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Assad regime pushing country toward civil war

  • IT is too late to hammer out a political solution for the 18-month-long Syrian crisis, which has mutated into an open-ended civil war. Syrian President Bashar Assad, fighting for his survival, is unlikely to abandon the military option in return for a diplomatic deal that involves negotiations...
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King’s move averts showdown in Jordan

  • BY intervening late Sunday and ordering Prime Minister Dr. Fayez Tarawneh to freeze an earlier decision to hike the prices of fuel products, King Abdallah of Jordan averted a political showdown that threatened to topple the government and unleash a wave of protests against worsening economic...
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Israel’s possible strike on Iran threatens Middle East stability

  • THE decision to launch a deadly strike against Iran’s nuclear sites has been taken. It now rests with two men, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hawkish Defense Minister Ehud Barak. According to Western and Israeli press reports, quoting informed intelligence sources, the attack...
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Lakhdar Brahimi and‘mission impossible’

  • VETERAN Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is no stranger to difficult missions. During his long and colorful career the 74-year-old has served as a special UN envoy to conflict-ridden countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. But now he has accepted the incredible challenge of seeking a...
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Mursi's army purge puts him in control

  • IT has been described as a "soft coup", a "stunning operation" to purge the armed forces from the remnants of the old regime and as "an aggressive" move to end the "power paradox" between the presidency and the military. Sunday's surprise decisions by President Muhammad Mursi to retire most...
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Sinai attack and Egypt’s crackdown on infiltrators

  • Egypt is going to war in a bid to reclaim sovereignty over Sinai. Its armed forces will fight to stop arms dealing, overcome rebellious bedouin tribes and chase out foreign jihadist infiltrators. Sunday’s terrorist attack on a checkpoint along the Sinai-Israel border in which 16 Egyptian...
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Problems Syria likely to face after regime collapse

  • Syria is sinking fast in the morass of a bloody civil war. Last week's assassination of four senior military and intelligence aides of President Bashar Assad in what was described as a suicide bombing of the "Crisis Cell" entrusted with quashing the 16-month popular revolt was a...
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Libya moving in right direction

  • There is good news coming from Libya: The country’s first free and open legislative election in nearly five decades has been an outstanding success. Yes last Saturday’s vote was marred by isolated attacks on polling stations, especially in the eastern region in and around Benghazi,...
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Libya moving in right direction

  • There is good news coming from Libya: The country’s first free and open legislative election in nearly five decades has been an outstanding success. Yes last Saturday’s vote was marred by isolated attacks on polling stations, especially in the eastern region in and around Benghazi, but it could...
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Egypt: Uneasy partnership

  • Sooner, rather than later, Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president will have to demonstrate that he is not a ceremonial ruler of one of the most influential countries in the Arab world and Africa....
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