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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Iraq PM-designate facing tough task despite Sistani’s call

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric called on the country’s political players to overcome their sectarian and ethnic differences and work together to form a new government, with Prime Minister-designate Haider Al-Abadi facing the increasingly difficult task of uniting the divided political factions. In his Friday sermon, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani warned that political differences and bickering “could derail the forming of the new government," urging part...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: Iraq is going through hell

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saleh Al-Mutlaq, one of Iraq's most prominent Sunni politicians, is a controversial figure. The former deputy prime minister described outgoing Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki as a "dictator" and "worse than Saddam Hussein" while serving in his government. He took the decision to boycott Maliki's government in 2013 over Baghdad's failure to address the demands of Iraq's Sunni Anbar protesters, only to seek to resume his post just months later. A former senior m...

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Osman Mirghani
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Opinion: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Iron Hand in a Velvet Glove

Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have recently called on the [Egyptian] Muslim Brotherhood on Twitter to restore rule by the “sword.” A Twitter account ...

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Wafiq Al-Samarrai
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Opinion: What Iraq Needs to Do

When any country is exposed to a critical and existential war such as the one raging in Iraq, and when sectarian rhetoric becomes prevalent among politicians whose self-serving app...

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Jamal Al-Qassas and Mazin Mujawaz
on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

Arab literary world mourns Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim

Cairo and Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Arab literary figures in Egypt and Lebanon paid tribute to the great Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim, who died on Tuesday at the age of ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

Gunmen execute 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza; Israel launches air strikes

Gaza and Jerusalem, Reuters—Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Ha...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

GCC states to hold “critical” meeting on Qatar: Diplomat

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to meet in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss ways to address Q...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

Iraq: Abadi rejects Maliki’s advice on government formation

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—Prime Minister-designate Haider Al-Abadi rejected a call made by his predecessor Nuri Al-Maliki not to entertain “preconditions” from Iraq’s ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Geneva, AP—The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the per...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 22 Aug, 2014

Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine

Izvaryne (Ukraine), AP—Russia unilaterally sent an aid mission into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying its patience had worn out after a week of delays it blame...

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