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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri suspends resignation
Hariri, whose resignation prompted fears Saudis had forced him out, eases regional tension by putting decision on holdThe Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, has said he is suspending the resignation that he announced two weeks ago from Saudi Arabia, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions around the Middle East.Our nation today needs at this sensitive time exceptional efforts from everyone to protect it against danger, Hariri said during independence day celebrations, having returned to Beirut late on Tuesday. We must dissociate from wars, external struggles and regional conflicts.
Nov 22, 2017 4:09PM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield in every sense
At the ancient site of Charax Spasinou, military activity has left an indelible mark. Should it be viewed as modern damage or as an important record of historical events?Modern conflict archaeology, the study of 20th and 21st century conflicts, is a new and slightly uncomfortable discipline in the world of archaeology. Its problematic in a number of ways.
Nov 22, 2017 3:27PM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel
Australian labelled naive and arrogant after he accused pro-boycott campaigners of trying to bully and censor musicians High-profile artists including Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Ken Loach have hit back at Nick Cave after the musician defended his tour of Israel as a principled stand against people trying to bully and censor musicians.Eno, Waters and Loach are among a group of artists who have joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a global campaign that aims to increase pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories, and lobbies artists, academics and businesses to refrain from engaging with or touring in Israel. Elvis Costello and Lauryn Hill are among the high-profile artists who have cancelled shows following pressure from the movement.
Nov 22, 2017 12:45AM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after surprise resignation
Prime minister, who has renounced power, flies back into country on eve of its independence day after prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia Lebanons prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation.Hariri stepped down from his post in a televised address on November 4 from Saudi Arabia and then remained in Riyadh, where he spent two weeks before making brief trips to Abu Dhabi, Paris and Cairo. Continue reading.
Nov 21, 2017 11:26PM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Male rape and sexual torture in the Syrian war: It is everywhere
When Sarah Chynoweth was asked to report on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis, she had no idea of the scale of the problemLast year I agreed to undertake a fact-finding mission for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syrian crisis. We knew that many women and girls were being targeted for rape and other sexualised violence, but we didnt know much about what was happening to men and boys. Drawing on a few existing reports, I assumed some boys were being victimised, as well as some men in detention centres, but that sexual violence against males was not common.
Nov 21, 2017 1:10PM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Syria military operation 'wrapping up', Putin tells Assad in Russia talks
Russian president meets Syrian counterpart publicly for first time in two years and praises their joint work in fighting terrorismVladimir Putin has hosted Bashar al-Assad for talks during which the two presidents agreed the focus in the Syrian conflict was switching from military operations to the search for a political solution. Related: Critical week for Syria as parallel talks get under way Related: Syria chemical attacks: Haley calls Russia 'shameful' after it vetoes UN inquiry Continue reading..
Nov 21, 2017 8:10AM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn
Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakes A multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said. Continue reading..
Nov 21, 2017 6:00AM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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UN urges Saudi Arabia to allow urgent aid supplies into Yemen
Humanitarian coordinator says many more people will die if blockade is not lifted for shipments of medicine and foodUN humanitarian agencies in Yemen have pleaded with Saudi Arabia to permit the delivery of two urgently needed shipments of medicine and food aid blocked outside the port of Hodeidah, warning that the 15-day Saudi-imposed blockade was endangering tens of thousands of lives.Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said: The position is very precarious. One of the aid shipments contains medicine to combat the cholera outbreak, and the other urgently needed food aid including grains and rice.
Nov 21, 2017 5:00AM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Family of detained Briton Laura Plummer apologise to Egypt
Relatives express gratitude for fairness justice system has shown towards woman accused of trafficking painkillersThe family of the detained British citizen Laura Plummer have issued an apology to the Egyptian government. Speaking to the Guardian, Plummers sister Rachel presented a statement on behalf of her family. I would like to place on record our gratitude for the fairness and just manner the Egyptian justice system has shown Laura, it says.
Nov 20, 2017 11:22AM - Guardian-MiddleEast
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Critical week for Syria as parallel talks get under way
Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran to meet in Sochi to push ceasefire and constitution plan as Assads opponents convene in RiyadhWith a flurry of diplomatic activity, two separate summits on Syria are to be staged this week to put decisive pressure on both sides to end the civil war and thrash out a new constitution that is likely to leave President Bashar al-Assad in power.With Islamic State crushed and the democratic opposition to Assad also in military retreat, the three key regional powers Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday to discuss how to wind down hostilities and draw up a political settlement. Related: Syrian opposition rejects Russia talks as west frets over influence Continue reading.
Nov 20, 2017 5:00AM - Guardian-MiddleEast