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TURKEY: Erdoğan faces trial by Twitter


The Turkish president, Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan, has vowed to step down if his people decide they have had “enough”, prompting opponents to propel the word in Turkish, tamam, to the top of worldwide Twitter trends. Erdoğan will contest a presidential … Continue reading

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Pioneer wordsmith Gent penns his last

Pioneer journalist Maurice Gent, who died in Oman earlier this month

Maurice Gent, the veteran journalist who served as the managing editor of Oman Daily Observer from 1999 for over a decade, has died at his residence in Muscat. Gent who was 85,  contributed to the paper as a columnist until … Continue reading

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Hezbollah declares ‘victory’ in Lebanon elections


Hezbollah and its political allies are the biggest winners in Lebanon’s first general election in nine years, an analysis of the preliminary results show. Hezbollah and Amal – dubbed the “Shia duo” by local news media – are predicted to … Continue reading

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Qatar 2020: Typhoon fighter jets on call


Typhoon fighter jets purchased from Britain last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, the UK’s  ambassador in Doha has confirmed. “We expect that the Typhoon will be ready for the … Continue reading

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KUWAIT: Turning the screw on foreign workers?

Further penalties look certain for Kuwait's largely unappreciated foreign workforce

A parliamentary committee in Kuwait has approved a draft law to tax foreign remittances despite warnings from the country’s central bank. The financial and economic affairs committee voted four to one in favour of the draft law, which can only … Continue reading

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Amr Moussa’s Regional Round-Up


Amr Moussa (right),   a former Arab League Secretary General and former Foreign Minister of Egypt, shared some of this thoughts with Asharq Al Awsat: The year 2017 witnessed important developments linked to the ongoing movement of change in the … Continue reading

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Saudis welcome the return of the silver screen


Saudi Arabia have lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. The first theatres could start showing films as early as March, the … Continue reading

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Looking back over my shoulder

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With the Islamic State (ISIS) crushed on the battlefield and its caliphate broken up, security chiefs across the Middle East and much of the rest of the world are bracing for revenge terror attacks and the expected emergence of new jihadist … Continue reading

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Iran: On closer examination of “the deal”


U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington’s patience is running out. He has garnered some support and much criticism. Has Trump a hope of unravelling the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats? Many … Continue reading

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Turkish energy sector gets a boost


The EBRD has invested 100 million Turkish lira (€24 million) in an inflation–linked bond issued by Turkey’s largest utility group Enerjisa Enerji to support the operations of three electricity distribution companies after privatisation. The bond issuance has a total volume … Continue reading

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