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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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Tony Blair , a man with “no credibility”, to leave the ‘Quartet’

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Tony Blair had “no credibility” left with the parties in the Middle East peace process, a former US government official who was closely involved with trying to revive the talks last year has told the British-based newspaper The Telegraph. “Frankly … Continue reading

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Tunisia revisited

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Perhaps the key gain of the Tunisian revolution was the fall of the police state established under Ben Ali’s regime. It lasted a quarter of a century and centred on the security establishment, which played a role in documenting and … Continue reading

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8th MARCH 2015

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Libya’s strongman cracks the whip

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The internationally recognised Libyan government’s appointment of controversial anti-Islamist general Khalifa Haftar  (right) as its army commander marks a hardening of its line against extremist-led opponents. Gen Haftar’s appointment came as both the government and opposition Libya Dawn forces launched … Continue reading

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