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UPDATED: Sisi ratifies Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation deal

25-06-2017 Egypt

UPDATED: Sisi ratifies Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation deal

AO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified on Saturday the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation deal that hands over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, after the parliament recent vote in favour of the agreement.   The strait also overlooks the Ras Hamid headland along the coast of Saudi Arabia's northwestern city of Tabuk.   Following a series of heated parliamentary...

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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

25-06-2017 World

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Reuters: Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the...

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Syria says Israel strike kills civilians leftright 8/8leftright

25-06-2017 World

Syria says Israel strike kills civilians leftright 8/8leftright

Reuters: Israel said on Saturday it had targeted Syrian military installations after shells landed in the occupied Golan Heights but a Syrian military source said the Israeli strikes killed some civilians.  Rebels including hardline Islamist factions fought the Syrian army on Saturday in Quneitra province, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syrian state media and a war monitor reported.  Israel's military said 10...

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Egyptian police kill leading figure in Hasm militant group during shootout: Ministry

24-06-2017 Egypt

Egyptian police kill leading figure in Hasm militant group during shootout: Ministry

AO: Egypt’s Ministry of Interior said on Friday that police have killed one of the leaders of militant group Hasm in 6 October city during a shootout.   A statement on the ministry's Facebook page said that the National Security Agency received information that a meeting of Hasm, which is designated a terrorist organisation by the state, was set to be held...

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Bomber planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blows himself up: ministry

24-06-2017 World

Bomber planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blows himself up: ministry

Reuters; Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement read on state television, the ministry said that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the...

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Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran

24-06-2017 World

Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran

Reuters: Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have sent a 13-point list of...

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The Yemeni developments: A step backward

13-06-2017 Hits:337 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:551 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:640 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:782 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:1055 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:1339 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:1530 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:1787 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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What if banks currency pricing is inaccurate?‎

30-03-2017 Hits:1693 Opinion

What if banks currency pricing is inaccurate?‎

  Noaman Khalid ,  How do banks currently determine the exchange rate? If the Egyptian pound was tradable in the forex market like the dollar, euro or yen, it would have been much easier to grasp. Currencies listed in the forex market get bought ‎and sold by individuals, entities, investors, companies, banks, and central banks; accordingly the announced exchange rate is ‎a combination of...

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The UN Secretary-General Written message on International Women’s Day

12-03-2017 Hits:1868 Opinion

The UN Secretary-General Written message on International Women’s Day

  António Guterres , Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.  Historic imbalances in power relations between...

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Globalisation without fangs

26-02-2017 Hits:1937 Opinion

Globalisation without fangs

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    Are we on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation, and if so will it meet the demands of developing countries? With the beginning of US President Donald Trump's term, it seems that the world is on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation in which compulsory integration is receding in some states and societies within a...

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Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

17-02-2017 Hits:1924 Opinion

Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

  Mohamed Shuman , Thursday 2 Feb 2017   The Arab Spring revolutions are now entering their seventh year but it is not yet clear what specific path they will take in the future and whether they will fulfill the slogans raised by the masses who took to the streets Most of the slogans from the Arab Spring revolutions were more like objectives and action...

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