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Egyptian ultras: Down but not out

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to …

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Sisi re-elected as President with 92% of vote

CAIRO -UNS : Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday — but turnout of just 40 percent dented his push for popular legitimacy. Some 23 million of the 60 …

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An underrated driver of Saudi hostility towards Iran and Qatar

By James M. Dorsey Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring …

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Black people are‘monkeys’: Israeli chief rabbi

JERUSALEM -UNS : An Israeli chief rabbi called black people “monkeys”, amid Jewish state’s controversial policy of forcing African migrants back to the continent. According to Iran’s press TV, footage released by Israeli media shows Yitzhak Yosef used a derogatory Hebrew word to refer to …

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KSA moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?

By James M. Dorsey In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but …

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US Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan bid to end American involvement in Yemen s civil war, voting down a rare effort to overrule presidential military authorization. The vote addressing American war powers had aimed to shut down US military involvement …

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Saudi Arabia will follow Iran nuclear programme : Crown Prince

LONDON-UNS/AFP – Likening Iran s leader to Hitler, Saudi Arabia s crown prince warned in a US television interview that if Tehran gets a nuclear weapon, his country will follow suit. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, …

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Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project

Baqir Sajjad Syed Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar seaport project and development of its link with Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port. “We offered to participate …

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PM Abbasi, Iran’s FM agree on increasing bilateral trade to $5 billion

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Monday called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister Office. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasised the need for Pakistan and Iran to work together ‘in all earnest’ to reach the $5 billion trade target …

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Turkey part of ‘triangle of evil’: Saudi prince

CAIRO -UNS: Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil” along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Saudi prince also accused Turkey of trying to reinstate the Islamic …

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