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    Livni says peace talks are intended to serve Israel's interests

    Israel’s chief negotiator has said that the aim of the peace talks is to serve Israel’s interests, not the Palestinians’ or America’s. “The peace negotiations with the Palestinians do not aim to unmask their real intentions,” said Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, referring to remarks by a source within Prime...
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    Israeli official: Israel and the West dependent on Al-Sisi

    Former Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer revealed on Monday evening that Israel is encouraging Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to run for the presidency, even though the occupation authorities are also afraid of his failure later on.   Speaking to Israeli radio, Ben-Eliezer explained that: “Al-Sisi’s nomination for...
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    Human Rights Watch calls upon Yemen to investigate former regime

    Human Rights Watch has called upon the Yemeni government to create a commission of inquiry to investigate the gross violations of human rights by the former regime and to prosecute those responsible.” The New York-based watchdog said in the group’s World Report for 2014 on Monday that the Yemenis...
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    US defence chief phones Al-Sisi to emphasise partnership with Egypt

    US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel phoned Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday to discuss Egypt’s political transition and to emphasise the strong relationship between the US and Egypt in light of the “recent terrorist attacks” against Egyptian targets, a Pentagon spokesperson announced. Hagel currently serves...
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    Morsi's 'prison escape' trial starts on anniversary of 'Friday of Anger'

    The trial of Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi, along with 129 defendants began today on charges of “prison escape” during the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak. Morsi was transferred by helicopter from his Borg Al-Arab prison in Alexandria to the court in eastern Cairo, the state...
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    Jordanian MP urges government to reveal details of US peace plan

    The Chairman of the Palestine Committee in the Jordanian Parliament, Yahya al-Saud MP has urged the Jordanian government to reveal the details of the peace plan proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which aims at reaching a final solution to the Palestinian issue. Saud criticized his government’s...
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    Viewers and listeners bombard BBC Director General over broadcasters links to G4S

    Over 2000 BBC viewers and listeners have contacted the BBC to urge it not to award G4S with a security contract worth £80 million. G4S services Israeli prisons to which Palestinian prisoners are illegally transferred in serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and also, in the case of...
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    Since the beginning of Geneva 2, Al-Assad has killed 206 Syrians

    The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the bloodshed has not stopped in Syria for the fourth day since the beginning of the peace conference in Geneva, as the regime’s forces continued shelling residential neighborhoods with rockets explosive barrels, while torture detention centers has not stopped.  ...
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    Rouhani says terrorism is the problem, not Bashar Al-Assad

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Monday that the major problem facing the Middle East region is terrorism and not Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government. Rouhani told CNN television on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that, “Everyone, including Western governments, knows well that the most...
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    Cameron and Merkel to visit the Middle East to push peace talks

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will both visit the Middle East region in February to pressure Israel and the Palestinians to move forward with the peace talks, Western diplomats have revealed. The diplomatic sources said that US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit...
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    Israeli warplanes reportedly attack Syrian arsenal in Latakia

    Israeli aircrafts attacked on Sunday night a Syrian arsenal near the seaport in Latakia, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported citing Lebanese and Palestinian media. The newspaper attributed the information to a website affiliated to the Lebanese Forces, a Christian party led by Samir Geagea. The website noted that massive...
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    Hamas refutes claims of reconciliation with Dahlan

    The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has refuted claims of a possible reconciliation with former Fatah member Mohamed Dahlan and urged the Palestinian public not to believe everything they hear in the media. Palestinian media, including Hamas affiliated media channels, had claimed that there were efforts to reconcile Hamas in...
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    Resisting displacement in Silwan - 'They Demolish, We Rebuild...'

    In August 2013, the occupation forces carried out one of their regular demolition raids on the historic Jerusalem village of Silwan. During the raid they demolished Khalid Zueer’s house and the neighbouring house of his brother. Underneath their house was a small cave and left with no other way...
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    Occupation forces begin transferring African migrants to the Negev

    The Zionist Immigration Authority, affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Interior, has started to transfer hundreds of African migrants from the city of Tal Rabei’ to the new Holot detention centre in the Negev desert, specifically constructed to detain the migrants. Israeli media report that hundreds of occupation soldiers...
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    UK Foreign Office minister condemns killings of protesters in Egypt

    Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson, condemned the violence that took place in Egypt on the third anniversary of the 25 January revolution. In a statement published on the FCO’s website, Robertson said: “The UK condemns the large-scale violence in Cairo and other parts of Egypt on...
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    Interim government modifies Egyptian roadmap

    Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour announced on Sunday modifications to the so-called roadmap imposed on the country in the wake of the coup which ousted democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi in July last year. “I have decided to modify the roadmap,” said Mansour. “We are to start with the presidential...
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    Netanyahu is harshly criticised for saying settlers should stay under Palestinian control

    Israeli media reported on Monday that senior Israeli officials are severely critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion to accept for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain inside any potential Palestinian state. According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu’s statement is creating a rift between...
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    Fatah veterans oppose Abbas order to close PLO office in Jordan

