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Staffan de Mistura a new UN envoy to Syria

The UN has appointed its third envoy to war-torn Syria. Italian-Swede Staffan de Mistura is to take over the post, previously held by Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two years of failed negotiation efforts. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the appointment of de Mistura as UN envoy to …

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France faces radicalism backlash

PanARMENIAN Network – Jihadists planned to blow up the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and even a nuclear plant, according to a leaked conversation between an Algerian citizen living in France and a senior officer of Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb. French police stumbled across the malicious plot after they decrypted …

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President Hadi rolls out austerity measures

As Yemen, the poorest and yet most populous country in the Arabian Peninsula faces an unprecedented economic crisis, embattled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is calling in the cavalry to end his government’s cash hemorrhage. While Yemen has benefited from exceptional financial and political support from both the GCC countries …

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Saudi religious police turn focus on extremism

Fighting extremism has become more important than monitoring violations at local markets, the head of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, has said. “Your mission is no longer confined to monitoring shops that remain open during prayer times or to …

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The martyrs of Gaza

May the fallen never die, May their memory we honour May their memories endure Forever engraved in our heart The blood of Gaza we will remember Its stain we will not forget Such pain we will carry Until a time when Palestine will stand Until a time when tears will …

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Hamas leading figures on Israel to-assassinate list

Ismail Haniyeh, a senior political leader of Hamas – the Islamic Resistance Movement – is, according to Maariv newspaper on Israel to-assassinate list. On Wednesday the news organization published a picture of Haniyeh and 6 other Hamas leaders, claiming that Israel intends to eliminate them. Hamas and its military wing, Al …

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Why ISIL is not fighting Israel

Following the flash advances of ISIL – Islamic State of  Iraq and the Levant – in both Syria and Iraq where Takfiri militants have violently clashed with military troops, many observers took to social media – Twitter, Facebook and others – asking why the Islamic radicals have chosen to fight …

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Mideast Conflict: Israel Hits Key Hamas Targets In Gaza Offensive

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel and the Hamas militant group, said it …

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Pan-Arab paper claims Saleh’s immunity lift is imminent

According to al-Quds al Arabi, a prominent pan-Arab newspaper, Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s latest visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week will lead to key developments in the country. Making mention of Sana’a central government’s new northern front against the Houthis, a group of armed tribal militants organized …

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U.S. Caving In to Israeli Intransigence

By Professor Stephen Zunes – The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as …

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Bahrain condemns Israel’s attack on Gaza

The Kingdom of Bahrain has strongly condemned the latest Israeli escalation on Gaza Strip, which killed and maimed Palestinian brethren.Bahrain has reiterated its utter rejection of acts of violence and the need to halt all military operations. The Kingdom of Bahrain urged the international community to immediately compel Israel to comply …

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Norfolk-based ships deploy to Bahrain amid strained relations

Two coastal patrol ships left Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday and headed to Bahrain, where relations are strained with the U.S. after the country expelled a U.S. diplomat earlier this week. USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) were forward deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, …

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Iraq compensates terror victims

The Iraqi government said Wednesday (July 9th) it has paid out 32 billion Iraqi dinars ($27 million) in compensations to terror victims, including 2,130 families who lost relatives or properties due to bombings and terrorist attacks. A series of measures were approved during a meeting in Milan late Monday of …

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Theater becomes popular in the UAE

Art For All founder Rania Kuzbari Ashur on what inspired her and the efforts it took to establish the emirates as a hub for performance arts. Nowadays, audiences in the UAE seem to be spoilt for choice when it comes to live performance arts, whether it is a theatre production, …

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Qatari nationals under arrest in the UAE

Qatar has confirmed the arrest in the United Arab Emirates of two of its citizens, described as “spies” by Emirati media, adding to tension between the Gulf neighbours. Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla were arrested on June 27 at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the …

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Take Action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine, Over 900 arrested in WB and 70 killed in Gaza

UFree press release  – Take Action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine, Over 900 arrested in WB and 70 killed in Gaza: Take Action | Share: http://ufreeonline.net/index.php/site/index/news/511/3 UFree Network to support the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees joins Samidoun a Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for its call to shed light …

