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The Telegraph: ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has reportedly formed a cabinet to be in charge of his newly established “caliphate.” Documents published by The Telegraph newspaper this week revealed for the first time in details the structure of the group, which has claimed …

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Obama tells Israel U.S. ready to help end hostilities

 President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the region and said the United States was ready to help bring them to an end, the White House said. “The United States remains prepared to facilitate a …

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Moscow Ready for International Monitoring on Border With Ukraine

 Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday. “The Russian side is ready for monitoring on the Russian-Ukrainian border, ready to accept Ukrainian border guards in Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border between the two states. But, naturally, …

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Staffan de Mistura a new UN envoy to Syria

The UN has appointed its third envoy to war-torn Syria. Italian-Swede Staffan de Mistura is to take over the post, previously held by Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two years of failed negotiation efforts. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the appointment of de Mistura as UN envoy to …

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France faces radicalism backlash

PanARMENIAN Network – Jihadists planned to blow up the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and even a nuclear plant, according to a leaked conversation between an Algerian citizen living in France and a senior officer of Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb. French police stumbled across the malicious plot after they decrypted …

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President Hadi rolls out austerity measures

As Yemen, the poorest and yet most populous country in the Arabian Peninsula faces an unprecedented economic crisis, embattled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is calling in the cavalry to end his government’s cash hemorrhage. While Yemen has benefited from exceptional financial and political support from both the GCC countries …

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Zionists come out to play

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam –  As Israel set out to murder Palestinians in Gaza, or rather whatever has been left of Gaza under the ever aggressive territorial erosion campaign which Israeli illegal settlers have been carrying against Palestine, the Zionist media war machine rolled out the cavalry, …

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Saudi religious police turn focus on extremism

Fighting extremism has become more important than monitoring violations at local markets, the head of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, has said. “Your mission is no longer confined to monitoring shops that remain open during prayer times or to …

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The martyrs of Gaza

May the fallen never die, May their memory we honour May their memories endure Forever engraved in our heart The blood of Gaza we will remember Its stain we will not forget Such pain we will carry Until a time when Palestine will stand Until a time when tears will …

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Hamas leading figures on Israel to-assassinate list

Ismail Haniyeh, a senior political leader of Hamas – the Islamic Resistance Movement – is, according to Maariv newspaper on Israel to-assassinate list. On Wednesday the news organization published a picture of Haniyeh and 6 other Hamas leaders, claiming that Israel intends to eliminate them. Hamas and its military wing, Al …

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Why ISIL is not fighting Israel

Following the flash advances of ISIL – Islamic State of  Iraq and the Levant – in both Syria and Iraq where Takfiri militants have violently clashed with military troops, many observers took to social media – Twitter, Facebook and others – asking why the Islamic radicals have chosen to fight …

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Mideast Conflict: Israel Hits Key Hamas Targets In Gaza Offensive

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel and the Hamas militant group, said it …

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Pan-Arab paper claims Saleh’s immunity lift is imminent

According to al-Quds al Arabi, a prominent pan-Arab newspaper, Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s latest visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week will lead to key developments in the country. Making mention of Sana’a central government’s new northern front against the Houthis, a group of armed tribal militants organized …

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U.S. Caving In to Israeli Intransigence

By Professor Stephen Zunes – The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as …

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Bahrain condemns Israel’s attack on Gaza

The Kingdom of Bahrain has strongly condemned the latest Israeli escalation on Gaza Strip, which killed and maimed Palestinian brethren.Bahrain has reiterated its utter rejection of acts of violence and the need to halt all military operations. The Kingdom of Bahrain urged the international community to immediately compel Israel to comply …

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Norfolk-based ships deploy to Bahrain amid strained relations

Two coastal patrol ships left Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday and headed to Bahrain, where relations are strained with the U.S. after the country expelled a U.S. diplomat earlier this week. USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) were forward deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, …

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Iraq compensates terror victims

The Iraqi government said Wednesday (July 9th) it has paid out 32 billion Iraqi dinars ($27 million) in compensations to terror victims, including 2,130 families who lost relatives or properties due to bombings and terrorist attacks. A series of measures were approved during a meeting in Milan late Monday of …

