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Daily Archives: February 27, 2016

Kosovo MPs elect FM Thaci as new president

Legislators in Kosovo have elected Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci as the new president without the presence of opposition lawmakers, who have condemned his dealings with Serbia and Montenegro. Following a Friday vote, the parliament’s election committee announced that Thaci received 71 votes. A total of 81 MPs were present in the ...

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Lebanon will not become Saudi emirate: Hezbollah

Hezbollah has warned Saudi Arabia that Lebanon is not to fall under Riyadh’s tutelage, despite the kingdom’s piling pressure on Lebanese officials to apologize for their stances. Saudi Arabia retracted a $4 billion aid pledge to Lebanon last week and demanded apology later after Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil refused to back a motion crafted by ...

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UAE tortured Americans, Canadian: Report

A report says two Americans and a Canadian, all holding dual Libyan citizenship, and two other Libyan nationals have faced grave torture while in custody in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Guardian reported the findings on Friday, citing evidence from sources within the UAE, who have asked the paper ...

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Senate Dems start feud with Obama over Israel

US Senate Democrats have started a public feud with President Barack Obama over his decision to exclude provisions on Israeli settlements from a bill that punishes American companies contributing to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) against Israel. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which was ...

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Iraq PM censures UAE minister’s insults to volunteer troops

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced comments by the UAE foreign minister about volunteer forces fighting Takfiri groups, saying they amounted to meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs.  Abadi reiterated support for the Hashd al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization) units, saying they have fought alongside the army against Daesh militants, Iraq’s al-Sumaria news channel reported on Friday. ...

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