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Carrefour Uganda’s Latest Campaign Helps Children in Need Through its “Round Up Your Bill” Donation Initiative

Carrefour Uganda’s Latest Campaign Helps Children in Need Through its “Round Up Your Bill” Donation Initiative

AFRICA, Asia, Business, CHILDREN, Middle East
Featured Photo Caption:(L-R) : Gonzaga Kajja; Deputy Manager, Carrefour Naalya at Metroplex Mall with Sylivia Namagembe, Headteacher Kireka Home for the Children with Special Needs and her deputy; Gertrude Lyaka at the launch of the “Round Up you Bill” campaign. Carrefour Uganda’s Latest Campaign Helps Children in Need Through its “Round Up Your Bill” Donation Initiative The “Round Up Your Bill” campaign will help support two children’s homes in KampalaMoney will be donated to Kireka Home for The Children with Special Needs and to the Kawempe division for Peculiar Child Care Support Kampala, Uganda: Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Uganda, has launched today a campaign to provide relief to less fortunate children that reside in two children’s homes in Kampala....
Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PAKISTAN, RELATIONS
Pakistan’s foreign ministry describes Kabul’s decision to recall diplomats ‘unfortunate and regrettable’ after ambassador’s daughter abducted. Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad at a news conference regarding the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, in Islamabad [Anjum Naveed/AP] Pakistan’s foreign ministry has termed the Afghan government’s decision to recall its ambassador and senior diplomats from its embassy in Islamabad “unfortunate and regrettable”, after the ambassador’s daughter was abducted and assaulted last week. In a statement released late on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the incident was being investigated “at the highest level”. “The decision by the Government of Afghanistan to recall its ambassador and senior dipl...
Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, TALIBAN
TEHRAN, Jul. 17 (MNA) – Foreign ministers of Russian Federation and five Central Asian countries in a joint statement emphasized the significance of inter-Afghan talks in line with achieving the lasting peace in Afghanistan The foreign ministers of five Central Asian States including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan plus Russia in a joint statement, after a meeting held in Tashkent, called for constructive talks between government in Kabul and Taliban in line with achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan, TASS news agency reported. In the statement, they expressed hope for constructive talks between Kabul government officials and Taliban in order to adopt coordinated approaches to end the conflict and bring peace to Afghanistan. Earlier, Russian Forei...
Heavily explosion hits Israel’s Ashdod reactor facility

Heavily explosion hits Israel’s Ashdod reactor facility

ACCIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East
An explosion has been reported at the Israeli regime’s Ashdod reactor facility in the south of the occupied territories, with reports not providing details on the cause of the blast or the number of possible casualties. https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1414942802471964681 An explosion has been reported at the Israeli regime’s Ashdod reactor facility in the south of the occupied territories, with reports not providing details on the cause of the blast or the number of possible casualties. The blast was reported by the Israeli journalist Edy Cohen, who posted a video on his Twitter account on Tuesday and said the explosion had taken place at the Ashdod reactor facility in southern Israel.     عاجل انفجار في مفاعل اشدود جنوب اسرائيل pic.twitter.com/nPwJIksh...
Iran will not remain silent for long

Iran will not remain silent for long

ATTACK, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, WAR
Analysis: The cyberattacks on Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard-run transit system are an open act of war designed to make the Iranians vulnerable, but Tehran has already proven that it is very much capable of retaliating; how it chooses to do so remains to be see Members of Iran's paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps marching in Tehran(Photo: AP) Therefore, the cyberattacks that Iran's Transportation Ministry reported over the weekend were not only an open act of war meant to damage the IRGC's military and economic infrastructure, but also a symbolic act against the regime in Tehran.According to reports, the alleged attack did not cause any trains to crash or derail.Train services had been disrupted, with hackers posting fake delay notices on station boards.The sneak...
Two Border Towns in Western Afghanistan Fall to Taliban

Two Border Towns in Western Afghanistan Fall to Taliban

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, WAR
An official said the Islam Qala customs activities have stopped after it was taken over by the Taliban. The Islam Qala border town, one of the main trade gateways into Iran, and the Torghundi border town, one of the two trade gateways into Turkmenistan, both in Herat province in western Afghanistan, have fallen to Taliban, local officials confirmed on Friday. Activities at Islam Qala customs were stopped after it was fallen to the Taliban, said Nisar Ahmad Naseri, the acting head of Herat customs department. Videos on social media show Taliban fighters chatting with Iranian border forces in the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Iran. Taliban has announced to have captured the Islam Qala customs and the Torghundi border town. Sources from the province sai...
It’s official: Jordan is now allies with Iran – opinion

