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Heba Qudsi
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on : Friday, 19 Dec, 2014

Palestinians ready for further negotiations on UN resolution

Washington and Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Palestinians are ready for further negotiations on the draft resolution that they submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday in order to secure 9 out of the 15 votes required to meet a 2017 deadline for the end of Israeli occupation. Speaking on Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he supports further negotiations over the proposed UN Security Council resolution amid fears that Washington could seek to use its v...

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Heba Qudsi
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on : Friday, 19 Dec, 2014

US places Ajnad Misr and senior Al-Qaeda official on terror list

Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat—The US State Department has listed Egyptian insurgent group Ajnad Misr and senior Al-Qaeda figure Ibrahim Al-Rubaysh as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. In a statement issued on Thursday, the US State Department said: “Ajnad Misr is an Egyptian violent extremist group that splintered from Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, a designated foreign terrorist organization and Specially Designated Global entity.” Ajnad Misr, which means the Soldiers of Egypt in...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 19 Dec, 2014

Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds

Zumar, Iraq, Reuters—Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ...

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Paula Astih
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on : Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Lebanon braces for attacks from ISIS and Al-Nusra Front

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Lebanese Army has boosted its presence along the Syrian border after receiving intelligence that Islamist militants were planning to launch attacks on...

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Khalid Mahmoud
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on : Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Haftar set to be Libya’s highest-ranking military official: minister

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Libya’s internationally recognized parliament is set to promote the leader of the Libyan National Army group, Khalifa Haftar, to the rank of full gen...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Houthis take control of Central Bank of Yemen: sources

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s Houthi movement seized control of key government institutions in Sana’a on Wednesday, including the Central Bank and the Department of C...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Palestinian UN draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017

United Nations, Reuters—Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Recapture of Mosul key to defeating ISIS: Iraqi commander

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is boosting its presence in Iraq’s restive Al-Anbar province in a bid to turn Baghdad’s attention...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2014

Iraqi president announces steps towards national reconciliation

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi President Fuad Massoum reaffirmed his intention to push forward a process of national political reconciliation on Tuesday, following a meeting with...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2014

EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

Brussels, Reuters—The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include ...

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