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Conservatives increase pressure on Rouhani

Nuclear deal or no deal, Iranian conservatives who have anxiously been losing ground now face further isolation by President Hassan Rouhani's reforms and will redouble their political efforts.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 31

Are Turkish courts delaying trials of IS militants?

Although the latest wave of detentions of Islamic State militants and sympathizers have pleased the Turkish public, lawyer Ali Cil questions the handling of the Turkish judiciary in the Nigde case so far.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on July 31

Politics keep Lebanon from taking out the trash

The Lebanese Cabinet failed to reach solutions to the waste crisis in Lebanon, mainly in Mount Lebanon, where garbage is threatening to contaminate underground water.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 31

Gaza money traders profit from dollar-shekel exchange rate manipulations

Gazans are calling for tighter monitoring by the authorities over money traders, who they believe are manipulating dollar-shekel exchange rates to their advantage.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 31

Will Syrian rebels announce emirate in Daraa?

There are indications that the Yarmouk Brigade might be announcing an emirate in Daraa.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 31

Will nuke deal open door to Iranian military assistance to Lebanon?

The Iranian nuclear agreement has removed a major obstacle to Tehran's offer of military assistance to Lebanon, but government dysfunction in Beirut remains a stumbling block.
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on July 31

As terror attacks continue, Iraqi government prioritizes nightclub raids

The ongoing attacks against nightclubs and liquor stores in Baghdad suggest an alliance between religious currents and the Iraqi government.
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 Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 31

Iran's Basij lash out at nuclear deal

While President Rouhani has not faced severe criticism over the nuclear deal from Principlists and even IRGC commanders, some members of the Basij are voicing their opposition
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 30

Critics say Suez Canal project falls short of expectations

An extension to the existing Suez Canal is set to be inaugurated Aug. 6, but some experts and civil society members say the project could have done a better job capitalizing on Egypt’s resources.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 30

Family feud: Bibi's brother-in-law slams current government

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Hagai Ben-Artzi, the brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, dismissed the current Israeli government as insufficiently right.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 30

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