Middle Orient

‘Opposition deal with regime frustrating’

BEIRUT — Two months after a one-million-strong march against Syria’s domination, many Lebanese feel cheated by opposition politicians who compromised with Damascus and failed one of their leaders — slain journalist Samir Kassir. “Leave us alone. None of you could protect him,” cried Gisele Khoury, during the funeral of her …

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US shifts towards caution on reform

CAIRO — The US approach to political change in Egypt has shifted in favour of those who advocate caution to keep Islamists out of power until they clarify or modify their policies, diplomats and analysts say. Another school of thought, pressing for rapid change regardless of consequences, appeared to be …

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Crackdown squeezes Palestinians in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Palestinian refugee Thaier Noureddine never wanted to leave Iraq, even if he could return to the land his family fled after the 1948 Middle East war. But he’s been desperate for a way out since Iraqi security forces arrested his brother Ghazwaan and three other Palestinians in a …

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EU sees post-vote country agreeing to nuke deal

TEHRAN — Western diplomats are confident Iran has chosen a pragmatic line in negotiations over its nuclear programme and say a long-term deal is possible with the EU, and eventually the United States, if they can come up with the right incentives. In recent months the Islamic republic has been …

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Hardliners seek consensus to defeat Rafsanjani

TEHRAN (Reuters) — Pressure mounted on Wednesday on four hardline candidates in Iran’s June 17 presidential race to reach consensus on a single nominee to challenge wily former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who leads opinion polls. A new survey showed Rafsanjani, 70, still leading the pack of eight candidates, but …

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22 Iraqi soldiers kidnapped

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Twenty-two Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped near the Syrian border, an Iraqi military source said Wednesday as four US soldiers were killed in less than 24 hours in attacks north of the capital. With no let-up in the targeting of the country’s fledgling security forces, senior Iraqi Shiite …

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Abbas, Sharon to meet in 3rd week of June

Israel to free 400 prisoners today OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (Agencies) — Israel will free 400 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday in what Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called an attempt to boost moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of a Gaza withdrawal. Palestinian officials dismissed the long-delayed release as a public relations …

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‘Mr TV’ delivers angry indictment against Israeli occupation, settlement policy

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel’s most respected TV news anchor took a firm stand against Israeli settlers and occupation that could sway public opinion much as his US counterpart did on the Vietnam war nearly 40 years ago. For four decades, Haim Yavin has anchored the evening news on Israel’s public …

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Activists protest assault on female reporter

CAIRO (AP) — Dressed mostly in black, about 500 Egyptian journalists, human rights activists, celebrities, novelists, and pro-democracy supporters responded to a call Wednesday to protest the alleged harassment of women journalists and protesters during last week’s referendum vote. The women were reportedly beaten and groped while protesting or covering …

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