It’s official: Jordan is now allies with Iran – opinion

INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, JORDAN, Middle East, RELATIONS
The king of Jordan believes that opening the door to the Shi’ites will save his country from these crises. But as we have said, this will be a double-edged sword. JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH II listens during a meeting in Amman in May.(Photo Credit: ALEX BRANDON/POOL VIA REUTERS) On 27 June 2021, Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Baghdad. All three announced an agreement to cooperate on transporting Iraqi oil through pipelines from Iraq to Jordan to Egypt, from where it will be exported to Europe through the Mediterranean. This agreement is King Abdullah’s “coming out of the closest” with Iran. It is now official: Jordan is allied with Iran because Iraq is actually under Iran’s control. The Iraqi gove...
Iran: Israel is behind attack on atomic facility

Iran: Israel is behind attack on atomic facility

ATTACK, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Israel, Middle East
Iran blames Israel for drone attack on Iranian facility used to manufacture uranium centrifuges. The Iranian government has accused Israel of carrying out the drone attack on an Iranian nuclear facility last month. Ali Rabiei, a spokesman for the Iranian government, said Tuesday afternoon that Israel was behind the June 23rd drone attack on an Atomic Energy Organization of Iran building in the city of Karaj. “The Zionist regime carried out this action in order to signal that it is capable of stopping Iran and to say that there is no need to speak with Iran, but every time we’ve been attacked, our strength has only increased,” Rabiei said. The facility, which is used to manufacture uranium centrifuges, was targeted by an unmanned aircraft during the attack, which Iran initi...
Drone attacks by Iraqi militias reflect Iran’s waning hold

Drone attacks by Iraqi militias reflect Iran’s waning hold

INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, IRAQ, Middle East, RELATIONS
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iran´s expeditionary Quds Force commander brought one main directive for Iraqi militia faction leaders long beholden to Tehran, when he gathered with them in Baghdad last month: Maintain calm, until after nuclear talks between Iran and the United States. But he was met with defiance. One of the six faction leaders spoke up in their meeting: They could not stay quiet while the death of his predecessor Qassim Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone strike went unavenged. Militia attacks have only been increasing against the U.S. in military bases in both Iraq and Syria. Three missile attacks in the last week alone resulted in minor injuries, stoking fears of escalation. The details from Esmail Ghaani´s visit, confirmed to Th...
In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS
In joint declaration after two days of intra-Afghan talks hosted by Iran, they vow to pursue political, peaceful solutions Top-ranking Taliban officials and a group of mainstream Afghan politicians, who participated in Iran-brokered talks in Tehran on Wednesday and Thursday, agreed that there is no alternative to peace. In a joint declaration issued after two days of intra-Afghan talks facilitated by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the two Afghan sides recognized the “dangers of continuing the war” and its impact on the “health of the nation,” Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a series of tweets. The two opposing sides agreed that war is “not the solution to the Afghan problem” and all efforts must be coordinated for a “political and peaceful solution." They also agreed to...
Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, UN Human RiGHTS, WOMEN
Benny Gantz, centrist Blue and White leader, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's partner in his new unity government, speaks during a swearing in ceremony of the new government, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem May 17, 2020. Israel’s parliament is set to vote Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many left-wing and Arab lawmakers, say it’s a racist measure aimed at restricting the growth of Israel’s Arab minority, while supporters say it’s needed for security purposes and to preserve Israel’s Jewish character. The law creates an array of difficulties for Palestinian families that ...
Michelin Group appoints Gaganjot Singh as president in Africa, India, Middle East

Michelin Group appoints Gaganjot Singh as president in Africa, India, Middle East

AFRICA, Business, INDIA, Middle East
Gaganjot Singh will succeed Marc Pasquet, who has been called to other functions in the Michelin Group, the company said in a statement. Gaganjot Singh will succeed Marc Pasquet, who has been called to other functions in the Michelin Group, the company said in a statement. Michelin Group, on July 5, named Gaganjot Singh as the president of Michelin Africa, India and Middle East Region. Singh will be based out of Pune, India. Singh will succeed Marc Pasquet, who has been called to other functions in the Michelin Group, the company said in a statement. Across his 10 year tenure with Michelin, Gaganjot has held various leadership roles in finance, sales, and other commercial functions across Asia, Africa and Europe. Since 2019, Gaganjot has served as Global Business Model Lead...
Iran’s sole nuclear power plant up and running after ‘technical overhaul’

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant up and running after ‘technical overhaul’