    Fatah veterans in Amman have refused to comply with an order from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to close the PLO office in the Jordanian capital. The Palestine Affairs office in Amman and the Palestine Political Affairs office in Tunis are the last PLO headquarters in the Arab world. Fatah...
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    500+ wounded Syrians treated by Israel last year

    More than 500 Syrians wounded in the conflict raging across the country were treated in Israel during 2013. Around 40 per cent were treated in a field hospital erected on the Israeli side of the border with Syria especially for this purpose, the Israel Defence Forces have revealed. According...
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    Israelis detain camel for 'infiltrating military zone'

    Israeli security forces have detained a camel alleged to have “infiltrated” a “military zone” near Bethlehem, taking the level of arbitrary arrests and harassment of young Palestinians to a new low. The head of Rashaida village council, Fawaz Rashaydeh, told Quds news agency that Israeli soldiers arrested the camel...
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    Saad Eddin Ibrahim: 'Turn schools and mosques into jails for Muslim Brotherhood'

    Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Egyptian sociologist and chairman of Ibn Khaldoun Center for Human Rights, urged the interim government to turn schools and mosques in Egypt into jails, temporarily, to accommodate the number of Muslim Brotherhood members, which is 700,000 in his opinion. In statements to the pro-military Watan newspaper,...
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    Hamas slams Kerry proposed framework agreement

    Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement has warned of the dangers embedded in the framework agreement proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Hamas said that no force on earth can impose a solution that undermines the Palestinian people’s rights or their holy sites. Safa news agency quoted a member...
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    Egypt evacuates diplomats from Libya after abductions

    Egypt has evacuated its Egyptian embassy staff in Tripoli and Benghazi consulate in Libya after five Egyptian diplomats, including the administrative attaché Hamdi Ghanem and the cultural attache Hilali Sherbini, had been kidnapped by an armed group on Friday and Saturday. The abduction is believed to be in retaliation...
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    Algeria's opposition to boycott presidential elections

    Algeria’s main opposition parties have announced their intention to boycott the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for April 2014. The Movement of Society for Peace and the Rally for Culture and Democracy cited strong chances of fraud and lack of transparency as the main reasons for boycotting the upcoming elections....
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    Egypt: At least 50 anti-government protesters killed on 25th January anniversary

    At least 50 protesters have been shot dead by riot police during nationwide anti-coup protests on the third anniversary of Egypt’s 25th January Revolution; the ministry of health said in a statement on Sunday. The statement added that at least 167 protesters were injured, some of them critically. The...
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    PLO official reveals full details of Kerry's plan

    The secretary of the PLO Executive Committee has revealed the details of John Kerry’s plan for the Israel-Palestine negotiations. Yasser Abed Rabbo spoke to London’s Al-Hayat newspaper. According to Abed Rabbo, the US Secretary of State’s proposal includes Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state; establishing part of...
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    Protesters killed on anniversary of revolution are named

    The Egyptian Front for the Defense of Protesters published a list of 54 names of protesters killed on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution in Egypt, 2014. Main locations include ElAlf Maskan, ElMataria, Talaat Harb Square, Opera Square and Ramses in Cairo, and Alexandria, Gharbia (Tanta City) and...
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    Ghannouchi condemns Egypt's coup as disastrous

    Tunisia’s En-Nahda movement leader Rashid Ghannouchi has affirmed that “the most important lesson to take from the Egyptian experience is to avoid following its lead because it’s doomed to failure”. Ghannouchi criticized the chairman of Egypt’s Constituent Assembly Amr Moussa who voiced his support for Egypt’s Defence Minister General...
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    Egypt: Video shows police using live ammunition against protesters on 25 Jan. anniversary

    A video posted by the citizen journalism news service Rassd News Network shows Egyptian police using live ammunition against protesters on the anniversary of January 25 revolution that toppled longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. The clashes in the video took place on Saturday noon in Opera square, downtown Cairo. The...
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    Israel's chief negotiator slams Abbas' uncompromising positions

    Israel’s chief negotiator, Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni, has slammed the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas’ uncompromising positions in the negotiations. She said if Abbas insisted on his “unacceptable positions” then the “Palestinians will be the ones to pay the price”. The Palestinian Authority has insisted that it will...
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    Increasing numbers of Palestinian Druze refuse to serve in Israeli army

    A recent poll conducted by the University of Haifa has revealed that the number of Druze refusing to serve in the Israeli army is increasing. It also showed that a growing number of Israeli youth prefer being jailed instead of military service. Only 36 per cent of the youth...
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    Egypt: Military-backed government bans last opposition newspaper

    The Egyptian military-backed interim government decided Friday to ban El-Shaab newspaper, the last opposition newspaper operating in Egypt after the July 3 military coup. El-Shaab is owned by The Independence Party. It is considered the last newspaper opposing the military overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi. Interim...
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    Netanyahu at Davos: Arab 'partners' don't see Israel as enemy, but rather Iran and Muslim Brotherhood

    In an interview during the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland (January 22-25, 2014), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned that the current Arab regimes share the same concerns as Israel regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the spread of the Muslim Brotherhood. Referring...
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    OCHA reports deteriorating situation in Palestine

