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Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?

The Egyptian government led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to be unable to deal with the growing, non-stop Islamist insurgency on its territory. Almost every day there are reports of army operations against Sinai-based terrorists and/or terrorist attacks against security personnel, government structures or civilian targets. On Tuesday, assailants shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Qalyubia ...

Sydney home prices to plateau: HSBC

SYDNEY’S stellar run of double-digit home price growth looks set to run out of steam next year. HSBC Australia chief economist Paul Bloxham says he expects the Reserve Bank to hike interest rates in 2016, a move that will cool Sydney’s booming property market. “Sydney house prices are running at an unsustainable pace,” he said. “Purchasers need to be very ...

Humanitarian crisis grow in Yemen as warplanes hit rebel positions

Aid agencies warned Monday of a growing humanitarian crisis including food shortages in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions for a third week and rival forces clashed. In Riyadh, Yemen’s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was sworn in as vice president at the country’s embassy in front of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi. Hadi, meanwhile, in a New York ...

Two bomb attacks in Egypt’s Sinai killed at least 13 and wounded dozens

Two separate bomb attacks targeting security forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens on Sunday, the latest in a wave of violence in a region hit by an Islamist insurgency. Egypt’s military said a roadside bomb detonated by militants killed six soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on an armored military vehicle ...

Syrian rebels dropped barrel bombs in Aleppo, more than 80 people were killed

Syrian rebels and regime forces in Aleppo fought fierce battles near the headquarters of Air Force intelligence Monday evening on the third day of the regime’s stepped-up “barrel bomb” offensive against the northern city, prompting officials to close schools for a week in rebel-held areas. The Shamiah Front rebel alliance claimed responsibility for the second detonation of the Air Force ...

Hillary Clinton for president: low-key high-tech announcement a sign of dominance

Hillary Clinton needed no hoopla to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the next US presidential election. In lieu of a stage and a sea of supporters, of a rock anthem and a shower of streamers and balloons, there was just a mid-afternoon tweet and an online video. “I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and ...

Fierce clashes killed more than 140 in southern Yemen

Fierce clashes raged Monday between insurgents and loyalists in southern Yemen, driving the rebel forces from some of their positions while leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours. The southern militias’ gains came on the 12th day of an air campaign by Saudi Arabia and mainly Gulf Arab allies trying to stem advances by the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital ...

U.S. made said Iran sanctions have to be phased out under a nuclear pact

The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel. “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal onIran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal ...

18,000 civilians in Yarmouk refugee camp are slowly starving to death

The fate of 18,000 civilians trapped in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria – now mostly controlled by the Islamic State – remains in the balance, with the United Nations describing the situation as “catastrophic”. Those left are slowly starving to death as the fighting rages around them, with aid agencies unable to negotiate a safe passage into the ...

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen killed more than 100

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen’s capital killed more than 100 people Friday, the deadliest terror attacks in the country’s history and a sign, just days after an attack in Tunisia, of the spreading jihadist threat across the Middle East. A group that said it was affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two mosques ...