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US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, relaxing hold on aid

  /  April 23, 2014  /  Business  /  No Comments

The decision will help Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula, the Pentagon said.

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North Korea ‘may be close to nuclear test’ warns Seoul

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009 and 2013 – all at the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the country

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Dubai to sell 15-year benchmark sukuk Tuesday

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Business  /  No Comments

Reuters – The government of Dubai plans to sell a benchmark-sized, US dollar-denominated sukuk with a lifespan of 15 years on Tuesday, a document from lead managers said. Initial price thoughts on the Islamic bond read the rest…

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Fahmy and Fatah discuss negotiations and Palestinian reconciliation

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

Foreign minister meets Fatah member ahead of renewed Palestinian reconciliation efforts

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Israel, Palestinian peace meet postponed after killing

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

Israel’s army and police were still hunting for the suspected gunman on Wednesday, after carrying out extensive searches around Idhna.

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Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

  /  April 16, 2014  /  Technology  /  1 Comment

Google took a step in that direction this week with the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that can help boost Internet access to remote areas.

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Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast ‘on fire’

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics  /  2 Comments

Oleksandr Turchynov’s impassioned charges against Ukraine’s historic master came only hours after a “frank and direct” exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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Israel minister warns Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

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

AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry read the rest…

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Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Business, Economy  /  2 Comments

Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals

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Bubble wrapped flats

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Should investors in the east care about a potential housing bubble in the west?

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Iran court overturns ex-US Marine’s death sentence

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

Convicted of espionage, with the penalty being cut to 10 years in jail

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British hate preacher goes on trial in New York

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Politics  /  3 Comments

It is the second high-profile terror trial to be heard by a Manhattan jury since Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on March 26

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Fact-checking journalism gains momentum

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP – The facts are the focus as part of a trend in journalism spreading from the United States to many places around the world. Journalists have always faced up to facts, but a new read the rest…

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IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Business, Energy  /  1 Comment

Warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change

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Iran says not considering alternative UN pick

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Iran signalled its defiance Saturday over America’s refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy. Tehran also said it was examining its read the rest…

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Fahmy and Abbas meet ahead of emergency Arab League meeting

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Abbas and Fahmy discussed the ongoing final status negotiations and the “obstacles” involved in the process

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Foreign ministry rejects criticism of activist court ruling

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Cairo court upheld conviction of revolutionary activists Maher, Douma, and Adel on Monday amid wide condemnation from political parties, rights groups and foreign governments

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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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8 injured as Israeli forces clear illegal settlement

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

Israel has moved to demolish “wildcat” settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, which normally consist of a few makeshift dwellings set up by extremist Jewish settlers on Palestinian territory.

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Iran, world powers seek to intensify nuclear talks

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Business  /  3 Comments

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he has formed a group of legal experts to help in the “complicated, difficult and slow work” of drafting a deal.

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G20 final document unlikely to address Ukraine crisis

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

Reuters – The world’s financial leaders are likely to discuss possible risks to Europe’s economy from the crisis in Ukraine, but there are no plans to mention it in the final document from their Washington read the rest…

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US-Egypt strategic dialogue still in the pipeline

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

Relations have been strained since the US suspended the delivery of military aid pending “credible progress” toward democracy

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Egypt has failed to meet US aid conditions: HRW

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

International rights watchdog urges US to acknowledge lack of progress in Egypt in aid review

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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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Explosives cache seized before Afghan elections: Officials

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP – Afghan police seized 22 tonnes of explosives destined for use in suicide and roadside bombs, officials said Tuesday, four days before elections that Taliban insurgents have vowed to attack. The explosives were uncovered read the rest…

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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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Kerry, Lavrov hold talks in scramble for Ukraine solution

  /  March 30, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

The diplomatic push comes amid alarm over Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders, fanning fears it plans to seize more territory following its lightning annexation of Crimea.

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53 nations pledge support for Egypt’s ‘war against terrorism’

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

New UNHRC statement runs counter to western human rights concerns

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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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Russia vows no Ukraine invasion as leaders seek solution

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

Ukraine is now entering a crucial phase in its development after the fall of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February, as the clock ticks down to 25 May presidential elections which are expected to cement Kiev’s pro-West course.

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