    The UN officer for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in the occupied territories (OCHA) said on Friday that the Israeli occupation’s targeting of Palestinian children is increasing; 15 have been injured during the last week. OCHA said this was because Palestinian demonstrations against Israeli aggression are increasing. According to...
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    Bahar denounces PA invitation to Netanyahu to deliver speech in PLC headquarters

    On Saturday deputy PLC speaker Ahmed Bahar refused the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ invitation to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech at the PLC headquarters in Ramallah. “This is against the aims of national unity,” Bahar said in a press release sent to...
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    Egyptian army Facebook page publishes picture of Bahraini activist, claiming it belongs to Brotherhood protester

    The Facebook page of the PR unit in the Egyptian Armed Forces posted a picture of a woman in black burqa carrying Molotov cocktails. The picture is claimed to have been taken during Bahraini protests against the regime. However, the page claimed it belongs to a woman affiliated with...
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    Fire on board Israeli military boat leaves 15 injured

    Fifteen Israeli marine soldiers suffered from smoke inhalation injuries on Friday when the water pump on their boat malfunctioned and caused a fire on board. One of the injuries was reported from moderate to serious. The Dvora-class patrol boat was sailing near the Gaza coast. Israeli marine sources told...
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    Libya: Egyptian diplomats kidnapped hours after Libyan rebel commander arrested in Egypt

    A spokesman for Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday that five Egyptian diplomats have been abducted by unidentified gunmen overnight in the capital Tripoli. The armed men first kidnapped the administrative attaché on Friday evening, then four more diplomats, including the cultural attaché, were separately kidnapped on Saturday...
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    Saudi Arabia attacks US foreign policy on Syria

    During his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday former chief of Saudi intelligence Prince Turki al-Faisal accused American foreign policy as having “no sense of direction” and said that the US is “disengaging from the world.” Al-Faisal, who is the chairman of King Faisal...
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    Netanyahu does not expect to sign peace deal with Palestinians

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not uproot any Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. He also said that he did not expect to sign a peace...
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    Egyptians for Democracy UK calls for peaceful restoration of democracy as January 25th revolution 3rd anniversary approaches

    The following is a statement by Egyptians for Democracy UK: Today, on the eve of the January 25th revolution three police stations were bombed in Cairo. Egyptians for Democracy UK calls on all Egyptians to avoid violence and seek a peaceful path towards the return of democracy in Egypt....
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    Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth in north Gaza

    Israeli forces killed 20 year old Bilal Samir today Friday in the Jabaliya area, north of the Gaza Strip. The victim was part of a peaceful demonstration by young men in the buffer zone imposed by the Israeli occupation forces. The soldiers regularly open fire on farmers along the...
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    Israeli minister favours constructing temple in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Israel Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel issued a statement on Friday indicating that he is in favour of constructing what he calls the “Third Temple” in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. In a statement reported by the Alray Palestinian Media Agency , Ariel claimed that:...
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    Germany conditions future partnership with Israel on settlement funding ban

    The German government has said that future agreements with Israel on scientific cooperation or grants to Israel’s high-tech companies should include a clause stating that entities operating in East Jerusalem or the settlements in the West Bank are not eligible for the funding. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoted an Israeli...
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    Hotel proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site thrown out by court

    An Israeli plan to lease a UNESCO World Heritage Site so that a 200-room hotel can be built on it has been thwarted by legal action initiated by the Palestinians who would have been evicted from their homes if the scheme had gone ahead. The Israel Lands Administration and...
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    Palestinian official urges the international community to hold Israel accountable for its actions

    The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, called upon the international community to hold Israel accountable for its violations and crimes and to save the prospects for peace and justice. Mansour urged the world to take strong measures to ensure that Israel is held...
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    Jordan rejects Israel's plan to build an airport near Aqaba

    Jordan has voiced strong opposition to an Israeli plan to build an airport near the city of Aqaba, citing “several technical and legal issues” according to official Jordanian sources. The Jordan-Israel transport committee met on Thursday to discuss Israel’s plan to build the Timna airport near the border. Jordan’s...
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    Detained Al-Jazeera reporters vow to defend truth

    Al-Jazeera network reporter Abdullah Al-Shami has said that he and his fellow detained colleagues are committed to uncovering and defending the truth, despite all the attempts to restrict their freedoms. In a letter that Al-Shami managed to smuggle out of Egypt’s notorious Torah prison, he explained that he had...
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    Media reports help terrorists to evade capture, claim Tunisian ministries

    The Defence and Interior Ministries in Tunisia have said that they will prosecute those media outlets which publish information about ongoing anti-terrorism operations in different areas of the country. Such reports, they insist, affect national security and help terrorists to escape detection and capture. “The reports published in some...
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    Lieberman says return of Palestinian refugees would be a security threat to Israel

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that the return of Palestinian refugees to “the Palestinian state” would constitute “a security threat to Israel”. He rejected absolutely any right of return for refugees to go back to their land from which they were evicted by force in 1948, when...