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Trump Withdraws Security Clearance of Ex-CIA Chief

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, calling the former CIA director's credibility into question.

Pompeo, Mistura Agree Syrian Warring Parties Must Move Ahead on Political Track

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Washington.

Over 200 Newspapers Refuse Trump's Depiction as "Press Enemy of the People"

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More than 200 newspapers, ranging from national outlets to small local weeklies, joined the Boston Globe on Thursday in publishing editorials denouncing President Donald Trump's analogy equating the press as the enemy of the people.

Yemeni Army Captures Part of Saada

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The Yemeni army has captured the Baqem Directorate in the northwestern Saada province from Houthi rebels, a military source said Thursday.

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Abbas Extends Hand to Hamas on 2017 Reconciliation Deal

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he would only accept full reconciliation in accordance with the 2017 agreement. “We seek the success of the reconciliation, but based on one law, one government and one legitimate weapon,…

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Israeli Army Arrest Wife of Palestinian MP, Detain 5 Others in Jerusalem

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Israeli forces on Thursday morning arrested five Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, including the wife of a Palestinian lawmaker.

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Pakistan Parliament Elects New President on Sept 4

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Less than two months after hard-fought general elections, national and regional legislators in Pakistan are due to elect a new president on Sept. 4, election officials announced Thursday.

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Turkey, China and Iran Look to a Future Without the Dollar. Is it Possible?

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American and Turkish Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have made little effort to hide their mutual dislike. As with many rivalries, the two actually have a lot in common. Both like to play the populist strongman. Both have…

Meeting of Minds: Salman-Sisi Shake Hands in Glittering Saudi Neom

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On Tuesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the new city of Neom, in northern Saudi Arabia, upon the king’s invitation.

Hariri Says Cabinet Crisis Tied to Syrian Relations Which Lebanese MPs Want to Maintain

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Issues linked to the normalization of relations with the Syrian regime were seen this week as the main foreign obstacles hindering the formation of the Lebanese government.On Tuesday, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said some parties…

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Iraqis Stage Sit-in Over Reported Killing of 1 Protester, Injury of Others

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Dozens of Iraqis on Thursday staged a sit-in in the southern, oil-rich city of Basra to protest the reported death of a protester -- and the injury of several others -- at the hands of security forces.

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Jordan Prosecutors Officially Charges 5 Detainees in Salt Terror Case

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Jordan’s general prosecution charged on Wednesday detainees in the city of al-Salt with terrorism following last week’s attack in the town of Fuhais.A homemade explosive device planted near a police van in Fuhais left a policeman dead and…

All in Day's Work Israel Handcuffs Palestinian Journalist, Demolishes Ramallah House and Arrests 15

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Israel detained 15 Palestinians including a journalist in Ramallah, just after a home was demolished during an ongoing assault on the West Bank occupied city.

Pro-Israeli U.S. 'Superhawk ' John Bolton Visits Tel Aviv Next Week

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Washington's National Security Advisor John Bolton is set to visit Israel for discussions next week, the White House said on Tuesday.

Qatari Emir Pledges $15 Billion in Turkey's Economy, Shores up Lira

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Qatar's emir has pledged to invest $15 billion in the Turkish economy after arriving in Istanbul to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish state media reported.

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Libya Court Sentences 45 To Death by Firing Squad Over 2011 Civilian Killings

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A court in Libya has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad over the killing of demonstrators in the capital, Tripoli, during the 2011 uprising against longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the Justice Ministry says.

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Palestinian President Promises to Bring Down Trump's Peace Plan

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday rejected the U.S. political plan referred to as "Deal of the Century".

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Turkish Official Says Ankara Hiking Tariffs on Selective U.S. Imports for Attack on Economy

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Turkey announced on Wednesday that it was doubling tariffs on some U.S. imports in retaliation to the U.S. administration’s “deliberate attacks on our economy,” Vice President Fuat Oktay said.