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS, POWER
Spokesperson for the country's energy ministry is quoted by state TV as saying the Bushehr power plant is back online after being unexpectedly shut down 2 weeks ago 'for repairs'; Iran earlier said it lacked tools for repairs due to U.S. sanctions Iran's sole nuclear power plant is back online following an emergency shutdown two weeks ago for a "technical overhaul," state TV reported Saturday. The report quoted Mostafa Rajabi Mashahdi, spokesperson for the country's energy ministry and state-run power company TAVANIR, as saying the Bushehr plant "returned to production energy" after the completion of needed maintenance. "After repairs ... the Bushehr power plant is back online, and 1000 MW of electricity is injected into the country's distribution network," Mashhadi said.Mash...
Israel launches fresh strikes on besieged Gaza Strip

Israel launches fresh strikes on besieged Gaza Strip

Asia, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, TERROR, WAR
Israel hit Islamist militant sites in Gaza with air strikes on Friday in retaliation for incendiary balloon launches from the Palestinian enclave, in the latest unrest since a ceasefire ended May's conflict. Security sources with Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Israeli-blockaded Gaza, said the strikes hit training sites. There were no injuries reported.  A statement from Israel's army said: "In response to the arson balloons fired towards Israeli territory today, (military) fighter jets struck... a weapons manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas terror organisation." On Thursday, Israel's fire service said that incendiary balloon launches from Gaza had sparked four minor fires in the southern Eshkol region, on the Gaza border.  The blazes were "small a...
Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, VACCINE
Israel will give about one million soon-to-expire doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said on Friday. In a joint statement with the health and defence ministries, Mr Bennett's office said the PA in exchange had agreed to give Israel a reciprocal number of Pfizer doses from one of its Covax shipments that is expected to arrive later this year. Covax is a World Health Organisation initiative to supply vaccines to countries without enough resources to vaccinate their populations. Palestine is among the beneficiaries of about six million doses the US has earmarked for Middle Eastern countries as part of the Covax programme. Israel's announcement came days after Mr Bennett took office as head of ...
Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WAR, WORLD
Israeli army says it retaliated after incendiary balloons launched from Gaza started fires in Israel General view of Gaza City, on 18 June 2021 (AFP) Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip overnight on Thursday after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory into Israel, according to the Israeli army and AFP journalists. Following a first wave of fire balloons which sparked blazes in Israel on Tuesday, the army launched a series of attack on the besieged enclave in the early hours of Wednesday. As Palestinians continued to launch balloons, a second round of air strikes hit the strip overnight Thursday to Friday. So far the number of casualties, if any, is unclear. The fighting threatens a fragile ceasefire established between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that came ...
Iran Presidential Elections: Polls Tipped In Favour Of Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi

Iran Presidential Elections: Polls Tipped In Favour Of Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi

Asia, ELECTIONS, Electoral Comission, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS
Iran's presidential election: With uncertainty surrounding Iran's efforts to restore its 2015 nuclear deal and growing hardship at home as a result of years of US sanctions, Iranian observers see voter turnout as a referendum on the leadership's handling of a variety of crises. This combination of four photos shows candidates for the June 18, 2021, Iranian presidential elections from left to right; Abdolnasser Hemmati, Mohsen Rezaei, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi and Ebrahim Raisi. Iranians will vote Friday on who should be the country's next president amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. State-linked opinion polling and analysts put hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the dominant front-runner in a field of just four candidates....
Iran election: How will it shape Tehran’s relations with the West?

Iran election: How will it shape Tehran’s relations with the West?

Asia, ELECTIONS, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Islamic hardliner Ebrahim Raisi is viewed as favorite to win the presidential election. But given the nation's dire economic straits, he is expected to continue current President Rouhani's approach to foreign policy.   Just five candidates are contesting to become the next president of Iran In the upcoming presidential election, slated for June 18, Iran's current Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi is widely expected to secure victory and become the Islamic Republic's eighth president.    The ultraconservative politician — who is notorious for his involvement as a prosecutor in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the late 1980s — is no stranger to Iranians. Raisi has been the head of the nation's judiciary since 2019. He will need to...
Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Wednesday morning, with the military saying this was in response to incendiary balloons crossing over from Hamas-controlled territory into Israel. There have been no reports of any casualties. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the Hamas compounds were used by members planning attacks, and the militant group is "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions." Additionally, the Israeli military is "prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities." Last month, Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement after nearly two weeks of violence between both sides left more than 240 people in Gaza and 12 people in Israel dead. Tuesday's conflic...