Erdogan's Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose aspirations for regional leadership have failed, has begun trying to acquire leadership of the Islamic world on his Africa tour.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 28

Living among the dead in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has failed to provide housing for Gaza’s families, forcing some to live in cemeteries and beg for money.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 28

Turkey foreign investment slowdown

Dutch entrepreneurs topped the list of foreign investors in Turkey in 2014, as the number of foreign companies exceeded 41,000, despite the insecure climate that has emerged in Turkey in terms of democracy and the rule of law.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 28

Turkey’s arms procurement raises questions

There are questions being raised about the wisdom of Turkey's expensive defense expenditures — but not by the public.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 27

Austerity for Egypt's Internet?

As social media activists in Egypt rally to demand faster and cheaper Internet services, the government of Ibrahim Mehleb asks citizens to limit their Internet consumption, a move many see as one austerity step too far.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 27

War on Gulenists undermines Turkish diplomacy

Ankara has canceled the authorization of 51 honorary consuls as part of its war on the Gulen movement while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses African governments to shut down Gulenist-founded schools.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 26

Iraq, Turkey strengthen energy relationship

The bilateral relationship between Iraq and Turkey is strengthening following recent meetings in which an increased collaboration on oil, natural gas and electric energy production and export was discussed.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 23

Female engineers in Lebanon push the glass ceiling

Women are starting to gain respect from male counterparts as their numbers in the engineering field rise.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on January 25

Cairo metro fare hike results in public backlash

Egyptian news recently reported that the Transport Ministry will increase the price of a metro ticket by 2,500%, which activists consider extremely unfair.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 23

Egypt forgives Iraqi debt in exchange for oil

During Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Cairo, the Egyptian government agreed to drop the Iraqi debt owed to Egypt, in exchange for oil shares that would come in handy in light of the energy crisis plaguing Egypt.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 23

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