Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets toward the Jerusalem area and southern Israel on Monday, carrying out a threat to punish Israel for violent confrontations with Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Gaza health ministry said nine Palestinians, including three children, were killed “in a series of strikes in northern Gaza”. It did not explicitly blame Israel for the deaths, in an area that has been a staging ground for militants’ cross-border rocket attacks.

Rocket sirens sounded in Jerusalem, in nearby towns and in communities near Gaza minutes after the expiry of an ultimatum from the enclave’s ruling Hamas Islamist group demanding Israel stand down forces in the al Aqsa mosque compound and another flashpoint in the holy city.

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.

“De-escalation of tensions between the two Muslim countries in the Persian Gulf region is in the interest of both nations and the region,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a televised weekly news conference.

Iran was waiting for the outcome of the talks, he said: “We welcome resolving of the issues that have existed between the two countries … We will use our best efforts in this regard.”

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called Israel “not a country, but a terrorist base” and urged Muslim nations to fight it, as they mark an annual day of pro-Palestinian rallies.

“Israel is not a country, but a terrorist base against the nation of Palestine and other Muslim nations,” Khamenei said in live televised remarks marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

“Fighting this despotic regime is fighting oppression and terrorism, and (doing so) is everyone’s duty,” he added.

His remarks came amid high tensions between the regional arch-foes, following a series of maritime attacks, an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility and the assassination of a top nuclear scientist, which Tehran blamed on Israel.

Most debris from a large Chinese rocket expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend will be burned up on reentry and is highly unlikely to cause any harm, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.

The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China’s Hainan island on April 29, carrying the unmanned Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters on a permanent Chinese space station.

Speaking in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China was closely following the rocket’s reentry into the atmosphere, and that most of its components would be burned up upon re-entry.

Sinopharm has not yet been approved in the Philippines. Mr Duterte said he only got the Sinopharm shot under a compassionate use clause, and that his doctors had advised him to get vaccinated.

“Don’t follow my footsteps,” Mr Duterte said, according to local media reports. “It’s dangerous because there are no studies, it might not be good for the body. Just let me be the sole person to receive it.”

He also accepted criticism that the use of the unapproved vaccine was risky, saying: “We are sorry. You are right.”

Both Chinese shots are inactivated vaccines, which work by using killed viral particles to expose the body’s immune system to the virus without risking a serious disease response.

Qatar is eying at the Republic of Somaliland , as a key trade and development partner in the Horn of Africa . Somaliland is considered a separatist region seeking self-rule

Somaliland Muse Bihi meeting with Qatar viewed as a change in the Somali considering the president of Somaliland attacking Qatar three years ago, while he was on a visit to the country. The discussions between the two sides focused on the possibility for Qatar Airways to operates flights between Doha and Hargeisa with the African state opening opportunities for Qatari investors in the country. …

Iran released a provocative new video over the weekend that depicts its military forces blowing up the United States Capitol building, a threat that comes as the Biden administration inches closer to providing Tehran with billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief.

The video debuted Sunday on Iranian state-controlled television before Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei delivered remarks, in which he praised the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the paramilitary force that has killed Americans, and celebrated IRGC leader Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike by the former Trump administration.

Khamenei, in his weekend address to the country, bolstered Zarif’s remarks by praising the IRGC’s ongoing operations in the region, which have targeted U.S. and Western forces. Khamenei vowed to continue fueling wars across the Middle East.

Millions of Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan. But some mosques in the UK are not allowing women inside to pray. Some say it is time for change.

While many families pray together at home, worship in mosques tends to be gender segregated, with many people believing that allows people time to focus on prayer.

Sometimes women will pray behind men in the same space. More often, mosques will have two separate rooms for each gender to pray in, with the men in the main prayer hall and the women in an alternative space.

Other mosques have changed their stance. The Hounslow Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre had originally planned to be men-only — but changed its policy after a conversation around women’s access to mosques began to emerge online at the start of Ramadan.

Local Arab villages set up stations to offer food and drink to evacuees from the site of the disaster at Meron on Friday morning, as many hundreds lined up to donate blood in Tel Aviv.

Media reports said residents of nearby villages and towns in the north of Israel set up stations with free food and drink for the many thousands of Jewish worshipers still trying to make their way out of the mountainous Meron area in the wake of the overnight tragedy.

Egypt is inventorying Muslim Brotherhood assets in Sinai as the judiciary considers a lawsuit for the confiscation of real estate including houses, land and farms owned by Brotherhood leaders.

The government of Hisham Qandil, the prime minister who served under ousted Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohammed Morsi, had allowed these leaders to buy public and privately owned real estate in Sinai in the name of agricultural development.

The lawsuit revealed that the committee tasked with seizing and managing Muslim Brotherhood funds had found documents confirming the Brotherhood’s ownership of large lands and farms in Sinai. It accused Brotherhood leaders of using those farms and lands in terrorist operations against state institutions.


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