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Amnesty: Zionist entity Must Stop Bullying Palestinian Activists

Amnesty International condemned the Zionist entity  for "unrelenting campaign” of harassments of Palestinian rights activists, including Nariman Tamimi, who was placed under partial house arrest to prevent her taking part in peaceful protests, according to FNA.

This is the "latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped," Middle-East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Philip Luther said on Thursday.

Tamimi was arrested along with another activist Rana Hamadi on Friday last week, when villagers of Nabi Saleh walk towards a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land, Alalam reported.

"They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the" Israeli judiciary" has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest," Luther stated.

According to Amnesty International, Tamimi and Hamadi have been charged with being in a "closed military zone." The trial is scheduled for Tuesday July 9.


Occupation Forces Detain 8 Palestinians in Ramallah Village

Israeli occupation  forces raided on Thursday the Budrus village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, detaining eight Palestinians, according  to  FNA.

Those detained were identified as Abdullah Shukri Awad, Ahmad Shukri Awad, Saadat Shaban Awad, Kamal Hassan Ali, Nasser Marar, Asrar Yousef Ibrahim, Mohammad Naem Marar, and Mohammad Abed al-Karim, Ma'an reported.

The occupation forces  also issued warrants for six Palestinians, ordering them to turn themselves in after they were not found after raiding their homes.


Adli Mansour Sworn in as Egypt’s Interim President

CAIRO- The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, has been sworn in as interim president of Egypt, according to Press TV.

 “I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests,” Mansour said on Thursday as he took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Supreme Constitutional Court building in the capital, Cairo.

During his speech, army-mandated Mansour hailed the military and police in dealing with the political crisis facing the country.

Late Wednesday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office during a speech on state television.

Sisi said Morsi had failed to meet the demands of the people.

Adli Mansour vowed to lead a “modern, constitutional, national and civil country.”

Mansour went on to say that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “part of the nation” and invited the party to “share in building the country.”

Having served as deputy head of the Supreme Constitutional Court since 1992, Mansour was named chief of the court in May 2013 and took up his post on July 1.

Mansour also suspended the country’s constitution, saying that new parliamentary elections will be held.

Morsi’s ouster came after days of massive anti-government protests across the country.

Morsi, is being held by the authorities, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and a security official said on Thursday, according to the Voice of Russia.

Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Morsi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where.

A security official said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.

"Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club," Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP.

Haddad's father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Morsi's right-hand man, was among those held, he added.

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Regional Developments in Syria's favour: Abdullahian

TEHRAN-  Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdulahian has stressed that the accelerating developments in the region are in favour of Syria, as they proved the rightness of the Syrian-Iranian stances on the region's causes and on the confrontation of the Western-American scheme which has been aiming at fragmenting the region to serve  the Zionist entity's interests.

Abdullahian's remarks were made  on Wednesday during his meeting with Syria's Ambassador to Iran Adnan Mahmoud.

Abdullahian reiterated his country's strong and firm support for the region's resistance front in which Syria is positioned at the frontline, urging continuous action to consolidate Syria's steadfastness in all domains.

The Iranian diplomat held the regional and international parties, which have provided financial and arms support for terrorism in Syria, responsible for killing the Syrian people and threatening the region's security and stability. He stressed that these parties aim at undermining the efforts exerted so far  to hold the international conference on Syria to solve the crisis through unconditional national dialogue.

"The recent changes in stances on the Syrian issue at the regional and international arenas, are a reflection to the strategic victories attained by the Syrian Arab Army and the steadfastness of the Syrian people and institutions in the face of Syria's enemies, Abdullahian said.

For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud affirmed that all the parties participating in the aggression, conspiracy and inciting against Syria, are now paying the price for their destructive behavior, pointing out that the enemies' attempts to create sedition among the Syrians found no fertile soil in Syria and Iran as it is strange to the Syrian society's values and civilization.

Mahmoud reiterated that the coming era will witness more cooperation between Syria and Iran, particularly in economy, and more consolidation of the elements of steadfastness in the confrontation of the blatant economic war against Syria.

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The International Conference an Opportunity to Restore normal life to Syria- Lavrov

ALGIERS,(ST)_ "We follow with concern the boost of coordination between the various Al-Qaeda branches and its efforts to undermine all opportunities for progress towards peace in Syria, which inflame sectarian and ethnic tension, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov  on Wednesday, adding that  extremists are committing heinous crimes, including the terrorist attacks in public places or sectarian cleansing operations along the lines of the massacre committed in the village of Htalh in Deir Ezzor countryside, where 60 civilians were killed, homes were blown up and clerics were executed by hanging,"

In an interview wit the Algerian daily al-Khabar ( the News)  Lavrov   stressed that his country hasn't any geopolitical goals in Syria, stressing that what Moscow wants is that the Syrians decide the future of their country by themselves.

"Russia hasn't any geopolitical targets in Syria, nor it has agents who implement its orders. All what we want is that the Syrians themselves decide the fate of their country through democratic mechanisms," .

"We do not interfere in the Syrian conflict and do not divide the Syrians among proponents and opponents, but we strictly condemn all forms of terrorism, extremism and violence against civilians, especially crimes committed out of hatred, sectarian or ethnic lines," he added.

"We do not support the position of those who oppose negotiations, provide pre-conditions and push things towards confrontation without hesitating to shed the Syrian blood in order to overthrow the regime by force," Lavrov went on to say.

The Russian official refused to describe the situation in Syria as being a fact of confrontation between the superpowers, stating that Russia calls for a political solution to the serious crisis through internal dialogue without any foreigner interference or dictation.

"This fully comes in line with the standards and norms of the modern system of international relations based on the United Nations Charter. This is the only way to a long-term solution that responds to the interests of all spectrums of Syrian society," the minister elaborated.

"This logic led to the Russian-American consensus on May 7 in Moscow, on which we are working to organize an international conference on Syria in order to gather the government and the opposition at the negotiation table and launch the political process according to Geneva statement adopted on June 30, 2012," the Russian official added.

Lavrov also reiterated Russia's refusal to arm the Syrian opposition by some Western countries:
"Peace cannot be achieved in this way. This will only lead to further suffering of the Syrian people and to a dangerous escalation of the regional situations. It is wrong to talk about a winner or a loser because everyone will lose," he said.

Lavrov stressed that the international conference on Syria, "might be an opportunity to restore normal life to Syria," stating that "the achievement of this duty falls on all potential participants (in the conference) who have to show the bulk of the good will and seek to provide real support to the Syrians."

"We are sure that it is difficult, but not impossible," the Russian minister concluded.


T. Fateh