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GCC: concerted drive to beef up regional security


Saudi Arabia, forced out of decades of self-imposed insularity by the political convulsions of the Middle East, is finalising an agree­ment with the strategic Horn of Africa state of Djibouti to establish a military base to bolster the king­dom’s security … Continue reading

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TRUMP: Contemplating a costly & bloody error


Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – should it go ahead – will lead to an escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians such the new president cannot imagine and the conflict is … Continue reading

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OMAN: New austerity measures include tax hike on the rich

Ordinary, working Omanis will not be affected by the tax increases, the government has promised

By Sayyid K. Jaffar With flaccid world markets, all the oil-rich producers of the Gulf are feeling the financial pinch and making their individual plans on how best to weather the storm. In a move that reflects the altruism of … Continue reading

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YEMEN’S Houthis claim control of Saudi villages


Yemen’s Houthi militia claim to have seized several villages in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Jizan province, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported. SABA quoted a military source as saying yesterday that Houthi militiamen had taken control of the villages of Al-Kars … Continue reading

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Tightening the screw

epa04407823 Displaced Iraqis forced to flee their homes ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in and around Mosul, shelter at the Bahrka Refugee camp, Erbil, northern Iraq, 19 September 2014. Following massive and swift gains made by IS fighters in Iraq tens of thousands of refugees fled to the mainly Kurdish northern Iraq prompting an international humanitarian response and US and now French airstrikes to assist both Iraqi and Kurdish forces who are attempting to retake areas under IS control.  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – It can be hard to breathe in the Domiz refugee camp, 20km southeast of the city, with a mix of burning rubbish and raw sewage hanging heavy in the air at times. Even so, the residents of … Continue reading

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ISIL accused of genocide against Yazidis


The US State Department has accused ISIL of committing genocide against the Yazidi community when it retreated from several villages and cities it controlled in northern Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters left … Continue reading

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Palestinian leadership: Hanging in the Balance


Palestine has slipped low on the official Arab agenda since the Arab Spring of 2011 and the events it unleashed. True, headlines in the region were briefly dominated by successive Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip in 2012 and 2014, … Continue reading

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SYRIA: death by ‘unknown hand’ toll continues to rise


In late August, as Turk­ish forces massed to strike into northern Syria to seize the strate­gic town of Jarabulus to block a drive by Syrian Kurds to es­tablish an independent enclave on Turkey’s southern border, the com­mander of a rebel … Continue reading

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IRAN: still waiting for the post sanctions bonanza


The United States and Iran had little trust in one another when it came to negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Yet, Iran provided some comfort when it implemented steps necessary to ease sanctions. Four months after Implementation … Continue reading

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Spain’s Calatrava will design UAE’s Expo 2020 pavilion


Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (right) has won the design competition for the UAE pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. Calatrava’s design, inspired by a falcon in flight, beat competition from 10 other designs, with nine of the world’s top firms represented.The … Continue reading

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