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Arabic press review: Egypt accused of ‘faking’ $42bn in foreign reserves

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Economist Sameh Abu Arayes says loans make up large chunk of purported $42bn of foreign reserves in Egypt

Source: Arabic press review: Egypt accused of ‘faking’ $42bn in foreign reserves

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Iran rejects French FM Le Drian’s calls to curb missiles – France 24

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Iran rebuffed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s calls to curb its missile programme after a day of tense discussions in Tehran on Monday aimed at salvaging its historic nuclear deal.

Source: Iran rejects French FM Le Drian’s calls to curb missiles – France 24

UN aid convoy suspends Eastern Ghouta mission amid regime shelling – France 24

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The first UN convoy to enter Syria’s rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Monday had to cut short its mission after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the area, killing dozens as it seized more ground.

Source: UN aid convoy suspends Eastern Ghouta mission amid regime shelling – France 24

UAE leadership praised at AIPAC

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Iran labelled ‘common enemy’ of Israel and Arab Gulf states while Palestinian leadership comes in for criticism.

Source: UAE leadership praised at AIPAC

‘Malevolent’ Moscow targets UK energy infrastructure… with tanker of gas to help beleaguered Brits — RT UK News

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Weeks after Britain’s defense secretary accused Russia of planning attacks on power stations that could murder “thousands,” Moscow has made its move – by sending gas to help out after the UK’s supplies were hit by cold weather.

Source: ‘Malevolent’ Moscow targets UK energy infrastructure… with tanker of gas to help beleaguered Brits — RT UK News

Egypt’s disappearing voices of dissent

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Beyond a media crackdown, Egyptian authorities have enlisted celebrities and footballers to echo the dominant narrative.

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