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Thair Abbas
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on : Sunday, 23 Nov, 2014

Biden ends Turkey visit without new support for anti-ISIS coalition

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—US Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to Turkey on Sunday, after meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a bid to gain more support from Ankara against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Turkey has been a reluctant member of the anti-ISIS coalition assembled by the US, receiving criticism from other members regarding the flow of fighters belonging to the extremist group across its borders, among othe...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 23 Nov, 2014

Iraqi forces say two towns retaken from ISIS

Baghdad, Reuters—Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had retaken two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi'ite militia and Kurdish Peshmerga forces had completely retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, about 70 miles (115 km) northeast of Baghdad. Many residents fled the violence long ago. At leas...

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Obaid Al-Suhaymi
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on : Sunday, 23 Nov, 2014

High turnout as polls close in Bahraini elections despite opposition boycott

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—Bahrainis voted in parliamentary and municipal elections on Saturday amid a high turnout, despite calls for a boycott of the polls from the country’...

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Buthaina Abdulrahman
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on : Sunday, 23 Nov, 2014

Failure of Iran nuclear talks will pose danger to region and beyond: official

Vienna and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The failure of the talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna could threaten regional stability, an Iranian official told Asharq Al-Awsat ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 23 Nov, 2014

Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

Tunis, Reuters—Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Saturday, 22 Nov, 2014

Yemen ruling party faces splintering of ranks

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, faces a split over its recent decision to...

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Heba Qudsi
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on : Saturday, 22 Nov, 2014

Combatting ISIS requires ground forces: Saudi Prince Miteb

Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group requires the deployment of ground forces, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of National...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 22 Nov, 2014

Iraqi forces, ISIS battle in Ramadi

Baghdad, AP—Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (I...

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Monji Saidani
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on : Friday, 21 Nov, 2014

Tunisia mobilizes security, military forces ahead of presidential elections

Tunis, Asharq Al-Awsat—As Tunisia prepares to hold its presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, the country’s security and military establishments announced plans to mo...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Friday, 21 Nov, 2014

Yemen’s Houthis using apartments as makeshift prisons: source

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Houthi movement is using residential apartments as secret prisons in several cities in Yemen, including the capital, Sana’a, and the northwest...

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