Thu, 02 Feb 2023

JERUSALEM, -- Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and far-right Noam party signed a coalition deal on Sunday, moving Netanyahu one step closer to forming what is expected to be the most right-wing government in Israeli history.

Under the agreement, Noam's leader and its sole lawmaker Avi Maoz will serve as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Office and would be in charge of a new agency called "National Jewish Identity Authority," the Likud party announced in a statement. (Israel-Coalition Deal-Far-right Gov't)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian parliament on Sunday approved a bill for Iran's membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The bill was approved by the overwhelming majority of the lawmakers, according to the report. (Iran-Shanghai Cooperation Organization-Approval)

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TEHRAN -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday that the Iranian nation will confront the attempts by the United States and its allies seeking to sow discord and division in the country and will thwart their hostile plots.

Making the remarks while addressing a group of the Iranian Basij volunteer forces in the southeastern city of Zahedan, Hossein Salami said that they are all trying to "provoke tensions in Iran by means of their divisive media outlets," reported by Press TV. (Iran-US-Plots)

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JERUSALEM -- An Israeli died of his injuries in hospital three days after being wounded in a double blast attack in Jerusalem, the hospital said on Sunday.

Tadesse Teshome Ben Madeh, 50, died on Saturday in the Sha'are Zedek Medical Center, read the statement from the hospital. (Israel-Blast-Victim)

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