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West Bank Palestinians raise money for Gaza

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank are showing their support for Gaza with fundraising campaigns and protests.
(MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Botox on the rise among Iranian men

Article by Mehrnaz Samimi Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Iran’s Ministry of Health has announced that over the past year there has been a 20% increase in rejuvenation procedures received by Iranian men.
(ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Will Erdogan's presidency firm up Turkey's regional position?

Article by Semih Idiz Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Turkey is suffering serious blows to its security and economy because of its own regional policy mistakes, and can expect more of the same from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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After fall of Beghazi, Libya fears Islamic State

Article by Ali Shuaib Posted Fri, Aug 1 
As violence escalates and Islamic militias make gains against Libya’s Gen. Khalifa Hifter, questions have emerged about the fate of Libya’s future as a state.
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Gaza's Eid celebrations turn to sadness

Article by Asmaa al-Ghoul Posted Fri, Aug 1 
The joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr turned into a nightmare in the Gaza Strip, which faced the fiercest Israeli assault since the current war began on July 8.
(REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)
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Fierce clashes mar Gaza truce

Article by Adnan Abu Amer Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Heavy clashes erupted in Rafah less than an hour after a humanitarian truce came into effect, resulting in the deaths of at least 70 Palestinians and the possible kidnapping of an Israeli soldier.
(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Regional integration only way for Israel to achieve security

Article by H.A. Hellyer Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Israel needs to see the long-term security benefits of integrating with the region, which can only come with a comprehensive and just settlement to the Palestinian conflict.
(REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)
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Iraqi volunteers ill-prepared to fight IS

Article by Wassim Bassem Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Volunteer fighters are signing up en masse to join the "righteous jihad" against the Islamic State in the name of nationalism and economic opportunity.
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Kerry: three-day Gaza cease-fire 'opportunity' to find longer solution

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Thu, Jul 31 
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire beginning Aug. 1, but warned it was just an opportunity to try reach a more lasting solution.
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Army defector’s photos encourage greater US role in Syria

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Thu, Jul 31 
‘Caesar’ tells Congress 150,000 prisoners face awful fate in Assad’s jails.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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In Gaza endgame, some see diplomatic opportunity

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Thu, Jul 31 
Former Israeli and US officials see a resolution to Gaza that would boost Palestinian moderates led by Mahmoud Abbas over Hamas, and potentially, prospects for a two-state solution and broader Israeli-Arab accord.
(REUTERS/Yousef Allan)
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Bereaved Israeli, Palestinian families call to stop war

Article by Yuval Avivi Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Ben Kfir, who lost his daughter in a 2003 terror attack, recounts to Al-Monitor his efforts at explaining to Israelis that only a diplomatic agreement will end the violence: “The infrastructure of terrorism is poverty, ignorance, despair and hopelessness.”
(REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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Iran hawks can’t stop nuclear deal

Article by Alex Vatanka Posted Thu, Jul 31 
US negotiators may be concerned, but Iran's hard-liners will not be able to derail the nuclear talks as long as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supports the negotiators.
(REUTERS/Caren Firouz)
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Will Turkey and Qatar persuade Hamas to hand Gaza to the PA?

Article by Cengiz Candar Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The only concession that will make Israel stop its aggression is to hand over Gaza to the rule of the Palestine Authority.
(REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
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Islamic State defector says Saudi Arabia next stop for group

Article by Alaa Halabi Posted Thu, Jul 31 
As-Safir speaks to a Syrian opposition leader who has defected from the Islamic State.
(REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Israel still looking for a victory in Gaza

Article by Ben Caspit Posted Thu, Jul 31 
Hamas has turned the tables on Israel by approaching the latest conflict as a war for its very existence.
(REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)
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Why Barham Salih isn't Iraq's new president

Article by Cengiz Çandar Posted Thu, Jul 31 
Internal politics led to the selection of Fouad Massoum as the Kurdish candidate instead of Barham Salih.
(REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)
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Turkey's Twitter "spies"

Article by Mustafa Akyol Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The political war between the Erdogan government and the Gülen Movement has a propaganda aspect, with each side seeing the other as the proxy of a detested enemy.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Collapse of the Arab world necessitates a regional solution

Article by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Posted Thu, Jul 31 
Iran and the United States should overcome their differences to lead the international community in helping prevent further state collapse within the Arab world.
(REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Qasem Soleimani says disarming Gaza resistance is wrong

Article by Arash Karami Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The head of Iran's Qods Force has officially stated that Iran will continue to support those who fight Israel.
(Pars News)
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Bahraini general: 'very few' jihadists from Bahrain

Article by Mounira al-Hudaib Posted Thu, Jul 31 
Bahrain's government is keeping track of those who have joined the fighting in Syria.
(REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
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Turkey's tourism renaissance

Article by Mehmet Cetingulec Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The number of tourists visiting Turkey has risen from 1.6 million to 39.2 million in three decades, placing it sixth among the world’s most popular destinations.
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Lifestyles of Turkey's new conservative elites

Article by Pinar Tremblay Posted Fri, Aug 1 
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s "New Turkey" has created an upper-middle class of conservatives whose preferences in travel and other activities differs from traditional conservatives.
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Gaza keeps Israelis glued to the television

Article by Daniel Ben Simon Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The war with Gaza has changed Israelis into a people who follow the combat and TV news nonstop, while spending sleepless nights of anguish and days of low economic productivity.
(REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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Palestinian unity part of solving Gaza's crises

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Thu, Jul 31 
The situation in Gaza can no longer be ignored, and serious efforts at reaching a long-term solution, including unity between Gaza and the West Bank, must be found.
(REUTERS/Majdi Mohammed)
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