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US Seeks Canadian Assistance in Fight Against ISIS

New York - The United States reiterated on Wednesday their commitment to intensifying the fight against the so-called “Islamic State” group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, said the US Department of Defense. During a meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels with the Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter reiterated his country’s commitment to intensifying its ...

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Qatar Petroleum Expands its Oil and Gas Assets Base in Morocco

Rabat - Qatar Petroleum has inked an agreement with Chevron to acquire 30 percent of its stake in three deep-water offshore exploration leases, offshore Morocco, the Qatari state-owned Oil Company announced on Monday. The leases are Cap Rhir Deep, Cap Cantin Deep and Cap Walidia Deep, according to a statement by Qatar Petroleum. Located between 100-200km west and northwest of Agadir city, the leases cover a ...

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ISIS Sending Fighters Among Refugees, Warns German Spy Chief

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - The Islamic State (ISIS) "has undoubtedly sent militants into Germany, as well as many other European nations," according to claims made on Friday by the head of the Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the “BfV.” Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the BfV, claimed that his organization had received over 100 tips regarding the presence of ISIS members among asylum seekers during a ...

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Morocco Contributes Nearly $ 10 Million to Help Victims of War in Syria

London - Morocco has contributed nearly $ 10 million to help ease the sufferings of the victims of war in Syria, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar said on Thursday. Speaking at London’s Syria Donor Conference, Mezouar pointed out that this contribution enabled the establishment and extension of the Moroccan field hospital in Zaatari Camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Establish ...

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West Bank: Israel Demolishes Palestinian Houses in Two impoverished Villages

By Daniela Castro New York - Israeli army bulldozers destroyed 24 structures on Tuesday morning in two West Bank villages, claiming they were illegally constructed, leaving around 80 people temporarily homeless. “On Tuesday villagers dug through the remains of their homes, set up temporary tents and transported furniture they had managed to save from houses to the places they planned to sleep,” according to ...

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Egyptian Courts Overturn Death Sentences for 149 Muslim Brotherhood Members

by Jonathan Walsh Rabat - An appeals court in Egypt overturned on Wednesday the death sentences of 149 members of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood party, who were convicted for their involvement in the deaths of police officers in August 2013. Last February, 189 people had been sentenced to death in connection with the incident although over 30 of these still remain charged. They were found guilty  and have ...

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Mecca: 40 Accused of Negligence in Grand Mosque’s Crane Collapse

Rabat - At least 40 people have been identified as suspects involved in the incident in which a massive crane that collapsed atop the Grand Mosque in Mecca last September 11, killing 111 people and injuring over 238 others. Saudi authorities and the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) in Mecca opened a case following the deadly crane crash, in which it was reported that strong winds and hea ...

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ISIS Kills 60 People in Terrorist Attack in Syria

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Up to 60 people, including 25 Shia fighters, have been killed and up to 110 left injured in suicide attacks on the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, located to the south of capital Damascus on Sunday. The attack will increase pressure on both Government and opposition groups as they prepare to meet in Geneva, in hope of finding a political resolution to the ongoing civil war in the re ...

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FAO Warns of Rapidly Deteriorating Food Security in Yemen

Rome  -  More than half of the total population of Yemen - some 14.4 million people - are food insecure, as ongoing conflict and import restrictions have reduced the availability of essential foods and sent prices soaring, FAO said on Thursday. The number of food insecure people has grown by 12 percent since June 2015 (36 percent since late 2014), according to the UN agency. "Food insecurity and malnutritio ...

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Syrian Refugee Invited to Obama’s State of the Union Address Arrives at The White House

New York – Dr. Refaai Hamo, the Syrian refugee who was invited to U.S. President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address (SOTU) on Tuesday night, has arrived in The White House. The White House official Facebook page posted a picture of Dr. Hamo who is standing on one side of The White House’s front lawn at his arrival. American organization Humans of New York (HONY), which met with the Syrian refugee whil ...

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Facebook Denies Removal of ‘Jews & Arabs Kiss’ Video

New York - A video showing Israeli Jews and Arabs kissing mysteriously disappeared from Facebook just a few hours after it was posted by TimeOut Tel Aviv on Thursday morning. The two-minute video had garnered over 100,000 likes and been shared more than 5,500 times at the time it went off the social media platform. Baffled by the mystery of its disappearance, its creators reportedly contacted Facebook to in ...

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Escalation of Iran-Saudi Arabia Row Could Have Disastrous Effects on the Region: Analyst

New York - The conflict that has erupted in the last few days in Iran and Saudi Arabia has the Middle East under further stress.  Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday morning of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was denounced by Iranians, who labeled it as a “crime.” On the same evening, angry Iranian protesters stormed and torched the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in the city of Mashad, in norther ...

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