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    Germany supplied Damascus with chemical weapons products

    The German government has admitted that until 2009, German companies were allowed to supply special valves and pumps to Syria that could be used to construct plants that produce chemical weapons. The Government was responding to questions by the opposition Left Party in the German Parliament, or Bundestag. The...
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    Former Israeli official calls for Turkey to be expelled from NATO

    A former Israeli official demanded that Turkey be expelled from NATO following media reports which accused the Turkish intelligence service of leaking the names of 10 Iranian agents who worked for Israel's intelligence (Mossad) to the Iranian authorities. Israel's former deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, in remarks to Yisrael...
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    Russian-Turkish talks on Syrian crisis to be held at the end of next month

    Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet, reported that Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will meet Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow at the end of November, when discussions will focus on the Syrian crisis. Hurriyet noted that Erdogan will visit the Russian capital where he will head a delegation of a...
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    Turkey considers cancelling cooperation agreements with Israeli Mossad

    According to Turkish newspaper, Yeni Shafaq, close to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the head of the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT), Hakan Fidan, is expected to submit a recommendation to the Turkish Prime Minister to annul his country's intelligence cooperation agreement with Israel. According to the Turkish newspaper...
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    European Union calls on Egypt to lift state of emergency

    The European Union urged the interim Egyptian government to lift the state of emergency as soon as possible and to release those held without charges, stressing a desire to continue the partnership with Egypt. Reuters reported the European Union representative for foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton, as saying "the constitutional...
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    Erdogan: We are not those who scurry behind a barrel of oil

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkey is taking the necessary measures to avoid future tragedies like the recent incident involving Turkish pilots being kidnapped in Lebanon and then later freed as part of a complex swap. "Being a great nation means having great and ambitious...
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    EU rejects Israeli proposal to sign a scientific cooperation agreement

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday that the crisis between Israel and the European Union over the EU's imposition of economic sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank is getting worse. Recent negotiations between the two sides about the terms for signing the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation...
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    An overview of Turkish-Egyptian relations

    Since 1925, when Egypt and Turkey exchanged diplomatic representatives, relations between the two countries have gone back and forth between apathy and warmth. The relationship, which began at the level of charge d'affaires, was raised to the ambassadorial level in 1948, but the close ties which brought together the...
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    Israelis confiscate more land for Separation Wall

    The residents of the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem said on Monday that the Israeli occupation authorities have decided to confiscate another 20 acres of land to accommodate the so-called Separation Wall. Local activist Mohamed Tuba told the Palestinian Safa news agency that the Israelis did not inform...
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    Erdogan retaliates and raises Adawiya four fingers symbol

    Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to Egypt's decision to expel his country's ambassador from Cairo by raising the Rabia Al Adawiya four fingers symbol in front of his supporters saying that Turkey does not stand against the Egyptian people but against the "coup leaders" whom he cannot...
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    Iran and world powers reach a deal

    Iran and the world powers have reached a deal in Geneva on Tehran's nuclear program; Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed. A senior US official said according to the deal Iran will halt its nuclear activities including the heavy water reactor which is still under construction near Arak....
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    Albania refuses US support for destroying Syria's chemical weapons

    Albania has refused financial and technical support from the US to destroy Syria's chemical weapons on its territory. Albania recently destroyed its stockpile of chemical weapons due to an explosion in a munitions factory outside Tirana, which destroyed the entire village killing 26 people and injuring more than 300....
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    History repeats itself in Egypt and Russia

    In 1955, young Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser took a bold step by making an arms deal with Czechoslovakia. At that time, the world was going through the Cold War, with countries of "the East" led by the Soviet Union and those in "the West" led by the United...
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    Annan's mystery visit to France

    Egypt's former Chief of Staff General Sami Annan's sudden trip to France, while accompanied by members of his family, has stirred speculations about the trip's timing; especially following the general's confession that the military junta had committed mistakes while managing the country's affairs between February 2011 and June 2012....
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    Germany refuses to destroy Syria's chemical weapons on its territories

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in Berlin on Wednesday that her country has ruled out destroying Syria's chemical weapons within its borders, saying: "I will not destroy chemical weapons in Germany," referring to speculation that Germany might have been changing its policy on this issue. It is expected that...
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    News agency: US, Israel worried about Russian-Egyptian rapprochement

    The latest Russian-Egyptian rapprochement and new signs of cooperation between the two countries has aroused worries in the US, Israel and other regional powers, Anba Moscow reported. The Russian news agency pointed out that the American response to the 30 June "revolution" in Egypt, which ousted Muslim Brotherhood President...
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    UN official: Gaza is quickly becoming uninhabitable

    The Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi, has warned that "the plight of Palestinians and Palestinian refugees under Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, continues to worsen." UNRWA has been the UN branch concerned with...
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    Revolutionary parties mark Mohamed Mahmoud incidents

