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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 31 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Iran Between Two Fantasies

What does a salesman do when he knows that the product he is pushing is not what it is claimed to be? He tries to stress other advantages the buyer would enjoy, for example winning a box of chocolates or a free holiday. This is what US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are doing with the nuclear deal they say they have made in Vienna. Rouhani knows that, if fully implemented, the “deal” could put Iran under tutelage exercised by the six big powers invo...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 31 Jul, 2015

Cameron under fire for remarks on migrants

London, AP/Reuters—British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing criticism for using the word "swarm" to describe migrants trying to get into Britain through the Channel Tunnel. Cameron told ITV News that the situation is "very testing," and that it was brought on by Britain's growing economy. "You have a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, because Britain has got jobs," he said on Thursday. A candidate for leadership of the opposition Labour Party, Andy Burnham, des...

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Sawsan Abu-Husain
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on : Friday, 31 Jul, 2015

Saudi Arabia, Egypt sign “Cairo Declaration” boosting wide-ranging ties

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement which they have dubbed the “Cairo Declaration,” aiming to boost ties across several sectors, a stat...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Turkish cabinet approves deal to open İncirlik Airbase for US-led anti-ISIS coalition

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey’s cabinet on Wednesday formally approved a deal to open up the İncirlik Airbase for use by jets from the US-led coalition targeting the Isla...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Yemen: Iranian fighters caught among Houthi militias, says Aden governor

Sana’a and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province revealed on Wednesday that Iranian fighters have been caught among the Houthi militias c...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Opinion: The Palestinian Girl Who Moved Merkel

Reem Sahwil, the young Palestinian girl who was reduced to tears in front of Angela Merkel, told the German chancellor she didn't know what her own future held so long as her stay ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Taliban say Mullah Omar dead, appoint successor

Peshawar and Kabul, Reuters—The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant move...

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Obaid Al-Suhaymi
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Manama authorities arrest several people in connection with terror attack

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—Bahraini authorities arrested several people on Wednesday, in connection with a terrorist attack which took place on Tuesday and was the deadliest bom...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except the roads!” Metaphorically, asphalt, or rather, “zift,” came...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—We are still a long way before the “deal” on Iran’s nuclear program becomes reality, if ever. However, even if it doesn’t, the process ...

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