Wednesday, Aug 15

'America First' in the Middle East is Helping China and Killing Turkey

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Trump has slapped tariffs on both Turkish and Chinese imports.; These measures may simply push China and Turkey to rely less on the U.S.; Trump is furthering an isolationist economic agenda, which may hurt American interests abroad.; China…

U.S. Seeks to Keep Tabs on Al Jazeera. Here is How?

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A $716 billion defense bill signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday includes a provision that will require outlets like Qatar’s Al Jazeera for the first time to start reporting regularly on its funding and ownership, CNS…

Columbia Just Had a Change of Guard on Palestine

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Political and trade relations between Latin America and the Middle East are older and deeper than many realise. But the Israel-Palestine conflict has always been less of a security matter for Latin America than an ideological one. States…

Using Carrot-Stick Tactics Israel Opens Gaza Crossing

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Gaza's Kerem Shalom industrial goods crossing was reopened for traffic Wednesday morning, following relative quiet along the Gaza Strip border and southern Israel.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Libya, Sudan, Chad and Niger Agree to Fight Terror Pact Via 'Secure Borders'

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Libya, Sudan, Chad and Niger signed on Friday a judicial cooperation agreement to secure their borders. They also agreed to set up an operations center in the Chadian capital N'Djamena to combat “terrorist groups”, smuggling and human…

On Jeju Island, South Korea Has a Yemeni Refugee Problem

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500 Yemeni refugees await their fate on Jeju Island, South Korea; Exploiting Visa loopholes to claim asylum in South Korea, they have faced backlash in Korea; A majority want them out of the country, and many suspect them to be 'fake…

Is ISIS Terror Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Really Dead?

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Conflicting reports have emerged in recent days over the fate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amid claims that he was “clinically dead.”An Iraqi intelligence source announced on Monday that the Iraqi air force had targeted a meeting of…

Leaked Report Reveal Israel Govt Urged U.S. Not to Cut UNRWA Funds

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly asked the United States not to cut UNRWA’s funding to prevent the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

Monday, Aug 13

Iraqi Army Uncover Tunnels Network Dug by ISIS in Mosul

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Iraqi forces have uncovered a network of tunnels dug by the ISIS terrorist group south of Mosul in northern Iraq, according to a federal police officer on Monday.

Iran's Spiritual Leader Khamenei Snubs Trump in Banning Talks With U.S

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Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei banned on Monday holding any form of direct talks with the United States, rejecting an offer by President Donald Trump for unconditional dialogue.

39 Killed in Weapons Depot Explosion Below Residential Building in Syria

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At least 39 people were killed in an explosion in a weapons depot at the base of a residential building in Syria on Sunday.

Eye-Witness Accounts Retell of Security Raid on Terror House in Jordan's Salt

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Amjad Al Bqour was sitting with his family in Salt’s Naqb Addabour area, northwest of Amman, when he heard loud police sirens on Saturday, which triggered his curiosity.

Sunday, Aug 12

Inside Gina Haspel Newly Declassified Torture Memos

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The CIA has released 16 memos written or authorized by Gina Haspel while she led a black site in Thailand; The memos depict excruciating torture of Abdel Rahim al-Nashiri; Even though Haspel promised not to re-introduce torture, she never…

Israeli Navy Stop 40-Boat Flotilla From Breaking 12-Year Gaza Siege

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Israeli naval forces fired shots to prevent dozens of boats from reaching the Israeli maritime border to break the siege of Gaza on Saturday.

Podcast: Al Qaeda Poetry Readings in Yemen, An Interview With Elisabeth Kendall

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“The power of poetry to move Arab listeners and readers emotionally, to infiltrate the psyche and to create an aura of tradition, authenticity and legitimacy around the ideologies it enshrines make it a perfect weapon for militant jihadist…

China is Closely Watching The Idlib Operation in Syria

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China appears to be closely monitoring the upcoming military operation to retake rebel-held Idlib. Although surface-level analysis has attributed China’s renewed interest in Syria to its campaign to engage the world more actively, China…