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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 ...

Lifestyle & Culture

  • Magic Carpets

    Magic Carpets
    Dubai, Asharq Al-Awsat—Azerbaijan is famous for its carpets, and rightly so. With their intricate repeating patterns and geometrical motifs, woven expertly by practitioners whose methods a...

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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. ...

Media

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Algeria’s ailing President Bouteflika wins 4th term

Algeria, AP—President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced Friday by the Algerian government. His chief opponent, Ali Benflis, who garnered only 12 percent of the vote, said the election Thursday was marked by "fraud on a massive scale" and vowed not to accept the results. Election officials said turnout was 51.7 percent of the North Africa nation's 23 million registered voters, down from ...

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Syria: Fighting continues in Homs as opposition make diplomatic push

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fighting between opposition forces and government troops continued in Homs on Friday amid international fears of dangerous repercussions on civilians after a deal to allow civilians to leave the besieged town broke down. Joint UN–Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called on both parties to return to talks that had broken down in February to lift the siege on the rebel-held town. “We urge all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the de...

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Vimpelcom resolves Algeria row with $2.6 bn stake sale

Moscow, Reuters—Russia's Vimpelcom has resolved a long-running dispute with the Algerian government by selling it a majority stake in the country's biggest telecoms operator ...

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Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

Donetsk, AP—Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities ...

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WHO to meet with Saudi over MERS

Jeddah and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fears surrounding the MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia are on the rise following the announcement earlier this week that the death toll has ...

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GCC states agree on mechanism to implement Riyadh Document

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced that it had reached an agreement on mechanisms to implement a security pact on Thursday, following diplom...

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García Márquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

Mexico City, Reuters—Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put ...

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Bakir Oweida
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Opinion: Palestinian “Pessoptimism”

There is nothing new in saying it is the fate of those who hope for the best for all those around them to face the consequences of these dreams and the pains that accompany them. W...

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Haifa Wehbe film withdrawn from Egypt cinemas

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Egyptian interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has ordered Haifa Wehbe’s latest cinematic offering, Halaweet Rooh (Beauty of the Soul), withdrawn fr...

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Amir Taheri
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Opinion: Putin’s Next Hunting Ground

Having flexed his muscles in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to mark out the Caspian Basin as another zone of influence for Moscow. Next week, foreign minist...

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