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Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

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In Western political and diplomatic circles the received idea these days is that war in Syria has reached its end and that what one should now focus on is reconstruction. However, like all other received ideas this one, too, is as full of…

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Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

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Israeli soldiers stands near a military jeep next to the border fence with the southern Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nirim. (File photo: Reuters). Reuters Sunday, 18 February 2018. Text size A A A. An explosive device wounded four Israeli…

Saturday, Feb 17

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My goal rush is far from over, predicts Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah predicts there will be no let-up in his goalscoring after netting his 30th for Liverpool in a prolific season. The 25-year-old took 36 games in all competitions to become just the 13th Liverpool player to notch up the…

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Three held in $1.8 bln Indian public sector bank fraud case

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Police make way for a vehicle carrying three people suspected of steering fraudulent loans to companies linked to billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi, at a court in Mumbai, India, February 17, 2018. (Reuters). Reuters, New Delhi Saturday, 17…

WATCH: Who is South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

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In the course of his 65 years, Cyril Ramaphosa has experienced the poverty of Soweto, jail for fighting apartheid, trade union activism, fabulous wealth -- and now the ultimate prize of South African politics, the presidency itself. He…

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Syria continues to unravel in post-ISIS war

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The war in Syria has not ended. In fact, the phase of ‘post-ISIS wars’ has just started. Syria remains a dangerous link between regional conflicts and the great powers, despite the defeat of ISIS in the east. The recent confrontation…

Friday, Feb 16

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EXCLUSIVE: Tunisia probes Qatar involvement in dubious funding in North Africa

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An investigation has been opened in the Tunisian Parliament by deputies to uncover and prosecute the parties and entities involved in the case of the “suspicious” financial transfers carried out by an officer in Qatar’s armed forces for…

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US, Turkey agrees to normalize relations, Turkish Foreign Minister

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During a joint news conference on Friday in Ankara the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that Turkey has agreed to normalize relations with the United States again. Speaking at the conference with the US Secretary…

Thursday, Feb 15

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Tillerson: Growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday Hezbollah’s growing arsenal and its involvement in regional conflicts threatened the security of Lebanon. He said that Hezbollah "is a terrorist organization" and there is no distinction…

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Pakistan Senator: Demands on Hajj, Umra absurd, politically motivated

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The demand made by Iranian leadership and other countries for taking the Hajj and Umrah services away from Saudi control and handing over to any international committee is absurd and politically motivated, Senator Professor Sajid Mir, a…

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How the GCC can prepare for digital revolution in warfare

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GCC countries need to prepare for the next wave of change in military technology. Armed forces across the world are increasingly integrating digital technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics into defence platforms and military…

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Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

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The Taliban said it was not too late for the American people to realize the Taliban can solve problems with every side “through healthy politics and dialogue”. (File photo: AP). Reuters, Kabul Thursday, 15 February 2018. Text size A A A.…

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$30 bln pledged at donor conference for Iraq’s reconstruction

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A total of $30 bln were pledged on Wednesday at a donor conference for Iraq's reconstruction after the country's devastating war with ISIS, falling well short of the $88.2 bln Baghdad is seeking. The biggest pledge at the gathering in…

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Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

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Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to bolster the country’s recovery. Donors and investors have…

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Jacob Zuma quits as President of South Africa

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Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the…

Wednesday, Feb 14

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Gigi Hadid reveals details about her disease after being called ‘too skinny’

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American-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid was forced to talk more about her autoimmune disease after being called “too skinny” by critics. In 2016 Hadid announced that she was suffering Hashimoto, an autoimmune condition in which the body’s…

Tuesday, Feb 13

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Saudi Arabia signals image rethink in Belgium grand mosque handover

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Saudi Arabia has agreed to give up control of Belgium’s largest mosque which Brussels leased to Riyadh in 1969. European governments have grown more wary since attacks that were planned in Brussels killed 130 people in Paris in 2015 and 32…

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Who is Sudan's new intelligence chief, Salah Gosh?

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The new appointment of Sudan’s intelligence chief Salah Abdallah Gosh may bring a paradigm shift in Khartoum’s foreign policy. Gosh, 62, has been involved in Sudan’s intelligence services since the 1980’s and is a well know Muslim…

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ISIS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is 'alive but wounded' in Syria hideout

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A combo of two handout pictures released by the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (L) and by Iraqi Ministry of Interior shows photographs of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AFP). AFP, Baghdad Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Text…

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Moroccan-Belgian volunteer: ‘It takes nothing to help migrants’

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Brussels, Belgium - “Even if you have no skills or specific capacities you can help. It makes me sad to see people inactive. It comes down to very little. It is within everyone’s reach,” said Nabil Moujahid, a Belgian volunteer helping…

Monday, Feb 12

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New York attorney general files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

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New York’s attorney general on Sunday filed a lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. “As alleged in our complaint, The…

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The diplomacy of downing jets in Syria

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In less than two weeks, Syrian fighters downed a Russian jet, Kurdish fighters downed a Turkish helicopter above Afrin and the Iranians downed two Israeli jets. So now what? There are three degrees of power in Syria: the American versus…

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan

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Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an…

Sunday, Feb 11

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When India PM Modi beckoned all and sundry to the opulent Dubai Opera House

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Modi praised the UAE leadership for the kind gesture and urged the Indian community to live up to the trust shown toward the community by the UAE. (Ehtesham Shahid/ Al Arabiya). By Ehtesham Shahid Special to Al Arabiya English Sunday, 11…

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In a first, India oil consortium gets stake in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum

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In a historic agreement, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE, a consortium of Indian oil companies were awarded a 10 percent interest in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum concession. The signing was witnessed by…

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Turks are fighting in Syria to secure their share after the war

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US military commanders are highly concerned about the Turkish offensive on the Kurdish canton of Afrin in Syria. US and European military observers are also wary of Turkish President Erdogan carrying out his threat of sending troops east…

Saturday, Feb 10

Tehran’s view of Turkey’s Afrin campaign

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The Middle East’s sectarian divisions have challenged Iran to overcome perceptions that it is inherently and exclusively committed to empowering Shi’ites at the Sunnis’ expense. Given that Shi’ites are minorities in most Arab countries,…

Friday, Feb 9

Russia slams 'criminal' US-led strikes in Syria, Pentagon calls it self-defense

A boy is seen running after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta on February 8, 2018. (Reuters). AFP, United Nations/Washington Friday, 9 February 2018. Text size A A A. Russia's UN ambassador on Thursday slammed as…

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US dismisses fears of wider war after deadly Syria clashes

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed concerns on Thursday that the United States was being dragged into a broader conflict in Syria, after a major clash with pro-Syrian government forces overnight that may have left 100 or more of…

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US not planning to contribute money at Iraq reconstruction conference

The United States does not plan to contribute any money at a conference in Kuwait next week to fund Iraq’s reconstruction drive after the war against ISIS, US and Western officials said, a move critics say could deal a new blow to American…