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Mending fences and building bridges

President Putin (left) is welcomed to Egypt by Egypt's Sisi

On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin completed a diplomatic sprint, touring Syria, Egypt and Turkey in just one day. While the latter two visits were announced by the Kremlin beforehand, his detour to the Russian air base in Syria’s Khmeimim was … Continue reading

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Qatar strikes $8 billion jet deal with the UK


Qatar will buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets worth $8bn from the United Kingdom as the Gulf state continues to stock up on high-tech weaponry, according to reports from Al Jazeera. The deal, which represents the  biggest order for Typhoon fighters … Continue reading

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UAE: remains region’s shining light


The UAE maintained its position as the most prosperous country in the Arab world and its residents have had the greatest improvement in living standards anywhere in the world over the past decade, according to the latest prosperity index by … Continue reading

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Ransomed: Prince Miteb pays to go


Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was once seen as a serious contender to the kingdom’s throne, was freed after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities, paying more than $1bn, a Saudi official has confirmed. Reuters News Agency … Continue reading

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Cairo anticipates the economic rewards of Hamas-Fatah deal


The  Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas signed on Oct. 12 could have major economic repercussions for Cairo. The agreement comes after a 10-year-long dispute against the backdrop of Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip following its victory in the 2006 legislative elections with 76 … Continue reading

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Hamas & Fateh: from small acorns . . .

Agreement was reached in Cairo but will it hold?

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have signed a preliminary rec­onciliation deal, bringing hope for an end to a dec­ades-long rift and potential restart of the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Both sides agreed to implement a unity pact signed in … Continue reading

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Iran names street after Rachel Corrie


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Iran’s EU visa “mafia” turns the screw


Iranians who wish to travel to European Union nations  face myriad challenges, in particular obtaining visas. Indeed, the state of political relations between Tehran and the EU states has made the visa application process difficult for citizens of Iran, writes Iranian … Continue reading

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First interactive electronic Koran launched in Muscat

Thanks to the support of Oman and the work of an innovative team from Amsterdam, the beauty of the Koran will be available throughout the world

  The first interactive electronic Koran has been unveiled in the Omani capital of Muscat. The device marks a global breakthrough for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, writes Pat Lancaster. Known as Muscat Electronic Mushaf, this e-book presents unique features coupled … Continue reading

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LEBANON joins European Bank

Lebanon's Port of Beirut

Lebanon has become a shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a view to becoming a recipient of the Bank’s investments and advisory services. Lebanon becomes the 5th member country in the EBRD’s southern and eastern … Continue reading

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