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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2014

Peshmerga waiting on Barzani’s go-ahead to retake Sinjar: official

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, backed by thousands of Yazidi volunteers, are preparing for a decisive battle to liberate Mount Sinjar from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a senior Kurdish official told Asharq Al-Awsat. “Peshmerga forces and Yazidi volunteers, backed by [US-led] international coalition airstrikes, are ready to move on Mount Sinjar,” a Kurdish official overseeing Peshmerga fighters in the area, Mahama Khalil, told Asharq Al-Aw...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2014

Tunisian president to be picked in runoff race

Tunis, AP—Veteran politician and figure from Tunisia's old regime, Beji Caid El-Sebsi, will face off against incumbent Moncef Marzouki in a runoff for the country’s presidency two weeks from now that is expected to be close, official election results showed Tuesday. Sebsi, 87, garnered just over 39 percent of the vote while interim president and former human rights campaigner Marzouki finished with 33 percent, according to results released by the electoral commission for Sunday's cont...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2014

GCC to launch Joint Military Command at Doha summit: source

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will launch a joint military command during its annual meeting scheduled for December 9 in the Qatari capital D...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2014

ISIS ordered Ahsa attack: Saudi Interior Ministry

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has announced that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered the attack on a Shi’ite shrine in the s...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2014

Iran nuclear talks extended 7 months after failing to meet deadline

Vienna, Reuters—Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves s...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Monday, 24 Nov, 2014

Iraq: Head of Anbar tribe calls on government to fulfil promises of assistance in fight against ISIS

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—The head of the prominent Sunni Dulaim tribe from the country’s western Anbar province has called on the Iraqi government to “make good on its pr...

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Nazir Majli
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on : Monday, 24 Nov, 2014

Israeli cabinet approves controversial “Jewish state” bill

Tel Aviv and Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Israeli cabinet approved a draft bill on Sunday to officially recognize the country as a “Jewish state,” amid criticisms regard...

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Nadia Al-Turki
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on : Monday, 24 Nov, 2014

Veteran Sebsi leads Tunisian presidential race: exit polls

Tunis, Asharq Al-Awsat—Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid El-Sebsi leads the race to become Tunisia’s first directly elected president since the ouster of Zine El-Abidin...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Monday, 24 Nov, 2014

GCC foreign ministers meet in Doha on Tuesday ahead of December annual summit

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Foreign ministers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states will meet in Doha on Tuesday in preparation for the annual GCC summit next month, ...

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Buthaina Abdulrahman
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on : Monday, 24 Nov, 2014

Extension of deadline on Iran nuclear talks now likely: diplomats

Vienna and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—An extension to the talks on Iran’s nuclear program now looks likely, a number of diplomatic sources have said, as Monday evening’s dea...

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