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Displaced for the 73rd time, Iraqi Yazidis escape through Simalka

Displaced Iraqi Yazidis settle in at Newroz camp in al-Hassakah province, north eastern Syria on August 14, 2014, after fleeing Islamic State militants in Iraq. (Photo: AFP-Ahmed al-Rubaye)

By: Ayham Merhi

Published Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, most of them Yazidis, pass through the borders of Iraq and Syria through the Simalka border crossing. Simalka has become the only safe passage for Iraqis fleeing the persecution of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and for scores of Syrians who seek to return to their homes.

Washington and Paris fear for Lebanon’s stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri shake hands before a meeting at the US Chief of Mission Residence June 26, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo: AFP-Brendan Smialowski)

By: Maysam Rizk

Published Friday, July 4, 2014

There have been several US statements indicating, sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicitly, that Lebanon will inevitably be drawn into the Iraqi and Syrian quagmires. The last such statement, which confirmed that “Lebanon will not escape the sectarian storm in the region,” was reported by Lebanese politicians who met with US officials.

Egypt extends presidential vote to Wednesday amid low turnout

An Egyptian man walks past army vehicles stationed outside a polling station in Cairo on May 27, 2014, on the second day of Egypt's presidential election. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Khaled)

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Egypt's presidential election was extended by a day on Tuesday in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the front-runner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

After Sisi called for record voter participation, low turnout would be seen at home and abroad as an immediate setback for the field marshal who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi.

Gaza: Only four doctors for 13 thousand cancer patients

Palestinian doctors treat wounded children in a hospital following an airstrike by Israeli warplanes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP- Mohammed Abed)

By: Amjad Yaghi

Published Saturday, April 26, 2014

Palestinians in Gaza cope with the bitterness of the occupation and do what they can to confront their difficult living conditions. But thanks to the siege and the ongoing conflict between the Ramallah and Gaza governments, there remains no place for hope for cancer patients in Gaza. They suffer from the pain of health complications and face a number of obstacles that prevent them from traveling for treatment.

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