touring the complex and the exhibition hall, and inspecting the death refrigerators of the complex of the holy sites.

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