Turkey's AKP scrambles to curb economic woes until referendum

Turkey’s government has mobilized public funds to avert a full-blown economic crisis ahead of a critical referendum on transition to a presidential system, expected in early spring.
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 Mustafa Sonmez on January 20

New planes won't solve Iran's aviation dilemma

Despite its great potential and the imminent influx of new aircraft, Iran's aviation sector is likely to remain anemic unless there is a genuine shift in the business approach.
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 Ali Dadpay for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 19

How Egypt is trying to stop looting at ancient mosques

Islamic archaeological monuments are constantly subjected to looting, and the Ministry of State for Antiquities has responded by ordering the contents of an ancient mosque be transferred to the ministry’s warehouses.
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 Khalid Hassan on January 20

Will snowballing scandals bury Netanyahu?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is embroiled in not one but three major scandals that could end his career.
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 Ben Caspit on January 18

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders 'terrorists'

Turkey’s president has likened dollar and euro holders to terrorists armed with guns and bombs, deepening further the controversy on how the country will overcome its foreign-exchange crunch.
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 Zülfikar Doğan on January 17

Syrian women in Egypt find solidarity in stylist classes

Cosmetology classes help displaced Syrian women form bonds and start fashion careers in Egypt.
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 Jihad Abaza on January 17

Egypt set to invest in crocodile industry

As the crocodile population has increased in Lake Nasser, despite lifting the ban on crocodile hunting, the Egyptian government announced a project to invest in the animal and encourage exports.
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 Walaa Hussein on January 16

Turkish grannies to get state salaries for grandchildren’s care

The Turkish government has drawn up a program of financial support for women who assume the home care of their grandchildren in the age group of 0-3, but not everyone is happy with the program.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 16

Will new law attract more foreign investment to Egypt?

Experts say drafting a new investment law is not enough to lure foreign investors back to Egypt — the entire business climate will need to change.
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 Nayrouz Talaat for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 13

KRG speaker: Independent Kurdish state complex issue

Kurdish parliament Speaker Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq discusses with Al-Monitor the current issues of Iraqi Kurdistan.
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 Mustafa Saadoun on January 15

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