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  • Mosul: A city living in fear

    Mosul: A city living in fear
    Mosul, Asharq Al-Awsat—Two hundred and fifty miles (400 kilometers) to the north of Baghdad lies Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, Iraq’s second largest in terms of population ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

China to investigate ex-President Hu’s top aide

Beijing, AP—The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power. The evening announcement came two years after the former aide, Ling Jihua, fell out of political favor when a lurid scandal involving his alleged cover-up of his son's death in a speeding Ferrari disrup...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Five killed as Libyan forces and Islamist fighters clash in Benghazi

Benghazi, Reuters—At least five people were killed and 35 wounded in clashes between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist fighters in Benghazi, medics and military officials said. Army special forces and troops led by former Gaddafi-era general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to oust Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city since October and have managed to retake the airport area and army camps that were seized in August. Islamist groups have managed to retain some control...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Abadi concludes Kuwait visit

Baghdad and Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi wrapped up a one-day visit to the Kuwaiti capital on Sunday, after meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, Sh...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Tunis, AP—Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid El-Sebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dom...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm

Seoul, Reuters—Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear fac...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Iraqi forces retake Anbar town from ISIS

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi army, police and tribal forces have succeeded in liberating a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISI...

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Manaf Al-Obaidi
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Mosul: A city living in fear

Mosul, Asharq Al-Awsat—Two hundred and fifty miles (400 kilometers) to the north of Baghdad lies Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, Iraq’s second largest in terms ...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Opinion: The Winners and Losers in the Qatari–Egyptian Accords

With the exception of the 369 days during which the former Egyptian president and senior Muslim Brotherhood member, Mohamed Mursi, held the reins of power in Egypt, relations betwe...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 22 Dec, 2014

Opinion: Alwani’s Execution will Fuel Sectarianism

There is a widespread conviction among the majority of Sunnis in Iraq that Iraqi MP Ahmed Al-Alwani’s death sentence was rooted in sectarianism of Nuri Al-Maliki’s government, ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 21 Dec, 2014

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

Washington, Reuters—US President Barack Obama moved to prevent US anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures ...

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