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Theater becomes popular in the UAE

Art For All founder Rania Kuzbari Ashur on what inspired her and the efforts it took to establish the emirates as a hub for performance arts. Nowadays, audiences in the UAE seem to be spoilt for choice when it comes to live performance arts, whether it is a theatre production, …

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Qatari nationals under arrest in the UAE

Qatar has confirmed the arrest in the United Arab Emirates of two of its citizens, described as “spies” by Emirati media, adding to tension between the Gulf neighbours. Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla were arrested on June 27 at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the …

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Take Action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine, Over 900 arrested in WB and 70 killed in Gaza

UFree press release  – Take Action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine, Over 900 arrested in WB and 70 killed in Gaza: Take Action | Share: http://ufreeonline.net/index.php/site/index/news/511/3 UFree Network to support the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees joins Samidoun a Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for its call to shed light …

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ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire

“The sound of the shelling was terrifying. In my street no-one was left. We were the last family to leave,” explained Janda, an Assyrian Christian from Iraq. Her family of six fled the town of Qaragosh (also known as Bakhida and Hamdaniya) 30km east of Mosul, in northern Iraq, leaving …

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McClatchy wants Yemen to restore US journalist visa

McClatchy has asked the president of Yemen to direct his government to issue a new visa to Adam Baron, McClatchy’s special correspondent in that country. Baron was expelled from the country in May without explanation. Anders Gyllenahaal, McClatchy vice president for news and the newspaper group’s Washington editor, said McClatchy …

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US diplomat condemns Bahrain regime

A US diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain on Monday after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group has spoken out against the move on Twitter. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said the decision was “about undermining dialogue” in the country. The …

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A Ramadan when Muslims don’t fight Muslims…

By Harun Yehia – I would like to start by saying ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ to all my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. I pray to my Lord that, this holy month which encompasses the Night of Qadr, the night when the Quran, the guide to all of humanity was …

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Israel-Palestine: Fighting Political Violence with Silence

By Khaled Diab  – Following the horrific murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens, it is time for people on both sides to rise up in silent joint and simultaneous protest against all forms of political violence. The dry, brittle and inflammable political and psychological wasteland which stands between Palestinians and …

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Yemen IDP crisis unravels

More than 35,000 people have been displaced in Yemen’s Omran province, a local government refugee agency said on Wednesday, a day after Shi’ite Muslim tribal fighters overran the provincial capital following fighting that killed more than 200 people. In an urgent appeal sent to relief organisations operating in Yemen, the …

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Burned alive by Israel illegal settlers

First post mortem examination findings confirm that the 16-year-old Palestinian boy who was murdered in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) was burned alive, Palestinian attorney-general says. “The direct cause of death was burns as a result of fire,” Mohammed al-A’wewy was quoted as saying. The post mortem examination on Mohammed Abu Khdeir …

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ISIL making mockery of Islamic principles, concepts –

The Muslim Ummah is faced with many problems but often Muslims themselves are to blame. Consider the latest phenomenon of the thug al-Baghdadi and his declaration of the Khilafah. The noble concept of the Khialfah is being ridiculed by mass murderers and rapists using Islamic terms. The ill-conceived project is …

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Lebanese Hezbollah unlikely to intervene in Iraq crisis

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – In a private meeting with Imam al-Mahdi Scouts this past June, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah was reported as saying, “In Syria, I said, ‘The Sayyida Zeinab [daughter of Imam Ali] shrine will not be taken captive twice,’ and in Iraq I say, ‘The time when we allowed anyone in …

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Yemen slams Houthis for alleged ‘atrocities’ near Sana’a

Yemeni authorities on Wednesday accused Shiite rebels of having carried out “atrocities” in the northern city of Amran, near the capital, that they seized after three days of fierce fighting.Houthi Shiite rebels, known as Ansarullah, “stormed the headquarters of the 310th Armoured Brigade, looted weapons and equipment there, and killed …

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