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Iranian-Saudi rivalry fuels potential nuclear race

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is developing nuclear energy and potentially a nuclear weapons capability. The Saudi focus on nuclear serves various of the kingdom’s goals: diversification of its economy, reduction of its dependence on fossil fuels, countering a potential future Iranian nuclear capability, …

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Erdogan blames ‘murderer Assad’ for suspected Syria chemical attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday blamed the Syrian government for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people including children, calling President Bashar al-Assad a “murderer”. “Hey murderer Assad, how are you going to escape from their curse?” Erdogan said at …

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Proposed UN resolution on Syria ‘unacceptable’:Russia

MOSCOW -UNS – Russia said Wednesday that a UN resolution put forward by Britain, France and the United States on a suspected chemical attack in Syria was “unacceptable”, after deflecting blame from its ally Damascus. “The text as presented is categorically unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokeswoman …

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Turks in Europe should defy ‘grandchildren of Nazism’:Erdogan

ANKARA -UNS : President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the “grandchildren of Nazism” and back a referendum this month on changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe. Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European …

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‘Real’ Syria peace talks yet to start: UN

GENEVA -UNS/AFP- The UN on Friday said “incremental” progress was made during a fifth round of talks between Syria s warring parties, but warned the “real peace negotiations” had yet to begin. Syrian government and opposition representatives had been “serious and engaged” during the latest …

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Palestinian commemorate ‘Land Day’

Deir Hanna -UNS : Thousands of Arab Israelis and Palestinians gathered Thursday for annual demonstrations marking Land Day, which commemorates 1976 protests in which six people were killed by Israel. A few thousand protesters raised the Palestinian flag and chanted slogans at a protest in …

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Pakistan in hot seat as Gen Raheel takes command of Saudi-led alliance

By James M. Dorsey With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide into a cushy job as commander of a 41-nation, Saudi-led military alliance created to fight terrorism. In fact, the general’s …

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Arab leaders set to oppose Trump Mideast policy shifts

SWEIMEH -UNS/AFP: A draft statement to be put to an Arab summit Wednesday opposes plans by President Donald Trump to move Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and consider alternatives to a Palestinian state. The draft, which was drawn up by the Palestinian delegation, was …

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Iran to ban 15 US companies for Israel ties

Tehran -UNS: Iran said Sunday it will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for supporting Israel’s “terrorist actions” as part of reprisals for the increasing pressure being announced by Washington lawmakers. The decision, which is largely symbolic since the firms do not do business with …

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Chinese,KSA,Turkish troops join Pakistan Day parade:A sign of deepening ties

ISLAMABAD -UNS/Reuters – Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time joined the Pakistan Day parade in the capital Islamabad on Thursday, in a sign of deepening ties. Before Pakistan showed off long-range rockets, tanks and other military hardware, armed Chinese troops marched past …

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