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Tunisia: meeting of Libya neighboring States on 13th and 14th of July in Hammamet – 07/07/2014 – Huffington Post Maghreb

Tunisia should welcome on the 13th and 14th of July an international meeting with the Foreign Affairs ministers of the Libya neighboring States, aiming at considering how to support this country facing chaos, has announced on Monday the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Now a caliphate has been declared, the debate begins – 09/07/2014 – The National

If there is one positive that has come out of the announcement of a caliphate by the Islamic State (the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant or ISIL), it is the debate it has triggered in Arabic media.

Syria conflict: National Coalition elects new leader  – 09/07/2014 – BBC

Syria’s main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, has elected a new president. Hadi al-Bahra, the Coalition’s chief negotiator at the failed Geneva II peace talks with the Syrian government, was chosen at a meeting in Turkey. Like Ahmed al-Jarba, whom he replaces, he has close ties to Saudi Arabia.

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© AFP. The newly elected Coalition’s leader, Hadi al-Bahra.

Gaza air strikes are a necessary show of force for Israel – 10/07/2014 – The Guardian

Betting on Israel’s reluctance to invade Gaza, Hamas wants to demonstrate “resistance” to Israeli pressure and show off its capabilities, including long-range rockets and offensive operations using naval commandos and tunnels. Yet not only have these attempts so far been thwarted, but Hamas seems to have miscalculated yet again.

The Libyan version of Romeo and Juliette – 10/07/2014 – Orient XXI

Dragunov (from the name of Soviet-made sniper rifle) is the first TV drama series that was filmed at the end of the revolution. It has been broadcasting since the beginning of Ramadan (29th of June). The story is not very original, but since Shakespeare, it turns out to be relevant: Omar is in love with Mona, but Omar’s family is powerful while Mona’s is poor; Omar’s father was a respected military while Mona’s is dead in Kadhafi’s regime jails.

Houthis take control of Amran city – 10/07/2014 – Yemen Times

Yemeni warplanes carried out airstrikes in Amran city after Houthi fighters took control of the area on Tuesday (…) the Houthis faced no resistance in seizing the Special Security Forces camp in the city the previous day, a source in the 310th Armored Brigade said on condition of anonymity.