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Egypt committed to declaration of principles on Renaissance Dam, says Foreign Minister

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has reiterated his country’s commitment to the full implementation of the declaration of principles signed by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. “When the implementation of the agreement is completed it will be a successful model for cooperation in the Nile Basin”, the minister said during a press conference held by Shoukry and his Ethiopian counterpart, Werneke Jebio, in Cairo. The Egyptian minister added that “Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn’s visit to Cairo is a clear indication of the political will of both countries to overcome any obstacles that hinder promising prospects between the two countries”. Read: Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam is making waves in Egypt He stressed Egypt’s commitment to strengthen security and […]


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IUMS call on Saudi Arabia, UAE to release detained Muslim clerics

The International Union of Muslim clerics (IUMS) called on Wednesday for the release of all Muslim clerics arrested in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates . The call came in a statement issued after the son of the Saudi cleric Salman al-Awda announced on Tuesday that his father had been transferred to hospital after four months in detention. The Union said it is following up on the situation of a group of senior preachers and clerics held in Saudi and Emirati prisons who are imprisoned without committing any crimes, but only for expressing their opinions. The statement commented on the transfer of the Saudi cleric to hospital, saying clerics should be honored, not imprisoned or harmed. Read: Saudi prince sacked […]


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India reportedly backtracks from cancelling missile deal with Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that India has put the Spike missile deal with Israel, which was reported to have been cancelled at the beginning of this months, back on track, Arab48.com reported. “There are many positive thing,” Netanyahu said. “Before coming [to India] the deal was cancelled and after visiting India, the deal went back on track,” he added, according to Arab48.com. Reuters reported Netanyahu saying in a short video: “Following talks I have held with my friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and there will be many more deals.” Indian reports have said that India […]


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Qatar Defence Minster: Blockading countries are ‘harming their own interests’

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain are “harming their own interests”, Qatar’s Defence Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah told audiences at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) yesterday. Speaking at the world’s oldest independent think tank on international defence and security, Al-Attiyah discussed the pressing security issues for Qatar, the wider region and relations with the United Kingdom. Dr Al-Attiyah also offered his thoughts on defence relations between the two countries, including the recent sale of 24 Typhoon jets to Qatar and the establishment of a new squadron for joint UK-Qatar air force training. During his conversation at RUSI, Al-Attiyah said that Qatar had “provided operational and technical support to our allies and [we have] taken the fight beyond […]



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Algeria pro-government parties divided over Bouteflika succession

The succession of Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has once again stirred political differences between the country’s main pro-government political parties, this time between Secretary General of the National Liberation Front, Gamal Ould Abbas, and his main ally in power, the current Prime Minister and Secretary General of the National Rally for Democracy Party, Ahmed Ouyahia. It began when Ouyahia invited Secretary General of the General Union of Algerian Workers Abdul Majid Sidhoum Saeid and head of the Forum of Heads of Enterprises (CFE), Ali Haddad, for a tripartite meeting with the government. The meeting ended with controversial decisions including the privatisation of bankrupt public sector companies, the abandonment of import licenses and the cancellation of the import of 1,000 products […]


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Popular Front to strive for pushing PLO to cancel Oslo Accords

The Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) “will continue striving inside the PLO’s Central Council until the full implementation of its decisions related to cancelling Oslo Accords and cutting relations with Israel and USA,” Al-Resalah newspaper reported on Wednesday. Speaking to the newspaper, PFLP Political Bureau member Mariam Abu-Dagga said that they have been working with other Palestinian factions and national personalities to “correct the official Palestinian policy throughout a continuous democratic strife.” Abu-Dagga stressed that the latest decisions of the Central Council did not match the Israeli and American challenges, including the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. She noted that the PFLP proposed a bill calling for scrapping the Oslo Accords, retracting recognition of […]


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Lawyer running against Al-Sisi faces obstacles

Supporters of Egyptian rights lawyer and presidential hopeful, Khaled Ali, say his election bid is being stalled by bureaucrats loyal to the government. According to Ali’s backers he is struggling to secure the 25,000 signatures needed in order to be able to challenge current President, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, who is expected to run for a second term. Other than signatures, presidential hopefuls in Egypt can also try to secure the support of 20 elected lawmakers which is a difficult task as the majority of the chamber’s 596 members have already pledged their support to Al-Sisi who is expected to win another term despite not yet having announced officially his intention to run. “The battle for the recommendations is the real battle […]


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Shia movement rejects demands to postpone Iraq elections

The Iraqi Wisdom Movement led by the head of the Shia National Alliance, Ammar Al-Hakim, rejected yesterday demands made by Sunni parties and blocs in the Iraqi parliament to postpone the general elections scheduled for 12 May to next year. “We are surprised that members of the House of Representatives in the Alliance of Iraqi National Forces and some other forces have submitted a request contrary to the constitution, demanding to postpone the elections for one year with vague excuses” Fadi Shammari, a member of the Wisdom Movement Political Bureau said in a statement. Shammari described in the statement the blocs’ request as a “blatant violation of the parliamentary oath to respect the constitution and abide by its contexts”. Read: […]


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Israel’s outgoing chief archivist says war crimes are being concealed

Israel’s outgoing chief archivist has warned that “most of the contents of the state archives is closed and will never be opened”, reports Haaretz, adding that historical war crimes are being concealed under the guise of ‘national security’ concerns. In a report issued Monday, Yaakov Lazovik summarized the issues faced by the Israel State Archives, which is subordinate to the Prime Minister’s Office, the paper reported. Announcing his retirement, Lazovik “said that most of the material in the archives will never see the light of day, and the remainder will be opened under unreasonable restrictions, without transparency or public oversight”. In particular, “he claimed that under the cloak of national security concerns, the state conceals from the public material, much […]