More funerals on Sunday for Saturday's dead in Egypt

More funerals are being held on Sunday for those killed in protests throughout Egypt on Saturday. There is no accurate count of the scores of dead or the many thousands of injured, yet. On Sunday morning, the Egyptian Minister of Information — the one who was supposed to have resigned with the rest of the […]

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Meir Javendanfar worries about war, now

After noting that he usually tries “not to get worked up about reports of imminent war in the Middle East”, Iranian-born Israeli analyst Meir Javendanvar has just written, on the Real Clear World website, that “this time I really can’t shake the feeling that something ominous is about to happen, involving Hezbollah.  It will...

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Wataniya makes surprise decision to launch today

After huffing and puffing to blow the house down (well, to sue the Palestinian Authority, for Israel’s refusal to release sufficient telecommunications wavelengths), the Qatari and Kuwaiti-owned Wataniya mobile phone company made the surprise announcement that it had launched its service in Palestine today, just two weeks after the planned da...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister arrives in Riyadh for Arab Summit — a first?

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Network is reporting that the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has now arrived in Riyadh for the Arab Summit. He was apparently invited only on Sunday. “Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, heading a political delegation, arrived in Riyadh early Wednesday to attend the 19th Arab League...

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Qatar's Peacekeepers arrive in Lebanon – while Lebanese leave

A full contingent of 184 Qatari troops is now deployed with the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. As the UNIFIL press release says, the Qatari forces will be “assisting the Lebanese Army in securing stability in southern Lebanon as part of Security Council resolution 1701”. With the arrival of the Qataris, UNIFIL now has [&helli...

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Troops from Qatar set to join UNIFIL in Lebanon

The UN Spokesman told journalists on Wednesday that “The UN Interim Force for Lebanon says that an advance party for an infantry unit from Qatar has joined the Force ahead of a full deployment of Qatari peacekeepers. “

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Qatar, holding presidency of UN Security Council in December, will hold high-level meeting on “sustainable peace” in the Middle East on 12 December

Qatar’s Ambassador Nassir Abdelaziz al-Nasser, who is President of the United Nations Security Council in December, announced that a special ministerial-level Security Council meeting will be held at UNHQ in NY on 12 December.  The meeting, he said, would be chaired by Qatar’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair...

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