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UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark …

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Qatar’s Al Jazeera Twitter account back after suspension

The Arabic-language account of Al Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called “an organised campaign”. The account, with just under 12 million followers, was suspended for an unspecified reason early on Saturday. Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is …

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Qatar Crisis Spills Into Libya, Tangling Glencore in Oil Dispute

The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore Plc into a dispute over crude sales. The row involves competing administrations of the National Oil Corp. that are vying to control crude exports from the OPEC member. In eastern …

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Egyptian president Sisi is set to meet Pope Francis

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed this Saturday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet with the Pope on Monday on what will be Egypt’s president first visit to the Vatican in eight years. The Vatican also confirmed that President al-Sisi will be accompanied  by …

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The new era of combatting terrorism

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh –   The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The focus of the fight against regional terrorism on IS has increased global coverage highlighting …

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Bomb outside Cairo University wounds at least nine

THE LEVANT – A bomb claimed by an Islamist group exploded outside the gates of Cairo University Wednesday, an Egyptian police official said, wounding at least nine people, including a senior officer. Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in militant attacks, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the …

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Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt

THE LEVANT – Two Israeli soldiers were wounded Wednesday when alleged drug smugglers fired shots and an anti-tank missile from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at their vehicle patrolling the border, the army said. Troops responded to the attack, near the border community of Ezuz about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of …

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Egypt court hands life terms to 25 Morsi backers

THE LEVANT – An Egyptian court handed down life sentences Thursday to 25 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi over violence in a southern town in August 2013, a judicial source said. The authorities have cracked down on supporters of Morsi since his ouster by the military in July …

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Egypt forces kill top jihadist in Sinai

THE LEVANT – Egyptian soldiers killed Friday a top member of the jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis who was involved in a deadly attack on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said. Shahtah Farhan al-Maatqa was killed in a raid in the town of Rafah on the border …

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Egypt to host donor conference for war-hit Gaza

THE LEVANT – Envoys from dozens of countries will gather Sunday for a conference that aims to raise billions of dollars to rebuild conflict-battered Gaza, despite fears of renewed violence and “donor fatigue”. The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency has described the financial needs as “unprecedented” ahead of the Cairo …

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Libya PM says Egypt will help train army

THE LEVANT – Libya’s embattled prime minister, Abdullah al-Thani, said on Wednesday Egypt would help to train his army and called on compatriots to fight Islamist led-militias that have overrun the capital. Thani and the majority of an internationally recognised parliament elected in June are in virtual domestic exile in …

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Egypt court jails 68 pro-Morsi protesters

THE LEVANT  – An Egyptian court sentenced 68 people to up to 15 years in prison Tuesday over protest clashes, in the latest mass sentencing of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. They were accused of taking part in street violence in October 2013 in which more than 50 …

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El Sissi’s interview

THE LEVANT – Following is a transcript of The Associated Press’s interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Q: What role will Egypt assume in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group? A: Let me assert here that we are fully committed to cooperate in counterterrorism in the region and …

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Six Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai bombing

THE LEVANT – Five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer were killed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb hit an army-police patrol in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said. Two other conscripts were injured in the attack on the road between the provincial capital, al-Arish, and the town …

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ISIL is moving toward Egypt

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group which has taken control of vast swathes of land in northern Syria and Iraq, is now attempting to extend its influence into Egypt, according to a media reports. A senior commander of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has been active in …

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President Morsi to answer treason charges

THE LEVANT –  Military-ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and several others have been charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor says. Relations between Qatar and Egypt have been icy since July 2013, when then-Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi toppled Morsi after mass unrest against his …

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Hunger strike campaign spreads in Egypt

THE LEVANT – Prominent Egyptian activist imprisoned for three months has joined a growing number of prisoners in an ongoing hunger strike to protest the government’s crackdown on dissent, a Cairo-based rights group and her lawyer said Monday. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said at least a dozen …

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Abbas pushes for truce in Gaza in Egypt

THE LEVANT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Islamic Jihad leaders including deputy secretary general Ziyad al-Nakhala and Khalid al-Batsh in Cairo on Friday evening, after arriving from Qatar earlier in the afternoon.The Islamic Jihad media office said the meeting aimed to discuss ceasefire initiatives that adhere to Palestinian demands. Abbas …

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Egypt hunts down the Brotherhood

THE LEVANT – Over the past eight months, the Egyptian government has sequestered 342 companies, 1107 charitable associations and 174 schools owned by Muslim Brotherhood figures, along with the finances of 1441 group leaders, a legal source from the movement said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told The …

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Egypt’s Brotherhood refutes violence claims in statement

THE LEVANT – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has refuted accusations by Egyptian security authorities of forming “cells” to sabotage power facilities across the country. “We have nothing to do with the allegations made by police and army spokespersons and their allied media figures,” the Brotherhood said in a statement on Sunday. The …

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President Sisi arrives in Saudi Arabia

THE LEVANT – Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi met late Sunday in Saudi Arabia with one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region. Saudi Arabia’s monarch has given Egypt at least $12 billion in aid to buoy its economy after the military, led …

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Truce, Peace and Gaza

THE LEVANT – A definitive end to the four-week conflict in Gaza appeared possible on Tuesday morning as an agreed 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into effect and the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from the Palestinian territory. The suspension of hostilities came into force at 8am on Tuesday and is due to be followed …

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Egypt – Nour party says “no” to electoral alliances

THE LEVANT – Egypt’s Salafist Al-Nour Party does not intend to join any political alliance ahead of parliamentary elections set to be held later this year, party leader Younes Makhioun told Asharq Al-Awsat. “The Nour Party is among the most powerful parties currently present on the Egyptian scene. Talk about it being …

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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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