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Mursi offers constitution change before protests

Mursi offers constitution change before protests

President Mohamed Mursi offered opponents a say on Wednesday in amending a controversial new constitution and a forum to seek "national reconciliation", as he sought to avert a violent showdown in the streets. In a televised address lasting more than two and a half hours, the Islamist...

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 Former Qatari PM drove bold, maverick foreign policy

Former Qatari PM drove bold, maverick foreign policy

The manager of Qatar's rise to global prominence, former Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, used charm, tenacity and economic clout to broker peace and topple dictators overseas and build an investment nest-egg for future generations at home. Sheikh Hamad was replaced as...

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 New Qatar emir gives first address

New Qatar emir gives first address

The new emir of the State of Qatar has made his first public address since taking over from his father, who he praised as the architect of the Gulf State. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday addressed his nation and international audiences in a speech that promised to continue with...

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Mohammed Assaf, Arab Idol Winner, Draws Thousands Upon Return To Gaza

Mohammed Assaf, Arab Idol Winner, Draws Thousands Upon Return To Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Palestinians have a new voice: a 23-year-old wedding singer from a Gaza refugee camp touted as a rare symbol of national unity after he won the Arab world's top TV contest. But Mohammed Assaf's homecoming Tuesday highlighted the harsh reality of...

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Fadl Shaker: Lebanon crooner turned fugitive militant

Fadl Shaker: Lebanon crooner turned fugitive militant

Once adored by women for his warm voice and good looks, Lebanese crooner Fadl Shaker followed an unlikely path to become an Islamist militant now on the run with fellow fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir. The pair are now being sought in a nationwide manhunt after clashes between Assir and his...

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Sheikh Tamim is capable of shouldering the responsibility and fulfilling the  mission

Sheikh Tamim is capable of shouldering the responsibility and fulfilling the mission": Sheikh Hamad addresses Qataris

 Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani says he is handing over power to son and calls on countrymen to lend their support .   In an unprecedented step in the Arab modern history, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani , the ruler of Qatar for 18 years, has...

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Egypt mob attack kills four Shia Muslims near Cairo

Egypt mob attack kills four Shia Muslims near Cairo

Four Egyptian Shia Muslims have been killed in a mob attack in a village near the capital Cairo, officials say. The attack on Sunday targeted a house where a group of Shia worshippers had gathered for a religious ceremony. The attackers accused those gathered of trying to spread Shia...

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Qatari Emir transfers power to his heir apparent

Qatari Emir transfers power to his heir apparent

The Qatari emir has confirmed to members of the ruling family  that he will step down and transfer power to his heir apparent. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani met with royals, along with other prominent members of Qatari society, on Monday, and announced plans for a transition to...

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Qatar readies new leadership, little policy change expected

Qatar readies new leadership, little policy change expected

 Qatar appeared on Monday to be readying its population of nearly 2 million for new leadership that could see the emir and prime minister step down, a move analysts say would not herald big changes in energy, investment or foreign policies. The tiny country, the world's largest...

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Clashes in Sidon leave 6 killed of Lebanese Army

Clashes in Sidon leave 6 killed of Lebanese Army

Six Lebanese soldiers were killed on Sunday in clashes with supporters of a radical Sunni Muslim sheikh opposed to the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, an army statement said. "An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army checkpoint in the village...

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Attacks in Iraq kill at least 3, wound 27

Attacks in Iraq kill at least 3, wound 27

  At least 3 people were killed and 27 others were wounded in two separate attacks on Sunday in Iraq's Kirkuk and Saladin provinces. A small lorry in parking lot went off at 5.50 a.m. in Saladin, leaving one dead, and 25 wounded, as the blast created a big crater and caused...

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Jordan says 900 US troops defense in country

Jordan says 900 US troops defense in country

Some 900 U.S. military personnel, including dozens staying on from joint military drills, are in Jordan to bolster its defense and prevent the Syrian civil war from spreading across its border, Jordan's prime minister said Saturday. It was the first time a Jordanian official disclosed...

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 Lebanon's Baalbek Festival to Change Venue

Lebanon's Baalbek Festival to Change Venue

  Lebanon's world famous Baalbek International Festival is looking to move away from the ancient city with its Roman ruins because of spillover violence from Syria's civil war, an official said Friday. The change of venue from Baalbek, where the annual music festival is usually...

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Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

Neighbouring Iraq warned that Syria's civil war is tearing the Middle East apart and Lebanon's president urged his country's Hezbollah movement on Thursday to pull its fighters out of the conflict. After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria's turmoil...

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Saudi Arabia to deport supporters of Hezbollah over group's role in Syrian war

Saudi Arabia to deport supporters of Hezbollah over group's role in Syrian war

  Saudi Arabia plans to deport Lebanese citizens who support Hezbollah because of the militant group's role in the Syrian civil war, the kingdom's envoy to Lebanon said. The warning comes amid Hezbollah's increasingly prominent participation in the Syrian conflict, with members of the...

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Syrian conflict's sectarian shadow over Lebanon

Syrian conflict's sectarian shadow over Lebanon

This is turning into a dark and nervous summer in Lebanon. Peace depends on maintaining a delicate balance of power between different religious groups. This summer, the formula isn't working. The reason is the war in Syria. From the beginning, the Lebanese have been deeply divided...

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US, Jordan troops hold desert war games

US, Jordan troops hold desert war games

US and Jordanian F-16 fighter jets hit dummy targets in the kingdom's southern desert on Wednesday, while Navy SEALs and other special forces rescued "hostages" and nabbed "terrorists" in mock exercises under major multinational manoeuvrers. Using live ammunition, six F-16s, two AV-8B...

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Lebanese cleric threatens ‘military’ action against Hezbollah

Lebanese cleric threatens ‘military’ action against Hezbollah

A controversial Salafist sheikh threatened on Wednesday to find a “military” solution to alleged Hezbollah safe houses in a southern Lebanese town, a day after clashes involving his supporters left one person dead. Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir is known for his vocal opposition to the powerful...

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