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Egyptian authorities expel French journalist amidst media crackdown

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The Egyptian authorities expelled a French journalist this week further highlighting the crackdown on press freedoms by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian and French officials said on Wednesday. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, that the journalist, Rémy Pigaglio, was blocked for ...

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Lebanon commemorates Resistance and Liberation Day

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday marked the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. The country commemorated the day known as Resistance and Liberation Day with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who viewed the Israeli withdrawal from most of South Lebanon on May 25, 2000 as a victory for all Lebanese no matter ...

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Syrian Conflict: Twin assaults against the Islamic State (IS)

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State (IS) group on Wednesday, in two of the most important offensives yet against the militant group. The twin offensives marked some of the most serious ground efforts against Islamic State since the militant group declared its self-styled ...

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Egyptian Submarine joins search for Missing Flight MS804

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Egypt has sent a robot submarine to join the hunt for an EgyptAir plane, which crashed in some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board. Personal belongings, debris and body parts from the Airbus 320 have ...

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Syria Rebels say ceasefire “totally collapsed”

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Militant groups in Syria have said they will no longer abide by the ceasefire unless the Syrian army ends a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours. A statement with the signatures of around 29 rebel groups was released by members of the Free ...

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Lone woman defies neo-Nazi march: ‘I was angry’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Activist Maria-Teresa “Tess” Asplund, 42, stood alone in confronting several hundred neo-Nazi marchers in Sweden, her fist firmly raised in protest. Asplund’s defiant act only lasted for a couple of seconds — just enough for Swedish photographer David Lagerlöf to capture the image. But Lagerlöf’s photo, which he posted to Twitter, has rocketed around the Internet ...

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Israeli Air Strike Kills Child in Gaza

Israeli planes struck Hamas bases in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, killing a child living near one of the targets and injuring his sister, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. Yasin Abu Khussa, 10, died in a raid on a base of the group’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassem Brigades, at Beit Lahiya in the north of the strip, ...

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Kerry: US, Russia to Meet Saturday on Syria Ceasefire

Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. and Russian officials would meet later Saturday on Syrian opposition complaints of truce violations but that peace talks should go ahead as planned. Asked at the end of a visit to Saudi Arabia whether indirect dialogue in Geneva between the Syrian regime and opposition could go ahead as planned on Monday, Kerry said: ...

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What President Hassan Rouhani’s election win means for Iran

He is known as the Diplomat Sheikh — and he has struck again. He beat three conservatives to win a landslide presidential election in 2013, led Iran through two years of tortuous negotiations to a nuclear and sanctions deal, and now Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — as he is formally known — has again triumphed. If reformist voters felt marginalised ...

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Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Action on Yemen Aid Crisis

Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador said Friday there was no need for a U.N. Security Council resolution to address the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging a military campaign. “We don’t think that a resolution is needed at this time,” Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi told a news conference. His remarks came after the 15-member council expressed grave ...

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