Cuba Casts Aside Rancor to Welcome Obama on Historic Visit

HAVANA, March 20 – President Barack Obama arrives in Cuba on Sunday for a 48-hour visit, making history by venturing into what was once enemy territory and sparking enthusiasm among Cubans who have seen their Communist government vilify 10 previous U.S. leaders. The visit, the first by a U.S. president in 88 years, would have… Continue reading Cuba Casts Aside Rancor to Welcome Obama on Historic Visit

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Between Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism: Bernie Sanders and the ‘Muslim Vote’

It was dubbed a historic upset.  Prominent pollsters predicted that “Hillary Clinton had a greater than 99 percent chance of winning Michigan.”  Yet, the energy and zeal for Bernie Sanders on the ground in Dearborn, MI—my hometown, and home to the most concentrated Arab and Muslim American population in the United States—rendered a different forecast.… Continue reading Between Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism: Bernie Sanders and the ‘Muslim Vote’

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In Remote Corner of Iraq, An Unlikely Alliance Forms Against Daesh

UMM Al-DHIBAN, Iraq, May 11  – They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Daesh militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish organization and an Arab… Continue reading In Remote Corner of Iraq, An Unlikely Alliance Forms Against Daesh

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Saudi Reform Plans Court Social Change

RIYADH, April 27 – Reforms promised by a young Saudi prince are couched in references to the kingdom’s Islamic tradition but include ideas likely to upset some conservatives, risking future ruptures over the direction of society. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” plan, which the 31-year-old announced on Monday, largely aims to transform… Continue reading Saudi Reform Plans Court Social Change

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Turkish Police Detain Nearly 100 People Over Links to Cleric Gulen

ISTANBUL, April 18 – Turkish police detained nearly 100 people in an investigation of their alleged financial links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a foe of President Tayyip Erdogan, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday. It said the police operation, focused on Istanbul, was launched across nine provinces and 88 people have so far… Continue reading Turkish Police Detain Nearly 100 People Over Links to Cleric Gulen

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Syrian Rebels Declare New Battle Against Government

BEIRUT, April 18 – Rebels launched a fierce attack against Syrian government forces in Latakia province on Monday and insurgents made separate advances nearby in Hama, a monitoring group reported, as violence escalated in the west of the country. The fighting, which has also increased around the northern city of Aleppo and seen heavy government… Continue reading Syrian Rebels Declare New Battle Against Government

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Yemen’s Warring Sides Signal Optimism for Kuwait Peace Talks

KUWAIT, April 17 – Yemen’s warring parties are sending conciliatory signals ahead of U.N.-backed talks starting on Monday, in a rare sign of mutual willingness to end a year-old conflict that has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. A deal may help defuse tensions between regional powerhouses Iran and Saudi Arabia, who are… Continue reading Yemen’s Warring Sides Signal Optimism for Kuwait Peace Talks

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U2 Singer Bono seeks U.S. Senate Backing for Mideast “Marshall Plan”

WASHINGTON, April 13 – U2 lead singer Bono joined diplomats and aid experts on Tuesday to appeal for U.S. Senate support for a “Marshall Plan” to provide aid to the Middle East much like the massive relief the United States provided for Europe after World War Two. “Aid in 2016 is not charity; it is national security,”… Continue reading U2 Singer Bono seeks U.S. Senate Backing for Mideast “Marshall Plan”

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Lebanese Army Gets U.S., British Aid for Defending Border With Syria

BEIRUT, April 1 – Lebanon‘s armed forces acquired three U.S. helicopters worth $26 million on Thursday to help in efforts to stop Syria’s civil war spilling over its border, along with almost $29 million of British aid as EU countries also step up their support. The Lebanese armed forces have now received a total of nine Huey… Continue reading Lebanese Army Gets U.S., British Aid for Defending Border With Syria

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As Hard Times Hit, Egyptians At Last Find Fault With Sisi

CAIRO, March 11 – “Your exellency: you are not working,” television presenter Azza al-Hemawy said, looking into the camera but addressing the Egyptian president. “Not one single issue has been solved since you took over.” After years of hearing little but enthusiastic applause for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and vilification of his enemies, the tens of… Continue reading As Hard Times Hit, Egyptians At Last Find Fault With Sisi

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Egypt Parliament Expels MP for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

CAIRO, March 3- Egypt’s parliament voted on Wednesday to expel an independent lawmaker who invited the Israeli ambassador in Cairo for dinner, drawing widespread criticism and prompting a fellow deputy to attack him with his shoe. Speaker Ali Abdelaal announced that 465 lawmakers, out of 490 who attended the session voted to expel Tawfik Okasha… Continue reading Egypt Parliament Expels MP for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

DUBAI, Feb 24 – A prominent Bahraini opposition figure was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday on charges of insulting the kingdom’s ruling system in a speech last year, his defence lawyer said. But the court cleared Ibrahim Sharif, former head of the secular National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, of the more… Continue reading Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

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Israeli Court Cuts Ex-PM Olmert’s Jail Term, Clears Main Charge

JERUSALEM, Dec 29 – Israel’s top court slashed former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence to 18 months from six years on Tuesday after overturning the main count in his 2014 bribery conviction. Olmert, 70, will begin serving his term on Feb. 15, according to live reports from the Jerusalem courtroom, making him the first… Continue reading Israeli Court Cuts Ex-PM Olmert’s Jail Term, Clears Main Charge

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