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    Syrian refugees cost Lebanon $4.5b a year

    Syrian refugees cost Lebanon $1 billion directly and $3.5 billion indirectly every year based on a study prepared by the International Monetary Fund, the Governor of the Lebanese Central Bank Riad Salameh said yesterday. Speaking in a conference marking the fifth anniversary of the Central Bank, Salameh said: “The...
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    Egypt court to hear appeal against prison sentence of female minor

    An Egyptian court is scheduled to hear an appeal into a prison sentence handed down against a 15-year-old female activist charged with “possession of Rabaa (R4BIA) sign and disturbing the peace.” Maria Metwally Samaha is among the youngest political detainees arrested since the July 3 military coup. She was...
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    Freeze in transfer of Iraqi oil to Jordan continues

    The transfer of Iraqi oil to Jordan stopped in December 2013, Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported the Chairman of Truck Owners Mohamed Daud saying today. Daud said that the reason behind this stalemate is the clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and tribal militias and the Iraqi...
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    Iran and Saudi Arabia: Who won the Arab Spring?

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring we have witnessed things we haven’t seen in decades. A popular storm swept public squares expressing the failure of states to meet the demands of their citizens. Borders have dissolved and social ties have disintegrated. In light of the oppression and tyranny,...
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    Egyptian military control of Al-Arish port may be a prelude to an Israeli invasion of Gaza, says analyst

    Military affairs analyst at Al Jazeera General Abdel-Hamid Emran said the decision to transfer assets of Al-Arish port to the armed forces is a military decision that could lead to a number of scenarios. The first possible scenario is that the area will turn to a military zone to...
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    Esposito: Muslim Brotherhood not engaged violence despite repression

    An American professor and scholar spoke before the House of Commons on Tuesday in a hearing about allegations of MB’s links to terrorism. Professor of International affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University Dr John Esposito said that the Muslim Brotherhood has not resorted to violence despite provocation and...
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    Israel bans independent medical examination for hunger strikers

    The Israeli Ministry of Health has placed strict restrictions on visits to prisoners on hunger strike by private doctors, in a move that adopts the recommendations of Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According Haaretz, the Israeli ministry has rejected requests from Doctors for Human...
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    Al-Bayanouni announces his resignation from the Syrian opposition

    The former General Guide of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood Ali Al-Bayanouni today announced his resignation from the Syrian opposition coalition because he objects to them congratulating Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. In a letter addressed to the Coalition General Committee that was published on the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s official site,...
  • Israel's president-elect Reuven Rivlin in his own words

    Reuven Rivlin was elected yesterday the tenth president of Israel. He has previously served as Speaker of the Knesset (2003-’06, 2009-’13), and has been a Member of Knesset since 1988. Hailing from PM Netanyahu’s Likud party, Rivlin also served as a minister in Ariel Sharon’s government (2001-’03). He will...
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    Algeria: Democratic aspirations unite secularists and Islamists

    Secular and Islamic opposition in Algeria unanimously agreed during a conference Tuesday on the need for democratic transition in the country. Tuesday’s conference is considered the largest since the start of pluralistic politics in Algeria in 1988. It brought together politicians from across the political spectrum, who once fought...
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    June in Egypt and Sudan: Where are the generals of the revolution?

    The anniversary of June 30th is approaching in the Nile Valley; an anniversary that has the same taste in both Egypt and Sudan. In both countries, this anniversary marks the end of the miracle of democracy that was a symbol of its time. Just as the January 25, 2011,...
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    'Omar' star features in new short film against Israeli military conscription

    ‘Omar’ star Samer Bisharat is the protagonist of a new short film launched by Palestinian citizens of Israel campaigning against military conscription. ‘Project X’ is the result of collaboration between Palestinian civil society organizations 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, Baladna – Association for Arab youth and...
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    Promotion of Israeli officer who approved the killing of a Palestinian civilian

    The Israeli security services’ Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz appointed Brigadier Ronnie Noma as chief of the Command and Staff College, head of the Depth Corps and promoted him to the rank of Major General, despite the fact that the public prosecutor in the Israeli military had decided that...
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    Mayor of Tel Aviv: Government keeps houses prices high to push people in to settlements

    The Israeli government may be keeping house prices within the Green Line high in order to push young people to live in settlements in the West Bank, the mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai implied yesterday. During his speech in the annual Herzliya Conference, Huldai said that “the state...
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    Tunisian anti-terrorism law: A balance between security and freedoms

    Tunisia’s 2003 anti-terror legislations declare that they may be used against political opponents but when the country faced a revolution it found itself forced to draft a new law to combat “terrorism”. A few days ago, the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia discussed “terrorism” and “money laundering”, under the...
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    Libyan tribe asks Haftar to leave territory

    One of the most important tribes in eastern Libya where renegade Khalifa Haftar is based has asked him to leave its territory, tribal sources said. The request came following a Saturday meeting of Al-Awaqeer tribe chieftains in Abyar, near Benghazi, the sources told Anadolu Agency. The tribe, which has...
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    HRW: Egypt's human rights crisis worse than ever

