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    Livni insists that EU should not interfere in border issue

    Tzipi Livni has told Germany's Foreign Minister that it is none of the EU's business to interfere in the drafting of any future borders between Israel and a Palestinian state. The Israeli Justice Minister told Guido Westerwelle on Sunday that the issue is on the table for the two...
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    Macedonian NGO hosts debate on Egypt and the Arab Spring

    A leading Macedonian NGO has hosted a debate on the situation in Egypt and the Arab Spring countries, and the future of the democratic process therein. The Centre for Understanding and Institutional Cooperation (CUIC) invited Dr Daud Abdullah, the Director of Middle East Monitor (MEMO) in London, and Nevzat...
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    Israel launches campaign to convince EU to rethink settlement boycott

    Reuters have reported that Israel has asked the European Union to rethink its plans to impose sanctions on Israeli organisations based in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a step that was seen as a transformation from the previous disapproving discourse into action and retaliatory measures. On Thursday, the Israeli government...
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    Dutch Foreign Minister: If Egypt fails, Arab success in democratization is unlikely

    Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, left Cairo after a two-day visit in which he discussed the situation in the country, bilateral relations, and other regional issues with interim President Adli Mansour. In an interview with Reuters news agency on Wednesday, Timmermans said that diplomatic mediation failed to break Egypt's...
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    Saudi Arabia dangles lucrative arms deal in front of Russia in exchange for dropping Assad

    Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to buy arms worth up to $15 billion from Russia, and provided a raft of economic and political concessions to the Kremlin – all in a bid to weaken Moscow's endorsement of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The diplomatic initiatives were anonymously voiced to Reuters...
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    Michael Mansfield: Legal redress for violation of right to life in Egypt can be challenged in the African Court on Human and People's Rights

    In the weeks since President Mohamed Morsi was deposed, Egyptian protesters have taken to the streets with increasing frequency. Their demands for a return to electoral legitimacy have been met with lethal force at the hands of the authorities. Both the military and police forces have been behind some...
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    GCC says Russian initiative will not stop Syrian bloodshed

    Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have said that the Russian initiative to place Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision will not halt the bloodshed in the country. The ministers made their statement at a GCC meeting in Jeddah looking at the situation in Syria. The Chairman of...
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    Amnesty International: Egypt forces used lethal force

    The representative of Amnesty International in Geneva, Peter Splinter, announced on Tuesday that 1089 people were killed in the period between 14 and 18 August during the operation to disperse protestors at Rabaa Al-Adawiyya square and Al-Nahda square. He added that the Egyptian security forces killed many of the...
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    Turkish air force patrols border with Syria

    Watan newspaper has reported that several Turkish F-16 aircraft from the main Turkish Air Force base at Diyarbakir have flown over Urfa province on the border with Syria. It is believed that this was to deter Syrian aircraft from entering Turkish airspace. The newspaper said that the aircraft were...
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    Russia reprimands Israel over missile test in the Mediterranean Sea

    Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed that Russia has officially reprimanded Israel over the latter's launch of an Anchor ballistic missile into the eastern Mediterranean Sea last week. According to its website, Ynet, Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov summoned both the Israeli and American military attachés, demanding that their...
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    Davutoglu: Inaction in Syria signals green light to commit more massacres

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that backing off from a military strike against Syria "signals a green light to the Syrian regime to commit more massacres." He pointed out that "Turkey has no doubt the chemical attack was carried out by the regime," adding that, "This conclusion is...
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    EU to discuss Israel's participation in research and development programme

    According to the Maariv news site, European and Israeli officials are scheduled to meet in Jerusalem on Wednesday to discuss Israel's participation in the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, which is a grand initiative running from 2014 to 2020 seeking to establish a common framework for research and innovation. The...
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    EU delegation to discuss boycott decision with Israeli officials

    An EU delegation is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday and meet with officials from the Israeli foreign ministry to discuss the EU decision to boycott Israeli settlements built in occupied Palestinian territories. European sources ruled out that the boycott, which was announced last July and is to...
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    French place three conditions on accepting Russia's Syria initiative

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius wants those who used chemical weapons in Syria to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC), not to be left without punishment. In a statement issued in Paris, Fabius described the initiative by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to put the Syrian chemical...
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    Instability causes delays in economic projects in Egypt

    Beji Group for Oil and Gas announced on Monday that the political instability, which has been plaguing Egypt ever since the military coup on 3 July, has resulted in the delay of its projects, thus causing declines in its expected production for the next year. According to the group,...
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    Russia and Syria call for the US to back peace conference

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia and Syria are calling for the US to concentrate its efforts on holding a peace conference, urging the US not to carry out a military strike. In a press conference held jointly with his Syrian counterpart Waleed Al-Mu'alem, Lavrov...
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    Fabius: 'No need' for military pledge from all Europeans against Syria

