Does Iran really want all sanctions removed immediately?

Iranian negotiations and analysts have shown more nuance in latest statements about the process of removing sanctions.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on April 1

Turkish military calls off war on headscarves, beards

Following a landmark court ruling, Turkey's military leaders have eased the strict rules governing the appearance of civilians entering military bases and other areas.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 1

Erdogan takes swipe at Iran

Observers are wondering why Erdogan is trying to drag Turkey into the region’s growing sectarian conflict.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on April 1

Russia shows interest in Western Sahara

Russia's desire to play an active role in the Middle East extends beyond Cairo and Damascus to longstanding issues further south.
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 Vitaly Naumkin for Al-Monitor on April 1

Israelis expect little of next Knesset

The 20th Knesset opened with a gloomy atmosphere and little hope for change, but low expectations combined with a broad-based right-wing future government could yield some surprises.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on April 1

Mixed signals day after Iran deadline

Diplomats from Iran and Russia projected optimism about a preliminary understanding while the UK and France said progress made but slow-going; US delays comment.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on April 1

Jordan sharpens focus on IS as Gulf confronts Iran

Jordan may have Iranian fighters on its border but its No. 1 priority is still combating the Islamic State.
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Osama Al Sharif for Al-Monitor on April 1

Netanyahu's coalition choices

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to choose the option that allows him to extend his term as long as possible, but has no idea which potential coalition — a rightist one or a partnership with the Zionist Camp — can do that.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on April 1

Mistrust blinds Netanyahu to regional openings

The dangers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu perceives in the region obstruct his ability to see opportunities favorable to Israel.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on April 1

CHP report exposes Turkey's high poverty levels

Following revelations that the Turkish government has profiled the entire population, the main opposition responds by “profiling” alarming poverty among the masses.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 31

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