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Mobile in the Middle East: Can Nokia hang on as top dog in the region?

Nokia 101Nokia handsets continues to dominate the UAE mobile market and a new study shows that households in Qatar have access to more technology than in most other countries.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has one of the most active mobile markets in the world.

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Syria crisis: Homs awaits food and medicine deliveries

Food and waterThe UN and aid agencies are hoping to deliver food and medicine to some 3,000 civilians trapped in Homs, Syria.

The aid convoys are due to enter on Saturday on the second day of a temporary ceasefire in Homs between government forces and rebels.

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Egypt referendum turnout 'high'

CountingEgyptian officials have spoken of a high turnout in a referendum on a new constitution, with voters expected to endorse the removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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Why Ariel Sharon looms so large in Israel

Israel Ariel SharonThe headlines he's making reflect not a preoccupation with a dire medical outlook, but a national interest in the still-developing legacy of one of Israel's most controversial leaders.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is making headlines again this week, as he was wont to do during more than half a century of military and civil service, during which he was both loathed and lionized.

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Censorship, surveillance, and Android phones: Syria's tech revolution, from the cutting room floor

A-SyrianThe Syrian civil war is not just being fought with mortars and street-level gun battles.

Random disconnections, mass censorship, and widespread online surveillance that could see activists' doors kicked down at any time by forces loyal to the country's oppressive leader. It's just another day in the life of the Syrian Internet. 

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Iran welcomes nuclear deal which Israel calls 'mistake'

Iranian-negotiatorsCheering crowds have welcomed home the Iranian negotiators who secured a nuclear deal with world powers, while Israel called it a "historic mistake".

US President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to reassure him of Washington's commitment to Israel.

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Palestinian officials: Israel only suspect in Arafat death

The-head-of-the-Palestinian-committeeThe Palestinian committee investigating the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 has said Israel is the "only suspect".

A Swiss report published this week said specimens from Arafat's exhumed body contained unexpectedly high levels of the radioactive element, polonium-210. The Palestinian investigators said the report showed Arafat did not die because of old age or ill health, but was the victim of an "assassination".

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Iran nuclear issue not insoluble, says FM Javad Zarif

Iran's-programme-is-arms-productionIran's foreign minister has expressed cautious optimism about upcoming talks on Iran's nuclear programme, saying the issue is "not insoluble".

World powers and Iran are due to meet in Geneva later on Thursday for a further round of discussions.

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Egypt on high alert as Mohammed Morsi arrives for trial

On-the-streets-his-supporters-have-been-out-againEgypt's ousted former President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in court in Cairo where he is due to go on trial, state media say.

He and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures face charges of inciting the killing of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace. Security services are on high alert after supporters of the former president called for major protests.

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Syrian rebels 'executed civilians', says Human Rights Watch

LatakiaSyrian rebel forces killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August, Human Rights Watch says.

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