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McClatchy wants Yemen to restore US journalist visa

McClatchy has asked the president of Yemen to direct his government to issue a new visa to Adam Baron, McClatchy’s special correspondent in that country. Baron was expelled from the country in May without explanation. Anders Gyllenahaal, McClatchy vice president for news and the newspaper group’s Washington editor, said McClatchy …

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US diplomat condemns Bahrain regime

A US diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain on Monday after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group has spoken out against the move on Twitter. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said the decision was “about undermining dialogue” in the country. The …

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Burned alive by Israel illegal settlers

First post mortem examination findings confirm that the 16-year-old Palestinian boy who was murdered in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) was burned alive, Palestinian attorney-general says. “The direct cause of death was burns as a result of fire,” Mohammed al-A’wewy was quoted as saying. The post mortem examination on Mohammed Abu Khdeir …

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Lebanese Hezbollah unlikely to intervene in Iraq crisis

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – In a private meeting with Imam al-Mahdi Scouts this past June, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah was reported as saying, “In Syria, I said, ‘The Sayyida Zeinab [daughter of Imam Ali] shrine will not be taken captive twice,’ and in Iraq I say, ‘The time when we allowed anyone in …

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Yemen slams Houthis for alleged ‘atrocities’ near Sana’a

Yemeni authorities on Wednesday accused Shiite rebels of having carried out “atrocities” in the northern city of Amran, near the capital, that they seized after three days of fierce fighting.Houthi Shiite rebels, known as Ansarullah, “stormed the headquarters of the 310th Armoured Brigade, looted weapons and equipment there, and killed …

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Syrians reject Takfiri ISIL militants

People in Syria have flatly rejected Takfiri ISIL militants, saying the militants do not represent their interests, a new survey shows. On Wednesday, Opinion Research Business (ORB), a British polling group, released the findings of the survey, indicating that only 4 percent of the Syrian people believe the ISIL cult …

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Egypt’s Sisi pledges to seek Gaza ‘ceasefire’

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a major opponent of the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement, has pledged to seek a “ceasefire” in the besieged Gaza Strip. Speaking to President of the Palestinian National Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Sisi said that Egypt seeks “to halt escalations and works to reach a …

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Hacktivists plan to target those who support terror

Hacktivist group Anonymous is said to be planning a series of cyber attacks against countries it accuses of arming and abetting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militant jihadist group. According to Forbes, the Anonymous campaign will be called Operation NO2ISIS. The hackers will attempt to subdue three countries …

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Hezbollah lays blame on the United States for ISIL

Sheikh Naim Qassem, a top Hezbullah official, says the US is sponsoring the radical group of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant which is dividing the region and push it into chaos. “ISIL is an American trademark adopted and sponsored by America … and its first mission is to divide …

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Iraq warns UN ISIL gained access to chemical arms depot

Iraq’s government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to “armed terrorist groups” and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country’s UN envoy has informed the United Nations. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public on Tuesday, Ambassador …

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The Houthis stand at Sana’a’s door

Following days of the most intense fighting yet to take place in Amran, the regional capital city of the northern Yemeni province of Amran, Houthis fighters (Zaidi group organized under the political denomination: Ansar Allah) managed all odds to gain the upper hand, sending thousands of civilians to flee the …

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Prince AL Hassan bin Talal launches water initiative

PRESS RELEASE – New study to pinpoint causality between water scarcity and unrest in the Middle East. HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal has announced a new initiative to help buildpeace and security in the Arab world through regional cooperation on water conservation and management. HRH will assume the chairmanship of …

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Many Iranians want military to intervene against Isis

Revolutionary Guards in Tehran raise their fists in support of Supreme Leader’s order for the country’s armed forces to take measures against the Taliban in Afghanistan, 15 September 1998. Photograph: Atta Kenare/EPA The Guardian – Tehran Bureau correspondent Merila, 30, has no love for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, but …

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Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK – The New York Times JULY 5, 2014 RIFFA, Bahrain — Black and yellow concrete barricades block the roads entering this wealthy Sunni enclave, where foreign-born Sunni soldiers in armored personnel carriers guard the mansions of the ruling family and the business elite. Beyond the enclave are impoverished villages …

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