    The spokesperson of the Strong Egypt Party, Ahmed Imam, affirmed on Tuesday that the different revolutionary parties all participated in the demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud incidents, proving that "the revolution is still alive." In a statement, Imam said: "This shows that the revolutionary parties...
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    UN official blames Israel for collapse of peace process

    A UN official has blamed Israel for the current impasse in the peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli officials. It is urging Israel to halt its "negative developments" on the ground, Israeli media reported. The UN's Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the...
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    Russia seeks naval base in Egypt

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has revealed that his country is seeking to establish a naval base in Egypt. He stressed how important this is to Russia but denied that it would be incompatible with the existing American presence in the country. Lavrov's remarks came in a lengthy interview...
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    Saudi sword sold in France for $1.3m

    A sword believed to have been symbolic in the creation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 was sold in France for 955,400 euros (almost $1.3 million) at an auction held at the Fontainebleau, 60 kilometres from the capital Paris. The auction's commissioner Jean Bayer Oosna told Agence...
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    Secretly, French president suggests Palestinians compromise on refugee issue

    French President Francois Hollande has suggested for the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to show more flexibility over the issue of refugees in order to pave the way for a peace deal with Israeli, newspapers revealed on Monday. It was reported by different mass media that Hollande told...
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    Hollande: Israeli settlements undermine peace efforts

    French President Francois Hollande severely criticised on Monday Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and called for the "final and complete" ending of the settlements. After visiting the occupied territories and meeting with Palestinian officials, Hollande spoke to the Israeli Knesset. He said that Israeli settlements "complicate negotiations...
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    Amos Yadlin detained at Heathrow airport on Turkish Warrant

    British police held Israel's former intelligence chief Amos Yadlin for 45 minutes at London's Heathrow airport in response to a Turkish arrest warrant against him over his responsibility in the Turkish Mavi Marmara affair; Israel's Channel 7 reported . After intervention by British immigration officers and British Foreign Office,...
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    Russia: Syrian opposition refuse to meet Syrian officials in Moscow

    Syrian opposition groups refused a Russian invitation to meet officials from the Syrian regime in Moscow, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Ukashević has said. According to Ukashević, the meeting was aimed at pushing for the success of Geneva II, should the Coalition of the Syrian Opposition attend. It might...
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    Qatar Investments in Europe reach 65 billion USD

    A recent study by al Sharq revealed that Qatar's investments in the UK, France and Germany have amounted to 65 billion USD. The investments are concentrated largely in Western European countries. According to the study, the UK is Qatar's main destination for foreign investment attracting $33.8 billion. The most...
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    Germany suspends collaboration with Egyptian authorities

    A spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry announced: "Germany has reiterated its demands to the Egyptian authorities to release President Mohammed Morsi and to stop all forms of violence. This will help calm the situation and enable a serious dialogue to start to achieve a fair reconciliation. Germany is...
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    Syrian opposition says Geneva II is impossible to convene

    The Geneva II conference on Syria is impossible to convene, according to the opposition's representative in Paris, Monther Makhous. Makhous noted that while international parties are seeking to hold talks between the opposition and the Syrian regime, the Syrian opposition demands the complete removal of the regime. Meanwhile, the...
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    US and Russia fail to agree date for Syria conference

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for the Syria peace conference. They disagreed over the role that Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent the Syrian opposition. "We were hoping that we would be in a position...
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    Video shows Bassem Odeh raising four fingers symbol during his arrest

    VIDEO Social media activists circulated pictures on Tuesday revealing the early moments of Egypt's former Minister of Supply Dr Bassam Odeh's arrest. Odeh was one of the most popular ministers in President Mohamed Morsi's administration. The pictures revealed Odeh wearing a long beard and smiling, while raising four fingers...
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    International Legal Team to present initial findings of Crimes against Humanity perpetrated by Egyptian regime following the coup in July

    Below is a statement from the legal team: Members of the press are invited to attend a press conference to be held at 12 noon on Saturday 16th November 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Edgware Road, London. In July 2013 the Egyptian military led a coup d'état against the...
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    MEMO Book Awards 2013 honours Rashid Khalidi, Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson

    At the 2013 MEMO Palestine Book Awards held at the London Hilton Paddington prizes were awarded to honour outstanding authors who have written on Palestine over the last year. The judges for this year's prize were Victoria Brittain, Ibrahim Darwish, Haifa Zangana, Peter Clarke and Ahmad Khalidi. The finalists...
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    International lawyers seek to prosecute Egyptian coup officials

    A team of international lawyers in London has announced that they are in possession of evidence incriminating officials from the Egyptian coup regime in crimes against humanity. The lawyers noted that they have been instructed by the Freedom and Justice Party and members of the Egyptian Shura Council (disbanded...
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    Davutoglu to discuss Syria in Tehran next week

