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Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

November 26th, 2014 No comments

In this Nov. 2011 photo, famous Lebanese singer Sabah speaks to journalists during her birthday in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's official news agency says beloved Lebanese singer and entertainer Sabah has died at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Ahmad Omar)BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.

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Russia vows support for Syria’s Assad to combat ‘terrorism’

November 26th, 2014 No comments

By Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska SOCHI, Russia/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the Black Sea as part of Moscow’s renewed diplomatic push to restart peace talks on Syria. …
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Europeans debate common stand on Palestine

November 26th, 2014 No comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated by deadlock in the Middle East peace process, a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.
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British brothers jailed for attending militant training camp in Syria

November 26th, 2014 No comments

Mohommod Hassin Nawaz is seen in this undated police custody image made available by the Metropolitan Police in LondonLONDON (Reuters) – Two brothers from London on Wednesday became the first Britons to be convicted for attending a militant training camp in Syria as Western governments increasingly warn of the threat posed by fighters returning from conflicts in the Middle East. Finding them guilty of conspiracy to attend a terrorist training camp, the judge at London's Old Bailey sentenced Mohommod Hassin Nawaz, 31, and his 23-year-old brother Hamza Nawaz, to four and three-and-a-half years in jail respectively. …

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Famous Lebanese Singer Sabah Dies at Age 87

November 26th, 2014 No comments
Sabah in her prime

The great Lebanese singer and actress known as Sabah has died at the age of 87.  Born Jeanette Gergis al-Feghali to a Maronite Christian family in 1927, she was a prolific singer (reportedly 3,500 songs and least 50 albums), film actress (98 films, mostly made in Egypt), and bride (at least 7 and perhaps as many as 10 husbands, still a matter of dispute in the Arab celebrity tabloids).

She was one of the most senior singing divas of the Arab world, not equaling the late Umm Kulthoum or Fairuz, but certainly in the first rank. From the 1940s into her declining years she continued to entertain. (And marry: the dispute over the number of husbands stems from knowing at least one purported marriage was a publicity stunt and another perhaps an April fool’s joke. Reports that she married her longtime hairdresser/caretaker in 2012 when she was 85 have been disputed. At least seven marriages seems undisputed. And there were rumors of affairs as well.

She is widely believed to have had frequent plastic surgeries,which combined with her marriage habit have led to numerous jokes, which I will not repeat. De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

In recent years she has been frequently hospitalized and there have been multiple rumors of her death. This one, however,does not appear to be a rumor. I’m no expert on her music, but for the true fans among you, one fan has a one hour and 40 minute collection on YouTube:
 
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Raqqa air strikes death toll rises

November 26th, 2014 No comments

Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday.
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Eight hostages freed in Yemen raid

November 26th, 2014 No comments

Yemeni troops take part in a raid to rescue a group of eight hostages being held by al-Qaeda, but there are conflicting reports of US involvement
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Arab world’s beloved singer Sabah dies at 87

November 26th, 2014 No comments

In this Nov. 2011 photo, famous Lebanese singer Sabah speaks to journalists during her birthday in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's official news agency says beloved Lebanese singer and entertainer Sabah has died at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Ahmad Omar)BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, an icon of Arab music, died Wednesday after a career that spanned over six-decades, Lebanese media said. She was 87.

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Guessing game: What are OPEC nations thinking?

November 25th, 2014 No comments

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011, file photo, an employee works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex, in Brega, eastern Libya. OPEC produces one-third of the world’s oil and, in theory, at least, can affect global oil prices depending on how much oil it decides to sell. In reality, OPEC member countries have different, often conflicting priorities and don’t adhere to the cartel’s official targets for production. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Does Saudi Arabia have it out for frackers in the U.S.? Or Iran? Or Russia? Will low oil prices make it easier to fight the Islamic State? Or harder?

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As OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom

November 25th, 2014 No comments

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, oil personnel work at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, Iraq. OPEC's purpose is to coordinate oil output to keep prices high and stable, to maximize member countries’ revenue but make sure global demand for oil stays strong. A steep, coordinated cut in output could stop and possibly reverse what has been a 30 percent decline in price over five months. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)NEW YORK (AP) — These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.

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