    President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi has taken up office in Egypt in the midst of a human rights crisis as dire as in any period in the country’s modern history, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The organisations called on the new president to make addressing Egypt’s human...
  • EU's condescending rhetoric and the inclusion of Israel in its grants

    Speaking at the Herzliya conference in Israel, European Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso voiced support for Palestinian political reconciliation and the ensuing unity government. EU support, however, is dependent upon the major compromise expected on behalf of Palestinian leaders, who were urged to consider Israeli demands to the absolute...
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    PA: We will not retreat from joining international organisations

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki yesterday stressed that Palestinians would not call off joining international organisations and conventions should Israel continue undermining the peace process. Speaking to a local Palestinian TV channel, he said: “All Israeli reactions to these measures are based on contradictory policies.” He added: “We are...
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    The Pope in the Holy Land

    The visit by Pope Francis to the Holy Land and his invitation to the Palestinian and Israel protagonists to pray at the Vatican received scant media coverage. What was astonishing is that the Pope actually laid a wreath at the grave of Theodor Herzl, an avowed atheist and the...
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    Qatar launches largest solar energy plant in Middle East

    A Qatar-based renewable energy company, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has announced the launch of the largest facility for the development and manufacture of solar energy panels in the Middle East and North Africa. The chief executive of QSE, Salim Abbassi, said that his company is dedicated to democratising sustainable...
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    Iran and Turkey to cooperate for a peaceful Middle East

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul promised to cooperate to put an end to the conflicts in the Middle East, especially in Syria, and restore stability to the region, during meetings held in Turkey yesterday. The Iranian president’s visit to Ankara is the first of...
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    US and Iran begin direct nuclear talks

    The US and Iran began direct talks for the first time in Geneva yesterday. Held in participation with the European Union, the meetings are to solve obstacles that impede drafting a final agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear file. The Iranian delegation is headed by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi...
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    Netanyahu: I will not repeat Gaza withdrawal mistake

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply criticised the plan put forward by Yair Lapid which calls for Israel to withdraw from many areas in the West Bank and to freeze construction in the settlements, Channel Ten has reported. Netanyahu told a session of the Likud Party on Monday that...
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    Russia and Saudi Arabia discuss ways to resolve the Syrian crisis

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal, during a telephone call today, ways to resolve the Syrian crisis and other regional issues. The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out in a statement that during the call, the ministers discussed several pressing issues in the...
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    Israel approves $2b intelligence service budget

    The Israeli government is said to have been secretly transferring funds to its two secret services, the Shin Bet security service and Mossad, which makes it difficult to monitor their budgets; Israel’s Haaretz newspaper revealed yesterday. According to the paper, data from the Ministry of Finance revealed that the...
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    Tension between PA and Hamas escalates in the West Bank

    Tension between the Palestinian Authority security services and the Islamic Resistance Movement in the West Bank reached a peak last night after Hamas accused the PA security forces of cracking down on its supporters in the cities of Hebron, Tulkarem, Nablus and Ramallah. The incidents are the most serious...
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    ISIS takes control of Mosul

    Insurgents took control of Iraq’s northernmost city Mosul in the early hours of this morning; this comes after four days of fighting in the city which was attacked by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Fighters overran the entire western bank of the city overnight...
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    Brahimi: I resigned to draw attention to the Syrian crisis

    The former Special Envoy to Syria for the Arab League and the UN Lakhdar Brahimi resigned from his position to draw the world’s attention to the Syrian crisis, he said in an interview on CNN yesterday. Brahimi said: “I resigned because I was getting nowhere and it was the...
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    Egypt: Essam El-Erian transferred to military hospital for surgery

    Deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party, Dr Essam El-Erian, was transferred to a military hospital on Monday after suffering severe back pain, Anadolu news agency reported. El-Erian’s lawyer told Anadolu that El-Erian has been transferred to Tora prison hospital due to severe back pain which requires emergency...
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    Fatah annoyed by UAE adoption of Mohamed Dahlan

    Informed Palestinian sources claim that disgraced Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan was seen accompanying the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates when the coup leader Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt last week. Dahlan was also seen sitting with a number of pro-coup journalists such as...
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    Holland facilitates secret relations between Arab countries and Israel

    Dutch ambassador in Tel-Aviv Caspar Veldkamp has revealed that a number of Arabic and Islamic states had set up commercial relationships with Israel through his country. These states such as Indonesia, Malaysia and a number of Gulf States do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, only commercial interests mediated...
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    Chomsky calls for lifting eight-year Israeli siege on Gaza

    American thinker Noam Chomsky has called for an end to the eight -year Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Member of Parliament Gamal Al-Khodari said yesterday. “Every day that passes on this Zionist siege against Gaza represents a scandal for the international community which has turned a...
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    Two Kuwaiti newspapers shut down over tape scandal

