JAMAA ISLAMIYA EULOGIZES COMMANDER KILLED IN ISRAELI DRONE STRIKE IN BEQAA’S GHAZZE

The Jamaa Islamiya (Islamic Group) eulogized its commander Mohammad Hamed Jabara who was killed in an Israeli enemy drone strike that targeted his vehicle in the West Beqaa town of Ghazze Thursday morning. "We hold the Zionist enemy responsible for this cowardly crime, and we affirm that it will not hold us back from assuming our role and duty in defending our land and people in the south, and in assisting our people in Palestine," the Jamaa Islamiya said. Source: National news agency - Lebanon

Newsweek: Kamala Harris tops the list of contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for the presidential elections

Baghdad, Newsweek magazine reported, citing its sources, that US Vice President Kamala Harris topped the list of contenders for the Democratic Party nomination to run in the upcoming presidential elections. The article indicated that the possibility of Ms. Harris' nomination is 45%. At the same time, the chances of current US President Joe Biden's nomination are estimated at less - 40%. Meanwhile, the Axios website wrote, citing high-level Democratic officials, that Biden will be forced to withdraw from the presidential race at the end of this week. Earlier, the American media agreed that President Joe Biden's performance in the debate that brought him together with former President Donald Trump was "catastrophic", and that the Democratic Party should sound the alarm. American politicians and media are increasingly talking about the possibility of replacing Biden's nomination with another candidate, and Vice President Kamala Harris is considered the most likely to become the Democratic candidate. Source : National Iraqi News Agency

The President of the Republic receives the Ambassador of Spain on the occasion of the end of his tenure

Baghdad, The President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, received today Pedro Martinez Martín, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Iraq, on the occasion of the end of his tenure. During the meeting, the President stressed the necessity of constantly striving to develop bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries, praising the efforts made by Mr. Martin in this field, and wishing him success in his upcoming diplomatic missions. The President also sent, through the Ambassador, his greetings to King Felipe VI of Spain and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, praising Spain's principled and firm position on the Palestinian issue, its support for the rights of the Palestinian people, and its constant striving to achieve peace in the region. For his part, the ambassador expressed his thanks and gratitude for the support of the President for his diplomatic efforts while performing his work duties, and stressed his country's keenness to consolidate and advance bilateral relations with Iraq in a wa y that serves the aspirations of the two friendly peoples. Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Newsweek: Kamala Harris tops the list of contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for the presidential elections

Baghdad, Newsweek magazine reported, citing its sources, that US Vice President Kamala Harris topped the list of contenders for the Democratic Party nomination to run in the upcoming presidential elections. The article indicated that the possibility of Ms. Harris' nomination is 45%. At the same time, the chances of current US President Joe Biden's nomination are estimated at less - 40%. Meanwhile, the Axios website wrote, citing high-level Democratic officials, that Biden will be forced to withdraw from the presidential race at the end of this week. Earlier, the American media agreed that President Joe Biden's performance in the debate that brought him together with former President Donald Trump was "catastrophic", and that the Democratic Party should sound the alarm. American politicians and media are increasingly talking about the possibility of replacing Biden's nomination with another candidate, and Vice President Kamala Harris is considered the most likely to become the Democratic candidate. Source : National Iraqi News Agency

FAYAD VISITS BAALBEK-HERMEL, DISCUSSES SEWAGE, WATER, AND ELECTRICITY ISSUES WITH LOCAL LEADERS

Caretaker Minister of Energy and Water, Dr. Walid Fayad, on Thursday visited Baalbek-Hermel with a technical delegation, including General Director Ghada Boulous, and other ministry officials. Fayad and his accompanying delegation met with Governor Bashir Khodr and local leaders. Discussions focused on Baalbek-Hermel's sewage, water, and electricity issues. The meeting highlighted the sewage problems in Arsal, Yammouneh, and Taminin, urging solutions to protect public health and the environment. It also addressed water source encroachments and stressed the need for effective water management by the Bekaa Water Establishment. Fayad emphasized supporting remote areas and reaffirmed their commitment to Baalbek-Hermel, promising to address electricity shortages and improve supply equity. The Energy Minister further stressed the need for legislative support, including approving the Iraqi fuel contract to enhance electricity supply. Source: National news agency - Lebanon

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party confirms that the Israeli Knesset’s refusal to establish a Palestinian state endangers regional peace

Istanbul, Spokesperson for the Turkish Justice and Development Party / Omar Celik / confirmed that the Israeli Knesset's vote, today, Thursday, by a majority in favor of a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state, would expose peace and stability in the region to greater threats. Celik said in a post on the X platform that the entry of Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir into Al-Aqsa Mosque today, accompanied by the police, is a very provocative act that could lead to greater regional conflicts. He stressed that the Knesset's decision to refuse to recognize the Palestinian state is an illegal decision and is considered a record of the genocidal policies pursued by the current Israeli administration, explaining that the two steps are dangerous and expose peace and stability in the region to greater threats. "We are for permanent peace in the Middle East, and the way to achieve this is to establish the State of Palestine with East Al-Quds as its capital, on the basis of ju st peace. The international community must take an urgent initiative and bear the responsibility for peace," Celik added, stressing that Turkey, under the leadership of President Erdogan, will continue to fight against the policy of genocide. Earlier today, Thursday, Israeli Knesset lawmakers voted by a majority in favor of a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state, considering that "the establishment of a Palestinian state in the heart of the land of Israel will pose an existential threat to the State of Israel and its citizens, and will lead to the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and destabilization of the region." Also today, the Israeli occupation army stormed cities and towns in the West Bank, and arrested a number of Palestinians, coinciding with the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, while the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has continued since October 7. Source: National Iraqi News Agency