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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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Iranian Kurdish Struggle Linked to Turkey, Syria

Iranian Kurdish Struggle Linked to Turkey, Syria

On June 6, near the northwestern border of Iran, Yusuf Hamzelu, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported. He was buried in Zandan on June 10. However, the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan...

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Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters. In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men, he said, here in the northern city of Aleppo. Then, virtually overnight,...

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'Take Your Portion': A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

'Take Your Portion': A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

    Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she's having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades...

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Toll in Baghdad suicide bombs up to 31 dead: officials

Toll in Baghdad suicide bombs up to 31 dead: officials

Twin suicide bombs on a Shiite Muslim religious hall in north Baghdad on Tuesday killed 31 people and wounded 57 others, officials said, updating an earlier toll. The two attackers struck after midday prayers at the Habib ibn al-Mudhaher hussainiyah in the capital's Qahira...

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Goodbye Ahmadinejad: Remembering the gaffes and diplomatic blunders

Goodbye Ahmadinejad: Remembering the gaffes and diplomatic blunders

What makes Ahmadinejad smile? What’s behind Ahmadinejad’s smile? How much does Ahmadinejad’s famed white jacket cost? Is Ahmadinejad preparing for the apocalypse? Is Ahmadinejad the George W. Bush of Iranian politics? During the past eight years of Iranian President Mahmoud...

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Does Egypt face a new revolution?

Does Egypt face a new revolution?

Millions hope so, it seems; they have signed a national petition demanding the president resign and plan to take to the streets on June 30, when Mohamed Mursi marks a year in office. Their slogan is a call for revolt: "Tamarud - Rebel!" But for all the simmering discontent with...

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Saudi Arabia looks at sending MANPADS to support FSA, meanwhile King Abdullah congratulates Rowhani

Saudi Arabia looks at sending MANPADS to support FSA, meanwhile King Abdullah congratulates Rowhani

 Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad's air force, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday according to AFP. The article, citing a classified report received by the German foreign intelligence service...

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