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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

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

Will 50 years of occupation unite Israel's peace camp?

The Israeli peace camp must rise to the challenge and craft an effective message during the 50-year celebration of Israeli occupation.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on August 25

Will Egypt offer asylum to Gulen?

If the United States ever agrees to extradite Fethullah Gulen to Turkey, he has avid supporters who would welcome him in Egypt.
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 Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 24

Kerry, Lavrov will meet to finalize Syria deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Aug. 26 to try to finalize a deal on Syria that has been complicated by an escalation of fighting in Aleppo.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on August 24

Sisi on corruption in local governments: 'What can I do about it?'

With the enactment of a new law on local governments, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes to curb corruption in municipalities.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 24

Was Iranian negotiator arrested for spying?

Iranian media outlets have reported that a member of the nuclear negotiation team was arrested for spying for the British government, but Iranian officials have not confirmed the news.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 24

What's behind Turkey’s selective clampdown on Gulen community?

The Turkish government’s conduct in the clampdown on the Gulen community suggests it has little intention to acknowledge its own contributions to the turmoil.
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 Sukru Kucuksahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 24

Uncertain future for Syrians as EU-Lebanon migration deal looms

Increasingly harsh conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon may present new problems for a prospective deal with the European Union.
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 Tom Rollins for Al-Monitor on August 24

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