Wednesday, January 19

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URGENT: Abadi: Iraq Was Threatened By Daesh, But Succeeded By The Sacrifices Of His Sons

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BAGHDAD, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq was threatened by the Daesh terrorist, but succeeded by the sacrifices of His sons."Iraq has emerged from a challenge and we must continue to support," Abadi said during the opening of the cement plant in Muthanna province, south of Iraq.He added, "We broke terrorism and this was a miracle, according to the description of the countries of the world that praised the Iraqis and their sacrifices, and terrorism is retreating because of the Iraqis' strength. Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Leaders and Representatives of States Taking Part in Joint Gulf Shield 1 Drill Arrive in Eastern Region 4 Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, arrived and were received at the King Abdulaziz Air Base Airport in Dhahran by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region, Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region, and a number of officials.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Machnouk says official security apparatuses stand at equal distance from all

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Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nouhad Machnouk, on Friday underlined the impartiality of state security apparatuses during the impending parliamentary elections, saying these apparatuses stand at equal distance from all."There is a serious international and local monitoring of elections," Minister Machnouk said during presiding over a meeting of Mount Lebanon Security sub-Council sub-committee, at the office of Governor Mohammed al-Makkawi, at Baabda Serail.Machnouk stressed maintaining security, stability and order during the entire electoral process."The path of the elections is a real and effective partner for the advancement of the state," he corroborated, stressing that international efforts in support of Lebanon shall not be wasted.Source: National News Agency

Interior Minister, Czech Ambassador Discuss A Number Of Issues Of Common Interest

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BAGHDAD, IRAQ Interior Minister Qassim al-Araji and Czech Ambassador Jan Fitchal discussed a number of issues of common interest."Araji received at his office the Czech ambassador and discussed with him a number of issues of mutual interest and means of strengthening them in the interests of the two friendly countries," a statement from the interior ministry said."The meeting was attended by the undersecretary for intelligence and director of relations and information," the statement added.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Somalia to Halt UAE Funding for Troops as Relations Sour

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA, As relations with the United Arab Emirates sour over the seizure of millions of dollars in cash, Somalia announced Wednesday it would end UAE funding for its armed forces.Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal's comments to reporters came shortly after the UAE condemned what it called an "illegal" move by Somalia to seize $9.6 million from an aircraft at the Mogadishu airport over the weekend.The UAE's state news agency, WAM, said some of the 47 Emirati Armed Forces personnel on the plane were held at gunpoint and assaulted by Somali security forces. The money was allocated to support the Somali army and trainees, WAM reported."The UAE deplores this violation of international law and norms at a time when the UAE has provided all kinds of political, economic, military and human...

BERRI: ANY MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SYRIA THREATENS REGION’S STABILITY, UNITY

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Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, warned his visitors and the delegations he received at his home in Msayleh of "the serious repercussions that may result from any military action targeting Syria."He expressed his fear that "the first victims [of such an action] would be the stability and unity of the region, not to mention the bloodshed, destruction and displacement of the brotherly Syrian people.""It is a war which, if broken out, God forbid, would be funded out of the pockets of Arabs and their wealth, and the results will inevitably be negative and destructive to their future and the stability of their countries," Berri said.On the other hand, Speaker Berri said during a meeting with a student delegation from the Evangelical School in Sidon that he "is not concerned about the future o...