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ISIS video threatens attacks in Russia ‘very soon’

THE LEVANT NEWS — Islamic State(ISIS) has released a video threatening attacks in Russia “very soon”, the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday. Al-Hayat Media Center, Islamic State’s foreign language media division, released a Russian language video with chants of “Soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean”, …

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Hezbollah wants case against Al-Mayadeen dropped

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hezbollah Wednesday urged Information Minister Ramzi Joreige to drop a libel case brought forward by Arabsat satellite communications operator against the pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen television channel. “Al-Mayadeen channel did not violate any legal terms of the contract signed between them and the Lebanese government,” Hezbollah MP Hasan …

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German intelligence spied on Fabius, FBI, UN bodies

THE LEVANT NEWS — BERLIN: Germany’s foreign intelligence service spied on targets including French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the FBI and the U.N. children’s fund, a media report said Wednesday. The latest news report on the BND spy service fuels a debate in Germany about state surveillance that was kicked …

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FPM, Future to attend legislative session

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT –Free Patriotic Movement and Future Movement lawmakers will attend Thursday’s legislative session after an apparent deal had been reached between them regarding a contentious nationality draft law on the agenda. FPM’s participation was announced by the head of the party’s Change and Reform Bloc Michel …

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Iran renews push for Lebanon presidential election

THE LEVANT NEWS– Iran Wednesday reiterated its support for the election of a new president as hope faded for Lebanon after 18 months of a power vacuum. “We strongly support the continuation of the political process and the election of a president,” Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told …

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Will Lebanon face a further downgrade?

The Levant News — By Osama Habib for The Daily Star — BEIRUT: Lack of reforms, political instability and slow economic growth is leaving the embattled government with very few options to finance its current expenditure needs, economists and bankers said Wednesday. One of these options, if not the only …

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Turkey and the Kurds

The Levant News — By Graham Fuller — Turkey and the Kurds —The Question Mark at the Heart of the Region Predictions among Turkey-watchers about the outcome of Turkey’s 1 November elections were mostly wrong—including my own— as Erdoğan managed to regain majority control of Parliament. Anxiety over potential political …

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Nonreligious children are more generous

The Levant News — By Warren Cornwall Religious doctrines typically urge the faithful to treat others with compassion and to put the greater good before selfish interests. But when it comes to generosity, nonreligious kids seem to be more giving, according to a new study of 1170 children from around the …

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The Uyghurs’ Role With ISIS

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — by Dr. Geoffrey Cook*– The Uyghurs are a non-Han (Sinic) Islamic people who reside in the northwest of China (in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region) next to the (also restive) Tibetans.   Within Xinjiang, they are forty-five percent of the population, but they are spread over a …

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Syrian Army recaptures key Aleppo supply route

The Aleppo region has seen battles between the Syrian army, rebel forces and ISIS – Image AFP   The Syrian army has retaken control of a road that was the only route into the government-held side of the second city of Aleppo, state media report. Soldiers had driven back Islamic …

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U.S. jobless claims rise

THE LEVANT NEWS — New U.S. applications for unemployment benefits last week recorded their largest increase in eight months, but remained at levels consistent with a fairly healthy labor market. Other data on Thursday showed a surprise gain in productivity in the third quarter after a drop in self-employment contributed …

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Omani jailed for posting private pictures of girlfriend

THE LEVANT NEWS — Muscat: An Omani found guilty of posting revealing pictures of his girlfriend on Instagram was sentenced on Thursday to one month in jail and fined 2,000 Omani riyals, half of of which his ex-girlfriend would receive for compensation. The man posted the pictures to hurt his …

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ISIS likely brought down Russian plane: Britain

THE LEVANT NEWS — Britain said on Thursday there was a significant possibility that Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate was behind a suspected bomb attack on a Russian airliner that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula. Russia dismissed the claim as speculation and Egypt said there was no indication so …

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Erdogan urges respect for his party’s election win

THE LEVANT NEWS — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday hailed a big victory for his ruling party in the country’s parliamentary election and demanded the world respect the result. The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, secured a stunning victory in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, sweeping back into …

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Lebanon army raids nightclub, 8 killed

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: An exchange of fire Monday between the Lebanese Army and drug dealers at a north Lebanon nightclub left two soldiers and six others dead, the military and a security source said. A sergeant-major, a soldier, four suspects and two women were killed during the early …

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Openly Debating Climate Change And Water Issues

The Levant News — Reviewed by Riad al Khouri** — With both climate change and water issues being increasingly discussed in global and regional fora, the appearance ofTransboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate is especially timely. In particular, this specialist publication looks at the Nile and Jordan basins, …

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Israel-GCC Ties

The Levant News — by Simon Henderson for inFocus Quarterly – Fall 2015 — How does one write 2,000 words about links between Israel and the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which no official of any of the seven countries is publicly prepared to admit exist? The …

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ISIS executes British son of preacher Omar Bakri

The Levant News — The son of the Lebanese infamous preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed(Fostoq) who fled Britain to join ISIS has been executed by his fellow terrorists, it was claimed this morning. Mohammed Omar Bakri Mohammed, whose father was infamously known as the Tottenham Ayatollah , is said to have …

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