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UN to probe Syria chemical weapons

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United Nations inspectors will go to Syria to visit three sites where chemical weapons are suspected of being used, a spokesman says.
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Police ordered to end Cairo sit-ins

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Egypt’s military-backed cabinet orders police to end sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Morsi, saying they are a national security threat.
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Saudi police on the hunt for a ‘witch’ housemaid

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Saudi police are searching for an Indonesian housemaid accused by her employer of casting a magic spell on all his family, causing fainting and epileptic fits to them.  The Saudi man said the maid joined his family in the capital Riyadh nearly three years ago and that she has been treated nicely by all family members.  “Recently, all family members has started to suffer from fainting and epileptic fits. After the housemaid fled, we found magic items planted in various part of our house,” the unnamed man said, quoted by Sabq Arabic language daily.   “I swear that we do not want to hurt her but to stop her evil acts against us and others,” said the man, who published a picture of the 31-year-old maid in newspapers.” (thanks Regan)

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Nabil Fahmy must be furious

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The new foreign minister of Egypt (who has a sizable ego that he inherited from his father) must be furious: he is not allowed to communicate with the US Secretary of State.  He can talk on the phone with Saudi foreign minister, but only Baradei is allowed to talk to Kerry.

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Imagine if this happened in a Muslim city

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“En route to pick up little sister, 15-year-old girl wearing tank top, skirt spat on by haredi man after refusing to walk behind fence. Before spitting on her, haredi man says: You’re immodest, there are people studying Torah here“.

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The Battle for Aleppo!

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The Syrian Army’s recapture of Aleppo is militarily not complicated. The Army knows it and the amalgam of militias fighting it know it to.
However, the Syrian government knows that the recapture (final battle) of Aleppo will be the severest blow to the US/Saudi/Turkish & Co. alliance.
IMO, the government will refrain from this move for the time being, even though it will continue it’s recapture of the rest of Syria. Aleppo’s final salvo is for another day and another stars realignment.
The government will paralyze the militias-amalgam, but will leave the coup de grace for another day, not too far in the future.

NOTICE, the Syrian Army’s steady progress 

NOTICE, the atmospherics in the North with the Kurds & the ‘amalgam-militias‘. 

NOTICE, Bandar’s emergency flight to Moscow.


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Vladimir Putin telling Bandar ‘what’s what’ in Syria

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#BreakingNews: #Putin meets in Moscow with Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan
@AlArabiya_Eng 33 minutes ago  


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Saudi pilgrims slashed by half for Hajj

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Saudi Arabia announced that only 104,000 domestic pilgrims will be permitted to perform Hajj this year and the number of foreign pilgrims will be cut by 20 percent, reports Xinhua. As many as 208,000 Saudi pilgrims preformed Hajj last year, Al Riyadh newspaper reported Wednesday. The the number will be slashed by half to reduce congestion at the Grand Mosque due to ongoing extension works, …
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Livni urges Israel support for talks

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Israel’s peace negotiator, Tzipi Livni, calls on parties in its coalition government to support the latest round of direct talks with the Palestinians.
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Libyan Drums

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Libyan musicians; Photography by Dr. Virgil Clift in the 1950s

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