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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


  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


  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


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


   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


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

British Prime Minister Cameron

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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Aden: air strike kills 30


An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 30 people in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, witnesses there have said. It is unclear how many of the dead were were civilians or Houthi rebels who … Continue reading

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IRAN TALKS: the reckoning


On the side of one of Tehran’s traffic-clogged freeways, among giant murals portraying the heroes and martyrs of the Iranian revolution, a lurid billboard warns that the “nuclear issue is just an excuse” for America, Israel, Britain and other hostile … Continue reading

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TUNISIA: Declares a state of emergency


Tunisia has declared a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 tourists, mainly Britons, died in an attack in the resort city of Sousse. The state of emergency gives security forces more powers and limits the right of … Continue reading

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