Egypt court adjourns Al Jazeera retrial for ninth time

Cairo court adjourns long-running retrial of Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, and Mohamed Fahmy until August 2. An Egyptian court has adjourned the long-running retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists for the ninth time, with the next hearing scheduled for August 2. Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, and Canadian Mohamed…

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Nato Member Onslaughts Kurds; MENA Accuses NATO of Blindness

original title: Turkey Onslaught On Kurds After I.S. Attack, Fuels Anger Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels. In Turkey’s Kurdish heartland, the government’s renewed military onslaught against the rebels…

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United Nations warns Turkey against calling buffer a ‘safe zone’

United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien warned Turkey on Tuesday against calling its planned buffer in northern Syria “a safe zone” unless there is a guarantee of protection for civilians who are likely to flood the area for help. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that a “secure zone” would…

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EU’s Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region: TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran’s state TV reported. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also cited wider effects of the deal, saying Tehran and the European…

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Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin discuss situation in the Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, and better cooperation in fighting Islamic State, the Kremlin said late on Sunday. During a telephone conversation, both sides stressed that all interested states should boost efforts to successfully…

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