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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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UAE contributes $50m to UNRWA

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has welcomed the $50 million (Dh183 million) contribution announced upon the directives of the President of the UAE, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan The move comes as UNRWA faces the most serious financial crisis in its history. UNRWA is a relief …

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Dubai gets record 4.7m foreign tourists in Q1

Dubai welcomed a record 4.7 million foreign tourists in the first quarter this calendar signalling strong growth momentum for the economy, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said in a statement on Friday. “Welcoming 4.7 million international overnight tourists from January-March 2018, the emirate posted a stable …

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BOOK REVIEW – Jerusalem Stands Alone

Jerusalem Stands Alone. Written by: Mahmoud Shukair. Reviewed by: Wasan Abu Baker. Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian author, born in Jabal Mukaber, Jerusalem in 1941. He has written short stories and novels for adults and teenagers.  His work has focused on the Palestinian cause, especially Jerusalem.  Mr. Shukair has authored …

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UAE ambassador meets Greek businessmen

Mohammad Mir Abdullah Al Raisi, UAE Ambassador to Athens, met on Thursday with a group of Greek business leaders, representing different industrial and business sectors. During the meeting, Abdullah Al Raisi highlighted the opportunities offered by the UAE to investors and referred to the leadership’s vision for the UAE becoming …

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Kuwait asks Philippine ambassador to leave

Kuwait gave the Philippine ambassador one week to leave the  country and recalled its top diplomat in Manila for consultations, the foreign ministry said. The ministry reiterated in a statement its full rejection and condemnation of the blatant violation of diplomatic norms by the embassy of the Philippines. Embassy staff …

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Russia Says Will Deliver New Air Defense Systems to Syria Soon, Escalating Tensions With Israel

Russia plans to deliver new air defense systems to Syria in the near future, RIA news agency cited Russia‘s Defense Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The ministry added it plans to study a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile captured by Syrian forces in a recent attack, in order to improve Russia‘s own missiles, RIA reported. The announcement …

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