Fury erupts after mayors detained in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

The Turkish authorities have arrested both co-mayors of Diyarbakir, Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli, sparking massive protests that the press is having trouble covering after internet access was cut across the city.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on October 26

Did Rouhani stop screening of hardline film about jailed Iranian-American?

In Iran, the cancellation of the screening of a self-styled documentary about a jailed dual national leads hard-liners to point the finger at the Rouhani administration.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 26

The Israeli defense minister’s surprising offer

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman granted the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds an interview in an attempt to reach out to the Palestinian public while bypassing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on October 26

The many dimensions of Mosul, and what comes next

There's much more at play in Mosul than a campaign for its immediate liberation from the Islamic State.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on October 26

Is Israel banning entry of Gaza cancer patients?

Israeli physicians say that many cancer patients from the Gaza Strip are banned from entering Israel, and so they are hospitalized in Gaza where there is no adequate medical treatment.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 26

Why Netanyahu and Erdogan prefer ‘cold normalization’

Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are particularly enthusiastic about implementing the reconciliation agreement between the two countries.
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 Arad Nir for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on October 26

The real reason Tunisia renewed its state of emergency

The state of emergency in Tunisia was renewed nationwide despite the fact that the security situation has improved, which has raised questions on the reasons behind it.
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 Ahmed Nadhif for Al-Monitor on October 26

How to replace Abbas? Produce a vice president

While some Palestinian politicos discuss creating a vice presidential position appointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a transitional safeguard, others complain that the next in line to lead must be elected.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 26

How oil is bringing Iraq, Egypt closer

Iraq is planning to supply Egypt with a million barrels of oil as both countries face a deteriorating relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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 Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on

How Lebanon’s presidential problem turned into opportunity

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his support for former chief of the army and Hezbollah ally Gen. Michel Aoun as president, which may have been Hariri's last resort as his relationship with Saudi Arabia has been tense.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on October 26

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