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ISRAEL: where do we go from here?

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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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EGYPT: Suicide bomb in Sinai kills six and leaves more than 40 wounded

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A suicide car bomb targeting a police station in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula has killed six people and wounded 44 others, police and medics say. Sunday’s bombing came hours after a roadside blast targeted an army vehicle killing six soldiers … Continue reading

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Abbas threatens Israel with ICC over tax row

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened  to turn to the International Criminal Court over Israel’s refusal to fully release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax monies owed to the Palestinian Authority. In early January, Israel froze the monthly transfer … Continue reading

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Dear Mister President

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In an open letter to the US President, a leading Palestinian calls for the US to step up peace efforts after the Israeli re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu Dear Mr President, America is a fascinating society. It is a nation of … Continue reading

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