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IRAN: Americans Held Hostage In Iran 35 Years Ago May Get Compensation

Americans held hostage in Iran some 35 years ago are hoping Congress will take up legislation to compensate them at the same time it considers the nuclear deal with Iran next month. Read more.

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LEBANON: Lebanese Hezbollah, Allied Christian Politicians Boycott Cabinet Meeting

Shi’ite group’s main Christian ally, reported that Salam had been informed of the decision, but did not immediately give a reason for it. Read more.

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ISRAEL: Ronald Dermer Israeli Ambassador To U.S. Says Iran Deal Dangerous

Ronald Dermer: “The alternative to this deal is to get a much better deal.” Read more.

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IRAN: Hassan Rouhani Biography And Profile

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani Biography And Profile

Born in Sorkheh, Iran in 1948, Hassan Rouhani studied Islam and earned degrees in law. A supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini. Read Hassan Rouhani Biography And Profile.

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PALESTINE: Mahmoud Abbas Resigns From Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee

Mahmoud Abbas said that he would resign as the chair of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. Read more.

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IRAN: British Embassy Reopens In Tehran

Philip Hammond is flying to Tehran for a ceremony to mark the move in the first visit to the country by a British foreign secretary since 2003. Read more.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Says Partisanship Bad For US Foreign Policy

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Says Partisanship Bad For US Foreign Policy

“Political partisanship and competition have taken US foreign policy hostage,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said. Read more.

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IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani Backs New Surface-To-Surface Fateh-313 Conqueror Missile

Hassan Rouhani: “We will buy weapons from anywhere we deem necessary. We won’t wait for anybody’s permission and won’t look at any resolution.” Read more.

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PALESTINE: Hanan Ashrawi Blames Tony Blair For Failure Of Viable Palestinian State By Serving Israeli Interest

PALESTINE: Hanan Ashrawi Blames Tony Blair For Failure Of Viable Palestinian State By Serving Israeli Interest

Palestinian officials have accused Tony Blair of serving Israeli interests and undermining prospects for a viable Palestinian state. Read more.

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SYRIA: ISIS Sells Sex Slaves Body Organs To Fund Terrorist Organisation

SYRIA: ISIS Sells Sex Slaves Body Organs To Fund Terrorist Organisation

ISIS jihadis are allegedly selling the body organs of thousands of sex slaves to fund the terrorist organisation. According to a new report. Read more.

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PALESTINE: Mike Huckabee Republican Presidential Candidate Says West Bank Part Of Israel

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Read more.

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SYRIA: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Raped Kayla Mueller Repeatedly

SYRIA: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Raped Kayla Mueller Repeatedly

Kayla Mueller, US aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Read more.

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PALESTINE: Jimmy Carter Says No Chance For Two-State Solution At This Moment

Jimmy Carter said that “these are the worst prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians in years,” Read more.

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PALESTINE: Because Of Hunger Strike Mohammed Allan Fell Unconscious At Israel Barzilai Hospital

Palestinian detainee in the ninth week of his hunger strike fell unconscious at an Israeli hospital in a case that could test Israel’s new force. Read more.

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ISRAEL: Are You Seriously Saying Gaza Is Independent?

Major Nir Peled.: “We know during winter people cross the fence to spend winter in Israel and not in Gaza Strip, which lacks heating abilities.” Read more.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Writer Zuhair Al-Kutbi Arrested For Promoting Political Reforms

Saudi Arabian writer Zuhair Al-Kutbi was arrested following his participation in a TV show calling for political reforms in the kingdom. Read more.

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SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad Cousin Suleiman Hilal al-Assad Arrested For Killing Army Officer

SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad Cousin Suleiman Hilal al-Assad Arrested For Killing Army Officer

“Suleiman Hilal al-Assad has been arrested and transferred to the appropriate authorities,” state news agency SANA reported

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PALESTINE: Outrage Over Palestinian Corruption Leaked Documents

PALESTINE: Outrage Over Palestinian Corruption Leaked Documents

Senior Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the documents authenticity to The Associated Press. Read more.

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MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia, Gulf Allies Escalating War In Yemen

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are escalating war in Yemen. Houthi rebels and their allies show no sign of bending to the will of Saudi Arabia. Read more.

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EUROPE: UK £6 Billion Arms Sales To Middle East War Zone Could Fall To ISIS

Britain is selling billions of pounds’ worth of weapons to the war-torn Middle East – including countries which could be overrun by ISIS. Read more.

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