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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Cairo, AP—Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo. Egyptian officials did not say how they expected renewed talks to produce a different outcome after repeated ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Saudi Arabia seeking the destruction of ISIS: official

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Western media claims that Saudi Arabia is connected—in any way, shape or form—to the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization is a “malicious falsehood and should not be repeated,” a Saudi spokesperson has said. In a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, a spokesperson for the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said: “Saudi Arabia wants the defeat and destruction of ISIS and other terrorist networks. Terrorist network...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Germany’s Merkel says wants to find ‘path to peace’ over Ukraine crisis

Kiev, Reuters—German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew in to the Ukrainian capital on Saturday and said she wanted to help end a crisis over Ukraine which flared again afte...

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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...

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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 deputy prime minister described outgoing Prime Mini...

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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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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Shi’ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Baghdad, Reuters—Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cros...

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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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