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    Palestinians protest to mark 20 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

    On February 25th 1994, an Israeli settler named Baruch Goldstein walked into Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron and opened fire on worshippers as they prayed during Ramadan. Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians and injured more than 120 inside the mosque. He was eventually overpowered and beaten to death. Following the massacre,...
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    Morsi tells Al-Sisi: You shall be brought to account and severely punished

    President Mohammed Morsi was today permitted to make a statement from within the detention cage inside the court, which is presided over by Judge Sha’ban Al-Shami, the head of Cairo criminal court – which is looking into the case of the storming of Wadi Al-Natroon Prison. He said: “Abdel...
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    Iraq: Four dead in three explosions in Tikrit

    At least four people have been killed and 13 wounded in three explosions in Tikrit, north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday morning, security sources told UPI news agency. Three car bombs simultaneously detonated today morning in Tikrit, the first in Al-Qadeseya neighborhood, and the two others in Al-Basha...
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    Hamas arrests former spokesman on charges of corruption

    The ruling Hamas government in Gaza announced on Saturday the arrest of one of its former leaders on charges of corruption. A Hamas official said in a press release that the former spokesman of the group, Ayman Taha, is currently undergoing investigations regarding misconduct, illegal profiteering, and betrayal of...
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    Morsi's 'jailbreak' trial resumes

    Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi arrived at the Police Academy Saturday morning to attend the second session of the Wadi Al-Natroun jailbreak trial. Morsi along with 130 other co-defendants are facing myriad charges, including “collaboration with Hamas and Hezbollah to spread chaos in the country” on the early days...
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    Pro-coup Sheikh calls for crucifying, cutting off hands of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates

    The pro-coup Al-Azhar Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen demanded the application of Sharia against the Muslim Brotherhood by “cutting off their hands, crucifying them, and sending them to exile.” In an interview with the military-controlled Tahrir channel, Shaheen called for including the punishments of “crucifying and cutting off hands and legs”...
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    20 million unemployed in the Arab world

    Unemployment figures in the Arab world rose 16 per cent last year reaching 20 million, the Director-General of the Arab Labour Organisation Ahmed Luqman said. “The number of unemployed individuals in the Arab world is currently 20 million, 16 per cent more than last year, which represents a risk...
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    Egyptian court sentences deceased MB leader to three years in prison

    An Alexandria court sentenced on Thursday Jamal Madi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Alexandria, to three years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($7,143), even though Madi died in October 2013. Madi’s lawyer Mohammed Ramadan said that Madi...
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    US warns Egypt to respect freedoms and human rights amid concerns over trial of Al-Jazeera journalists

    A US diplomat demanded on Thursday for Egypt to respect freedoms and basic human rights as an Egyptian court started hearing a trial against 20 Al-Jazeera journalists.   US relations with Egypt have cooled over the past several months, following the military coup that ousted elected President Mohammed Morsi...
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    Muslim Brotherhood: Ukraine crisis exposes the West's double standards

    Western countries are adopting double standards when dealing with the political crisis that has erupted in the Ukraine and the Egyptian crisis although both situations are similar in many ways, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement said. According to the movement, the West has quickly intervened to contain the Ukrainian political...
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    Israel's defence ministry confirms dealers sell aircraft parts to Iran

    Israel’s Ministry of Defence confirmed on Thursday reports claiming two Israeli arms dealers sold US made F-4 Phantom II spare parts to Iran via Greece. The Israeli media said the arms dealers; Avihai Weinstein and Eli Cohen had been arrested and were under investigation by Israeli authorities. The ministry...
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    Hamas government authorises first private security firm in Gaza

    For the first time in the Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas government has authorised a bodyguard company similar to the private security companies in other Arab countries and in the West Bank. It is permitting the young team working with the police to carry light arms. Muscular young men...
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    UNHCR urges countries to offer 100,000 Syrian refugees admission

    UNHCR today called upon countries to make multi-annual commitments towards a goal of providing resettlement and other forms of admission for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. The The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had earlier called upon nations to provide solutions for 30,000 of...
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    Erdogan: I will not give in to any coup attempts

    Turkey will not give in to future coup attempts or pressure, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. “We will face any future coup attempts just as we have faced them over the past 12 years and as we faced the recent coup attempt. We will not give...
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    Saudi Arabia replaces Bandar bin Sultan as leader of Syrian dossier

    Diplomatic sources told AFP on Thursday that Saudi Arabia has sidelined its intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, by transferring key aspects of the Syrian dossier, which he had previously been overseeing, to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. A Western diplomat in the Gulf region told the news...
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    Israel threatens to cut off electricity to Palestinian Authority

    The Israeli electricity company threatened on Thursday to cut off electricity to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank starting from Sunday, 23 February over unpaid debt which amounts to 1.3 billion shekels, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported. The company’s chairperson, Yiftach Ron-Tal, sent a letter to Israel’s Prime...
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    Abbas told Kerry he rejects any deal that excludes Palestinian positions

    Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated on Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State John Kerry, during a meeting held in Paris on Wednesday, that the Palestinian side disapproves of any final agreement unless it includes the firm Palestinian and Arab positions that are based...
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    A new leaked video by Al-Sisi: The army is a killing machine not for confronting terrorism

    “Confronting terrorism is not the task of the armed forces; this is the task of the Ministry of the Interior,” Egyptian Defence Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a leaked recording. Al-Sisi added: “We do not have encounters with people here , because the army is...
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    Kerry: 'Israel's security is top of my priorities'

    Israeli’s security interests are a top priority when considering a plan for lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. In an interview broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Thursday, Kerry said he was committed to achieving his task to the fullest. “Israel’s...
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    Fatah to dismiss friends of Dahlan

    Any member of Fatah who remains in contact with former movement leader Mohamed Dahlan will be dismissed, Jamal Muheisen, a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, revealed. In an exclusive statement to Al-Resalah, a Palestinian news website, on Wednesday, Muheisen said: “The next stage will be very important...
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    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince dismayed by failed coup in Libya

    The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is reportedly dismayed by the failed coup d’état in Libya which he funded with large sums of UAE money, and for which he planned for a long time, sources in the Libyan government told Asrar Arabeya website....
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    Jordan agrees 15-year deal to buy gas from Israel

    Jordan has signed an agreement with Israel for the supply of natural gas. Israel’s Tamar Gas Company will supply a total of 1.8 billion cubic metres over the 15-year term of the agreement, at a cost estimated between $500m and $700m. According to Bloomberg, which broke the news, Jordan...
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    Russian foreign minister in Baghdad to discuss issues of common interest

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov started Thursday a visit to Baghdad aiming at discussing regional issues with senior Iraqi officials, Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement. The statement stated that the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hosyar Zibari had received Lavrov in the morning in Baghdad International Airport. “Lavrov visit...
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    Egyptian army launches airstrikes on villages near Gaza

    Egyptian military apache helicopters this morning launched several air strikes at bedouin villages in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, near the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Al-Resalah newspaper said. The newspaper reported activists in the Egyptian city of Rafah saying that the strikes targeted Al-Mahdiya, Rafi’a, Al-Midfana, Al-Moqata’a and...
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    US peace plan is not a good starting point, senior PLO official says

    Palestinians are not impressed by what they have heard from US Secretary of State John Kerry who leads peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel, senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Hanan Ashrawi said. Ashrawi told reporters on Thursday: “If the document is so far as we...
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    Israel exploits peace talks to demolish more Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

    The number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem since the beginning of this year has increase sharply as no political pressure is exerted on the Israeli government, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday. According to data from the Jerusalem Municipality, Haaretz said, 12 Palestinian homes...
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    Ennahda in Tunisia has chosen democracy over power

    The Head of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic movement said on Wednesday that his movement has chosen democracy and the Constitution over power in agreeing to step down from government. Shaikh Rashid Ghannouchi told veteran Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour that the “Tunisian train is now back on the right track.” Saying...
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    IMF 'pessimistic' about Palestinian economy

    IMF Representative in Palestine, Dr Udo Kock, expressed his pessimism regarding prospects of the Palestinian economy, which he believes will be determined by progress in the political arena. Kock delivered his remarks during a lecture on Wednesday hosted by The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute- MAS in cooperation with...
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    HRW calls for probe into US drone attack that killed Yemeni civilians

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Wednesday for the Obama Administration to probe an American drone attack on a Yemeni wedding last December, killing 12 and wounded 15 others. After conducting an investigation, HRW suggests that this attack might have been a violation of US President Barack Obama’s policy...
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    Saudi threatens to isolate Qatar for its support of Muslim Brotherhood

    Saudi Arabia has threatened to close its border and airspace with Qatar if Doha doesn’t stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Arab newspaper reported on Wednesday. The London-based newspaper, which is considered to be very close to the decision-makers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, said a Saudi...
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    US: Palestinian chief negotiator's remarks are unhelpful and disappointing

    US officials said they were disappointed with comments made by the Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat who threatened to encourage an economic boycott against Israel if the peace talks failed. US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “We are of course concerned about the statements made by the...
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    Jordan denounces Jewish extremists storming Dome of the Rock

    Jordan has denounced Israeli Knesset Member for the Likud Party Moshe Feiglin’s storming of Al-Aqsa Sanctuary, calling the incident an extremely dangerous escalation, spokesperson of the Jordanian government Mohammed Al-Momani told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. Jordan’s Minister of Information is holding the Israeli government responsible for allowing “extremists to constantly...
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    Kerry hints 'settlers might not be evacuated under future peace deal'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted that Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements might not be evacuated under a future peace deal; however, they would live under Palestinian sovereignty. The international community widely perceives Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law. The...
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    Gulf support fails to reduce domestic borrowing in Egypt

