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New Military Adviser Ivanka Trump Reportedly Convinced Her Father to Bomb Syria

By Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress — “I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff.’” vanka Trump — an official government employee without military experience but with her own White House office— reportedly influenced President Donald Trump’s decision to strike against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad last week, according to her brother …

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Trump aide Gorka drew Libya partition plan on napkin

A top security adviser in the Trump administration reportedly pushed for the territorial division of Libya earlier this year, drawing a partition plan on the back of a napkin while meeting a senior European official. Sebastian Gorka suggested partitioning the country weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, The Guardian reported. The …

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How do we recognize the Arab Identity

By Sadek Jawad Sulaiman — The Arabs are defined by their culture, not by race; and their culture is defined by its essential twin constituents of Arabism and Islam. To most of the Arabs, Islam is their indigenous religion; to all of the Arabs, Islam is their indigenous civilization. The …

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Saudi Arabia to build Chinese UAVs

Jeremy Binnie, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly –Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced on 16 March that its president and the chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) had signed a partnership agreement covering the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). …

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Russia Notes Continued Ceasefire Breaches in Syria

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Cases of open ceasefire breaches continue in Syria, chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said Tuesday. “At the same time, the number of violations of the cessation of hostilities is not decreasing. Moreover, there are cases of open breaches of …

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Qatar to invest $6.23 billion in post-Brexit UK economy

Qatar will invest £5 billion ($6.23 billion) in the UK over the next five years in a boost for the post-Brexit economy, Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani announced on Monday. “Over the next three to five years Qatar will invest £5 billion in the UK economy …

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The Arab Gulf states plan to ‘win’ the war in Yemen

By Peter Salisbury – The Levant News – The last thing the world needs is another Middle Eastern country torn to pieces and racked by sectarian violence, in which radical Islamist groups vie for control. After two years of fierce fighting, Yemen’s civil war, which pits northern Shia rebels and …

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Red Cross warns on mass hunger in Yemen, Somalia

GENEVA – There is a window of only three to four months to avert mass starvation in Yemen and Somalia, plagued by conflict and drought, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday in an appeal for funding. More than 20 million people in four countries – …

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Lebanese president provokes outcry with Hezbollah comment

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – Appeared first in Al-monitor Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s description of Hezbollah’s weapons as complementary to those of the Lebanese army provoked strong reactions on the part of the United Nations, the March 14 coalition and the Future Movement, which is headed by Lebanese Prime Minister …

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Rain hampers Iraqi forces’ push on Mosul Old City

By Patrick Markey for Reuters | MOSUL, IRAQ — Heavy rain slowed Iraqi government forces battling Islamic State on Thursday around Mosul’s Old City, where militants holed up in narrow alleyways and homes resisted with sniper fire, suicide attacks and car bombs. Troops from the federal police and elite Rapid …

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Russia Says Starts Construction Work on Iran’s Bushehr-2 Power Plant

The Levant News – Construction and installation work has formally been started on the site of Bushehr-2 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Iran’s southern port city, Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom announced on Wednesday. Rosatom said that the construction and installation work phase was started on March 14. Representatives of the …

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Syria peace talks in Astana close with no sign of rebels

The Levant News — Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan closed on Wednesday without any substantive negotiations taking place, after rebels boycotted the meeting that took place as a deadly double suicide bombing marked the start of the civil war’s seventh year. The only concrete outcome from the third round of …

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How to stop the CIA from hacking your TV?

SAMSUNG smart TVs are vulnerable to a CIA hack codenamed Weeping Angel, the WikLeaks Vault 7 files claim. But how can you stop your TV form being hacked? By REISS SMITH for Express — WikiLeaks has released Year Zero, the first part of a new series of leaks on the …

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