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Suicide bomb attack at Karnak Temple

Statues of Ramses II as Osiris in Karnak Temple, Luxor (Thebes) Egypt.

A suicide bomb attack which targeted a tourist bus near Luxor’s Karnak Temple in Upper Egypt has been foiled, confirmed Egypt’s Ministry of Interior. According to the Ministry of Interior, the foiled attack involved three terrorists who were injured amid … Continue reading

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Record number of women elected to Turkish parliament

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A total of 96 women won seats in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly in Sunday’s elections, bringing the proportion of female deputies to a historic high of 17%, compared with 14% after the 2011 elections. Among them was Dilek Öcalan, niece of … Continue reading

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TURKEY: Erdogan pays the price

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) food security summit in Rome November 17, 2009. The United Nations opened its world food summit on Monday by saying that a climate change deal in Copenhagen next month is crucial to fighting global hunger as rising temperatures threaten farm output in poor countries. Government leaders and officials met in Rome for a three-day U.N. summit on how to help developing countries to feed themselves, but anti-poverty campaigners were already writing off the event as a missed opportunity.   REUTERS/Max Rossi        (ITALY POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY HEADSHOT)

Political fallout from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey will have dramatic effects on this country’s internal and regional policies. The electorate snubbed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party for the first time in more than 12 years, curtailing the dominance of … Continue reading

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Turkish polls: swing favours the Kurds

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The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dreams of more power lay in tatters as the country’s ruling party was handed its worst result in more than a decade. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been in a tight race … Continue reading

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Turks go to the polls

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Turks are voting in a general election which will determine whether the ruling party can change the constitution. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who first came to power as prime minister in 2003, is seeking a big enough majority to turn … Continue reading

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IRAN: rules out U.N. inspection of its military sites

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Iran has said  it will be “out of the question” for the UN atomic watchdog to question Iranian scientists and inspect military sites as part of a final nuclear agreement with world powers. “Interviews with scientists are completely out of … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Prepare for civil war if Morsi & company put to death, government warned

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Egyptian and foreign activists and politicians have warned of dire consequences to the court ruling on Saturday sentencing President Mohammad Morsi and a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders to death in the case of “communication with Hamas” and the case … Continue reading

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ISRAEL: where do we go from here?

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at his office in Jerusalem December 2, 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4GG2J

One of the most memorable developments of the Israeli elections was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-ditch scramble for votes by explicitly ruling out a Palestinian state under his watch. The make-up of his new coalition government highlights the hollowness of … Continue reading

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Netanyahu seeks out support

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Late Wednesday evening before the clock struck midnight Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needed to finalize a coalition of parties willing to endorse him in order to secure his fourth term as Israel’s leader. Two hours before his deadline he struck … Continue reading

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REFUGEES: record 38 million displaced worldwide

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A record-breaking 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York  and Beijing combined. “These are the worst figures for forced displacement in … Continue reading

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