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The week in pictures

The week in pictures

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US informs Israel that it will not increase its military aid

US informs Israel that it will not increase its military aid

It was revealed on Monday in Tel Aviv that after nearly three rounds of negotiations between the US and Israel regarding American support for Israel, the path has lead to a dead end. As a result, there are high levels of tensions between the two sides. Read more

Saudi decision to send ground troops to Syria ‘irreversible’

Saudi decision to send ground troops to Syria ‘irreversible’

Saudi’s decision to send ground troops to fight Daesh in Syria is “final and irreversible”, the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition said yesterday. Read more

14 foreign companies halt investments in Egypt

14 foreign companies halt investments in Egypt

Some 14 foreign companies have halted their investments in Egypt because of the dollar crisis, a member of the Egyptian Investor Relations Association (EIRA) said. Read more

It’s time for the EU to punch its weight in the drive for peace in the Holy Land

It’s time for the EU to punch its weight in the drive for peace in the Holy Land

The European Union is a powerful bloc. Around 500 million people live within its 28 member states. Their combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $18 trillion in 2014, making it the largest or second largest economy in the world. Read more

Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?

Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?

Standing metres from Martin Luther King during a Civil Rights march must have been a proud moment for the young Bernie Sanders. One can imagine the now veteran US senator sensing the gravity of the situation, burdened by duty and moral obligation to bring an end to centuries of legalised discrimination. Read more

Al-Aswany: Egyptian parliament does not represent the people

Al-Aswany: Egyptian parliament does not represent the people

The Egyptian parliament does not accurately represent the people, writer and novelist Alaa Al-Aswany said yesterday, adding that the parliamentary elections had “very low participation”. Read more

Canada sends frigate to Aegean Sea to combat refugee smuggling

Canada sends frigate to Aegean Sea to combat refugee smuggling

A Canadian frigate headed to the Aegean Sea today on the orders of Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, to end the smuggling of refugees in the Aegean Sea. Read more

Turkey, Saudi, Qatar discuss Syrian crisis

Turkey, Saudi, Qatar discuss Syrian crisis

Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Ihsanoglu yesterday held a trilateral meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubeir, and Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani in Munich, Germany. Read more

US State Department: Israeli actions 'imperilling' viability of Palestinian state

US State Department: Israeli actions 'imperilling' viability of Palestinian state

The US State Department said Thursday that “current trends on the ground” in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are “imperilling” the “viability” of a “two-state solution.” Read more

Fabius: Assad responsible for killing 260,000 people in Syria

Fabius: Assad responsible for killing 260,000 people in Syria

Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad is primarily responsible for the death of 260,000 people in his country and the displacement of half of Syria’s population, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said yesterday. Read more

Shin Bet confirms that almost all Palestinian ‘attacks’ occur in occupied territories

Shin Bet confirms that almost all Palestinian ‘attacks’ occur in occupied territories

87 per cent of stabbings or alleged stabbings carried out by Palestinians from October to January took place within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), according to Israeli authorities. Read more

Senior Hamas leader: PLO obligations to Israel and international community brought siege to Gaza

Senior Hamas leader: PLO obligations to Israel and international community brought siege to Gaza

Senior Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk has said that the obligations of the PLO towards Israel and the international community have brought the siege to the Gaza Strip. He also called for an end to security coordination with Israel, Felesteen newspaper reported on Thursday. Read more

Ya'alon: Reconciliation agreement with Turkey must include return of soldiers’ bodies from Gaza

Ya'alon: Reconciliation agreement with Turkey must include return of soldiers’ bodies from Gaza

Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon is demanding that any reconciliation agreement with Turkey include the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers currently held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a senior Israeli official. Read more

Turkey spent 20 times more than international aid agencies on refugees

Turkey spent 20 times more than international aid agencies on refugees

Turkey has spent 20 times more on refugees since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 than international relief agencies, including the UN. Read more

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