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WEDNESDAY, 19 December 2012
Syrian interior minister in Beirut for treatment
Syrian interior minister in Beirut for treatment
Palestinian refugees need help to enter West Bank, Gaza: Abbas
Israel approves new settlements in east Jerusalem for the first time in 12 years
Will he stay or will he go? Egypt’s new prosecutor in limbo
$1 billion Prophet Mohammed series planned by Qatar firm
Syria’s Interior Minister, Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday for medical treatment. A week after bombers attacked his ministry in central ... Read more
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Head of public relations at Syria’s general intelligence defects
Obama to join vigils for Connecticut school massacre
Syrian regime intensifies airstrikes as opposition fighters advance
Islamist Aboul Fotouh urges ‘no’ vote against Egypt’s draft
Mursi’s opponents, supporters clash on eve of divisive referendum
Videos against the Egyptian draft constitution surface social media
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Women will be safer if they start driving: Saudi activist
Allowing Saudi women to drive will be safer than having them commute with male drivers, a Saudi activist, Tahani al-Juhni, told Al Arabiya in a TV interview this week. “One journalist at al-Riyadh newspaper urged the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the … Read More
Iran cautiously mulls break up with Syria’s Assad
It wasn’t exactly a break-up moment between Iran and ally Bashar Assad. But Tehran’s whiplash diplomacy over the weekend suggested its embrace of the Syrian president could be cooling. Just a day after Iran’s foreign minister pledged unwavering support … Read More

Turkey is ‘world's biggest prison’ for journalists: watchdog
Turkey has more jailed reporters than China, Eritrea, Iran or Syria, making it “the world's biggest prison for journalists”, a leading media watchdog said on Wednesday. The report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) adds to a growing chorus of criticism from Western … Read More
Iraq’s President Talabani to go to Germany for treatment
Iraq’s ailing President Jalal Talabani will be transferred to Germany on Thursday for further treatment after an emergency that saw him hospitalized in Baghdad, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent. “The president’s condition is improving, and he will … Read More

Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours
Three workers in a polio eradication campaign were shot in Pakistan on Wednesday, and two of them were killed, the latest in an unprecedented string of attacks over the past three days that has partially halted the U.N.-backed campaign. The United Nations in Pakistan … Read More
Israel charges Tel Aviv bus bomb suspect
Israel charged an Israeli Arab citizen on Wednesday over a bomb explosion on a Tel Aviv bus during Israel's November military offensive in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Justice Ministry said. The bus was driving close to Israel's defense ministry complex … Read More

U.S. depleted uranium casts horrific shadow on Iraq’s newborns
American ammunitions may be the reason behind the mounting number of babies born with birth defects in Iraq, a study revealed on Tuesday. Accounts of children being born with cancer and birth defects have been highlighted in German newspaper Der Spiegel, where Iraqis who … Read More
Benghazi inquiry says security was grossly inadequate
Systematic failures within the U.S. State Department led to grossly inadequate security measures being taken up to deal with a Sept. 11 attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others at the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. “Leadership and management” … Read More

Iraq is a failed state and needs a revolution: former diplomat
Iraq missed out on the Arab Spring, but it not late for its youth to rise up against their government and turn Iraq, now a failed state, into a prosperous, functioning democracy, Iraqi veteran politician, Adnan al-Pachachi, has said. The 90-year-old Pachachi, former … Read More
Russia may ease Muslim Brotherhood ban to boost Egypt ties
Russia may ease restrictions on the Muslim Brotherhood soon to improve relations with Egypt and rebuild influence lost during the Arab Spring revolutions, diplomatic sources say. The election of President Mohammed Mursi, propelled to power by the Islamist group, offers … Read More

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
S. Korea joins Egypt, Saudi Arabia in suspending Brazilian beef imports
South Korea has suspended its imports of Brazilian beef, becoming the sixth country to do so over a two-year-old case of mad cow disease, authorities said on Tuesday. South Korea joined China, Japan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in halting Brazilian … Read More
Oman investment firm eyes stake sale for banking arm
Oman International Development and Investment Co (Ominvest) is exploring potential stake sales in its banking arm, Oman Arab Bank, on top of existing plans to list part of its unit on the Muscat bourse, the investment firm said. Ominvest had said in April that it was … Read More

Tunisia ‘desperately’ seeking EU economic cooperation
Tunisia is “desperately” seeking closer economic cooperation with Europe two years after the Arab Spring uprising to help tackle frustration at its failure to raise living standards, the head of the EU parliament said on Tuesday. “I have the impression … Read More
About $1 billion frozen in Switzerland after Arab Spring: Bern
Switzerland has blocked nearly one billion Swiss francs ($1.1 billion, 800 million euros) in assets linked to former autocratic Middle Eastern leaders since the Arab Spring, the Swiss foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Swiss government has held funds linked … Read More

FEATURES
Moolah from heaven? Cheques found at Western Wall
Moolah from heaven or a devilish scam? That is a question Jerusalem police are asking on Wednesday after signed cheques worth around half a billion dollars were found at the Western Wall. The 507 cheques were discovered in an envelope at the Jewish holy … Read More
Israeli Arabs unenthusiastic about Jan. 22 vote
Israeli Arab activist Rasool Saada is crisscrossing the country to encourage fellow Arab citizens to vote in Jan. 22 parliamentary elections, convinced they can make a difference. Numerically, he’s right. Historically, it hasn’t worked out that way. … Read More

VARIETY
‘Carrefour Couple:’ Saudi supermarket marriage attracts media attention
If Tom Cruise climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris to propose marriage to Katie Holmes, a Saudi man chose to exchange rings with his fiancé at Carrefour supermarket in Sulaimaniya, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The supermarket was where they first laid eyes on each … Read More
UNESCO celebrates first Arabic Language Day
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated Tuesday the first ever World Arabic Language Day in recognition of its role disseminating information across cultures and civilizations. “On 18 December 1973, the United Nations … Read More

SPORTS
Politics mars Syria vs Jordan football match
The Syrian national football team defeated Jordan 2 – 1 on Monday marking their spot in the semi-final of the 2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship. Despite being away from their homeland, the Syrian team wasn’t able to escape their country’s civil war. The … Read More
FIFA bans Bin Hammam from all football-related positions
Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam resigned from all football-related positions and was banned for life by world football’s governing body following “repeated violations” of its code of ethics while head of the Asian Football Confederation. … Read More

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Syria’s Ahmed Jibril and the Palestinian cause
Hazem Saghieh - Some say he fled to Mediterranean coastal Syrian city of Tartous, others say it’s somewhere else in …
Egypt: the ideological battle of the decade
Paul Sullivan - The demonstrations, violent incidents, resignations, accusations and more that are sweeping Egypt …
How U.S., Mideast gun laws measure up
Kourosh Ziabari - The fatal Dec. 14 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut which claimed the …
What outcome for Egypt’s constitutional vote?
Dr. Ayman el-Dessouki - The unofficial outcome of the first round of Egypt's controversial referendum appears to be in …
For Kuwaiti youth, the dream could become a reality
Muna al-Fuzai - Finally in Kuwait, we have a new government body that will focus on the nation’s youth—- a state …
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