    Kuwait’s Public Prosecutor has ordered the shutdown of two prominent daily newspapers for reporting news about videotapes which included conversations referring to the removal of the regime. It is the second time that Al-Watan and Alam Al-Youm have been shut down within 20 days for the same issue. In...
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    Palestinian reconciliation is in danger

    I was optimistic when it was announced by Fatah and Hamas that there would be a unity government, and that it would formed via consensus on the technocrats who would fill the roles. It was pleasing to hear Hamas’s official position that it favoured national unity over division and...
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    Egypt's Al-Arish port now under military control

    The Egyptian post-coup interim president Adli Mansour transferred the assets of Sinai’s Al-Arish port from civilian to military control three days before leaving office, the official gazette reported Monday. According to the presidential decree issued by Mansour, the assets of Al-Arish port have been fully transferred from the administration...
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    Ayat Oraby: Al-Sisi's PM Mahlab represents Mubarak's NDP

    Egyptian commentator Ayat Oraby said that Ibrahim Mahlab, the Prime Minister appointed by Egyptian military coup leader Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, is “the representative of the disbanded National Democratic Party in the coup regime.” At an interview with Al-Jazeera Monday, Oraby criticized the reappointment of minister of finance Hany Kadry...
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    US State Department: Obama's been travelling, will call Sisi soon

    The US State Department’s deputy spokesperson Mary Harf said in Monday’s press briefing that President Barack Obama will call former army chief Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi soon, and that the call has been postponed due to Obama’s busy schedule. In response to a question on whether Obama has called Al-Sisi...
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    The Israeli soldiers breaking their silence on the occupation

    Zehava Galon, Chair of Israel’s Meretz Party, stood on a podium in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square and read out the testimony of an Israeli soldier. She was one of many readers taking part in an event marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of “Breaking the Silence,” an organisation...
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    Egypt's lost power: the hidden story of Egypt's oil and gas industry

    “Whenever you have mutual interests between even two enemies and they agree on how to deal with it so they both profit that’s perfect, that’s exactly what you want because people like money and money talks,” Edward Walker, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, told Al Jazeera on how to...
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    Israel has Egypt over a barrel

    It took the CIA 60 years to admit its involvement in the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadeq, Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister. The circumstances around the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, may not take as long to come to light, regardless who is behind it....
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    Hamas says government violated reconciliation terms

    A member of the politburo of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has accused the recently-formed Palestinian unity government of violating the terms of an April reconciliation agreement between his group and rival faction Fatah. “The government acted in error regarding those who fall under its mandate,” said Hamas’ Khalil al-Hayeh....
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    Israel approves bill banning amnesty for Palestinian prisoners

    Following a heated discussion Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet has approved a bill that prohibits the granting of amnesty to Palestinian prisoners, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on its website. The newspaper said that ministers from Likud, Habayit Hayehudi and Yisrael Beiteinu voted in favour of the bill, while those...
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    Hamas official: The future of the reconciliation depends on Abbas

    The stances taken by the head of Fatah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will determine the prospects for the national reconciliation government’s success, a Hamas spokesperson said. Osama Hamdan told Al-Resalah yesterday that Fatah’s behaviour reveals a lack of genuineness regarding the implementation of the reconciliation agreement. For reconciliation...
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    Conflicting political agendas at Israel's Herzliya conference

    The annual Herzliya conference on the future of Israeli security which convened on Sunday highlighted the conflicting political agendas of senior Israeli officials. While Israeli Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett proposed a plan for a unilateral annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, the Minister of Justice...
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    Ministers to topple government if Israel annexes settlements

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni yesterday threatened to quit the government if any of the Israeli settlements built on the occupied Palestinian territories was annexed to Israel. Lapid also called for the identification of the future borders of Israel in order to know how...
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    EU Commission president calls for support of Palestinian reconciliation

    President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, currently on a visit to Israel, has called for support of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement. “For the sake of reaching a future peace agreement and to form a legitimate representative government, Palestinian reconciliation should be supported,” Barroso said at the security...
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    Egypt's freedom of expression: The End

    “We live in the most glorious time of democracy and I cut out the tongue of anyone who says otherwise,” Bassem Youssef said, summing up Egypt’s current freedom of expression environment shortly after his political satire talk-show was cancelled, another harsh blow for the country’s democratic transition. According to...
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    University of Haifa lifts ban on activity of Arab student clubs

    Haifa University has lifted its ban on Arab student clubs’ activities and will allow them to hold public activities on campus, a statement by the Adalah Centre said yesterday. In a statement the organisation said: “Haifa University announced to the Supreme Court (SCT) that it is willing lift...
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    Talks between Israeli officials and prisoners fail

    The three rounds of talks held between the leaders of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and the Israeli Prison Service have all failed, the Palestinian Al-Resalah quoted the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club saying yesterday. The leadership of the hunger strike told the club’s lawyer Jawad Bolus that the three...