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Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, including senior militant | AP News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes Friday on Gaza, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another senior militant.
Palestinians left in tense limbo by Israeli expulsion order | AP News
AL-FAKHEET, West Bank (AP) — After repeatedly rebuilding his home only to have it demolished by Israeli soldiers, Mohammed Abu Sabaha has a new plan to remain on the land — he is moving into a cave.
For Stricken Lebanon, Shipments of Ukrainian Grain Might Not Be Enough - WSJ
The first cargo of grain to leave Ukraine’s key Black Sea ports since the Russian invasion is expected to dock this week in Lebanon, the country where food inflation is the highest in the world.
Syrian ship with grain Ukraine says was stolen leaves Lebanon | Reuters
A Syrian ship which Ukraine says is carrying grain stolen by invading Russian forces left Lebanon on Thursday en route to Syria, a Lebanese minister said.
Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad | AP News
BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on edge.
Analysis: Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects | AP News
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian officials now speak openly about something long denied by Tehran as it enriches uranium at its closest-ever levels to weapons-grade material: The Islamic Republic is ready to build an atomic weapon at will.
UN Special Envoy for Yemen announces two-month renewal of UN-mandated truce | Jordan Times
AMMAN — UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on Tuesday announced a two-month renewal of the UN-mandated truce. “The parties have agreed to extend the truce, under the same terms, for an additional two months, from 2 August 2022 until 2 October 2022,” he said in a statement posted on the UN website.“This truce extension includes a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible,” he noted.
Taliban says was not aware al Qaeda leader in Kabul, warns U.S. | Reuters
The Taliban on Thursday said the government had no information about al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri "entering and living" in capital city Kabul and warned the United States to never repeat an attack on Afghan soil.
Balkans Flare-Up Highlights Risk of Other European Conflicts - WSJ
As the Russia-Ukraine war grinds on, a border dispute between Kosovo and Serbia could further test the EU’s ability to manage security around its borders.
Finance and Economy
Saudi Arabia posts almost $21 billion second-quarter surplus | Reuters
Saudi Arabia has registered a budget surplus of nearly 78 billion riyals ($21 billion) in the second quarter of 2022, the finance ministry said on Thursday, an almost 50% rise from a year earlier, bolstered by high oil prices.
Exclusive: Saudi, UAE save oil firepower in case of winter supply crisis | Reuters
OPEC leaders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates stand ready to deliver a "significant increase" in oil output should the world face a severe supply crisis this winter, sources familiar with the thinking of the top Gulf exporters said.
The Coming War Over Taiwan - WSJ
With its global power at a peak and domestic problems mounting, China is likelier than ever before to make good on its threats.