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SYRIA: the muscle flexing continues . . .

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There is one big difference between the Iranian and Russian interventions in the Syrian war to save the hide of their mutual ally, Syrian President Bashar As­sad, Ed Blanche writes from Beirut.  Iran and its Shia allies, most notably Lebanon’s … Continue reading

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ISTANBUL: Nightclub bomber dressed as Santa

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Turkish New Year’s Eve nightclub bomber Continue reading

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SYRIA: smoke & mirrors in Palmyra

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According to reports ISIS (Daesh) terror gangs have retaken control of the ancient city of Palmyra citadel. This comes hours after reports suggested Russian Continue reading

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ALEPPO: The final countdown?

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In Russia’s most concentrated bombardment since it inter­vened in Syria’s war in Sep­tember 2015, rebel-held east­ern Aleppo is being reduced to rubble, driving its heavily outnum­bered defenders underground in a fight likely to determine the out­come of the savage and … Continue reading

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Kuwait election results reflect discontent

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Kuwait election results reflect national discontent Continue reading

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Turkish jets strike targets in northern Syria

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Turkish jets carried out 26 air strikes on 18 Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), targets in northern Syria, claiming to kill between 160 and 200 militants, the Turkish army said … Continue reading

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Iranian warships deployed in the Gulf of Aden

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SYRIA: Fading hopes of an end to the stalemate

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Syria: abandon hope? Continue reading

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Turkey: 11,000 teachers suspended for suspected PKK links

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The Turkish government has suspended more than 11,000 teachers over suspected links to outlawed Kurdish fighters. The move came as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey was conducting its largest ever operation against PKK fighters in the country’s southeast. “We … Continue reading

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PALESTINE: EU Ministers back on the bandwagon

epa05343565 French President Francois Hollande (first row C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (first row C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (first row C-R) and officials pose for a group photo prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, 03 June 2016. France is hosting talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have received a chilly response from Washington, but diplomats say merely swinging the spotlight back onto the stalemate is a victory. Instead representatives of some 25 countries, as well as the United Nations, European Union and Arab League, will try and lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.  EPA/KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU / POOL MAXPPP OUT 
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The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, comprising the 28 foreign ministers of the EU’s member countries, has adopted a resolution backing the French peace initiative and calling for an international peace conference to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks before the end … Continue reading

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