Iranian government official promises better economy after nuclear deal

An official with the Rouhani administration tells reporters that "there is no doubt" that the economy will improve after Iran's parliament approved the nuclear deal.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 13

PKK declares unilateral cease-fire, hopes the 10th time's a charm

Heeding calls by Kurdish politicians and civil society, the PKK announced a unilateral cease-fire ahead of the Nov. 1 elections, but Ankara continues to target the militants.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 13

Knesset of despair

At the opening of the Knesset's winter session, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the usual suspects for the current wave of violence, but offered no indication of how to stop it.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 13

Egypt, Tunisia at a loss for how to deal with Libya

Relations between Tunisia and Egypt have improved, but leaders still can't agree on how to resolve the crisis in Libya.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 13

The high price for neglecting Palestinians in Israel

Growing frustration after years of discrimination and neglect is leading Israeli Arabs to identify with their West Bank brothers even as they attack their countrymen.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 13

The 'smartphone intifada'

Social media is playing a vital role in the current Palestinian protests not only for communication among activists, but for posting smartphone videos and photos online for the world to see.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on October 13

Islamic Jihad committed to truce...as long as Israel is

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Islamic Jihad political bureau member Nafez Azzam said his movement does not condone the firing of rockets from Gaza and that Hamas and Fatah must end their internal division to spare Palestinians more suffering.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 13

Amnesty International accuses Kurdish YPG of war crimes

Amnesty International is accusing the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Syria of committing war crimes.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on October 13

Iran's efforts to improve ties with West 'fruitless' without US

In the aftermath of the historic nuclear deal, the question arises of whether Iran's rapprochement with the West will once again be limited to improved relations with Europe.
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 Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 12

Arrest of Iranian teachers tests Iran-UAE relations

The arrest of Iranian teachers working in the UAE has prompted some Iranian officials to call for firmer measures against the UAE.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 12

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