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EGYPT: Prepare for civil war if Morsi & company put to death, government warned

Egyptian and foreign activists and politicians have warned of dire consequences to the court ruling on Saturday sentencing President Mohammad Morsi…

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Current Affairs


SYRIA: fears for ancient city of Palmyra

Islamic State militants have stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and…

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, file photo, Islamic State group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s forces swept into Ramadi and Fallujah in Iraq’s Anbar province, which Iraqi security forces had abandoned weeks earlier. That came after security forces killed demonstrators during a Sunni protest, effectively turning the unrest into an uprising.(AP Photo, File)

ISIS’ capture of Ramadi: Setback or turning point?



Argue all day about ISIS but two thing stands out – the extremist group has majored in the art of how to grab a headline and…

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GCC summit “exceeds expectations”

In what might be characterized as a breakthrough by the trying standards of Middle East diplomacy, US President Barack Obama forged a diplomatic…

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EGYPT: Business as usual between Cairo and the West



The renewal of US arms shipments to Egypt has come in spite of the fact some observers claim the country is worse under…

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Regional round-up


$1.9bn Seahawk deal to Saudi Arabia approved by U.S.

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in a major…

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ISRAEL: “Arabs responsible for nuclear treaty delay”

 Israel has  accused its Arab neighbors of delaying talks aimed at making the Middle East a region free of nuclear weapons, according to reports in…

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GAZA: Rebuild or suffer the consequences warns former US President

Nearly seven months after the end of the latest war in Gaza, none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been addressed. In the meantime, the…

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JORDAN: King Abdullah meets with head of EBRD

Hours before the opening of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa at the Dead Sea in Jordan, the President of the European…

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GCC: banks step up lending to Africa and Asia

An $85 million loan taken out by a Ugandan bank this year points to an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a…

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UAE: Abraaj Group to invest $30m in Middle East SMEs

The UAE’s private equity firm Abraaj Group has announced  it will contribute around $30 million to the Auvest MENASA Opportunities Fund, which looks…

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News and Views


West Bank: segregated bus scheme hits the skids

A decision by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to segregate buses in the occupied West Bank has backfired after causing an uproar in Israel’s…

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GAZAN ECONOMY: worst in the world

After months of relentless bombardment over the summer months of 2014 that devastated  lives, communities and infrastructural development, it comes…

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US secretary of defense nominee Ashton Carter testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office building in Washington, DC, US, on February 4, 2015. If confirmed, Carter will replace US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

IRAQI troops lack the will to fight, U.S. official accuses

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said the rout of Iraqi forces at the city of Ramadi showed they lacked the will to fight against Islamic…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Ras Al Khaimah’s major tourism expansion

Rhona Wells reports from the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai

Speaking at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Egyptian tourism on the road to recovery


23.6% increase in Egypt’s 2014 tourism revenues holds promise for positive sector forecast this year with US$ 5.3 billion-worth of…

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