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EU Launches New Aid Scheme for Greece to Help Refugees With Rent, Cash

ATHENS, July 27 – The European Commission offered 209 million euros ($245 million)in new emergency aid for Greece on Thursday to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern Europe, have been stranded in

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Israel Removes All Security Apparatus from Holy Site After Unrest

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta JERUSALEM, July 27 – Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, stepping up its efforts to defuse political and religious tension. The government had already dismantled metal detectors it installed in

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Israel’s Netanyahu Threatens to Shut Al Jazeera Jerusalem Office

JERUSALEM, July 27 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest heightened Israeli security measures near

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Trump to Ban Transgender U.S. Military Personnel, Reversing Obama

By Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, July 27 – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. The surprise announcement by Trump, who as a

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Gulf Arab States Blacklist 9 Individuals, 9 Organizations: SPA

DUBAI, July 25 – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi’s state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The four Arab states, who isolated Qatar by cutting all diplomatic and transport links

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U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals

By Steve Friess DETROIT, July 24 – A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil

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Migrant Deal with Turkey Working Well, Says EU Official

VIENNA, July 25 – An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc’s top official for relations with neighbouring states said. Austrian Johannes Hahn made the comments to ORF radio on Tuesday, days after Germany raised the

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Israel to Replace Metal Detectors in Jerusalem with Smart Surveillance

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, July 25 – Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem

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Israel Says Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 23 – Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use, Israeli officials said on Sunday. With Israeli generals warning the violence may spiral, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering

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