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Egypt – Nour party says “no” to electoral alliances

THE LEVANT – Egypt’s Salafist Al-Nour Party does not intend to join any political alliance ahead of parliamentary elections set to be held later this year, party leader Younes Makhioun told Asharq Al-Awsat. “The Nour Party is among the most powerful parties currently present on the Egyptian scene. Talk about it being …

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Saudi Arabia takes the lead in condemning Israel

THE LEVANT – Saudi King Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip was “inexcusable,” in a speech published by the official SPA news agency.“We see the blood of out brothers in Palestine being shed in collective massacres, that have spared nobody, and in war …

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WFP shifts from relief toward resilience in Yemen

THE LEVANT –  By Eva Donelli – Yemen finds itself in the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, its people having to deal with rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources, internal conflict and political instability. According to Bishow Parajuli, World Food Program’s country director in Yemen, food and fuel prices …

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Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

THE LEVANT – Thousands of people displaced by recent heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in the city of Amran in northern Yemen are looking to return to their homes following a recent Houthi withdrawal, but they face significant challenges. The conflict began over three months ago after clashes …

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Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

Lebanese Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.The  officials, close to the Shiite Hezbollah, say Ibrahim Mohammed al-Haj was killed during the past week while on a “jihadi mission” without providing further details.It is the first known Hezbollah death in Iraq since Sunni …

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Tehran: ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq

Iran’s Majlis Speaker has slammed the US double standards toward the fight against terrorism, saying ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq. “In responding to the world public opinion, US officials attach priority to the battle against international terrorism, but they openly and practically support the ISIL [terrorist] group… the ISIL …

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Israeli settler attempts to kidnap Palestinian child

THE LEVANT – Two Israeli settlers attempted to “kidnap” a two-year old Palestinian from Jerusalem while he was walking with his father and two sisters in Shufat neighborhood in northern Jerusalem on Monday, the family said.Taha Riyad Tufahha’s father told Ma’an that he was taking a walk with his two daughters …

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The Shadow Government in Qom

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Islamist Gate Seminary Teachers in the city of Qom, known as Hawza, is becoming a shadow government in Iran as it supervises the work of the president, government, media and other institutions in the country. The establishment makes sure that the red lines of the Shiite …

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World wide web requires much more Arabic

The National,  a  local newspaper based in Abu Dhabi highlighted the need for more quality content in Arabic, the seventh most spoken language world wide, as an overwhelming majority of the estimated 140 million Arabic-speaking internet users would prefer to access information in their own language, and said that U.A.E. is in …

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The case of Sharif Mobley

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Following calls from Sharif Mobley’s attorney (the disappeared US national who faces murder charges in Yemen) Cori Crider, that proof of life be given after her client was disappeared, US diplomats in Yemen have said to have made contact. No confirmation was however given on Mobley’s …

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Those who pray together

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – On the occasion of Eid prayer, Yemen’s incumbent and former presidents, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh came together to kneel in prayer, shoulder to shoulder, side by side, in what has been understood as a clear sign a political détente. …

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Rejected by relatives, 400 stay in Taif mental hospital

THE LEVANT – Spokesman for Health Affairs Siraj Al-Hemaidan said there are 400 mental patients in the city’s mental hospital whose families have refused to accept them. He told Al-Hayat daily that these patients have been provided with the proper treatment and their conditions have greatly improved, and medical teams have …

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Water bribery case: BIP set to summon new suspects

THE LEVANT – The Saudi  Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) will soon summon new suspects in the “water kickbacks” case, Al-Watan daily reported citing unnamed sources. Several officials are accused of receiving bribes from private companies during a water rationing campaign. They are also allegedly involved in embezzlement of …

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NewsMax TV Interview – July 30th, 2014

Watch The Levant Editor in Chief, Catherine Shakdam debates Gaza with Pamela Geller from the the American Freedom Defense Initiative. [embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1pGNFuq” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/kyMK4bQBJ0w?fs=1&start=2″ vars=”ytid=kyMK4bQBJ0w&width=450&height=450&start=2&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep9400″ /]

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The ISIS Caliphate’s Coming Blitz of Baghdad

THE LEVANT – By Jamie Dettmer – Analysts say the Islamic State is about to launch a major offensive—but one built around commando raids and suicide bombings rather than a frontal attack. When the minions of the self-anointed caliph in the self-declared Islamic State that now straddles Iraq and Syria blow …

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Iraqi Sunni scholars disavow ISIL-supporting clerics

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi cabinet’s scholars committee on Wednesday (July 30th) disavowed clerics who support the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). The group, a Sunni institution, decided to disavow clerics who support ISIL or keep silent over ISIL crimes and do not do their duty: warning people …

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A few things you should know about Israel

THE LEVANT – By Alastar Sloan – Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently skewered the media …

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Collective Punishment in Gaza

THE LEVANT – By Rashid Khalidi  – Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always …

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

THE LEVANT – By Noura Erakat – Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more. Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip …

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Earthquake shakes UAE buildings

  Buildings shook in the UAE after a magnitude-5.6 tremor struck 30 miles off the coast of Kish Island early morning on Wednesday. UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has registered an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on Richter scale which hit South Iran, around 300km from Abu Dhabi …

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From the river to the Sea … Palestine will be free!

By Niala Hussain -“From the river to the sea Palestine will be free” – one of the many chants being yelled out during our protest to the Israeli Embassy and the Houses of Parliament throughout the streets of London, Kensington. With over thousands of people peacefully demonstrating against the Israeli war …

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The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts

By PATRICK COCKBURN for The Independent Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government …

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Eight children killed in Israeli attack on Gaza

A huge explosion in a public garden in northern Gaza killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others, Palestinian medics said on Monday. Locals blamed the blast on an Israeli air strike, but Israel denied responsibility, saying it was a misfire by a rocket launched by Hamas militants. At roughly …

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Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

Source: Reuters – Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting. Troops recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash site and were trying …

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THE LEVANT – EID MUBARAK

May you be guided by your faith in Allah & shine in his divine blessings! Eid Mubarak   We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to all those who suffer under the yoke of war and injustice. We share in your pain, we share in your grief and we …

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Gaza’s health sector on brink of collapse

THE LEVANT – Dr. Mohammad Abu Arab has warned, in an exclusive interview with the PIC, that medical services in Gaza city are on the brink of collapse as the Israeli aggression against the Strip continues for the 20th day running, calling for immediate action to save Gaza health sector. Abu …

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Gaza – One child killed every hour

THE LEVANT – The Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, has described the situation in Gaza as “dire”, as the organization revealed that one child has been killed every hour in the conflict for the past three days. According to the latest situation report from Gaza by the Office for the …

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Israel resumes attack on Gaza

THE LEVANT – Six Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Gaza after Israeli forces resumed attacks, an official said. Ashraf al-Qidra told reporters that two Palestinian men were killed in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. He identified the two as 27-year-old Ibrahim Khalil Dirawi …

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Human development boost: KSA ranked 34th

THE LEVANT – Saudi Arabia ranked 34th in the Human Development Index (HDI) of 2014 out of a total of 187 countries and territories.Saudi Arabia’s HDI value increased from 0.583 to 0.836, an increase of 43.3 percent, or an average annual increase of about 1.10 percent, between 1980 and 2013.The current …

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KSA boosts renewable energy investments

THE LEVANT – The Kingdom has confirmed its commitment to allocate over $109 billion of investment to develop a strong renewable energy sector by 2032, according to energy industry sources.The Kingdom’s strategy targets renewable energy to contribute 20-23 percent of its energy needs, with the world’s most valuable company, the Saudi …

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