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Sudan Abolishes Israel Boycott Law

Sudan's cabinet approved a bill Tuesday abolishing a 1958 law on boycotting Israel, after Khartoum and Israel struck a deal to normalize ties.

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Netanyahu Pledges to End Israel's 'Cycle of Elections'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to end Israel's repeated elections, after receiving a presidential mandate to form a government following a fourth inconclusive vote in two years.

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Jordan's Prince Hamzah in Fiery Exchange with Army Chief

An audio recording has emerged that appears to be of the fiery exchange between Jordan's Prince Hamzah and its army chief, which sparked the country's worst palace crisis in decades.

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Israel President Taps Netanyahu to Try to Form Govt.

Israel's president nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday to try to form a government, two weeks after the latest inconclusive election, but voiced doubt that any lawmaker could forge a parliamentary majority.  

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Jordan Justice Bans Publishing Information on Alleged Plot

The prosecutor general in Jordan's capital Amman on Tuesday banned the publication of any information about an alleged plot said to involve the king's half-brother, Prince Hamzah, state television said.

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Palestinian Killed by Israeli Fire in West Bank

A Palestinian motorist was killed and his wife wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

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HRW Says Freedom of Expression under Threat in Jordan

Authoritarianism is increasing and the freedom of expression being attacked in Jordan, the Human Rights Watch group warned Monday, following a wave of arrests in the kingdom over an alleged plot.

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Jordan King Accepts Mediation with His Half-Brother

Jordan's King Abdullah II has agreed to enter mediation with Prince Hamzah to heal a rift within the royal family, the palace said Monday.

Abdullah has "decided to handle the question of Prince Hamzah within the framework of the Hashemite (ruling) family and entrusted it to (his uncle) Prince Hassan," it said in a statement.

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Saudi to Allow Only 'Immunized' Pilgrims to Mecca

Saudi authorities said Monday only people immunized against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage from the start of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims.

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Netanyahu Sees Prospects Fade as His Trial Resumes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial resumed Monday, with a key witness painting a picture of an image-obsessed Israeli leader forcing a prominent news site to flatter his family and smear his opponents.

The testimony came as Netanyahu's chances of securing another term in office following last month's parliamentary elections appeared to be dwindling in high-stakes political talks hosted by the country's figurehead president just a few miles (kilometers) away.

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