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Erdoğan and Rouhani arrive in Astana to attend OIC Summit, discuss regional issues

Rakiya Albaloot | September 9, 2017 Turkish president Erdoğan and his Iranian counterpart arrived on Saturday to the Kazakh capital to attend Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit scheduled to kick off on Sunday. According to official statements, the leaders will be discussing bilateral ties between their countries, …

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The power bloc: Turkey is done with the EU, and now eyeing a Pakistan, Russia, China alliance

Erdogan wants to join China-Russia bloc via Pakistan. By Zain Khan • The power bloc A power bloc may just be formed from the friendship between Ankara, Islamabad, Russia and China. As celebrations are ongoing for the 70 years of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Pakistan, the long economic relations …

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King of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia in October

By Peter Korzun • Despite differences over Syria and the Iranian nuclear deal, current Russia-Saudi Arabia relations are arguably at an apex, both in terms of shared interests and mutual understanding. It has just been announced that King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will visit Russia in late October. …

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Will Jordan normalize relations with Syria?

Shehab Al Makahleh  Special to Al Arabiya English | Monday, 4 September 2017  Jordan has expressed optimism over the reopening of its border crossing in southern Syria, with government spokesman Mohammed Momani affirming that relations between the two sides were “heading in the right direction”. Expressing satisfaction at increased …

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Is Canada poised to replace the US in the settlement of the Middle East issues?

Stana Dubajic • With the current US administration visibly divided over all major international issues, coupled with the fierce fight of the American political establishment to discredit Donald Trump’s presidency, and the diplomatic Cold War with Russia, the questions arise as to which Western country will replace Washington in the settlement …

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FSA Released Syrian pilot and 30 SAA soldiers that had been captured in southeastern Syria

On August 31, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups of Jaysh Ahrar al-Ashayer and Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya released a Syrian pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Ali al-Helw and 30 Syrian soldiers. Al-Helw’s warplane, a Mig-23BN, crashed in the northern Suwayda countryside on August 15. Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya captured the …

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Awakening through suffering: Why Arab Unity is the only answer to modern crises

by Nedka Babliku • With the opening of the 59th Damascus International Fair this month after a five-year hiatus, one can assume with cautious optimism that Syria has won the war against terrorism and Imperialist aggression, if not yet militarily, certainly intellectually and spiritually. The Fair was a major …

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Putin and Netanyahu: The World’s Most Powerful President Meets the World’s Most Powerful Liar

By Adam Garrie | August 28, 2017 – There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin is the world’s most powerful President. By comparison, while China’s Xi Jinping is highly powerful and intelligent, China’s leadership retains a collective element while in Russia, Vladimir Putin maintains an unwritten but obvious veto power over all major decisions. …

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EXCLUSIVE: Jordanian Iraqi border crossing to reopen after Eid Al Adha

By Shehab Al Makahleh, Special to Al Arabiya English | Friday, 25 August 2017 • Jordan and Iraq have agreed to reopen the Turaibil – al-Karamah border crossing shortly after Eid Al Adha. A Jordanian security official has told Al Arabiya English that the Karamah crossing will be opened for …

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