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Egypt Crash to Spur Demand For Strict Aviation Security: Emirates

DUBAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) Emirates Airlines President Tim Clark said on Sunday he expected the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt would result in demands for stringent aviation security worldwide. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Clark added that he had ordered a security review, but was not suspending any flights as a result

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Voting Underway in Myanmar’s First Free Election

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Nov 8) Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship. The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to win the largest share of

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Iraqi politician Chalabi’s Family Suspect Foul Play in His Death

By Suadad al-Salhy Tuesday’s death of Iraq’s most controversial politician, Ahmed Abdulhadi Al Chalabi, has raised concerns among his family who await the results of an autopsy as they believe he may have been murdered. A family member who declined to be identified told Newsweek Middle East that the family “has big doubts” about his cause of

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Standard and Poor’s Takes Negative Ratings Action Against 8 Saudi Banks

By Staff Writer Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services took negative rating actions on eight Saudi banks, citing increased economic risks as the main reason. The ratings agency, which has recently lowered the Kingdom’s ratings to ‘A+/A-1’, said the sharp drop in oil prices and the resulting negative swing in Saudi Arabia’s fiscal balance “will weaken

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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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The Cost Of War

Health needs in conflict zones must be addressed BY Dr. Ala Alwan www.twitter.com/WHOEMRO Prior to the current conflict in Syria, immunization rates in the country were among the highest in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. More than 90 percent of Syrian children were vaccinated against diseases like measles and polio and there was no incident of

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Till Politics Do Us Part

Imran and Reham Khan’s divorce causes media meltdown By Fareed Qureshi In 2002, things were looking up for Pakistan’s media. Privately-owned television channels were booming; news outlets insisted they took the craft seriously and were setting out to eclipse the dry format of state-owned Pakistan Television. It was a veritable gold-rush; you couldn’t move for

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Over 40,000 Displaced in Yemen Cyclone says U.N.

ADEN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Aid flights rushed food and tents to the Yemeni island of Socotra, local officials said on Wednesday, after it was hit by a rare cyclone the United Nations said has displaced 40,000 people there and on the mainland. Cyclone Chapala killed three people when it made landfall on Monday on

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How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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