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Friday, 17th November 2017
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday cast its 10th veto of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The mandate for the joint…
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule. The United States, a longtime critic of Mugabe over…

Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit France with his family in coming days. Hariri travelled to Riyadh on Nov. 3 before abruptly resigning in a televised statement a day later.…

Zimbabwe's army seizes power, Mugabe confined but "safe"

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s military seized power on Wednesday saying it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals” in the entourage of the man who has ruled the nation since independence 37 years ago. Soldiers seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on television…
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Egypt between World Cup jubilation and UNESCO loss

10-11-2017 Hits:169 Opinion

Egypt between World Cup jubilation and UNESCO loss

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,  While Egypt may suffer defeats, it's influence remains strong, enduring the ebbs and flows that confront all states and societies Egypt experienced the taste of both wins and losses last month. The big win came via the national football team when it won in a very difficult match that qualified it directly to participate, after 28 years absence, in...

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Utilising Egypt’s diaspora

29-10-2017 Hits:386 Opinion

Utilising Egypt’s diaspora

  According to 2017 census, Egypt’s population stands at nearly 95 million, plus an estimated 9.4 million living abroad. In addition to many other millions who left over many decades and never returned, so they are unaccounted for My bet is that those 9.4 million, and the many others who have fallen through the cracks, are Egyptian by birth, schooling, and rearing....

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UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt on the occasion of UN Day

25-10-2017 Hits:446 Opinion

UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt on the occasion of UN Day

  Richard Dictus , Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 On the 24th of October 2017, we celebrate together with the Arab Republic of Egypt the 72nd anniversary of the UN Charter coming into force in 1945. Egypt, one of the founding members of the United Nations, celebrates the global commitment, along with the other Member States, to global peace and security. The UN-Egypt partnership is...

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Washington and the Iranian public opinion

15-10-2017 Hits:629 Opinion

Washington and the Iranian public opinion

Abdulrahman al-Rashed   Iran’s propaganda during its negotiations on the nuclear agreement around three years ago was based on claims that the deal will lead to peace in the region and end the long row. Unlike what’s commonly known about it, Tehran expanded its propaganda to include Iranian communities outside Iran, most of whom have not been in harmony with the regime...

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Threats to Kurds made independence referendum inevitable

07-10-2017 Hits:790 Opinion

Threats to Kurds made independence referendum inevitable

An American official asked President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani why they held the referendum now and why they rejected all demands to postpone it.Barzani told his American guest that Baghdad’s government began to receive heavy and advanced weapons from the US, including military jets, which means that in few years, the balance will be in favor of...

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Religious discourse and Western societies

04-10-2017 Hits:849 Opinion

Religious discourse and Western societies

      Sayed Mahmoud;   High Vatican officials sometimes sound more like philosophers than Muslim clergymen. Does the difference explain the advances of Western countries? In the closing session of the Rimini Meeting for friendship among peoples in Italy, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Cardinal Pietro Parolin, one of the assistants to the Vatican Pope and perhaps the second most influencial man...

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Morphing the Kurdish referendum into a mistake

25-09-2017 Hits:1027 Opinion

Morphing the Kurdish referendum into a mistake

Amir Taheri What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? The obvious answer is: stop digging. This is the advice that those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be held next Monday. But still in the suspense of writing this column, would do well to heed. The...

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Daesh terrorism ... revenge and random violence

08-09-2017 Hits:1357 Opinion

Daesh terrorism ... revenge and random violence

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    It seems that the world, especially the West, must adapt to non-traditional terrorist operations that can be difficult to detect beforehand and that aim at killing civilians in apparently random ways The terrorism that involves running people over and stabbing them is not just a fantastical idea. It has become a reality, in several locationsand  in several countres at...

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The chaos of ideas and the chaos of politics

23-08-2017 Hits:1561 Opinion

The chaos of ideas and the chaos of politics

  Hani Raslan ,    Egypt has changed a lot since the 1950s and 1960s, yet our conceptions of the world and of the country are still shaped by out-dated understandings Amid the intense and violent debate that engulfs Egypt on every crisis, whether it is economic, political or the result of acts of violence or terror, we can observe this time with that the...

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Are we free now? Sisters, let’s talk!

14-08-2017 Hits:1531 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:1719 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:1802 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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