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Playing with Fire: Israei,its problematic friends solidify ties

By James M. Dorsey Remarks at United Hebrew Congregation, Singapore, 3 October 2017 There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that is in the sixth year of transition. It’s a transition that is likely to take up to a quarter of …

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Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’: Israeli defence minister

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. “Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!. “Suddenly, everyone wants to …

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KSA King Salman set for first official Russia visit

RIYADH =UNS : King Salman of Saudi Arabia will arrive in Russia this week to conduct the first official visit to the country by a Saudi Arabian king, a senior Kremlin aide said on Monday. “We are awaiting the king’s visit on Thursday,” President Vladimir …

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Israel pushing region to war : Hezbollah

BEIRUT -UNS : Lebanon’s Hezbollah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday of pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and said nowhere in Israel would be safe if such a conflict were to erupt. Tensions have risen …

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Turkey,Russia back territorial integrity of Iraq,Syria

ANKARA-UNS- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin (L) hold a joint press conference following their meeting, at Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on September 28, 2017. (AA) Ankara and Moscow agree on the territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, …

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LHC halts deportation of Turkish teacher’s family

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted a stay order on the expulsion of the family of the former director of the Pak-Turk School from the country. The family of Mesut Kacmez including two young daughters was reportedly taken into custody on Wednesday to …

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Kurd referendum: Iraq’s parliament wants troops disputed areas

BAGHDAD -UNS : Iraq’s parliament demanded Monday that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence. “Parliament demands that the head of the army (Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi) …

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Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts

RIYADH -UNS/AFP  – With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets …

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Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

TEHRAN -UNS- Iran has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump. According Irani official reports the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when …

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Testing the waters: Saudi women get one-time access to a stadium

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s 85th birthday could prove to be historic — one that could put to the test opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform plans, even if he has cracked down on potential critics in recent weeks. Saudi women, barred …

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