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Family of drowned toddler 'repeatedly displaced' in Syria

The family of a Syrian boy whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada, a report said Thursday.The bleak image of the lifeless toddler lying face down in the sand has become a poignant image of the plight of Syrian refugees and quickly went viral Wednesday.
Source: Albawaba
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Iran militia in Tehran show of strength

Iran's Basij militia, which played a key role in crushing opposition protests in 2009, has put on a show of strength in the capital in a two-day exercise culminating Thursday.Some 50,000 members of the largely volunteer force were taking part in the drill, which was intended to "prove the security forces' ability to safeguard national security," Basij spokesman General Nasser Shabani told Iranian media.
Source: Albawaba
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The round-faced smartwatch won't kick-start the industry

The new generation of round-faced Android Wear devices won't even the playing field with the Apple Watch
Source: ITP.net
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Led by an Iron Maiden rocker, Air Djibouti aims to take on the Gulf aviation giants

African carrier went bankrupt in 2002 but has been resurrected by English heavy metal frontman, and trained pilot, Bruce Dickinson
Source: Arabian Business
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Turkish police raid offices of opposition newspaper

A woman holds a copy of the Bugün newspaper with the headline "Operation against the media is the end of democracy" while police search the premises of the newspaper’s parent company Koza İpek Holding, in Ankara, Turkey, on September 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkish police conducted raids on the offices of the opposition newspaper Bugün in Ankara on Tuesday, amid fears the government is cracking down on dissent before elections on November 1.
A Turkish government source told Asharq Al-Awsat the raids were part of an investigation into tax fraud by Bugün’s parent company Koza İpek Holding.
However, critics say the raids were conducted in connection with an article, published on Tuesday, alleging Ankara had sent weapons and supplies to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Turkish news agency Anadolu said auditors had accompanied police forces during the raid. However, a source from the newspaper denied this. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat the source said the raids were part of moves by the Turkish government to silence critics ahead of the elections.
“The strategy here is to scare us and other news outlets by making an example of us to anyone who dares criticize [President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and his [ruling Justice and Development] party [AKP].”
Anadolu said Koza İpek Holding was also suspected of funding the Gülen Movement, led by exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, who is critical of President Erdoğan and the AKP.
Erdoğan has long accused Gülen of seeking to overthrow the government by creating a “parallel structure” network using the movement’s support-base in the media, as well as the judiciary, police, and other institutions throughout the country.
The AKP lost its majority for the first time in 13 years in June elections and has since sought to form a coalition government with other parties. Talks failed however and the country now faces a snap election on November 1, which the AKP is predicted to win comfortably.
Opposition parties and activists say the government is cracking down on dissent ahead of the vote. Recent bomb attacks in Turkey claimed by ISIS have fueled public anger in some quarters over Ankara’s alleged support for the extremist group.
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Source: Asharq Alawsat
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Is Abbas leaving legacy of failure?

For the moment, President Mahmoud Abbas' legacy is commendable for rejecting terrorism in the Palestinian movement, but condemnable for not accepting peace proposals with the caveat of continuing to negotiate the details.
Source: Al Monitor
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