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ISIL orders Iraqi women to wear full veil

THE LEVANT – ISIL, the off shoot of Al Qaeda has ordered the women to wear full veils in their controlled area. The militants have issued a warning that states that women do not wear full face veil will be punished under Islamic law. Earlier the militants have captured the cities …

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IS dynamites Prophets shrines in Iraq

THE LEVANT  – Sunni militants from the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said on Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” …

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Death toll rises in Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Gaza residents on Saturday used a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas on a UN request to pull out several bodies from mounds of rubble and metal of bombed homes, as the Palestinian death toll climbed to nearly 1,000. With the temporary ceasefire …

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More soldiers die by the hands of Al Qaeda

THE LEVANT –  At least five Yemeni policemen were killed Friday evening when suspected Al Qaeda gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, an interior ministry official said. “Heavily armed gunmen fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades on a checkpoint manned by police troops near the main entrance of …

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King Hamad calls for end to Israeli aggression

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has urged the international community to put an end to the killing of innocent Palestinians and offer them much-needed protection. “We reject and strongly condemn the Israeli practices and actions that have gone beyond all limits, particularly the brutal aggression by the occupation forces …

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

This large white mosque is located at the entrance of Abu Dhabi island, on Airport Road, just before Maqta Bridge when you come from city centre. It is truly immense, and its location (near the motorway) makes it immediately noticed by all visitors. Documentary of Sheikh Zayed Mosque Its construction …

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Mohammed bin Rashid opens Al Salam Mosque in Dubai

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened today, Al Salam Mosque at Al Barsha district, Dubai. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and  Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum were present. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the …

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New visa fees system to be launched in UAE

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Ministry of Interior says all technical and services preparations have been made to launch a new visa and fees system to be applied at the beginning of August. The changes are in line with the Cabinet decision No 22 for …

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UAE sends 6 trucks of medical aid to Gaza

The U.A.E.’s Red Crescent (ERC) has provided its field hospital in Gaza Strip with six trucks of medical aid to help treat the Palestinians injured in the ongoing attack on Gaza. Emad Abu al-Laban, Director of ERC Office in Gaza, said the medical aid convoy was taken to the field …

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The Kurdish Fouad Masoum named president of Iraq

Iraq’s parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency. Iraq’s politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, …

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Stop violence in the name of religion

Prince El Hassan bin Talal In recent days, we have read with horror about Christians being asked to leave the city of Mosul within 24 hours. We have also heard about the desecration of Christian holy spaces and their symbols — the bombing of churches and a cross being removed from …

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Lebanon: ISIS, Israel have committed ‘war crimes’

 Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Friday condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza, and ISIS’ against Iraq’s Christians, as “war crimes,” saying that the government has approved the ministry’s request to the ICC to launch probes into the recent events. For the first time in its diplomatic history, Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to …

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Open letter to Israeli academics

An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014 To see the statement signed by the Israeli academics we have called upon, and the list of signatories, see this link For Background notes and joining details, see this link   The list of signatures for this Call closes on Friday, July 25, 2014 …

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13 Palestinians are arrested in the West Bank

THE LEVANT – The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 13 Palestinians this morning in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Nablus. The Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that the IOF arrested ten Palestinians from the Hebron governorate. The Israeli soldiers arrested Moneer Sharar, 30 from Dura and Ashraf Abdel Jalil Hathaleen, …

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Khan Younis, another day, another massacre

PRESS RELEASE – MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA – Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city. The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and …

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UNDP: UAE made historic human development gains

Human development is improving in Arab states, with some countries such as the U.A.E. showing very high development, the 2014 Human Development Report, which was released by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Tokyo today, said. The findings also stated that there are wide variations between countries. The report, …

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Don’t act so surprised, Your Highness. You weren’t on any mercy mission this time. Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent you. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Partially, but it also …

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Changing the demographic – Islamic radicals in Mosul grow roots

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Mosul have confirmed that ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – is working toward changing the region demographic by bringing families loyal to its ideology to Mosul, hoping to drawn residents’ opposition and seize complete control over all minds and bodies. …

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Fighting Jihad for Israel

By Hanine Hassan – Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military as jihadstrijders (jihad fighters), …

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Al Jazeera under attack by Israel in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza came under fire Tuesday, and the network says it is holding Israel responsible. An Al Jazeera spokesman said Tuesday that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s harsh comments about the network a day earlier “were a direct threat against us and appear to …

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Lieberman attacks Qatar, wants to ban Al Jazeera

THE LEVANT – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is setting his sights on Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, and is looking to stop them operating in Israel. According to the International Business Times, Lieberman said, “Qatar has turned into a global problem. Al Jazeera is a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus …

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Mosul Christians flee before ISIL

THE LEVANT – The last Christian in Mosul, Iraq fled the city on July 19 at noon, according to reports. Hundreds of thousands of Christians evacuated weeks ago because of increasing violence at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and thousands more left after the …

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Fierce clashes break out East of Damascus

THE LEVANT – Eastern Damascus was hit Tuesday by its fiercest fighting in months, a monitor said, as rebels stepped up a bid to break a siege and pro-regime forces tried to stop them. The air force pounded the rebel-held eastern neighbourhood of Jobar, as opposition fighters launched mortars into …

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A southern front with Israel? Not for the moment

Justin Salhani for The Daily Star –  Despite Hezbollah’s recent reconciliation with Hamas, the party is currently unlikely to mobilize against Israel over its ongoing offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist group in Gaza, analysts said Tuesday, with most generally agreeing that any intervention rests on how things go on the ground. “A full …

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Dubai’s manmade islands can be seen clearly from space

“You can see Dubai’s manmade islands — The Palm and The World — very clearly from space, but you cannot see the Wall of China — it’s a myth,” Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship, told Gulf News during his visit to Dubai on Tuesday. …

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UAE steps up fight against terror with tough law

 A new draft law to combat terrorism is one step closer to reality after it was approved by members of the Federal National Council on Monday. The law will usher in new security measures to counter a sweeping range of crimes deemed as acts of terror.The government fast-tracked the draft …

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Letter from Gaza – THIS cannot continue

Dearest friends, The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 …

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France stands by Israel, bans pro-Palestine protests

France’s government provoked outrage on Saturday by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine. In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted. Mr Cazeneuve said there …

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Traveling for peace, a Yemeni turns globe trotter

THE LEVANT – Al Hayat newspaper published a news report earlier this week in which it explains that a Yemeni national, Ahmed Al Qassemi, will endeavour to travel through Australia, South America and Europe on his camel to promote peace. Al Qassemi has said that by walking through towns and …

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Yemen – The nation of the hungry

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – While Yemen has long battled hunger and food insecurity, most and acutely since 2011 when the uprising came to upset an already fragile balance, plunging millions under the poverty threshold, the impoverished nation has reached an unsustainable food crisis level, where famine …

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Al Qaeda loses religious ground in Yemen

THE LEVANT  – Even though Al Qaeda Yemen has often played on Yemenis’ attachment to tradition and their keenness to remain truly literal in their applications of the tenets of Islam, it appears terror militants are fast losing ground on the religious front as more and more clerics have felt …

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UAE PM orders air bridge to Gaza

  THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –   Upon the directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the cargo plane, Boeing 747, which was dispatched to Gaza carrying 114 metric tons of aid, landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on …

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