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Syrians arrested while attempting to illegally emigrate

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Arrested group include 2 underage Egyptians, 18 Syrians

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Syria calls presidential elections for 3 June

  /  April 21, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

AFP- Syria said Monday it will hold presidential elections expected to return President Bashar Al-Assad to office on 3 June, despite a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people. Underlining the ongoing violence read the rest…

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Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker

  /  April 21, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Syria’s first presidential election will be held amid a devastating civil war

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Egyptian FM meets with Russian envoy

  /  April 16, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

Nabil Fahmy and Russian counterparts discuss bilateral relations, security situation

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Fahmy presses Arab League chief on activating terrorism convention

  /  April 16, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Foreign minister and Arab League Secretary General discuss terrorism and regional issues

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Mortar fire on Syria schools kills child, hurts 40: Media

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar read the rest…

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Hezbollah shifts tactics, narrative for Syria fight

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Shedding its guerrilla tactics to fight alongside an army

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Egyptian accused of terrorism charges after returning from Syria

and   /  April 13, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

38 year-old Egyptian had been fighting in Syria alongside the Al-Nusra Front

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Regime to blame for most Syria abuses: UN rights chief

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

  AFP – Syria must be held accountable for abuses against its people and those responsible should be hauled before the International Criminal Court, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Tuesday. “Criminal justice must be read the rest…

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Iraq attacks kill 12 as soldiers ambush militants

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Attacks in Iraq left 12 people dead Tuesday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is read the rest…

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UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Byrs said it was not clear how many more people would end up counting on food aid supplies because of the drought.

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Syria presidential candidacy to open this month: Minister

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP – Candidates for presidential elections in Syria this year will be able to submit their applications during the last 10 days of April, state media reported, quoting Information Minister Omran Al-Zohbi. The minister also read the rest…

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Gunman kills well-known Dutch priest in Syria’s Homs

  /  April 7, 2014  /  Politics  /  3 Comments

Father Frans van der Lugt was shot and killed by a gunman on April 7, 2014, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying the motive for the attack was unclear

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Fahmy, Ban Ki-moon discuss Egypt peacekeeping role

  /  April 2, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Egypt has weighed in on several peacekeeping efforts as well as being one of the parties involved in the debate on the Ethiopian Dam.

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Kerry scrambles to save his torpedoed peace effort

  /  April 2, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The top US diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday as minutes before a press conference at the NATO headquarters, both sides went rogue.

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Jailed Israeli spy could be key to peace talks

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

A source close to the talks said on Tuesday that there was a proposal which could see Pollard freed before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins mid-April.

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More than 150,000 killed in Syria conflict: NGO

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children.

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Syria rebels lick their wounds in Lebanon border town

  /  March 31, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Arsal too has suffered violence, including Syrian air strikes, incidents pitting Lebanon’s army against Lebanese and Syrian extremists, and on Saturday a car bomb that killed three soldiers.

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Two Spanish journalists freed in Syria: colleagues

  /  March 30, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

El Mundo correspondent Javier Espinosa, 49, and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, 42, were “freed and handed over to the Turkish military”, the Spanish newspaper said on its website.

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Two Spanish journalists freed in Syria: press

  /  March 30, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

AFP - Two Spanish journalists taken hostage by an Al-Qaeda-linked group last year have been freed, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported Sunday. “At 21:27 (Spanish time 2027 GMT Saturday) veteran El Mundo Middle East correspondent read the rest…

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Then and Now

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I am always intrigued by the dizzying changes that have enveloped Egypt in the past year. What I find to be most amusing is how certain positions have totally gone from one extreme to the read the rest…

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Arab League refuses to recognise Israel as a Jewish state

  /  March 26, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

Adly Mansour discusses Palestine, Syria, illiteracy and terrorism in his address at the 25th Arab League Summit

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Arab summit kicks off with calls to arm Syria rebels

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

The head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Jarba, repeated calls on the international community to supply rebels with “sophisticated weapons”.

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Syria opposition calls for ‘sophisticated’ arms

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Addressing the Arab summit in Kuwait, National Coalition chief Ahmed Jarba urged Arabs to give Syria’s Arab League seat to the opposition and hand them Syria’s embassies in their countries.

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Saudi says world has ‘betrayed’ Syria rebels

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the rebellion against Assad that erupted three years ago and has become a full-fledged civil war after loyalists launched a crackdown against protesters seeking democratic reforms.

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Syrian conflict takes centre stage at Arab summit

  /  March 25, 2014  /  Politics  /  2 Comments

The dispute which broke out in the runup to the summit pits Qatar against Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

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Syria rebels seize key area on Turkey border: NGO

  /  March 24, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

The air raids come a day after a Syrian warplane was shot down by Ankara’s jets in an incident slammed as “flagrant aggression” by Damascus.

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Turkey downs Syria warplane on border: NGO

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP - Turkish anti-aircraft fire shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday as it bombed rebels fighting to seize control of a border post in northwestern Syria, an NGO said. “Turkish air defences targeted a Syrian read the rest…

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One dead as pro-, anti-Damascus gunmen clash in Beirut

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP – A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle read the rest…

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Foreign Minister meets with Kuwaiti leaders ahead of 25th Arab League Summit

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  6 Comments

Nabil Fahmy’s Kuwaiti visit comes on the heels of a two-day stint to Beirut

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