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  • Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis

    Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis
    Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Much attention has been given to the involvement of Lebanese fighters from Hezbollah in the fighting in Syria, understandably so given their fierce reputation and ...

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  • Old Powers in a New Poll

    Old Powers in a New Poll
    Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democratic future. ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Al-Azhar Grand Imam to speak at World Cup opening ceremony

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb to give a speech during the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to begin on June 13 in São Paulo, according to Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS). Tayeb officially received the invitation on Tuesday in Cairo to give a speech “on peace and the importance of curtailing extremism and violence” during a meeting with Brazil’s ambassador to Egypt, Marco Antonio...

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Algerians head to polls amid fears of election fraud

Algiers and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Algerian voters are heading to the polls today, April 17, to vote in a presidential election overshadowed by accusations of fraud and calls for the ruling regime to step down. Incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking an unprecedented fourth term amid widespread worries about his health, and following allegations that the results of the previous presidential election in 2009 were marred by fraud. Opposition candidates Ali Benflis, Moussa ...

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Abdel Monem Said
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Keeping Egypt’s Lights On

In the days of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the perpetual complaint was that the faces in government never changed. Some ministers held on to their seats for more than ...

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Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

Baghdad, AP—An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Rogue States and the Appeasement Industry

Just a few months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry was praising “our Russian partners” for their role in making a second “Geneva peace conference” on Syria possible. ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

Mokpo, AP—A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than...

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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Syria: Assad troops advance in Homs

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syrian government forces continued an advance to recapture rebel-held areas of Homs on Wednesday, with clashes centering on the Old City. The adva...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Iraq must end dependence on oil—former planning minister

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s economy must diversify to reduce its decades-long reliance on oil as the main contributor to its GDP, said the country’s former planning m...

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Khalid Mahmoud
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Jordanian ambassador’s kidnappers seek Libyan militant’s release

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—The kidnappers of Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Al-Itan, have called for the release of an Islamist militant being held in Jordan, Libyan authori...

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Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks

Kramatorsk and Slaviansk, Reuters—Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militias staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating ...

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