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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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DUBAI: Arabian Travel Market open for business

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The Middle East’s largest travel trade event, The Arabian Travel Market (ATM), showcasing 2,700 exhibitors and 64 national pavilions, is open for business. Rhona Wells reports from Dubai   Now in its 22nd year, the 2015 edition takes place at … Continue reading

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YEMEN: UN comment on escalating disaster

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Escalating conflict over the past four weeks has worsened an already large-scale humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The upsurge in violence has further deepened the hardships faced by ordinary Yemenis and diminished the protection of civilians. Fighting and coalition airstrikes have … Continue reading

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LIBYA: Close to an agreement say the U.N.

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The UN envoy for Libya has announced that rival factions in the strife-torn North African country have reached a draft accord which is “very close to a final agreement”. Bernardino Leon (right) told reporters in the Moroccan resort of Skhirat … Continue reading

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GNC appoints new Prime Minister in Western Libya

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Khalifa al-Ghawi  has been appointed Prime Minister of the General National Congress (GNC), the ruling body in Western Libya, after his predecessor Omar al-Hassi was dismissed in late March. Amongst the reasons for al Hassi’s removal were allegations that he … Continue reading

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