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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 29 Aug, 2014

Saudi delegation concludes “last-minute diplomacy” tour in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, Asharq Al-Awsat—A high-level Saudi delegation concluded its tour of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, meeting with UAE leadership to unite Gulf stances ahead of a critical GCC meeting on Saturday. The Gulf tour, which included visits to Doha and Manama, came within the framework of the Kingdom’s “last-minute diplomacy” to solve the ongoing rift within the GCC over Qatar. The delegation which consisted of Saudi Foreign Minister Pri...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Friday, 29 Aug, 2014

Yemeni government, Houthis close to agreement: official

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s Presidential Commission has resumed efforts to reach a deal with the Houthis to end the ongoing protests in the capital Sana’a, a high-level Yemeni official told Asharq Al-Awsat. The latest mediation efforts come after talks between the government and Shi’ite Houthi movement broke down last week. Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi strongly criticized the protest movement earlier this week, describing the Houthis as “reckless,” and ac...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 29 Aug, 2014

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

Beirut, AP—The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified youn...

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Kifah Ziboun
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Palestinians seek comprehensive deal with Israel: Fatah official

Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Palestinian Authority is set to use the permanent ceasefire deal with Israel recently reached in Cairo to secure a comprehensive deal leading to...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Yemeni president hits out at Houthis as protests continue

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Amid growing tensions in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi launched a vehement attack on the Houthi movement occupyin...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

US seeks coalition against ISIS, but military partners no sure bet

Washington, Reuters—The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists, including recruiting p...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Saudi delegation discusses Qatar issue in Doha and Manama

Riyadh, Kuwait, Manama and Doha, Asharq Al-Awsat—A high-level Saudi delegation, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, arrived in Doha on Wednesday and held discus...

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Mohamed Abdu Hassanein
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Egyptian parliamentary elections will be held on schedule: spokesman

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—An Egyptian government spokesman on Wednesday denied rumors that the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections would be postponed until 2015. The...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Maliki claims to have “Plan B” if government talks fail

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s outgoing Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki said on Wednesday he was prepared to form a new government from among Iraq’s Shi’ite parties if o...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 27 Aug, 2014

Yemeni president calls on Houthis to dismantle protest camps

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—In the latest development in the escalating dispute between the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement occupying sites across Sana’a, Yemeni Pr...

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