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on Sunday that Paris and Washington do not need a military commitment from every European country to intervene in Syria; but they do welcome the 28 EU member states to pledge political support. Fabius told television channel France 3, "We do not need...
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    The largest Russian fleet in Mediterranean waters since Soviet dissolution

    For the first time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a large number of ships from the Russian fleet are gathering along the Syrian coast of the Mediterranean. In the midst of a potential US-led strike on the Al-Assad regime, many wonder what is the reason behind the...
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    Dutch company refuses Israeli project in occupied Jerusalem

    A Dutch company which specialises in engineering and environmental consultancy has announced its decision to withdraw from a partnership agreement with Israel for a project in occupied East Jerusalem. Royal Haskoning DHV said that it is cancelling a contract signed with the municipality of Jerusalem to build a sewage...
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    UAE uses former Palestinian official to create Turkish 'Tamarod' movement

    An informed source in Palestine has claimed that former Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan, who is currently a senior government advisor in the UAE, has visited Turkey and met opposition groups. The close aide to Dahlan said that the visit was planned by UAE Crown Prince Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed...
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    Russia warns of nuclear catastrophe in Syria

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned of the consequences of a military strike against Syria, which could include an attack on the small nuclear reactors near the capital Damascus. There could well be a nuclear catastrophe in the region, said a spokesman. Alexander Ukashević; told Russia Today, "The anticipated...
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    Human rights organisation calls for INTERPOL to suspend cooperation with Egypt

    The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) sent a letter to INTERPOL asking it to suspend its cooperation with Egyptian authorities following arrest warrants which had been issued against political opponents. According to the AOHR, following the military coup against freely elected president Mohammed Morsi in...
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    German tour operator TUI continues to suspend trips to Egypt

    German tourism investors have decided to extend their decision to suspend trips to Egypt as a result of the internal situation in the country which leaves tourists facing increasing risks. The largest German tour operator, TUI, said that it would extend its decision to ban travel to Egypt until...
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    Russia to send cruiser into the Mediterranean

    Russia's Interfax news agency has quoted a military source as saying that the Russian navy is to send a missile-armed battle cruiser into the eastern Mediterranean Sea to take over naval patrols in the region. The move is significant as the United States prepares for a possible military attack...
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    EU prefers a political solution in Syria

    The EU has said that the best choice for solving the conflict in Syria is dialogue and not the use of force, which would have disastrous results on the whole region. Michael Mann, the EU's spokesman for foreign policy, also said on Wednesday that, "The EU strongly condemns the...
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    EU calls for the release of all political prisoners in Egypt

    The EU renewed its call on Monday for Egypt to release all political prisoners. The call follows the decision by Egypt's prosecutor to refer deposed President Mohammed Morsi and 14 other leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the criminal court in Cairo on charges of inciting violence....
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    Russia spots two ballistic missiles in the Mediterranean

    According to the Russian news agency RIA, Russia's early warning system spotted today two ballistic missiles fired from the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern beaches. The report did not include details of the origin of the missiles or who was responsible. According to the report, two ballistic missiles were...
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    NATO not yet decided about attack on Syria as Russia is unconvinced by US evidence

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance is ready to confront the security challenges in Syria but noted that a decision has not been reached yet regarding a potential military strike on the country. Speaking at a press conference he insisted that there is evidence...
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    French media says Obama trapped Hollande who stands alone

    French newspapers have described US President Barack Obama's last minute decision to seek Congressional approval for a potential military strike against Syria as a "trap" for his French counterpart Francois Hollande. Pierre Rosslyn wrote in Le Figaro that Francois Hollande has fallen "into the same vortex of events just...
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    Der Spiegel reports that the CIA spied on Al-Jazeera

    According to German newspaper, Der Spiegel, the CIA has been spying on Al-Jazeera network and successfully infiltrated its internal network of communication. Der Spiegel reported that a document released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden from 2006 stated that the United States agency had succeeded in obtaining information from important sources,...
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    Russia delays delivery of fighter jets to Syria

    Sources in Russia have revealed that the government in Moscow has delayed the delivery of fighter jets and missile defence systems to the Assad regime, citing Syria's failure to pay for earlier consignments. According to Kommersant newspaper, an unnamed source at Russia's state arms exports agency Rosoboronexport said that...
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    64% of French public reject military strike against Syria

    A poll conducted in France has revealed that 64 per cent of respondents reject military intervention in Syria. Despite his vocal support for the US-proposed strike against the Assad regime in Damascus, a majority of the French people do not believe that President Francois Hollande will go ahead with...
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    Turkish ships support Egypt's pro-democracy movement

    Turkish-flagged ships in Istanbul harbour have been involved in a unique demonstration in support of Egypt's pro-democracy movement. Crews on board a number of ships projected images of the young martyr Asma Al-Beltaji onto the building housing the Egyptian Consulate in the city in condemnation of the military coup...
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    Donors may halt aid to Palestinian Authority if no progress is made in peace talks

