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Arafat Madabish
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on : Tuesday, 22 Jul, 2014

Al-Qaeda announces planned creation of “emirate” in Yemen: sources

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has announced plans to establish an “Islamic emirate” in the Hadhramaut region of Yemen, according to sources in the area. Sources in Hadhramaut speaking on the condition of anonymity told Asharq Al-Awsat that the organization had distributed a flyer on Sunday and Monday that announced a ban on women visiting markets without a male chaperone. It also barred them from participating in sports. The organization’s de...

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Ahmed Issa
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on : Tuesday, 22 Jul, 2014

Kuwait revokes citizenships, citing national security

Kuwait City, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kuwait has revoked the nationality of at least 5 citizens, citing threats to national security. The Kuwait cabinet on Monday voted on a draft decree stripping citizenship from a number of citizens, some for obtaining citizenship under false pretenses and others for constituting a threat to the prestige of the state. The decision comes a week after the Kuwaiti government ordered a review of citizenship laws, calling for people who pose a threat to na...

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Nazeer Rida
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on : Tuesday, 22 Jul, 2014

Syrian rebels say ISIS on the run around Damascus

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are coming under increasing pressure from other Syrian rebel groups in areas around the Syrian ca...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 22 Jul, 2014

Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

Cairo, AP—Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility on Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in th...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Iraqi Kurds still split on presidential candidates

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Amid continuing political deadlock in Iraq, the selection of the country’s next president remains mired in confusion despite the return of incumbent...

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Waleed Abdul Rahman
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Egypt: New independent alliance prepares to fight parliamentary elections

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Several Egyptian politicians have announced that they will contest upcoming parliamentary elections as part of a new coalition called the 25–30 A...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Displaced Palestinians speak of ordeal

Gaza, Asharq Al-Awsat—Palestinians who fled the Israeli bombardment of the Shejaia district of Gaza City on Sunday have spoken to Asharq Al-Awsat of their ordeal as they fled...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Israel kills militants entering from Gaza as death toll tops 500

Gaza/Jerusalem, Reuters—Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the d...

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Paula Astih
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on : Sunday, 20 Jul, 2014

More than 700 killed in Syria as ISIS tightens grip on east

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—More than 700 people were killed in Syria over the course of Thursday and Friday, in what activists say were the bloodiest 48 hours of fighting in the...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 20 Jul, 2014

Three killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

Cairo, AP—Rival Libyan militias battled for control the capital's international airport Sunday, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said. The week-...

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