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Putin orders sanctions on Turkey

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin’s website came just hours after Turkey’s President Recep … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE ONLINE . . . LETTER FROM CAIRO

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When it rains it pours… By Maria Golia in Cairo On the rare occasions when it rains in Cairo, people come out on their balconies to watch. The showers are usually brief and localized; some parts of town get doused, … Continue reading

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Yemen conflict strengthens influence of Al Qaeda

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  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has a long established presence in Yemen and has exploited the political and security vacuum following the 2011 revolution to expand its territory in the east of the country, especially in Hadramawt province. … Continue reading

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Iran & Britain mend fences

(FILES) In a file picture taken on October 7, 2005 Iranian soldiers stand guard in front of the gate of British embassy in Tehran. Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on June 17, 2014, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighbouring Iraq. AFP PHOTO/ BEHROUZ MEHRI

The British embassy in Iran reopened on 23rd August, nearly four years after it closed following a demonstration against the tightening of sanctions. Mr Hammond is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Iran since 2003. He acknowledged that Britain … Continue reading

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Iran set to extend its influence in Iraq

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  In the uncertain aftermath of the Iran nuclear agreement, what happens next in Iraq will determine how events in the Middle East unfold, writes Ed Blanche The bet­ting is that Tehran will use its wind­fall billions from the lifting … Continue reading

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U.S. and Russia offer support to GCC states

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  The US and Russia have offered their support to Gulf Arab states as the region tries to come to terms with the escalating conflict in Syria, the threat from armed groups and the fallout of the nuclear deal with … Continue reading

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Israeli ‘war crimes’ in Rafah

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New evidence showing that Israeli forces carried out war crimes in retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier has been released in a joint report by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture. The evidence, which includes detailed analysis of vast … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE to The Middle East Online . . . The viability of Islamic State

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   However unpalatable to the international community and despite what its critics says, ISIS does indeed look very much like a state, but is it on the path to becoming another failed state? Dominic Dudley reports exclusively for The Middle East … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate clash on aid to Egypt

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The US Senate wants to keep in place restrictions on military aid to Egypt, setting up a clash with Cairo’s backers in the House.  The Senate foreign aid bill would require Secretary of State John Kerry to certify Egypt’s progress … Continue reading

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UK ups the ante on terror

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The fight against Isis will be intensified with a sharp increase in SAS operations, drone missions and RAF strikes on militant forces in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron will announce. The Prime Minister will stress his determination to … Continue reading

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