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Report: Turkey’s Erdogan has stifled all criticism in media, military andjudiciary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AP/Burhan Ozbilici

Special to from WASHINGTON — Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has silenced critics, a report said. Human Rights Watch said Erdogan has led a government campaign to crack down on critics and protesters. In a 38-page report, the […]

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U.S. delivers vans and pickups to only Lebanese force not controlled by Hizbullah

Lebanese Internal Security Forces stand guard in front of vehicles donated from the United States.

Special to from NICOSIA — The United States has delivered another shipment for Lebanon’s security forces. The United States oversaw the delivery of 38 vehicles for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces. The vehicles, valued at $1.6 million, were meant to […]

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Jordan concludes it would save on energy through deal with Israel

Israel's Tamar offshore field.

Special to from AMMAN — Jordan has disclosed plans to purchase natural gas from Israel. The government said Jordan would procure up to 300 million cubic feet per day of gas from Israel’s offshore fields. The gas, purchased from […]

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ISIL threat at Mecca: Saudis complete exercise for upcoming pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims gather atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage in 2013.  /Reuters

Special to from ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has completed a major security exercise for upcoming pilgrimages to Mecca. Officials said the Interior Ministry oversaw an exercise meant to enhance the security forces for the Haj pilgrimage in early […]

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Iran in talks on new energy exploration with 18 foreign companies


Special to from NICOSIA — Iran has been negotiating with foreign companies for new energy exploration. Officials said the Teheran regime has been talking to 18 foreign companies regarding crude oil and natural gas exploration. The officials said several […]

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Both Koreas, China and Russia have meeting of minds on ‘world-class’ travel destination

The Tumen River.

Special to from South Korea, China, Mongolia and Russia have agreed to develop a “world-class” travel destination near a North Korean river that flows along the borders with China and Russia, Beijing’s state media reported. The agreement was […]

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Egypt focuses attacks on ISIL-backed Ansar militants in Sinai

Egyptian forces destroy a smuggling tunnel.

Special to from CAIRO — Egypt has maintained its counter-insurgency offensive in northeastern Sinai. The military said the crackdown included the capture of 84 suspected insurgents in both Sinai as well as along the adjacent Suez Canal. The insurgents […]

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Hamas, Fatah fight over hundreds of millions in donations to rebuild Gaza Strip

Gaza City

Special to from WASHINGTON — Two ruling Palestinian factions have been battling for control over what was expected to be billions of dollars in donations to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, a report said. The Gatestone Institute asserted that Fatah […]

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Israeli intel IDs, targets Gaza rocket developers

Rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel.  /EPA

Special to from TEL AVIV — Israel has launched an assassination campaign against rocket specialists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Israeli sources have asserted that the Israeli intelligence community has identified more than 100 rocket specialists of Hamas and […]

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U.S. embassy in Yemen denies it was targeted by Al Qaida during evacuation

Yemeni soldiers inspect vehicles at a checkpoint in Sanaa.

Special to from CAIRO — The U.S. embassy in Yemen has come under rocket fire from Al Qaida. A rocket said to be fired by Al Qaida’s Ansar Al Sharia landed some 200 meters from the U.S. embassy in […]

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