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U.S. Apache Delivery Highlights Mixed Messaging on Egypt

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - Last October, the Barack Obama administration suspended the delivery of attack helicopters to Egypt's interim government following the Jul. 2 military ouster of Egypt's democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Imprisoning Themselves to Stay Safe

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq, Apr 22 (IPS) - "I don't dare tell you who the murderers are but their target is just us, Turkmens," says Ahmed Abdulla Muhtaroglu, sitting by the portrait of his brother killed last year.

OP-ED: Egyptian-Saudi Coalition in Defence of Autocracy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 15 (IPS) - The Bahraini Arabic language newspaper al-Wasat reported on Wednesday Apr. 9 that a Cairo court began to consider a case brought by an Egyptian lawyer against Qatar accusing it of being soft on terrorism.

Iraqi Sunnis Seek a Say

Saturday, April 12, 2014

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan, Apr 12 (IPS) - Sunni Muslims have set up a new party amidst uncertainties whether elections can be held as scheduled in the troubled western regions of Iraq. Polling for the 328-seat Iraqi parliament is due Apr. 30.

Jordan Faces Looming and Complex Cancer Burden

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMMAN, Apr 10 (IPS) - The concrete skeleton of a twin 13-storey complex towers over surrounding buildings on one of Amman's busiest streets. The ongoing expansion of the King Hussein Cancer Centre symbolises progress as much as it portends a crisis.

New Treatments May Defuse Viral Time Bomb

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

CAIRO, Apr 09 (IPS) - Mohamed Ibrahim first learned he had hepatitis C when he tried to donate blood. Weeks later he received a letter from the blood clinic telling him he carried antibodies of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). He most likely acquired the disease from a blood transfusion he received during surgery when he was a child.

Criminal Court a U.S.-Israeli 'Red Line' for Palestinians

Monday, April 07, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 07 (IPS) - When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts and prisoners of war.

Truman Was Less “Pro-Israel” than Commonly Known, New Book Says

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 03 (IPS) - With U.S.-mediated Israel-Palestinian peace talks once again dangling over the abyss, a new book has kicked up controversy over the roots of U.S. policy toward Israelis and Palestinians.

Fighting Now Brings Disease

Saturday, March 29, 2014

DAMASCUS, Mar 29 (IPS) - For just that moment, the refugees in Yarmouk camp in Damascus made news. After months of facing starvation and death in the shadows of the Syrian civil war came packets of food and aid in January - with cameras in tow.

OP-ED: Egypt’s Death Sentences Test U.S. Resolve

Friday, March 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Mar 28 (IPS) - The summary mass trial and sentencing of 529 Egyptians to death this week is yet another example of Egypt's descent into lawlessness and blatant miscarriage of justice.

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