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EU Says it Will Continue Middle East Peace Role Despite Israel’s Move

BRUSSELS, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and the European Union said it would continue its role in Middle East peace diplomacy despite Israel saying it was suspending contact. Asked about Israel’s move on Sunday to suspend contact with the EU over the

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Suspect in Beirut Bombings Dead in Syria Operation

BEIRUT, Nov 26 (Reuters) – An operation in Syria launched by the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia killed a person involved in the logistics of a twin suicide bomb attack in southern Beirut earlier this month, the Hezbollah-run al-Manar television channel said on Thursday. The operation killed the person “responsible for transporting the two

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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of

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Authorities Say No Explosives Found on Turkish Airlines Flight

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely departed,

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Diabetes, A Bitter Illness

WHO says that diabetes can be prevented BY Dr. Ala Alwan The number of people suffering from diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) may more than double by 2040, but we can prevent that. People with diabetes lose their ability to properly regulate their blood sugar, and the illness can lead to

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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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Putin Vows To Hunt Militants Who Downed Russian Jet

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Nov. 17 – Vladimir Putin said Russia would intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria and launch a global manhunt after the Kremlin concluded that terrorists had placed a bomb on a Russian passenger jet which broke up over Egypt last month. “We will find them anywhere on the

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Yemen’s Exiled President Returns To Aden

ADEN, Nov. 17 – Yemen’s exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the southern port city of Aden on Tuesday to rally forces loyal to him in the country’s civil war and oversee a campaign to retake the city of Taiz, a presidency official said. Hadi’s loyalists made advances amid heavy fighting in the southwestern

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