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  • King Salman: A Seasoned Statesman

    King Salman: A Seasoned Statesman
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—It is difficult to do justice here to the remarkable traits of leadership and humanity possessed by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who succeeded ...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Saturday, 31 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Stability, Continuity and Smooth Transition

In both the US and Western Europe, there are two major political currents that are always happy to doubt and belittle any constructive step taken by traditional regimes in the Middle East: the ultra-conservative Right and the radical Left. The ultra-conservative Right is usually, and wholeheartedly, not only anti-Arab, but anti-Third World in general. It sees the Third World countries either as a burden that hinders the West’s well-being, as fertile ground for radicalism which threatens its...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 31 Jan, 2015

Egypt: Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after 32 killed in Sinai

Cairo, Reuters—Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday after the Egyptian wing of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed the killing of at least 30 soldiers and police officers in the Sinai Peninsula. The four separate attacks on security forces in North Sinai on Thursday night were among the bloodiest in years and the first significant assault in the region since the most active Sinai militant group swo...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Romney opts against 2016 run for president

Washington, Reuters—Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race on Friday after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time ...

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Sami Amara
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Syrian gov’t says ready to host talks with opposition in Damascus

Moscow, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Syrian government said Thursday it was ready to host talks with opposition figures in Damascus to discuss demands for prisoner release and improve...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Saudi King orders major cabinet shake-up

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz ordered a major cabinet reshuffle and awarded bonuses to all state employees in a string of royal decre...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Syria: Battle between Al-Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

Beirut, Reuters—Fighting between the Syrian arm of Al-Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, th...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions, delays decision on new steps

Brussels and Kiev, Reuters—European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winni...

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Osman Mirghani
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Opinion: A Seamless Transition

People from time to time question the future of monarchies in the Middle East, and their ability to face the challenges posed by their turbulent surroundings. They continue to a...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Saudi Arabia’s greatest asset is stability

In one of those coincidences that adds spice to history, the meeting this week between US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz also marked the ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 29 Jan, 2015

Jordan seeks proof captive pilot alive before any ISIS trade

Amman, AP—Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported th...

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