    Donors will not continue to subsidise the Palestinian Authority forever and if Palestinian-Israeli talks do not make any progress, donations could be stopped according to the Norwegian foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide, in the Jerusalem Post. "The donors will not be ready to keep funding Palestinian state-building much longer...
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    Spain suspends military export licenses to Egypt

    The Spanish government has announced the suspension of all military export licenses to Egypt, in condemnation of the use of excessive force against civilians. The suspended licenses included those for military planes, which represents about 90 per cent of Spanish sales to Egypt. This announcement came after a similar...
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    Thousands of flights heading to Egypt cancelled

    A number of Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian tour companies have cancelled about 60,000 tourist flights to Egypt from now until next April, the Associated Press reported. The newswire said that the companies have also withdrawn hundreds of tourists from Egypt, as well as suspended any remaining flights planned...
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    Italy says excluding Muslim Brotherhood hinders coup "road map"

    Italy's Foreign Minister has said that the complete exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt would hinder the democratic process and the "Road Map" produced by the coup government, which she believes is the political way out of the country's crisis. Emma Bonino was briefing a meeting of the...
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    Western envoys tell Syrian opposition about military strike

    Western envoys have already told Syria's National Coalition opposition that a military strike will take place "within days", sources close to the meetings in Istanbul between the two groups have claimed. "The opposition was clearly informed that the move to prevent the Assad regime from using chemical weapons again...
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    Holland urges companies not to work in occupied Palestinian territories

    The Dutch government has asked local firms not to deal with Israeli companies working in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories because this violates international law. Israel fears that this move will become a trend among EU member states. According to a report in Haaretz, the Dutch government...
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    Erdogan asks why US, not Israel, responds to criticism of Zionist state

    Turkey's prime minister has questioned why it is the Americans, and not the Israelis, who have responded to his criticism of the State of Israel. "Why would the United States make statements on this subject?" asked Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Surely, if anyone is going to respond on this topic...
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    Europe warns businesses about dealing with settlement companies

    Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has claimed that several European countries have warned their businessmen against trading with companies based in or producing goods on Israeli settlements. The newspaper said that Israeli ambassadors in Britain, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark had told the Foreign Ministry that the campaign to...
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    Erdogan brushes aside criticism and insists Turkey will not abandon children caught up in conflict

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has brushed aside criticism that his foreign policy has isolated Turkey by insisting that "God and the people are with us." Speaking from his home town of Rize, he stressed that he cannot "overlook" the killing of children in Egypt and Syria. The...
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    Erdogan breaks into tears over Beltagy's letter

    Turkish PM Erdogan got very emotional when a letter written by leading Muslim Brotherhood leader Beltaji to his daughter, who was killed in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, was read out during a live broadcast. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got very emotional when a letter which was written...
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    EU suspends exporting selected arms to Egypt

    EU foreign ministers decided on Wednesday to suspend exporting arms that could be used in repressing Egyptians, however aid programmes will remain untouched. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that, "It was decided to suspend all arms deliveries that can be used in internal repression." The ministers held an...
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    Davutoglu says the release of Mubarak while Morsi is detained deteriorates the situation

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu revealed that Turkey has been conducting secret diplomacy in Egypt to meet with deposed President Mohammed Morsi. However, Davutoglu also said that releasing former President Hosni Mubarak while the legitimate President Morsi is still in detention reverses the mediation efforts. In an interview with...
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    Erdogan: We reject Egypt's coup, and its supporters should donate money to the Muslim world's poor

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that accepting the military coup in Egypt means that people will not be able to speak up in the future if another, similar coup takes place in another country. Erdogan also confirmed that only the ballot box reveals the true...
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    EU reconsidering relations with Egypt

    EU countries are meeting to discuss their positions towards Egypt and reassess their relations after the continuous bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters. Foreign ministers of the EU were called to Brussels to hold an emergency crisis meeting to assess the relations of their countries with Egypt if the on-going...
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    Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina pray for Egypt martyrs

    Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia performed funeral prayers in absentia for Egyptian martyrs who were killed by the Egyptian military. The prayer was performed at mosques on Friday August 16 2013, upon instructions from the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hussein Cavazovic. Cavazovic said...
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    Merkel explains decision to freeze arms shipments to Egypt

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has said that the decision to freeze German arms shipments to Egypt will limit the escalating violence in the intensely divided state. Merkel made her remarks to German channel ZDF on Sunday. Israeli news site, Times of Israel, published the interview on their site. Merkel...
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    Statement by UK Shadow Foreign Secretary on the situation in Egypt

    Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the situation in Egypt, said: "I am horrified by the reports of killings and escalating violence emerging from Egypt. The international community should not be silent and must urge the Egyptian regime to exercise restraint during these dangerously turbulent times."...