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    1. By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A senior Israeli intelligence official who tracks the regional arms balance said on Wednesday that Egypt was buying Russia's advanced S-300 air defense system, a deal reported in Russian media but not confirmed by Cairo. Asked about the Israeli remarks, an Egyptian official reached by Reuters did not corroborate them but said that Israel should not feel ...

    2. Iran 'concerned' over Egypt death sentences

      IANS via Yahoo Maktoob NewsMay 19 04:51 AM

      Tehran, May 19 (IANS) Iran on Tuesday expressed "concern and regret" over an Egyptian court sentencing to death former president Mohammed Morsi and his supporters. "Such verdicts, which encourage violence and exclusion (of opponents), hurts Egypt's image and credibility," Xinhua news agency quoted foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said. Iran believed that political problems in Egypt ...

    3. SANAA, Yemen — Peace talks on Yemen will begin next week in Geneva, the U.N. announced Wednesday, as the international community tries to end weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes against an Iran-supported rebel group and a growing humanitarian crisis that has left millions short of food and fuel. As fighting in the Arab world's poorest country continued with airstrikes against the rebels in at least ...

    4. UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced talks between warring Yemeni parties in Geneva on May 28 to end over seven weeks of war, as Iran agreed for international inspections of an aid ship sailing to Yemen.

    5. The Iran-Saudi Rivalry Is Hitting the Equity Markets Next

      Bloomberg via Yahoo! FinanceMay 18 03:44 AM

      As Saudi Arabia, the oil behemoth that is among the region’s largest Sunni nations, opens its stocks to international investors, Iran is close to a deal with foreign powers that would end more than 10 years of sanctions on the Shiite country, paving the way for an influx of overseas cash. MSCI Inc. will start a standalone benchmark for the kingdom with 19 companies including Saudi Basic ...

    6. Worldview: Egypt's Sisi fueling discontent

      The Philadelphia InquirerMay 21 01:08 AM

      If you were looking for an Egyptian who could help his country fulfill the lost promise of the Arab Spring - some day - you couldn't do better than Emad Shahin, an internationally renowned and liberal scholar who studies political Islam.

    7. Convicted Egypt academic denounces 'reign of terror'

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsMay 19 08:20 AM

      Egyptian authorities have unleashed a "reign of terror" against opponents of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a prominent academic who was recently sentenced to death told AFP in an interview. Emad Shahin, who fled Egypt in January 2014 and is a visiting professor at Washington-based Georgetown University, was handed the death penalty on Saturday in his absence with 15 others on charges of ...

    8. By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A month-long review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East, which the United States blamed on Egypt. After four weeks of negotiations at the United Nations on ways to improve compliance with the pact, there was...

    9. Q&A: Egypt death sentences 'a bargaining chip'

      Al Jazeera via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsMay 18 01:57 AM

      Al Jazeera spoke with Professor Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 people recently sentenced to death in Egypt.

    10. Iran warships escort cargo vessel toward Yemen

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsMay 19 01:16 PM

      WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and allied officials are debating how they should handle an Iranian cargo ship that is flanked by two warships and heading toward a Yemen port, reportedly carrying humanitarian supplies for the war-wracked nation.

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