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Lawmakers bash Obama administration's 'delusional' Syria policy

Lawmakers bash Obama administration's 'delusional' Syria policy

U.S. lawmakers lashed out at the Obama administration's handling of Syria's civil war on Wednesday, demanding a stronger American response to the conflict and better communication from the White House about its plans. Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign...

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Saudi intelligence chief back to the forefront

Saudi intelligence chief back to the forefront

Prince Bandar bin Sultan is on his way back to Riyadh where he will resume his tasks as head of Saudi Intelligence, an informed source tells Al Arabiya News.  “This is without doubt bad news for Tehran, Damascus and Hezbollah, particularly that anti-Saudi media has been...

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Militants kill 20 security men in Yemen checkpoint raid

Militants kill 20 security men in Yemen checkpoint raid

 Suspected militants killed 20 members of Yemen's security forces in a dawn raid on a checkpoint on Monday, state news agency Saba said, in an attack officials said bore the hallmarks of the local branch of al Qaeda. Yemen is dogged by internal conflicts and chronic poverty...

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Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with  Israel  but is now shunned by  Egypt  as well. The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim...

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Syria-related clashes kill 1 overnight in Beirut

Syria-related clashes kill 1 overnight in Beirut

Hours-long clashes overnight in a Beirut neighborhood between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad killed one person, prompting Lebanese troops to deploy in the area on Sunday to calm tensions. The gunmen — from rival Sunni groups — exchanged gunfire and...

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Three killed as Shi'ite Houthi fighters clash with Yemeni army

Three killed as Shi'ite Houthi fighters clash with Yemeni army

Two Shi'ite Muslim Houthi tribal fighters and a soldier were killed in Yemen on Saturday in renewed clashes in the northern province of Amran, local officials told Reuters. Elsewhere disgruntled tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline, forcing oil flows to be stopped....

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Israel kills four Palestinian militants in West Bank raid

Israel kills four Palestinian militants in West Bank raid

Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians on Saturday during a raid on a home in the occupied West Bank to capture a wanted Hamas Islamist militant, the Israeli military said. Hamas supporters carried three bodies through the streets of the West Bank city of Jenin, shouting...

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Gun battles flare in Lebanon's Tripoli

Gun battles flare in Lebanon's Tripoli

Gun battles have erupted again in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, with gunmen firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. At least three people were killed in clashes overnight linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria, Lebanese police sources said. Two gunmen...

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Lebanon's new government gets go-ahead from parliament

Lebanon's new government gets go-ahead from parliament

Lebanon's parliament gave a newly-formed cabinet a vote of confidence on Thursday, ending almost a year of political deadlock during which the country has been pulled further into the civil war in neighboring  Syria . The approval - by 96 of the 101 parliamentarians who...

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Israel advances plans for  2,269 West Bank homes

Israel advances plans for 2,269 West Bank homes

Israel has progressed with plans for more than 2,000 new homes in six West Bank settlements, an official said Thursday, in a move likely to further endanger peace talks.   Guy Inbar, a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry unit responsible for civilian affairs in the...

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South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

A Saudi court has sentenced 13 men to up to 14 years in prison for security offences including material support to wanted Islamist militants, aiding terrorism and helping young men go to  Iraq ,  Syria  and  Afghanistan  to fight. The conservative...

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Kuwait seeks to heal Gulf rift ahead of Arab Summit

Kuwait seeks to heal Gulf rift ahead of Arab Summit

Kuwait is seeking to mediate an end to the standoff between Qatar and three Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain – ahead of a planned Arab summit to be held on March 25, a prominent Kuwait lawmaker has said. Ali al-Rashid, the head of the foreign affairs committee at...

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Turkish president contradicts Erdogan, dismissing foreign plot

Turkish president contradicts Erdogan, dismissing foreign plot

President Abdullah Gul has dismissed suggestions that outside forces are conspiring against  Turkey , openly contradicting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's assertions that a corruption scandal shaking the country is part of a foreign-backed plot. The graft inquiry swirling...

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Protests flare across Lebanon against 'siege' of border town

Protests flare across Lebanon against 'siege' of border town

 Lebanese demonstrators blocked several roads throughout the country on Tuesday evening in protest at what they called a "siege" on the Sunni Muslim town of Arsal on the border with Syria. The road to Arsal was blocked by residents of the Shi'ite Muslim town of al-Labwa who...

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Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks -EU

Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks -EU

Iran  and six world powers sought on Tuesday to make headway toward resolving their decade-old nuclear dispute, with Western officials expressing hope the talks would not be further complicated by the  Ukraine  crisis. So far, diplomats said, there is little...

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Hamas calls Egypt blockade a 'crime against humanity'

Hamas calls Egypt blockade a 'crime against humanity'

 The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Tuesday called Egypt's curbs on movement through its crossing with the Gaza Strip a "crime against humanity", in an unprecedented rebuke of its Arab neighbor that further frays their worsening ties. The closures, that  Egypt...

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Iran, six powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Iran, six powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Iran  and six world powers will try to make headway toward resolving their nuclear dispute in talks starting in Vienna on Tuesday, with Western officials hoping the uphill challenge will not be made even more difficult by the  Ukraine  crisis. So far, diplomats...

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Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

  President Barack Obama on Monday urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make tough decisions and take risks for peace with Israel, saying he hoped to see progress in U.S.-brokered negotiations in coming weeks. In White House talks overshadowed by the Ukraine...

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