15th-21st March

Obama and Abbas to meet White House – Asharq al-Awsat – 17/03/2014

US President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss a number of issues related to the Palestinian–Israeli peace process.

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Syrian army captures strategic border town – Al Jazeera – 17/03/2014

Syrian forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, are in full control of Yabroud after clearing out rebels holed up in the strategic Syrian town for months, Syrian state media and opposition activists have reported.

Riyadh: no international mediation with Qatar – Gulf News – 18/03/2014

Saudi Arabia has ruled out the possibility of international mediation in its dispute with Qatar, and said that the conflict will not be resolved “until Qatar revises its policies”.

Israel bombed Syrian positions on the Golan – Le Monde – 19/03/2014

The tension is suddenly moved up a notch, Wednesday, March 19, at the Syrian-Israeli border: in the night, Israeli warplanes bombed several Syrian positions, including a military training center, headquarters and batteries of artillery. The Syrian army said that a soldier was killed and seven others wounded.

The bosses break into the campaign – Courrier International – 19/03/2014

The support given to the Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s candidature for a fourth term by the direction of the employers organization, FCE, has caused an unprecedent crisis within this structure now ready to implode.

Settlements: Israel approves plans to build more than 2,000 housing – Le Monde – 20/03/2014

In the West Bank, the Israeli military administration has approved plans to build more than two thousand homes in the settlements of the occupied Palestinian territory.