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Israel moves to close Al Jazeera, ban its journalists

isreal moves to close Al jazeeraIsrael is moving forward to revoke media credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and close the network's office in Jerusalem, the country's communication minister has announced.

Ayoub Kara made the announcement on Sunday during a press conference, where Al Jazeera was barred from attending.

"We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to close the Al Jazeera offices and prohibiting their work," Kara said, adding that the channel is being used by groups to "incite" violence - accusation that the network has denied.


U.N. Security Council imposes strong sanctions on North Korean exports worth over $1B

UN Security Council sanctions N KoreaThe United Nations Security Council on Saturday imposed sharply increased economic sanctions on North Korea worth one-third of its annual $3 billion exports in an effort to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile program.

China, which holds enormous financial leverage against North Korea, joined the other members of the council in the 15-0 vote.


Hacker who helped end global cyberattack arrested in US

Hacker who ehlped stop WannaCry arrestedMarcus Hutchins, a young British computer security researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, was arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank-account passwords, US authorities said on Thursday.

Hutchins was detained in Las Vegas on his way back to the UK from an annual gathering of hackers and information security gurus. A grand jury indictment charged Hutchins with creating and distributing malware known as the Kronos banking Trojan.


Police acknowledge Netanyahu suspected of bribery, fraud, breach of trust

Neetanyahu suspected of bribery, fraudFor the first time, police investigators explicitly say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, Hebrew-language media report.

The cases in question are called “Case 1000” and “Case 2000,” the former involving expensive gifts to Netanyahu and family members from wealthy acquaintances and the latter an alleged offer by Netanyahu to the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper to act to limit distribution of the competing Israel Hayom daily in exchange for more favorable coverage in Yedioth.



Mexican president denies calling Trump to praise border work

Mexican President Pena NietoMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is calling into question President Trump's most recent claims that the leader called him to praise his administration's work on the U.S.-Mexico border.  

As Mr. Trump welcomed his new Chief of Staff John Kelly to the Cabinet table on Monday, Mr. Trump took time to applaud the work Kelly had done during his time leading the Department of Homeland Security.


Suicide bomber targets Shia mosque in westerm Afghanistan

Mosque attack afghanistanA suicide attack at a packed Shia mosque in the western Afghan province of Herat has killed at least 30 worshippers and injured 63 more, officials said.

More than 60 people are believed to have been wounded, many of them were brought to the main hospital in Herat city, the capital of the province.

Earlier, the provincial governor's spokesman Jalani Farhad told Al Jazeera that the death toll had gone up to 50.


Crackdown aims to 'silence' Palestinian journalists

Crackdown aims to silence Palestinian journalistsEarlier this month, Jihad Barakat, a journalist with Palestine Today TV, was on his way from the northern West Bank city of Nablus to a village in the Tulkarem area to visit family, when he noticed something unusual at an Israeli military checkpoint.

In contravention of protocol, Israeli soldiers were searching the convoy of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Barakat took out his phone and documented the incident; hours later, he was detained by Palestinian security forces.


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