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Israel court frees Al Jazeera journalist

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DOHA — An Israeli military court decided on Monday to release Al-Jazeera journalist Samer Allawi who was detained on August 10, the Doha-based news channel said.

Allawi, a Palestinian, is Al-Jazeera’s Kabul bureau chief and was arrested by Israeli security officials as he tried to cross from Jordan into the West Bank after a family visit.

An Israeli military court in the northern West Bank had accused Allawi of being a member of Hamas and of having “contacts” with the military wing of the Islamist movement, which rules the Gaza Strip.

“I did not hide that from the very beginning,” Allawi told the channel on Monday. “I was frank with them, because as a journalist I have (also) met leaders of the Taliban and others.”

Allawi’s arrest came amid deteriorating relations between Israel and Qatar in recent months.

A spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry said last month that the Jewish state was angry at Qatar for its support for the hardline Palestinian Hamas movement.

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Qatar technically severed ties with Israel during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s massive 22-day assault on Gaza which began at the end of December 2008, ordering its head of the delegation to leave Qatar while allowing its offices to remain open.

According to a statement by Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service, Allawi admitted during interrogation being recruited by Hamas in 1993 while in Pakistan, and in 2000 agreed to “military and organisational” activities on behalf of Hamas, using journalism as a cover.

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Apple says US tariffs on China would backfire

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Apple is warning the US administration that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would be counterproductive, saying they would hurt the iPhone maker's competitiveness and "tilt the playing field" to non-American rivals.

In comments filed this week to the US Trade Representative, Apple said the tariff proposal by President Donald Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments.

The Apple comments dated June 17 noted that the company is the largest US corporate taxpayer and also is on track to invest some $350 billion in the country over five years.

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Trump ‘lit his own house on fire’ by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal: International relations expert

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Kelly Magsamen, the VP of National Security and International Policy for the Center for American Progress explained during an MSNBC interview Thursday that the president is causing his own problems with Iran.

Speaking to host Ali Velshi, Magsamen said that it was Trump who "lit his own house on fire" when he breached the Iran treaty known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"I think we are definitely in the middle of an escalatory (sic) cycle, and how do we get out of it," Magsamen told the host. "And unfortunately, the White House has left itself very few options in terms of escalating or de-escalating and same for the Iranians, frankly. [The Iranians] probably perceive this as an attack from their perspective."

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Lindsey Graham shoves Trump toward war: ‘Anyone would believe we’re one step closer’

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President Donald Trump seemed to try and deescalate the situation between Iran and the U.S. in wake of the former shooting down an American drone. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to be shoving the president toward war.

"I think anybody would believe that we’re one step closer" [to war], Graham told the press in the hallways of Congress Thursday. "They shot down an American asset, well within international waters -- trying to assess the situation. What are you supposed to do?"

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