Middle East

Australia pushes for bilateral cooperation in South-East Asia to fight terrorists from Middle East, Philippines

Posted July 29, 2017 08:55:44 To Indonesia’s north, not far from the southern Philippines, sits a cluster of Indonesia’s outermost islands. Key points: Terrorism analyst says handguns found last week were destined for use by terrorists in Indonesia Indonesia’s Tinakareng island could be used for illegal transit and storage of weapons George Brandis says that Indonesia and Australia need to ...

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Trump’s Middle East Stumbles by Christopher R. Hill

DENVER – The recent six-month mark of Donald Trump’s presidency serves as a reminder not only of how little his administration has accomplished domestically, but also of how his meandering foreign policy has created a geopolitical landscape rife with ticking time bombs. And nowhere have the consequences of Trump’s almost willful incapacity to grasp complex problems, and his obsession with ...

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In Announcing Ouster, Top Trump Middle East Adviser Claims New Admin Role

Derek Harvey / Getty Images BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0 July 27, 2017 3:43 pm Derek Harvey, a senior national security figure in the Trump administration, announced that he is leaving his post following reports of his ouster from the White House’s National Security Council. Harvey, who was originally appointed by ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, had pushed for ...

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The Middle East is Getting Cold

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Iran have confronted each other through military involvement in proxy wars. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Middle East has been wracked by war, conflict, insurgencies and uprisings. The Middle East of today resembles a chessboard, where many different actors and countries pursue their strategic interests. It is ...

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Middle East Shares Mixed, Mild Support From Higher Crude Prices But Earnings Still In Focus

MidEast stocks were mixed, with only mild support coming from a gain in crude prices. Brent crude futures had added to Tuesday’s gains by Wednesday afternoon in local market hours, but investors were mostly still focused on the start of the earnings season. Sipchem said quarterly profit more than quintupled to 59.8 million riyals ($15.9 million), beating analysts’ average forecast ...

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Say Goodbye To The First Brewery In Lebanon And Middle East!

The first brewery in Lebanon and one of the oldest breweries in the Middle East opened its doors in Beirut in the thirties. It is located near Mar Mikhael. Also, La Grande Brasserie du Levant is known for producing Laziza which is a local beer. L’Orient Le Jour The brewery stopped production in 1995 and it officially closed down in 2003. Al ...

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The Middle East’s Bravest Woman

I would like to nominate a contender for “bravest woman in the Middle East.” A woman identified only by her given name, Khulood, created a stir across social media in Saudi Arabia when a video originally posted on Snapchat went viral. In the clip, Khulood walks around a historic fort in Ushayqir, about 100 miles north of Riyadh. She is ...

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Israel to remove Jerusalem metal detectors

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The metal detectors were installed earlier this month Israel will remove metal detectors from a holy site in Jerusalem and use less obtrusive surveillance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet voted for the move early on Tuesday. Tensions rose after two Israeli policemen were killed on 14 July at the site known to Jews as ...

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Middle East growth to dive as Saudi economy stagnates: IMF

The economies of countries in the Mena region as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan will subside to just 2.6 per cent growth this year: IMF The IMF projected that regional growth will rebound to 3.3 per cent in 2018, however. Dubai: Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is forecast to slow considerably over oil prices as ...

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The Trump administration should not give up on removing Assad in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on March 11. (SANA/Associated Press) By Michael G. Vickers By Michael G. Vickers July 23 at 3:07 PM Michael G. Vickers served as assistant secretary of defense for special operations, low-intensity conflict and interdependent capabilities and undersecretary of defense for intelligence during the Bush and Obama administrations. Based on recent statements by several senior ...

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