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Assad Calls Referendum on New Syria Constitution

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday approved a draft for a new constitution that would end his ruling Baath party’s monopoly on power in the fraught nation and open the door for all political parties to compete. Pictured: A pro-Syrian regime protester rides his scooter with his two sons, while holding a Syrian flag bearing…

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Is Arab Cinema On the Cusp of a Potential Renaissance?

The Arab spring has focused western attention on the Arab world in an unprecedented way. While events in Bahrain, Libya and Syria have turned progressively more violent, there was a period last year when Arab youth inspired onlookers with their courage and thoroughly modern attitudes. Pictured: Funding from the Doha Film Institute brought Black Gold,…

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Egypt Releases Australian Journalist, U.S. Student

Egyptian authorities have released an Australian journalist, his Egyptian translator and an American student detained last week for allegedly inciting people to strike.

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Mossad Gauges U.S. Reaction to Iran Strike

THE head of Israel’s foreign intelligence service made a secret trip to Washington this month to gauge the likely US reaction to a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Syria Is Bracing for All Out War

Fear and horror paralyzed residents in the Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, with snipers preventing anyone from moving and heavy shelling blasting through the air, opposition activists said.

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Syria’s Homs Battered as Civilian Plight Worsens

Syria’s army killed at least six civilians Tuesday in the heaviest shelling of Homs for several days, monitors said, as the international community warned of a humanitarian disaster in the city. A Syrian man’s face shows the slogan ‘Bashar for ever’ at a pro-regime rally in Damascus today (AFP, Patrick Baz)

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