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BOOK REVIEW – ‘Tower of the Stork’ by Dima Al Samman

Reviewed by: Wasan Abu-Baker*   Dima Al Samman, is a contemporary Jerusalemite Palestinian novelist. She was born and raised in ancient Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University.  She received a High Diploma in Television Direction and is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry …

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The Latest: Syrian rebels surrender north of Homs

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 10 p.m. Syrian state media say rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave near Syria’s third largest city to the government. Al-Ikhbariya TV says rebels have agreed to allow government forces into the countryside north of Homs and re-establish state institutions. Rebels will have the …

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More than 60 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram and a day after US President Donald Trump pledged greater support to fight the extremists and militants. The blasts, said to have …

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RAK Petroleum back in profit

Ras Al Khaimah Petroleum, a UK-based company operating oil and gas concessions in the Middle East and Africa, said on Monday it had returned to profitability, posting a net profit of $54.8 million (Dh201 million) for the financial year 2017. A year earlier, the company reported a net loss of …

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Syria monitor: Missile attack kills 26, mostly Iranians

A missile attack targeting government outposts in Syria’s northern region killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a Syria war monitoring group said Monday, amid soaring Mideast tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran. Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by …

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Saudi Prince Comments on Palestinian Issue Made People ‘Fall Off Their Chairs’

During a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York, the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia reportedly criticized the Palestinian administration for its alleged refusal to accept the peace proposals it was offered on many occasions. Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, berated …

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A Tunisian fugitive from ISIS tells his story

Mohammed Fahem

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Tunisian writer Hadi Yahmad recently published a book in Arabic about Tunisian jihadi Mohammed Al-Fahem. Born in 1990, Fahem traveled to Syria in late 2014 to join the “The Islamic State”(ISIS) — for him and his extremist cohorts, a dream come true. Fahem fled ISIS …

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Russian FM says US trying to ‘divide Syria into parts’

Russia’s foreign minister said Saturday the United States is trying to divide Syria. During a meeting with his counterparts from Iran and Turkey, Sergey Lavrov said the recent U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria “seriously aggravated the situation.” He added that statements about supporting the territorial integrity of Syria “are only …

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North Korea will close nuclear test site in May, South says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will shut down his nuclear test site in May and invite experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States into the country to ensure “transparency” around its closure, South Korea’s presidential office said Sunday. It is the latest breakthrough on the peninsula …

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Trump’s intention to attend U.S. embassy inauguration in Jerusalem “flagrant violation”: Abbas advisor

Palestine said Saturday that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem next month is considered “a flagrant violation.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Foreign Affairs advisor Nabil Shaath said that Trump has committed “grave mistakes during his tenure with …

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