    The state of Egypt’s economy shows no signs that it will improve any time in the near future, in light of the continued rises in unemployment, inflation and public debt. Despite an influx of financial assistance from the Gulf States, internal debt over the past six months amounted to...
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    Maliki warns that Iraq's economy is at risk of collapse

    Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has warned that Iraq is going through a financial crisis that seriously threatens both the economy and financial system, according to a statement published by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Iraq’s Alsumaria news agency reported on Thursday news of the statement, which claims...
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    Israel to supply natural gas to Egypt

    According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, the deal, which would involve the supply of eight billion cubic metres of gas per year, comes following the announcement of a deal between Israel and Jordan. Middle East Monitor has previously reported on the problems facing Egypt’s energy sector and...
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    Britain warns citizens against travelling to Sinai and Upper Egypt

    Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a statement advising British nationals against travelling to the Sinai Peninsula and the provinces of Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag and the South Sinai region, with the exception of the Sharm El-Sheikh resort. The warning follows a bomb attack against a tourist...
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    Israel sends African asylum seekers to Uganda

    Israel has started a secret operation to send African asylum seekers to Uganda, a senior government official said. The official said that in the past month dozens of asylum seekers agreed to be moved there. A Sudanese citizen, who left Israel for Uganda last month, said he was on...
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    Dahlan issue reveals serious splits within Fatah

    A member of Fatah’s Executive Committee has said that his movement refuses to accept the return of ex-official Mohamed Dahlan, Al-Quds Al-Arabi has reported. Jamal Moheesin called upon the Arab countries which are trying to mediate between Fatah and Dahlan to put an end to their efforts. He did...
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    Mafia turf wars cause panic in Israel

    People in Israel are living in “terror” with no personal security, a leading observer and commentator has claimed. Jospeh Shapira said that Israeli citizens are afraid to leave their homes and that this is having a negative effect on the economic life of the country. Shapira made his comments...
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    Egyptian-Israeli spy ring details revealed

    Official investigations into the network of Mossad spies in Egypt have revealed that Ramzy Mohamed Shebini made contact with the Israeli spy agency through the Israeli Embassy in 2009; money was his prime motivation. In return he expressed his love for Israel and a promise of all the information...
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    Egypt reinforces borders with Israeli assistance

    Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has said that for the first time since the 1980s Egyptian forces have reinforced their presence and started to develop surveillance systems on the border with the occupied Palestinian territories. The moves have been coordinated with the Israeli occupation army. The Hebrew-language newspaper pointed out...
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    Prominent coup supporter calls for the army to leave political arena

    The Egyptian army should leave politics, social and economic crisis and go back to its military bases, former nominee for Egyptian presidency Hamdeen Sabahi said on Tuesday. Talking to Dream 2, an Egyptian TV channel, Sabahi said: “I understand why some people need a military president; because they are...
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    Extremist Israeli official desecrates Dome of the Rock

    Israeli Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin desecrated Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Wednesday, climbing on top of the Dome of the Rock and uttering discriminatory remarks against Muslims and Arabs, witnesses have reported. For much of the past year, Feiglin had been banned from entering the Mosque due to his history...
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    UNICEF: 8,000 Syrian children cross the border into neighbouring countries unaccompanied

    While the staff at UN organisations have confirmed that the Syrian child Marwan “did not cross the Jordanian border alone and that he was 20 feet away from his family”, UNICEF also revealed that “about 8,000 out of the one million Syrian children who have fled to neighbouring countries...
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    IPI calls for charges against news personnel to be dropped

    The International Press Institute (IPI) today urged Egyptian judges to dismiss terrorism-related charges against 20 Al Jazeera journalists and to immediately release those who remain in detention. Three weeks after their indictment by Egyptian prosecutors, the news photographers and correspondents are due to appear in a Cairo criminal court...
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    Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr calls Al-Maliki a dictator

    Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr has criticised Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and his government, calling Al-Maliki a dictator who runs an authoritarian tyranny. The cleric stated that Al-Maliki’s government violates the rights of the Iraqi people of all sects, as well as oppresses and detains its opponents in the...
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    France demands Russian pressure on the Syrian regime

    France has asked Russia to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in order to reach a settlement of the crisis after the failure of the Geneva II conference. “We ask the Russians to use all their influence so that Syria, which is persecuted by its leader and his...
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    Zeidan: Transfer of authority will be achieved through legitimate elections

    The Libyan government has reached a new understanding to address the political situation in the country, Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said. Zeidan’s remarks followed threats by Libyan Al-Qaqa Militia to arrest and try parliamentarians if the parliament does not hand over power. Zeidan denounced the idea of resorting...
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    Egyptian court delays ruling on Hamas as a 'terrorist organisation'

    An Egyptian court has delayed making a decision about declaring the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, to be a “terrorist organisation”. The hearing at the Court for Urgent Matters has been adjourned until next week, legal sources said. Egyptian law allows a court to have three such adjournments. The...