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US making ‘serious’ efforts for Mideast peace deal: Al-Jubeir

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Fri, 2017-12-15 03:09ID: 1513292514582705400PARIS: The US administration is serious about getting a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, but its proposed plan is still being put together, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said. US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually move the US Embassy in Israel there has angered the Palestinians, […]

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Putin should have ‘courage’ to push Assad: UN envoy

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Author: SYED TAUSIEF AUSAFFri, 2017-12-15 03:14ID: 1513292514632705700JEDDAH: Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, on Thursday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push Damascus to accept new elections and a new constitution. De Mistura said Putin should “convince the (Syrian) government that there is no time to lose” in efforts to […]

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Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them

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Author: AFPFri, 2017-12-15 03:00ID: 1513285823742515600QAMISHLI, Syria: Syria’s Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Daesh may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone. Across Syria’s north, Kurdish authorities have spent more than four years steadily building public institutions including elected councils, security forces, even schools. They […]

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US provides proof of Iran arming Houthis

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Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2017-12-15 01:40ID: 1513280499512069900JEDDAH: The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Thursday unveiled declassified evidence that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi militias in Yemen. The evidence included segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. She displayed the missile parts in a hangar at a […]

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Hunger at Damascus’ door as Syrian government blocks aid

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Author: APThu, 2017-12-14 03:00ID: 1513274275551531700BEIRUT: At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad’s forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief. As the government and its opponents wrap up another fruitless round of talks in Geneva, humanitarian officials […]

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Turkish, US, Iraqi military officials discuss security challenges

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Author: MENEKSE TOKYAYFri, 2017-12-15 00:08ID: 1513274931151586400ANKARA: Senior Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss regional developments and security challenges. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, his Iraqi counterpart Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of US European Command (EUCOM) Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Joseph Votel attended the […]

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Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rally

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Author: REUTERSThu, 2017-12-14 11:00ID: 1513272835641414100JERUSALEM: Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital stoked Palestinian anger. Israeli aircraft struck three facilities belonging to Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza […]

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Cairo set to sign deal to resume Russian flights

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Author: REUTERSThu, 2017-12-14 11:16ID: 1513272590341385300CAIRO: Egypt’s aviation minister will travel to Russia to sign protocol agreements as early as Friday to allow the resumption of Russian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, Egyptian sources and Russia’s minister said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in […]

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Cyprus, Egypt, Greece agree to bolster maritime security

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Author: APThu, 2017-12-14 03:00ID: 1513272207811332500LARNACA: The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Thursday to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides and his Egyptian and Greek counterparts Sedki Sobhi and Panos Kammenos said that […]

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15,000 migrants to exit Libya in two months, EU says

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Author: AFPThu, 2017-12-14 16:08ID: 1513266435700717300BRUSSELS: Around 15,000 African migrants will be repatriated from Libya in the next two months under an emergency plan to stop abuses there, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday. European and African leaders announced the plan for accelerated “voluntary” deportations at a summit in Abidjan two weeks ago, but did not […]

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