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Libya banned from UN voting after non-payment of subs

THE LEVANT NEWS — Libya has been suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly, according to internal documents from the global body. UN Tribune, an independent United Nations monitoring website, said that Libya had now been barred from voting in the General Assembly due arrears that “equal or …

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Morocco hails Sweden’s U-turn on recognising Western Sahara

Morocco has praised Sweden’s decision not to recognise Western Sahara as an independent state, following months of diplomatic tensions over the Swedish stance on the disputed territory. “Sweden’s decision not to recognise the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic [SADR] complies with international law and is consistent with the UN-brokered political …

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Israeli minister interviewed for Saudi website

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli Minister Ze’ev Elkin talks with Saudi Arabian news website “Elaph” about the shared threat from Iran. When asked whether there would be negotiations between Israel and Arab countries, he replied: ‘Those countries will decide if they want relations.’ An Israeli minister gave a rare interview …

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Russia agrees to accept Lebanon trash

BEIRUT: Britain’s Chinook Urban Mining International has obtained Russia’s approval to take in Lebanon’s trash, head of the Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil al-Jisr was quoted as saying Friday. He said CDR will thoroughly examine the firm’s file on Tuesday before referring it to the Cabinet. “Chinook filed a …

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Syrian government delegation in Geneva for peace talks

THE LEVANT NEWS — GENEVA: The Syrian government delegation to U.N.-brokered peace talks arrived in Geneva Friday afternoon, a source close to the government told AFP, while the attendance of key opposition figures remained unclear. “The government delegation, headed by (Syria’s U.N. ambassador) Bashar al-Jaafari, has arrived to the Geneva …

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Qatar announces major government reshuffle

THE LEVANT NEWS — Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani appointed new foreign and labour ministers Wednesday in a reshuffle of heavyweight cabinet positions, state media announced. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, a member of the royal family, replaced Khalid al-Attiyah as foreign minister, according to the emir’s order …

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The Big Four in Saudi Arabia’s Government

THE LEVANT NEWS – By MIKAYLA BOUCHARD — The New York Times published this background information on the most powerful figures in the Saudi kingdom of Arabia, and where they stand in the sometimes complicated order of royal succession: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Son of Saudi Arabia’s founder, …

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Who Wants Change Any More?

The Levant News — By Graham E. Fuller — A renowned Arab religious scholar in the 14th century, ibn Taymiyya, is sometimes quoted as saying, Al-zulm afdal min al-fawda— “oppression is to be favored over anarchy.” Although ibn Taiymiyya was no establishment figure in his time, this perspective was welcomed …

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Israeli Minister Calls For An Independent Kurdistan

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called for the formation of an independent Kurdistan, and urged an enhanced policy of cooperation between Israel and the Kurdish people. ‘The Kurds are an ancient, democratic, peace-loving people that have never attacked any country. It’s time to help them. We …

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Keynote address by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at the 2nd West Asia Conference on “Ideology, Politics and New Security Challenges in West Asia”

THE LEVANT NEWS — Here is the Keynote address by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at the 2nd West Asia Conference on “Ideology, Politics and New Security Challenges in West Asia”, in New Delhi on Jan.19, 2016: “I thank the IDSA and Ambassador Jayant Prasad for inviting me …

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Sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program lifted

THE LEVANT NEWS — Sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program are lifted following confirmation of Tehran’s commitment to​ the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by the International Atomic Energy Agency. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement during a joint press …

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Will Saudi King Abdicate to Son?

Mohamed Bin Salman

The Levant News – By Ali AlAhmed for The Institute for Gulf Affairs – Washington DC  — Saudi King Salman Al-Saud plans to abdicate his throne and install his son Mohammed as king, multiple highly-placed sources told the Institute for Gulf Affairs. Mohamed bin Salman is the current deputy crown prince, …

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Sky News EXCLUSIVE: Inside ISIS Terror Weapons Lab

THE LEVANT NEWS — Experts describe the footage obtained by Sky News of a “jihadi technical college” as an intelligence gold mine.   By Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent Terror group Islamic State is employing scientists and weapons experts to train jihadists to carry out sophisticated “spectacular” attacks in …

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ISRAELI RESEARCHERS DESIGN ROBOT LOCUSTS

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have designed a small robot inspired by locusts—those of Passover and 10 Plagues fame—that could play an important role in conducting automated surveillance and emergency response. “The locust being a large insect that has wonderful jumping performance had offered itself …

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Army hammers militant posts on e. Lebanon border

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Tuesday pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeast Lebanon border town of Ras Baalbek. The state-run National News Agency reported that the Tuesday morning shelling came from the nearby village of Marabda in the northern Bekaa Valley. No casualties were …

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Lebanon’s ‘shortsighted’ policy harms Syrians: HRW

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s entry restrictions for Syrian nationals are preventing many refugees from renewing their residency permits and putting them at enormous risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. “Lebanon’s shortsighted policies are setting the stage for a potentially explosive situation,” deputy Middle East director …

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