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Veteran leftist Egyptian politician Refaat El-Said dies at 84

17-08-2017 Egypt

Veteran leftist Egyptian politician Refaat El-Said dies at 84

AO: Veteran leftist politician and former leader of the Tagammu Party Refaat El-Said passed away at his home in Cairo on Thursday evening at the age of 84, leading Tagammu Party member Hussein Abdel-Razik told Al-Ahram Arabic news website. Born in October 1932, El-Said's political history goes back to the mid-20th century, when he was a member of the Communist Party...

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Van plows through crowd in Barcelona, killing about 12

17-08-2017 World

Van plows through crowd in Barcelona, killing about 12

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A van mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing about a dozen people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State. The head of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, said at least 80 people had been taken to hospital and around 12 had died. He said two people had been...

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Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

17-08-2017 World

Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias dominated by the Kurdish YPG, believes the United States has a "strategic interest" in...

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Calls for constitutional amendment to extend Egypt's presidential terms spark debate

16-08-2017 Egypt

Calls for constitutional amendment to extend Egypt's presidential terms spark debate

AO: Calls by some Egyptian MPs to amend the 2014 constitution to extend presidential terms from four years to six have been met with criticism from some political forces.   Ismail Nasreddin, an MP affiliated with parliament’s majority bloc Support Egypt, was the first to call for amending the constitution, saying Article 140 should be amended to extend the president's term from...

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Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

16-08-2017 World

Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States...

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Arab fighters struggle to assert role in Raqqa assault

16-08-2017 World

Arab fighters struggle to assert role in Raqqa assault

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - The inexperienced fighters in an Arab group battling to take Raqqa back from Islamic State are playing a secondary role to hardened Kurdish militia in the campaign for their home city. The performance of one lightly trained group seen by Reuters in Raqqa underscored the difficulty of making Arabs the "vanguard" in the battle for the mostly...

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Are we free now? Sisters, let’s talk!

14-08-2017 Hits:89 Opinion

Are we free now? Sisters, let’s talk!

  Linn Stalsberg ,  In a time when world-leaders are trying to pull us people apart and make us enemies, we must oppose this in the best way possible: let’s talk to each other, and let’s read eachothers books and stories. As a feminist, I am in no doubt that women all over the world have much more in common, than what divides us...

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In searching for peace, let’s not ignore crime’s impact

30-07-2017 Hits:357 Opinion

In searching for peace, let’s not ignore crime’s impact

  Yury Fedotov ,  Conflict remains the world’s greatest problem; conflict prevention our biggest hope, but if we do not face down crime and uphold justice, we simply risk swapping the challenges. Over the last century crime has been transformed. Mobsters are more likely to be board members of companies; safecrackers and getaway drivers have been replaced by worldly accountants and lawyers. Billions are...

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Are all terrorists Muslims?

17-07-2017 Hits:620 Opinion

Are all terrorists Muslims?

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,  Stereotyping against Muslims and a presumption of their guilt is all too apparent when an attacker is white but isn't castigated in the same terms Last month, a van ploughed through a group of Muslim worshippers who were leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, London, having completed the "Taraweeh" Ramadan evening prayer. It was a deliberate act as the...

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Egypt is welcome to join the forces to address climate change

30-06-2017 Hits:922 Opinion

Egypt is welcome to join the forces to address climate change

  Ivan Surkoš ,    The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was a key achievement of multilateralism, of which both the EU and Egypt can and should be proud. The progress on ratification has been extraordinary - the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4th November last year and 148 countries have already ratified it. We welcome and appreciate the finalisation of the internal...

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The Yemeni developments: A step backward

13-06-2017 Hits:1246 Opinion

The Yemeni developments: A step backward

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    The deterioration of the situation in Yemen has raised calls for the secession of southern Yemen, but that step is neither easy nor straightforward I was not surprised by the development which took place last month in Yemen, or rather in its southern governorates, where Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, Aden's former governor, who was dismissed by President Mansour Hadi, formed a...

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To Human Rights, it’s “Peaceful dissent”!

02-06-2017 Hits:1464 Opinion

To Human Rights, it’s “Peaceful dissent”!

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,    In light of the Riyadh Arab-Islamic-American Summit, we need to go back and visit an earlier article that appeared as President El-Sisi was about to meet President Trump in a formal visit to Washington in April, 2017 Human Rights’ article, “Sisi’s Egypt is a Poor Partner for the United States in the Fight Against Terrorism,” warned President Trump against...

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Those responsible for the high cost of living in Palestine

28-05-2017 Hits:1554 Opinion

Those responsible for the high cost of living in Palestine

      Mustafa Barghouti ,   Israeli usurpation of land and water have helped create a major economic crisis, which is driving Palestinians into debt One of the pretexts which were heard in justifying the weak participation of some people in backing the captives' hunger strike or national activities in general is the daily living concerns that preoccupy people's minds. The majority of the people are struggling...

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Saudis have a right to be proud

21-05-2017 Hits:1697 Opinion

Saudis have a right to be proud

Turki Aldakhil US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is not ordinary. Trump chose Riyadh as the first foreign capital to visit as president. There will be three summits, the Saudi-American summit, the Gulf-American summit and the Islamic-American summit. This is all in addition to arranging for more than 50 countries to attend in such a short time and planning economic,...

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Investment law: a final comment

10-05-2017 Hits:1896 Opinion

Investment law: a final comment

I didn’t intend to speak of the investment law again, having already written about it several times, first to criticize the changes made in March 2015, on the eve of the Sharm al-Sheikh conference, and later to express reservations about the draft law approved last week by parliament. But I’m compelled to comment, not only because of the content of...

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UNESCO: Between Arab division and Western selfishness

28-04-2017 Hits:1920 Opinion

UNESCO: Between Arab division and Western selfishness

  Mohammed Hegazi ,  UNESCO is a UN organisation concerned with education, the sciences and culture. It is a crucible in which the world's cultures melt and come closer to each other; a forum for the exchange of ideas, inspired by various civilisations and the experiences of nations and peoples. Consequently, taking charge of this organisation should be on a rotation basis among representatives...

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Russia and Trump's U-turn on Syria

20-04-2017 Hits:1855 Opinion

Russia and Trump's U-turn on Syria

  Taha Abdel Alim , In a sudden reversal of his previously declared stand on not toppling the Syrian regime, US President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes and confounded analysts The US missile strike on Al-Shayrat Syrian military airbase was justified by the US president and officials on the claim that a chemical gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun town in Idlib Province had been...

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Dangerous propositions

09-04-2017 Hits:1831 Opinion

Dangerous propositions

  Mustafa Barghouti ,    The best way to confront Israeli attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause is to restore national unity The whole region and the international sphere is flooded with suggestions aiming at exerting pressure on the Palestinian side while Netanyahu is attempting, through his usual machinations, to pass Israeli projects to gradually liquidate the Palestinian cause via regional and international channels. It is...

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