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Egypt detains two journalists reporting on historic tramway

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of two journalists for 15 days pending an investigation after their arrest while preparing a report on the historic Alexandria tramway. Defense attorney Mohammed Hafez said Friday’s decision regarding free-lance journalists May al-Sabbagh and Ahmed Moustafa came after their arrest Wednesday. He said the two were working on a report for the ...

Lebanon’s Hariri in Riyadh to meet King Salman, Crown Prince MBS

Saad Hariri arrives in Saudi Arabia, his first visit there since his abrupt ‘resignation’ from Riyadh in November. Lebanon‘s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his first visit there since his abrupt – and later rescinded – resignation from Riyadh in November. A statement by Hariri’s media office on Tuesday said the prime minister would meet ...

“Siege, starve, and surrender”: inside the next phase of the Syrian civil war

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s attacks on Eastern Ghouta show how he plans to consolidate power across the country. Airstrikes. Artillery fire. Cluster and barrel bombs. This is what the nearly 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, have faced over the past two weeks. Syrian forces have dramatically escalated their attacks on the area, ...

Are Trump supporters being dishonest with pollsters? Probably not.

This past weekend Marquette University Law School Professor Charles Franklin published an interesting analysis of President Donald Trump’s approval rating. He noted that Trump tends to do better in polls in which there isn’t a live interviewer present. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump (who put together some really good charts) pointed out that this difference could arise out of people, ...

Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian necropolis in ‘beginning of new discovery’

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry has announced the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo. The finding is the latest discovery in an area known to house ancient catacombs from the Pharaonic Late Period and the Ptolemaic dynasty. The large cemetery is located north of Tuna al-Gabal area, a vast archaeological site on the ...

Australia and America should forge a mineral alliance

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and four of Australia’s premiers visited Washington last week to build trade connections with the US and discuss a range of security-related issues. For the most part, however, the talks failed to cover an increasingly important potential dimension of cooperation between the two nations that considers the comparative advantage of both countries rather than a zero-sum ...

British woman jailed for 28 years for ‘bucket list’ murder in Australia

Jemma Lilley boasted she had ‘ticked off’ crime by garotting and stabbing autistic teenager A British woman who had an “obsession” with serial killers has been jailed for life for garotting, stabbing and burying the body of an autistic teenager in Western Australia. Jemma Lilley, 26, murdered Aaron Pajich, 18, at her home in Perth, burying him in a shallow ...

Jordan PM reshuffles cabinet to soothe anger over poor economy

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday and appointed the king’s chief of staff as his special deputy for economic affairs in an apparent bid to soothe widespread anger over rising hardship and flagging growth. Mulki’s reshuffle, his sixth since coming to power in May 2016, comes three days after hundreds of protesters in the city of ...

Egypt freezes assets of government critic Abul Fotouh

Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday. His February 14 arrest came after he joined a call for a boycott of a presidential election next month that the incumbent, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to ...

Syria: fresh fighting in eastern Ghouta despite UN-ordered ceasefire

Syrian regime forces have launched a fresh ground and air offensive against rebel positions in the besieged and battered enclave of eastern Ghouta in defiance of a nationwide ceasefire ordered by the UN security council. Witnesses said fighting erupted on several fronts on Sunday in what was seen as a possible last-ditch bid by Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, to eliminate ...