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Iran next week to participate in an international meeting that would address the Syrian crisis; a Turkish diplomatic source said on Monday. The Turkish Minister is scheduled to join on 26 and 27 of November the Council of Ministers meeting of the...
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    Syrian delegation arrives in Moscow to discuss Geneva II

    A Syrian government delegation has arrived in Moscow to meet with Russian Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov. On the agenda will be the preparations for the international Geneva II Conference which aims at finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis. According to a...
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    Russia insists on Saudi and Iranian participation in Geneva II

    Russia's foreign minister has stressed the importance of Saudi and Iranian participation in the Geneva II Conference on the Syrian issue. Sergei Lavrov insisted that all countries with influence on the state and non-state actors in Syria should take part in Geneva. Speaking to a Russian newspaper on Monday...
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    20 years on, trial of Turkish military officers accused of killing Kurds begins

    The trial of six former military officers charged with killing six Kurdish villagers in 1993 has begun in Hernak in south-eastern Turkey. The former military officers, who include generals, are being tried on charges of torturing the Kurdish villagers, killing them and then hiding their corpses. In their defence,...
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    Giving Peace a Chance - Ground-breaking report exposes work of pro-Israel lobby in the UK

    The Middle East Monitor, in coordination with Spinwatch, have released a report into the work of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre. The report, Giving Peace a Chance will be launched at the House of Commons on Thursday 7th November. The report studies the work of the Israel...
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    Financial Times: Egypt takes wrong track

    British newspaper the Financial Times has declared that the prosecution of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is illustrative of how Egypt is taking the wrong track. The newspaper noted that the prosecution is an extension of the corruption in the country, and a deviation of justice. By not including...
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    Turkey prevents three truckloads of chemicals entering Syria

    Sources in the Turkish army have revealed that Turkish authorities seized three truckloads of chemical materials at its border with Syria. In a statement, Turkish chief of staff said that the materials were seized on Saturday in al-Rihaniyya in the south of the country. The materials could be used...
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    Azzam urges Egyptians in Europe to help criminalize coup leaders

    Hatem Azzam, a member of an anti-coup public diplomacy delegation touring Europe, recently addressed a conference in Vienna to discuss the negative consequences of the 3 July coup in Egypt. Azzam conveyed that the anti-coup delegation is independent and does not represent any political party, and that its "primary...
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    German expert says Egyptian media exploited Morsi freedoms to overthrow him

    A German expert in international communications has expressed her surprise that the Egyptian media have rejected the freedoms opened up by ousted president Mohamed Morsi and opted instead for the old, military-led authoritarianism. Professor Carola Richter, from Berlin's Free University, said that the media had used the freedoms introduced...
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    Israel attends review of its human rights record in Geneva

    On Tuesday, delegations from across the UN member states convened in Geneva for Israel's Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Only 48 hours before the hearing was due to commence, it was still uncertain whether or not Israel would even attend, having boycotted the Human Rights Council in March of last...
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    Geneva II unlikely to be held on time

    Arab and Western officials have ruled out that the Geneva II Conference on Syria would take place on schedule because of clear differences between Washington and Moscow. Washington and Moscow have not agreed on how the Syrian opposition should be represented at the conference. Meanwhile, Arabs have their own...
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    Oxford academics visit Gaza Strip

    A delegation including eleven academics from Oxford University is coming to the end of a visit to the Gaza Strip where they have attended a medical conference at the Islamic University of Gaza. The president of the IUG, Jamal Al-Khoudari, MP, welcomed the visit, during which the academics also...
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    Hollande agenda change for Israel visit creates diplomatic crisis

    The French President's cancellation of a speech to the Israeli Knesset has created a diplomatic crisis. In return, reported Yedioth Ahronoth, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has decided to boycott events during Francois Hollande's 3-day visit to Israel next month. Sources at the Élysée Palace said that the change in...
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    German citizen charged with spying for Syria

    A German court in Berlin is to try a German citizen of Lebanese origin on charges of espionage. The 60-year old man is accused of spying on behalf of the Syrian intelligence services. According to state investigators, the accused was ordered to spy on meetings of the Syrian opposition...
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    Russia claims foreign interference undermines Geneva II

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the countries that support the Syrian opposition of undermining the Geneva II peace conference on the Syrian conflict. Russia Today Arabic reported that Lavrov also blames the fractured opposition in Syria for the failure to reach a political solution to the Syrian...
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    MEMO Palestine Book Awards 2013

    It is that time of year now; the 2nd MEMO Palestine Book Awards evening will take place in mid-November, where the authors, publishers, academics and literary minds will gather together to celebrate works on Palestine. An international book awards, the evening will include an address by the UN Special...
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    Mossad spied on Sarkozy

    The French newspaper Le Monde has revealed that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was spying on former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to the documents leaked by US national security officer Edward Snowden, the French electronic guard unit discovered a hacking attempt on the Elysee Palace's networks on 10...