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Finally, demands to end GCC crisis issued to Qatar

Al Jazeera must go, according to the demands issued to Doha

Finally, four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries … Continue reading

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QATAR: storm clouds gather over Doha

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The rift between the GCC states has intensified into what has been described as its most “severe crisis” in the history of the 35-year-old organisation. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of … Continue reading

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IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia will launch its own military industries company

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The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has  announced the creation of a new, wholly government owned  national military industries company. The new company will help the Kingdom reduce its dependency on foreign entities  for ongoing military expertise and equipment, … Continue reading

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South African politicians throw their support behind Palestine hunger strikers

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HUNGER STRIKERS, PALESTINE HUNGER STRIKE, THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE Continue reading

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TUNISIA: Protests threaten economic progress

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TUNISIA PROTESTS, THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE, PRESIDEN ESSEBSI Continue reading

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Syrian Rebels take control of ‘key’ IS base near Raqqa

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US-backed Syrian rebels say they have taken full control of a key airbase held by the Islamic State group near its stronghold, Raqqa. Talal Sello, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said they had seized Tabqa airport from … Continue reading

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Syrian children suffer the horrors of savagery

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Children in Syria are suffering from “toxic stress”, Continue reading

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UAE: New military base boosts regional security

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The United Arab Emirates plans to establish a mili­tary base in Somaliland, underlining the growing military and economic influence of the Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia in north-eastern Af­rica and the Gulf of Aden, writes Ed Blanche. The Gulf countries’ … Continue reading

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TURKEY: ISIL raids see hundreds detained

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Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the biggest roundup to target the armed group in Turkey. Continue reading

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