Egypt resorts to drastic proposals to solve dollar crisis

Egyptians are at odds over how to solve the country's fiscal crisis, with parliament speaker Ali Abdul Aal calling for shutting down currency exchange companies.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 26

Has Turkey really stepped into 'Syrian quagmire'?

Political developments in the region will determine the fate of the recent Turkish incursion into Syria.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on August 26

Was wedding blast in Gaziantep revenge for IS defeats in Syria?

Some suspect the Aug. 20 suicide bombing of a Kurdish wedding party in southern Turkey was the work of the Islamic State avenging its recent losses in Syria.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 26

How Palestinian youth joined Ban Ki-moon's UN expert group

Al-Monitor spoke with Hussein Murtaja from Gaza City who was selected by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on International Youth Day to be part of the expert advisory team for a study about youth, security and peace.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 26

Iranian official avoids confirming arrest of nuclear negotiator

Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi refused to confirm or deny whether a member of the nuclear negotiation team was arrested for spying for a foreign country.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 25

What's Turkey really up to in Syria?

Many observers think Turkey's true goal in entering Syria is to prevent the Kurds from dominating northern Syria, not to fight the Islamic State.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on August 25

Turkey is in its own post-9/11 fury

Just like the United States after the 9/11 attacks, the Turkish state has a right to defend itself; but now, just like the US government after 9/11, Turkey may be seriously overreacting.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on August 25

Why Iran isn't rattled by Turkey-Russia turnabout

Post-coup Turkey raced to patch up ties with Russia, but Iran does not seem concerned that the rapprochement will be at its expense.
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 Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 25

New Palestinian initiative outlines Fatah-Hamas reconciliation

The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel has proposed a new initiative to achieve reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, which includes the formation of a unity government and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 25

Baghdad considers security overhaul

After years of various security plans failed to halt terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital, the Interior Ministry's latest proposal is now under evaluation.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 25

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