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Lebanon’s Nasrallah says non-sectarian politics not everybody’s demand

[11/11/2019 2:07:48 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Lebanese Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that canceling sectarian politics is not everybody’s demand. “There are other nationwide demands such as fighting corruption.” In a televised speech, the Hezbollah leader said he will not talk about the new Lebanese government, adding that he wants to leave doors open because talks are still underway. On Sunday three senior sources told Reuters talks to agree on an urgently needed new government were still deadlocked. “When it comes to the government formation ... the meetings are ongoing and the discussions are underway in the country. I will not discuss this matter ... and we will leave the door open,” Nasrallah said. *Al Arabiya

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Syria’s Assad: Anybody will be able to run in 2021 election

[11/11/2019 7:19:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian presidential election in 2021 would be open to anybody who wants to run and that there would be numerous challengers for the presidency. Assad, who made the comment in an interview broadcast on Monday on Russian state-funded television channel RT, faced two challengers at the 2014 election which he won by a landslide, but which his opponents dismissed as a charade. “Last time we were three and this time of course we are going to have as much as they want to nominate. There are going to be numerous nominees,” Assad said. Assad lambasted US and European sanctions on Damascus, which he said intended to inspire ordinary Syrians to blame, and rebel against, his goverment. “Those people were expected to rise against their government during the different stages of the war but they did not. They were supposed to support the terrorists – the ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘angels’ of White Helmets – but the people did not and stood with their government,” said Assad. Western attempts to topple the government in Damascus “did not work because people knew the whole story and knew where their interests lie,” Assad said. In July the US treasury department announced the sanctioning of 16 individuals and entities associated with an international network benefiting the Assad regime, including Syrian businessman Samer Foz. In January, the European Union sanctioned Foz and 15 other individuals and entities for using their ties with the Syrian regime for their own financial benefit. *Reuters

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US Rejects Jordan’s Opposition to Deport Wanted Terrorist

[11/9/2019 7:14:23 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The United States has rejected a claim by Jordan over its refusal to deport wanted Palestinian-Jordanian Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, as a Jordanian court ruled in 2017 that Amman’s extradition treaty with Washington is invalid, despite the US State Department saying the opposite in a report published this week. The report could lead to increased pressure by the White House on Jordan to extradite Tamimi to the United States, who helped organize the well-known suicide-bombing at a Sbarro pizzeria on Aug. 9, 2001, which killed 15 people, including two Americans, and injured about 130 others. Tamimi, who planned the attack, has shown no remorse, saying she has “no regrets.” She had been awarded $51,836 until she was released from prison, as part of a 2011 prisoner exchange that included Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release from Hamas captivity, when she then escaped to Jordan. Tamimi is on America’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” list, but the United States has been unable to secure her extradition as a 1995 extradition agreement was not ratified by Jordan’s government. *Algemeiner

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Israeli farmers to quit Jordanian lands as 25-year lease expires

[11/9/2019 7:07:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A deal dating from Israel’s historic 1994 peace treaty with Jordan allowing Israeli farmers to lease two sites along their common border runs out Sunday but the tenants say that nobody has told them what happens the day after. In the peace negotiations, Jordan agreed to lease the lands to Israel for a 25-year renewable period, with the Hashemite kingdom retaining sovereignty. One of the sites is Naharayim, a spit of land where the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers meet, which is called Baqura in Arabic. The other location, deep in the Negev desert south of the Dead Sea, is known in Hebrew as Tzofar and in Arabic as Ghumar. *Arab News

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Fierce clashes erupt between Syrian regime, Turkish forces on border: Report

[11/9/2019 7:08:05 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Fierce clashes erupted between Syrian regime forces and Turkish forces in the border town of Ras al-Ain in northeast Syria, the SANA state news agency reported on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported a violent attack carried out by pro-Turkish forces on the village of Tell Shuir where fierce clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces have been taking places since early Saturday morning. The observatory added that there is intense artillery support from Turkish forces, stating that Turkish forces also targeted regime positions in the area which lead to several injuries. It also stated that Turkish drones continue to target various positions in areas between Tell Tamr and Ras al-Ain. Turkey launched its third military incursion into northeast Syria last month to drive Kurdish YPG fighters from its border and establish a “safe zone” where it aims to settle up to two million Syrian refugees. After seizing a 120-km (75-mile) swathe of land along the border, Turkey struck deals with the United States and Russia to keep the Kurdish militia out of that area. Speaking to reporters on his flight home from a trip to Hungary, Erdogan said Turkey would only leave Syria once other countries have left as well, adding that the Turkish offensive would continue until all militants leave the area. *Agencis

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US’s Pompeo says Iran’s latest nuclear steps raise concern

[11/7/2019 7:30:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Iran’s recent “nuclear escalations” raise concerns that should move all countries to increase pressure on Tehran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, as Iran resumed uranium enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities. “Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action.” *Reuters

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Yemeni government, separatists hammer out peace deal

[11/5/2019 3:14:55 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council have signed the "Riyadh Agreement" to halt infighting. Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan were present at the signing ceremony. The agreement was signed by representative of the Yemeni government Salem al-Khanbashi and representative of the transitional council, Nasser al-Khabaji.

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