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‘The famous Thai region of Phuket, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, has banned swimming at three beaches after poisonous jellyfish-like creatures were washed ashore. Their stings can cause excruciating pain and in extreme cases can be fatal.

The Portuguese man-of-war, a strange-looking jellyfish-type creature, is a bizarre floating colony of lots of tiny marine organisms living together and behaving collectively as one animal. It remains dangerous for humans even when beached, and its poisonous sting can cause severe shock and heart failure.’

Read more: Venomous Portuguese men-of-war invasion leads to swimming ban in Phuket, Thailand


‘The Israeli military continues with its campaign of aggression and intimidation across the occupied Palestinian territories, unleashing a new wave of attacks, arrests and home demolitions.

In the latest developments on Monday, military forces arrested at least 19 Palestinians in separate raids across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin and arrested six people, including a member of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. A young man was also detained in the central city of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds, Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.’

Read more: Tel Aviv regime ramps up aggression against Palestinians


‘French President Francois Hollande has demanded that the notorious Calais camp in northern France be dismantled where thousands of refugees living in squalid conditions hope to reach Britain.

Hollande paid a visit on Monday to the northern port of Calais for the first time in his five-year as president. He was to meet port officials, police and local politicians but was not expected to visit the camp itself.

The Calais camp is known as the “Jungle” due to the appalling living conditions of asylum seekers there. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are massed in the “Jungle,” some for months, in the hope of a passage to Britain by human traffickers.’

Read more: Hollande visits Calais for first time in five years of presidency


‘The Yemeni army and popular committees have launched a retaliatory artillery attack against a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan, killing at least four soldiers.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah news website, Yemeni forces fired artillery shells at the military base of Abadiyah in Jizan on Monday, killing four Saudi forces.

Also on Monday, the Yemeni artillery shells hit the Saudi military base of Bahtit in the same province.’

Read more: Four Saudi forces killed in Yemen retaliatory attack on Najran


‘Syria says it is ready to engage in initiatives that could lead to the establishment of a unity government in the war-torn country.

In an interview with Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV aired on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the Damascus government has proposed a political roadmap that could put an end to more than five years of war in the Arab country.

He said Damascus would support the idea of holding a referendum on a new constitution followed by parliamentary elections and the formation of a unity government.’

Read more: Syria ready to support formation of unity government: Foreign Minister