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UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

The Spoils Of War: Where Your Party Sits On The Saudi-Led War On Yemen

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‘Political things’ are finally happening in Australia over the War on… If you’re a Green, opposition is… Michael Brull New Matilda If you’re Labor, you’ll be very… And if you’re a Liberal, then you’re making a lot of… Michael Brull continues his series on the humanitarian… The war on Yemen appears to… The Spoils Of… Read More »

America and China Should Avoid Igniting World War III over Rocks and Reefs

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Asia-Pacific regional security may hinge on Beijing’s ability to clarify and reform its U-shaped claim in the South China… Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Americans will do well to keep in mind during the next week that global summit meetings are not sporting… We should not judge the success or failure of the effort by the kind of apparatus employed to help the… America and China… Read More »

EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

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Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

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Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

Syria conflict: Dozens dead, including children, in suspected chemical attack in Idlib

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The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including women and children, and sickened scores more, according… The Age New York Times, Reuters A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been farmed out to… Syria conflict: Dozens… Read More »

Kirkuk provincial council decides to hold referendum for annexation to KRG

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The Kirkuk provincial council has decided to hold a referendum regarding the annexation of the city by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Anadolu Agency quoted the… Kirkuk Hurriyet The session was boycotted by Turkmen and… Both Iraq and Turkey strongly oppose KRG’s desire to incorporate Kirkuk into… Kirkuk provincial council… Read More »

African Nations Turn Human Rights Scanner on ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ India

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NEW DELHI: The African missions, after several days of discussions with each other and more importantly with officials in the… The Citizen Bureau In a statement issued by the office of the Dean of the African Group of… After a special meeting, the African missions said that they expected the strongest condemnation from the government of India at… African Nations Turn… Read More »

Egypt Is Trump Country

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But is the American president’s embrace of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as radical as it… Shadi Hamid The Atlantic In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al… The symbolism was telling: Sisi wasn’t just another Arab autocrat but one of the region’s most… The Trump-Sisi mutual appreciation society of two… Egypt Is Trump… Read More »

Japan’s Southwest Pivot: How Tokyo Can Expand Its Eyes and Ears in the Ocean

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Beijing’s activity in the South China Sea could prompt Japan to look for creative ways to expand its maritime… Satoru NagaoKoh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest Amid uncertainty over the U.S. pivot to Asia under the current Trump administration, other key players in the Indo-Pacific continue about their own equivalent policies of… India’s “Act East” policy of… Japan’s Southwest Pivot… Read More »

Israel, European States advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline

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The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly… SHARON UDASIN TheJPost Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea natural-gas… Israel, European States… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

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When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

PFLP reiterates call to confront Oslo Accords, criticizes Al-Fatah, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

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The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), reiterated its call for confronting the… Christof Lehmann nsnbc The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called repeatedly for the… The PFLP also criticized the policies of Al-Fatah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and all policies that… PFLP reiterates call… Read More »

Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis

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The ruling invalidates a January decision that blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi… Al Jazeera An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a controversial deal to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia can go forward, voiding an earlier ruling that blocked the… The Court of Urgent Matters ruled against a… Egypt court voids… Read More »