DAMASCUS — At least five people were killed and 12 others wounded on Wednesday when twin bombings targeted a predominantly-Kurdish city in northern Syria, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.

syria_says_175_fighters_killed_near_damascus_m7The twin bombings ripped through two restaurants in the predominantly-Kurdish northeastern city of Qamishli in the al-Hasakah province, according to the report. (Syria-Bombings)
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GAZA — The Islamic Hamas movement announced on Wednesday that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are banned from celebrating the New Year, claiming that it contradicts with the Islamic Sharia law.

“Celebrating the New Year in the Gaza Strip contradicts with Islam and its regulations. It is a western tradition in the first place and we never accept to have it in Gaza,” Hams police spokesman in Gaza Ayman Batniji said in a short text message sent to reporters. (Hamas-Gaza-New Year)
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DAMASCUS — The Syrian army has advanced into a strategic rebel-held city in southern Syria amid a collapse in rebel ranks, the army said Wednesday.

Military units advanced into several areas of the city of Sheikh Miskin, one of the main rebel strongholds in Syria’s southern province of Daraa, according to the state news agency SANA. (Syria-Advance)
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government approved on Wednesday a groundbreaking five-year economic development plan for the Arab sector, aimed at tackling the major gaps between Jews and Arabs in the Israeli society.

The plan, proposed by Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel and supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, includes allocation of funds in various fields to the Arab sector for the years 2016-2020, at the cost of 3.9 billion U.S. dollars. (Israel-Arab-Economy) Enditem
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Source: Xinhua

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