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Omani FM meets Syria’s Assad as flurry of diplomacy continues

Oman’s foreign minister has visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus amid a whirlwind of diplomatic activity to resolve the crisis. Oman is known to play a mediator role in the region. Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi and Assad talked in Damascus on Monday as regional and international actors mount a new offensive to …

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Zwanziger had ‘no knowledge’ that FIFA payment was dubious

A war of words between the German FA and its former president continued this weekend. The two sides have been trading allegations about alleged wrongdoing related to Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Former DFB (German FA) President Theo Zwanziger hit back on Saturday at current senior German football officials who have …

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As Argentines vote, outgoing president looms large

Satan or patron saint? As Argentines go to the polls, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner leaves behind a nation deeply divided. But could her exit also be the beginning of the end of years of economic isolation? Breaking up is hard to do. In the slums of Buenos Aires, this is especially true when it comes …

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Putin’s proxy war

President Putin turned 63 this week, but, as he savored his birthday cake, did the thought occur to him that he might have bitten off more than he could chew with his Syria strategy? Fiona Clark in Moscow investigates. Shortly after Russian warships fired 26 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea into Syria, some 1,500 …

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Al-Sisi’s blindside

A safe car journey often begins with adjusting the driver’s mirrors enabling him to better watch the road. However, in autocratic countries, driving rulers tend to adjust their mirrors to look at themselves rather than watching the road – a behaviour that might eventually lead to accident. Egypt, under Al-Sisi’s regime, is certainly keeping a …

Mohammed Nosseir

Netanyahu meets Putin amid fears of Russian military build-up in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Moscow’s weapon deliveries to Syria. The leaders focused on how to keep their armed forces out of each other’s way. At a meeting in Moscow on Monday, Netanyahu and Putin decided they would coordinate their military actions in Syria to avoid accidentally …

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Putin blames US for migrant crisis in Europe

Vladimir Putin blames the migrant crisis in Europe on the US for imposing its standards on the Middle East and Africa, while failing to understand their culture and traditions. Emma Burrows reports from Moscow. Vladimir Putin today blamed the migrant crisis in Europe on the United States for imposing its own standards on countries in …

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Wolfgang Niersbach: ‘A pilgrimage site for fans’

In October, the German football museum will open in Dortmund and for German FA President Wolfgang Niersbach, it’s a project close to his heart. In an interview with DW, he revealed just how excited he was. DW: Wolfgang Niersbach, what does this museum mean to you? Wolfgang Niersbach: This is the realization of a great …

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Iran showdown in Congress damages US credibility

The White House has secured enough support in the Senate to successfully veto a resolution that would “disapprove” of the Iran nuclear deal. But it is a hollow victory, as a presidential veto could damage US credibility. The votes have been tallied. At least 34 US Senators will support the Iran nuclear deal, and back …

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Why Putin is courting Bulgaria

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply attacked EU and NATO member Bulgaria for supporting Western sanctions against Russia – but now, his tone has noticeably softened. What’s changed? Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s statement in early July sounded almost apologetic: “It’s understandable that President Putin spoke very sharply with regard to Bulgaria. But we …

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The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government has condemned the visit of the Turkish foreign minister to Kirkuk

Kurdistan, a small region with big problems

The Iraqi Kurdistan dilemma: President Barzani’s term has ended, “Islamic State” jihadists are at the region’s doorstep; Turkey and the PKK are at war. Simple solutions are not in sight. If the number of migrants in the Autonomous Region Kurdistan in northern Iraq is any measure, the area must be the most attractive province in …

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Foreign interest rises in France’s Mistral ships

Several countries appear to be willing to buy the two Mistral helicopter carriers that France had initially intended to sell to Russia. After the canceled deal, there’s no shortage of other potential recipients. Some 10 countries voiced their interest in buying two French Mistral warships whose planned sale to Russia had been canceled due to …

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Afghan talks: Tough demands make peace deal unlikely

Demands made by Taliban representatives, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, make a peace deal with Kabul unlikely. To achieve this, the militants must change their position, say experts. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently said his delegation would receive a list of demands in the second round of the peace talks with …

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Lack of trust between Turkey and China

Turkish President Erdogan is traveling to Beijing to mend ties between the two countries. The Turkish leader is expected to discuss a number of contentious issues with the Chinese leadership, including the Uighur crisis. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a lot to discuss with his Chinese hosts in Beijing during his two-day official visit which ends on July 30….

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The President in Berlin: Reductio ad absurdum

By Mohamed Selim Whoever scheduled the President of Egypt’s visit to Berlin from 2 June to 4 June must be a political genius. That person/entity must be so perceptive that in order for the President’s visit to occur without any undesirable media frenzy, and thus achieve all its goals, it should take place in the …

Daily News Egypt

How much longer can Al-Sisi play solo?

    “You told me you were going to be like a bulldozer which paves the way…where is that bulldozer?” This figure of speech was used by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, aimed at Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb in a Sunday public speech. “President kids PM”, newspapers headlines read the next morning. But anybody who followed …

Amira El-Fekki