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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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TURKEY: Erdogan and the desperate search for a role

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements and itinerary are clearly posing more worrying questions than providing reassuring answers. One week he considers Iran’s role in the region as devious and warns us about Tehran’s policy “to dominate the region”, … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE to The Middle East online… Saudi tourism market building on substantial growth potential

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By Rhona Wells With $11.6 billion worth of tourism projects currently underway in the country, the strength of Saudi Arabia’s tourist industry is set to go from strength-to-strength, as the country looks towards building on its existing domestic and religious … Continue reading

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Netanyahu backtracks on two-state election pledge

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In conciliatory moves, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backtracked from a pre-election vow to oppose an independent Palestinian state and reached out to repair damaged relations with President Obama. “I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a … Continue reading

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8th MARCH 2015

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Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Rafah crossing will reopen

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Gaza’s border crossings will be reopened once control of them is handed over to the Palestinian Authority, Egypt’s Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Wael Attia said. The Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing despite the formation of the … Continue reading

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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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Islamic State lies about looting

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It would appear that some but not all of the footage of destruction of priceless works of art in Iraq has been faked. A propaganda video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, purporting to show the systematic destruction of … Continue reading

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Iraq moves against Islamic State in Tikrit

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Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies. A force of about 30,000 troops and militia were said to be attacking on different fronts, backed … Continue reading

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Did Obama threaten to shoot down Israeli jet?

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The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets … Continue reading

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