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May Odeh, whose first feature film as producer “200 Meters” debuted in the Venice Days Competition of the Venice Film Festival, received the Variety Middle East and North African Region Talent Award at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt Monday in a ceremony presided over by festival director Intishal Al Timimi and festival co-founder and chief of operations Bushra Rozza.

‘200 Meters’ producer May Odeh receives Variety Mena Award

May Odeh, whose first feature film as producer “200 Meters” debuted in the Venice Days Competition of the Venice Film Festival, received the Variety Middle East and North African Region Talent Award at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt Monday in a ceremony presided over by festival director Intishal Al Timimi and festival co-founder and chief of operations Bushra Rozza.
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Hezbollah, Hamas leaders meet on Israel-Arab ties

Leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement, both enemies of Israel, have met to discuss diplomatic normalisation between the Jewish state and Arab countries, a report said Sunday.
U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed he turned Jerusalem into the capital of Israel, even as the Jewish state has long said the city is the seat of its government.

Donald Trump claims he made Jerusalem the capital of Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed he turned Jerusalem into the capital of Israel, even as the Jewish state has long said the city is the seat of its government.
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2014. (AP Photo-Hasan Jamali-File)

Telephone calls between UAE, Israel ring for the first time

Telephone calls began ringing Sunday between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, marking the first concrete step of a U.S.-brokered diplomatic deal between the nations that required Israel to halt plans to annex land sought by the Palestinians.
The Israeli army has said it carried out air attacks against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to rocket attacks and firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons.

Israel carries out air strike on Gaza over balloon bombs, rockets

The Israeli army has said it carried out air attacks against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to rocket attacks and firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons.
“Instead of allowing the terrorist regime in Tehran to acquire deadly weapons, the council should impose crippling sanctions on Iran,” Israel’s new UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan tweeted on Saturday.

Israel describes UN rejection of Iran arms embargo as ‘disgrace’

Israel on Saturday described the UN Security Council’s rejection of a United States proposal to extend the arms embargo on Iran as “a disgrace”.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States finds it “unbearable” that the Islamic Revolution remains in place 41 years after bringing down its ally the shah.

Iran condemns Israel-UAE deal as ‘strategic stupidity’

Iran on Friday strongly condemned an agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalise ties, blasting it as an act of “strategic stupidity” that would only strengthen the Tehran-backed “axis of resistance”.
Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said he has accepted an invitation to meet United States President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Israel to locate Palestinians’ bodies for swap deal with Hamas

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed the army to locate the remains of “Palestinian attackers” held in Israel to use them as “bargaining chip” for captured Israelis in Gaza.
Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in an emailed statement that 18 cases were founded in the city of Hebron, one in Bethlehem city and one in Nablus city.

Palestine records 20 new coronavirus cases, 815 in total

Palestine on Friday recorded 20 new coronavirus cases in the West Bank, bringing the total number in the Palestinian territories to 815.
Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said he has accepted an invitation to meet United States President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Israeli defense minister apologizes over Palestinian’s death

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz apologized on Sunday for Israeli police’s shooting to death an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Saturday.
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has reopened to worshippers and visitors after more than two months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Al-Aqsa Mosque reopens after more than two months

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has reopened to worshippers and visitors after more than two months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Palestine on Tuesday declared the abolition of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States in protest against the Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

Palestine exits all agreements with Israel, US to protest against West Bank annexation

Palestine on Tuesday declared the abolition of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States in protest against the Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
The United Kingdom (UK) has the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe, new data has revealed.

Iran reports 35 coronavirus deaths, lowest since March 7

Iran on Saturday reported 35 new deaths from the coronavirus, the lowest number since March 7 despite infections rising, and announced a further relaxation of COVID-19-related closures.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has extended to June 5 a state of emergency declared in areas under his administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the official news agency Wafa said on Tuesday.

Palestinians extend Coronavirus state of emergency to June 5

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has extended to June 5 a state of emergency declared in areas under his administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the official news agency Wafa said on Tuesday.
The number of coronavirus cases in Qatar crossed 2,500 and Kuwait’s tally moved closer to 1,000 on Friday.

Israel’s coronavirus deaths top 100

As the highly contagious coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinians struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted daily life and led to tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.
“Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for Palestinian activity in Jerusalem, which is illegal,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Israel detains Palestinian governor of Jerusalem again

Israel detained the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Sunday over “illegal” activities, in at least the seventh time Adnan Ghaith has been arrested in less than 18 months.
Palestinian youths have launched a campaign on Twitter to show solidarity with China, reinforcing an international trend on social media to back China’s ongoing fight against the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia, known as COVID-19.

Palestinian youths launch campaign on social media in solidarity with China

Palestinian youths have launched a campaign on Twitter to show solidarity with China, reinforcing an international trend on social media to back China’s ongoing fight against the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia, known as COVID-19.
Sudan's cabinet said Thursday that the country's leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had made no promise to Israel's prime minister of normalising ties between the two countries.

Sudan says leader made no promises to Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Sudan's cabinet said Thursday that the country's leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had made no promise to Israel's prime minister of "normalising ties" between the two countries.

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