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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tunisia’s labor union won the Nobel Peace Prize. But can it do its job?

On Jan. 22, Tunisians in the impoverished interior regions of the countrytook to the streets, demanding increased economic development. Five years ago, similar protests sparked a revolution centered on economic justice. The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), a working- and middle-class-based labor union, played a leading role in the transition process that followed, winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize as ...

Blair: I thought IRA victims could not get Libya deal

Tony Blair has said British victims of the IRA’s terror links with Libya were legally barred from inclusion in a US compensation deal. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi gave arms and Semtex explosives to the republican group during the Troubles. Semtex from Libya became the IRA’s most devastating threat during the Troubles and caused the loss of many lives. The Northern Ireland ...

Qassem Says ‘Saudi Must Apologize’: Lebanon Will Remain Country of Freedoms

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem hit back at Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it must “apologize to Lebanon” over the events of last week. “Some were surprised when Saudi Arabia decided to call off the several billions’ (military) grant to Lebanon, but in fact it was a chance for them (Saudis) to attack Lebanon and Hizbullah,” said Qassem during ...

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