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From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish minorities push for autonomy

  /  December 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey More than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State (IS), the read the rest…

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6 Middle East countries lose $35bn as impact of Syrian war and ISIS spread

  /  December 20, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

Analysis suggests Syria and Iraq bear brunt of direct costs of war, losing 14% and 16% in per capita welfare, respectively

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Shoukry meets Syrian opposition delegation to discuss political solution to conflict

  /  December 20, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Results of Egyptian initiative for non-violent transition remain uncertain, says expert

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Free theatre course offers opportunity to work with Kevin Spacey

  /  December 18, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

The Middle East Theatre Academy and Kevin Spacey Foundation have partnered together to create Home Grown, the region’s first theatre programme to discover future performers

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Assad’s cousin heads Syrian delegation to Egypt

  /  December 17, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

Former deputy foreign minister says Syrian delegation visit is a “good sign”

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Egyptian plane with 10 Syrians on board held at Swedish airport

  /  December 17, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

The plane arrived at Malmö airport on 16 December and has been held in the airport since arrival

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Exhibition attempts to raise ‘Refugee Voices’

  /  December 17, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

Through work by five photographers, the exhibition explores a side of refugees’ lives in Egypt

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The return of the caliphate: between Islam and politics

  /  December 8, 2014  /  In Focus  /  No Comments

ISIS is obsessed with the myth of the Mehdi, and is preparing for his reign, claim AUC professors

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Dar Al-Ifta details ISIS’ violations against women

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

A report by an observatory in Dar Al-Ifta says ISIS is “unusual” when it comes to the role of women in takfiri terrorist organisations

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Shoukry asks Britain to support Libya’s ‘legitimate government institutions’

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

State institutions and dialogue are key to region’s stability, says Egypt FM

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UN adopts resolutions presented by Egypt

  /  November 26, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Egypt’s foreign ministry accuses countries voting against resolution of being in favour of “Israel’s illegal practices”

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Shoukry, Kerry discuss ways to prevent Middle East from ‘sliding into violence’

  /  November 18, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Egypt’s foreign minister also holds meetings with Saudi, British officials

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Egypt condemns killing of US aid worker

  /  November 17, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

US President describes killing as “act of pure evil”, Kassig’s parents “proud” of their son

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US hostage purportedly killed by ISIS

  /  November 16, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

Peter Kassig’s parents appeal for media to “avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands”

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Shoukry meets UN Syria envoy

  /  November 12, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Egyptian foreign minister emphasises political solution to Syria crisis

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UNHCR expects refugee crisis as winter approaches

  /  November 11, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

UN able to reach only 60% of refugees in Egypt needing assistance this winter due to lack of funding

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ANHRI calls for release of Saudi woman rights activist

  /  November 4, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Souad Al-Shammary was arrested for a tweet calling Saudi society “male-dominant”

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Prosecution orders 35 detained on terror charges

  /  November 3, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Investigation ordered into “terror cells” with links to Syrian conflict

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The ISIS within

  /  October 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Nesreen Salem The video that emerged from Hama, Syria, depicting the stoning of a woman in yet another episode in the ISIS propaganda series, is the first punishment of its kind to emerge from Hama. read the rest…

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Shoukry in London to discuss counter-terrorism cooperation

  /  October 26, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Foreign minister to discuss regional issues with UK counterpart

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Football and militant Islam intersect in incidents across the Middle East

  /  October 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey A successful football player near the peak of his career, 22 year-old Nidhal Selmi, died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath read the rest…

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The Syrian tunnel and the spring

  /  October 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. read the rest…

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Egypt participates in international ISIS strategy meeting

  /  October 15, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Obama stresses there is no “quick fix” in military and ideological fight against ISIS

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Better than Syria?

  /  October 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

It was back in the late 1980s when I, a young teenager then, visited my Syrian side of the family. In the garden of a family member’s villa, a group of us, all teenagers, gathered read the rest…

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Gulf proxy war: UAE seeks to further damage Qatar’s already tarnished image

  /  October 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are locked in a propaganda war with public relations agencies and front organisations as proxies that is backfiring on both Gulf states. Disclosures of the read the rest…

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Shoukry discusses Gaza ceasefire and reconstruction with top OCHA official

  /  September 29, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

The two sides also discussed the humanitarian conditions inside Syria and Iraq “amid the rising influence of terrorist organisations there”

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Egyptian, Cypriot and Greek ministers call for regional cooperation

  /  September 27, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Ministerial meeting affirms policy agreement regarding regional instability

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Shoukry continues high-level meetings in New York

  /  September 27, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Foreign minister discusses nuclear disarmament and regional issues on sidelines of UN General Assembly

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Egyptian foreign minister discusses US and Middle East with New York Times

  /  September 26, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Shoukry stresses the importance of explaining “realities of the democratic, economic and social developments” in Egypt after 30 June

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In Pictures: Little Damascus of Cairo

  /  September 18, 2014  /  Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Syrian refugees in 6th of October City create a market of Syrian goods and food

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