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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during US elections

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 US elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the election.The IRA is a Russian organization that according to lawmakers and researchers, ...

Turkey seeks Russian approval for air campaign against Syrian Afrin

Friday, 19 January 2018

Turkey dispatched its military chief to Moscow on Thursday, seeking approval for an air campaign in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin region, although Damascus warned it could shoot down any Turkish planes in its skies. Turkey’s foreign minister said the Moscow trip by Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar was part of talks with both Russia and Iran, the two main backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to allow Turkish planes to take part in an Afrin campaign. The ...

American entry in the Syrian crisis

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Syrian army made up of 30,000 fighters is being built east of Euphrates, bordering Turkey and northern Iraq. Half of this army will consist of Syrian Kurds and the other half will consist of the sons of Arab and other regions. The US is the head of this project, and the new player who has finally decided to fight the Syrian war on the ground with the support of opposition forces, so it can impose its vision of what a political solution will be in Syria. The Asharq al-Awsat newspaper was the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Lavrov: Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal

Monday, 15 January 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal. Lavrov spoke days after US President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the “terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal. “We will not support what the United States is trying to do, changing the wording of the agreement, incorporating things ...

Back to fighting in Syria

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The war in Syria did not stop but the fighting decreased as arrangements are underway to end it. Promises to achieve a “peaceful” settlement have spread optimism to the point that several governments sent back their ambassadors to Damascus and the opposition was declared dead. “Victorious” parties, i.e. Assad’s government, Iran and Syria, began to act arrogantly by ignoring the Geneva conference as they think the Sochi negotiations are the only means to finalize ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Russia says it eliminated Syria rebels who attacked its base

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Russian military says it has eliminated a group of rebels who have attacked Russia’s air base in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it tracked down the rebels with drones and struck them with artillery while they were getting into a minibus in the northwestern province of Idlib. It said in Friday’s statement that the Russian military also destroyed a rebel facility for assembling drones in Idlib. The mortar shelling of the Hemeimeem air base killed two Russian servicemen on ...

In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy  57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes. Russia’s central election commission on Friday said it had registered Pavel Grudinin, who runs a farm business on the edge of Moscow, as the party's candidate for the March 18 election after the communists unexpectedly decided against putting up their ...

Will a new world order start taking shape in 2018?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The US National Security Strategy document, which was released on December 18, 2017, marks the completion of an important stage in international relations and balance of power in international politics.Russian military intervention in eastern and southern regions of the Mediterranean after many had started believing that Russia was a marginal power and the resumption of its military and political activities as a mediator in the Middle East has raised alarm bells in the US Congress and the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Pedal power to take Egyptian man all the way to Russia for World Cup

Sunday, 7 January 2018

An Egyptian man will join thousands of Egyptians in Russia to watch his team play in the 2018 World Cup. However, unlike many, his main mode of transportation to get there will be his bicycle. Mohamed Nofal, along with a group of cyclists who will join him, will start his journey from the Pyramids of Giza on March 9 and plans to reach Russia on June 10. He told Al Arabiya that he will head to Suez with his bicycle from the pyramids,  go on to Sharm el-Sheikh, then take a boat to Aqaba in ...

Russian airbase in Syria’s Latakia attacked second time this week

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Khmeimim military airport, which hosts the biggest Russian airbase in Syria, was attacked for a second time in a row this week by a drone believed to belong to a faction in the countryside of Latakia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. They added that forces working in the airport shot down the attacking plane. No information was released on the extent of damage and human losses caused by the attack. 17 killed in eastern Ghouta bombing The Observatory said at least 17 people were ...

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