US: committed to Gulf security despite own energy wealth

Abu Dhabi - The United States is committed to preserving security in the oil-rich Gulf region despite its growing energy independence, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Sunday. "The United States and the UAE share a commitment to preserve security and stability throughout the Gulf," Pritzker told a business forum in Abu Dhabi. "That commitment will not change even as the United States becomes mor ...

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American artist Lori K.Gordon presents her works in Marrakesh

Marrakesh - Henna Cafe Cultural Association in Marrakesh has announced that internationally recognized American artist Lori K. Gordon will be presenting a collection of work in the cafe's first floor gallery. Gordon is Founder and President of Six Degrees Consortium, a cultural association dedicated to bridging cultures through visual art. The artist will be exhibiting her series “Morocco Adorned”, a body o ...

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Moroccan Minister of Justice Suspends 2 Judges

 Bordeaux - The Moroccan Ministry of Justice has still not revealed the names of the judges who were suspended last year. The release of the name of suspended Moroccan judges for 2012 had sparked outrage among their colleagues. This year, the Ministry of Justice has chosen not to reveal the identities of those punished in 2013. According to the Moroccan daily Assabah, after months of secret deliberations wi ...

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Italian Mafia Kills 3 year-old because of Grandparents’ Debt

Bordeaux - Nicola Campolongo's body was found with his grandfather's in a burnt car, making him the Italian mafia's youngest victim at only age 3. The toddler's body was found in a burnt-out Fiat Punto next to an abandoned farmhouse in Cosenza, Calabria. The corpses of his grandfather, 52 year-old Giuseppe Iannicelli and his Moroccan girlfriend, 27-year-old Ibtissa Taoussa, were also in the car that had bee ...

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Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

JERUSALEM– Scores of Jewish settlers on Thursday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in the city of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a Palestinian official told Anadolu Agency. Backed by Israeli forces, about 32 settlers stormed the compound from the Al-Magharba Gate, provoking Muslim worshippers, said one Islamic Endowment Authority official. According to the official, Israeli forces expelled three worshi ...

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Jordan to expel Syrian ambassador within days

  AMMAN (AA) – The Jordanian government will expel Syrian ambassador Bahgat Soliman within days, a Jordanian lawmaker told Anadolu Agency on Thursday. Abdullah Obeidat said the government had vowed to expel the Syrian envoy after the latter insulted Obeidat in an embassy statement. On Wednesday, the Jordanian media cited a statement attributed to the Syrian embassy in which the ambassador described Obeidat ...

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French President Hollande to address cheating scandal on Tuesday

Bordeaux- Allegations of cheating which led to the First Lady's hospitalization might be addressed during a press conference. French President François Hollande has had a rough weekend. Already the least popular President of the Fifth Republic, he is now facing more trouble after the revelation by tabloid Closer of his affair with French actress Julie Gayet. The cover of the magazine, released on Friday, sh ...

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Ban on French comedian turns into legal battle

  PARIS (AA) - The State Council ban of French comedian Dieudonne M'bala in performing in Nantes city has knock on effect for his Tours city performance. The French State Council's approval on banning the French comedian Dieudonne M'bala to perform at Nantes city for his anti-Semitic jokes led the Orleans administrative court on Friday to ban the French comedian from performing in Tours city. The State Coun ...

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Jesus’s birthplace Bethlehem marks Christmas in restive Mideast

Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Thousands of worshippers and tourists from around the world flocked Tuesday to Jesus's birthplace in Bethlehem, as the Middle East reels from conflicts and Pope Francis celebrates his first Christmas mass. Jerusalem's Latin patriarch will lead a procession to Bethlehem and celebrate midnight mass in the holy city attended by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and ...

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Israeli warplanes strike Hamas base in Gaza: witnesses

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)  Israeli warplanes attacked a Hamas base in Gaza Strip, eyewitness said, shortly after an Israeli man was shot dead by a Gazan sniper while working on the border fence. The planes fired at a Hamas training facility in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, with two more strikes reported east of Gaza City and another in the centre of the Palestinian enclave.   ...

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Israel ‘won’t ignore’ Gaza shooting: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his country would "not ignore" the killing of an Israeli man by cross-border fire from the neighboring Gaza Strip. "This is an extremely grave incident and we will not ignore it," Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office. "Our policy has been to thwart [attacks] and to respond forcefully, and that is what we will do in ...

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Bulgarian court rejects request for mosque to be returned

SOFIA (AA) – The case requesting the return of Hamza Bey mosque to the head of the Bulgarian Islamic Affairs has been rejected by the Stara Zagora country court in Bulgaria. This was one of the many cases that head of the Bulgarian Islamic Affairs has opened against the Bulgarian government for the foundation properties that have been seized during the communist regime. As the only remaining Ottoman work in ...

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