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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 21 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Syria goes back to old colonial games

It was, perhaps, sometime last year that whoever runs the Assad regime in Damascus discovered a colonial-era manual left by the French on how to hang on to power in Syria. Reflecting the aggressive policy of President Alexandre Millerand, the manual recommends a number of stratagems for controlling the newly carved-out country against the wishes of a majority of its people. The method used was designed to reflect the Balkanization of Greater Syria and the divide-and-rule policy based on promi...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

UN: Deaths keep rising in Ukraine, now over 4,300

Geneva, AP—The fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 300 people in the last month despite a ceasefire and has violated people's rights so much it could amount to war crimes, UN rights investigators said Thursday. A new report from the UN team in Ukraine said at least 4,317 people have been killed in the conflict that began in mid-April and the number of people internally displaced by the violence has risen sharply in the last month to nearly 466,830 in all. The report also ci...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Assad threatened to “destroy” Lebanon: Lebanese MP

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Rafik Hariri that he would “destroy Lebanon” if Hariri opposed the extension of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud...

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Grace Perriman
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Syrian refugees tortured at Turkey’s border crossings: report

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey is struggling to accommodate 1.6 million Syrian refugees and its border guards have in some cases shot at Syrians trying to cross the border, s...

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Heba Qudsi
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Prince Miteb says Obama appreciates Saudi Arabia’s regional efforts

Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat—The US administration appreciates the role of Saudi Arabia in addressing the situation in the Middle East, Saudi Minister of National Guard Prince Mit...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

Paris, AP—US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna later Thursday to join high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran as a deadline for an agreement fast approaches. ...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

King of Saudi Arabia urges Egypt to back Riyadh agreement

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz issued a statement on Wednesday calling on Egypt to back the agreement reached at the recent summit in Riyadh that ended...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

US airstrike hits Al-Qaeda-held town in Syria

Beirut and Baghdad, AP—An overnight American-led airstrike struck Al-Qaeda militants in northwestern Syria, the US military and Syrian activists said Wednesday. The strike mar...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

UN impose sanctions on Libya’s Ansar Al-Sharia

United Nations, AP—The UN Security Council imposed sanctions Tuesday on the Libyan Islamist militant group Ansar Al-Sharia, which took part in the 2012 attack on the US consu...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

North Korea threatens to beef up military capability

Seoul, South Korea, AP—North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls US hostility that led to the...

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