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Khamenei not opposed to nuclear extension

Article by Arash Karami Posted Fri, Nov 28 
In a speech, Iran's supreme leader has said that he supports the extension on the nuclear talks but slammed the countries involved in the negotiations.
(REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Israel denies residency to Arab Israelis' Palestinian spouses

Article by Hana Salah Posted Fri, Nov 28 
Israel's denial of residency permits keeps its Arab citizens from reuniting with their Palestinian spouses in Israel.
(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Why geopolitical shifts dictate nuclear deal with Iran

Article by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Posted Thu, Nov 27 
A nuclear deal could end the region's 35-year cold war and bolster cooperation among the GCC states and Iran.
(REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Congress (mostly) signs off on Palestinian aid

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Two Democratic lawmakers have singled out Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the reason they are holding up the release of funds for an aid package to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Russia balances relations with Israelis, Palestinians

Article by Paul J. Saunders Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Russia and Israel appear able to compartmentalize their differences, including their approaches to the Palestinian cause, while improving bilateral relations.
(REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
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New Arabic site provides Israeli news by Jewish, Arab reporters

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Thu, Nov 27 
In an interview, Shimrit Meir, editor of Al-Masdar, talks about the recently launched website backed by the Israel Project in which Jewish and Arab reporters attempt to reveal Israel's complex reality.
(REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman)
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Davutoglu's gestures fall short of Alevi demands

Article by Fehim Taştekin Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Turkey’s prime minister seeks a fresh “opening” with the Alevi community, but his gestures are far from meeting fundamental Alevi demands.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Turkish noncommissioned officers fight for their rights

Article by A Correspondent in Turkey Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Turkish noncommissioned officers are standing up to the high military command for their rights — and they appear to be winning.
(REUTERS/Fatih Saribas)
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Long-awaited Bekaa Valley security plan implemented

Article by Esperance Ghanem Posted Wed, Nov 26 
The Lebanese army has implemented a security plan in the predominantly Shiite areas in the northern Bekaa Valley, amid increasing kidnappings, thefts and killings.
(REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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IRGC commander says US not reliable

Article by Arash Karami Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Some Iranian conservatives feel that Iran has not received fair terms under the nuclear extensions.
(REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)
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Controversial Knesset bills could revoke citizenship

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Parallel to several bills proposing to revoke the residency or the social rights of people convicted of terrorism, Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan decided to revoke the residency of a man convicted of driving a suicide bomber in 2001, even after he served his jail time.
(REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen)
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Despite Netanyahu, PA continues security cooperation with Israel

Article by Shlomi Eldar Posted Wed, Nov 26 
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Adnan al-Damiri, the Palestinian Authority security services spokesman, claims that the Israeli leadership chooses to ignore the tight security cooperation in the West Bank for political reasons.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Iraq looks to tackle problem of adult illiteracy

Article by Wassim Bassem Posted Wed, Nov 26 
As Iraq’s population has been struggling with conflict and drought since the 1980s, many older, illiterate Iraqis are now trying to learn how to read and write under challenging circumstances.
(ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Amid war, Damascenes promote cycling with mass bike ride

Article by Mustafa al-Haj Posted Wed, Nov 26 
The war did not stop local activists in Damascus from organizing a public bike ride aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of cycling as an alternative means of transportation.
(Yalla Let's Bike)
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Lebanon may lose either judiciary or legislative branch

Article by Jean Aziz Posted Wed, Nov 26 
The Lebanese state will face a tough dilemma in the coming weeks: Either the Constitutional Council falls in the trap of accepting the latest extension of parliament or the Lebanese parliament falls.
(REUTERS/Sharif Karim)
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Israel's nationality bill threatens agreement with PLO

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Wed, Nov 26 
The PLO has served notice that passage of the Israeli nationality bill endangers its mutual recognition agreement with Israel and the foundation of the current relative peace.
(REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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Iran's stalled nuclear deal unsteadies Lebanese politics

Article by Ibrahim Bayram Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Discussions between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Future Movement could be in jeopardy unless both sides separate regional vagaries from internal issues.
(REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)
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Despite Jerusalem unrest, West Bank remains quiet

Article by Ahmad Melhem Posted Wed, Nov 26 
The Palestinian Authority’s grip on the West Bank, in coordination with Israel, is preventing any opportunity for the unrest to spread.
(REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma)
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Iran, Saudi Arabia find common ground in Yemen

Article by Alex Vatanka Posted Wed, Nov 26 
Despite fears of increasing Riyadh-Tehran rivalry, Yemen's unity government serves the interests of both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
(REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Last days of Iran talks showed signs of promise

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Tue, Nov 25 
There had been indications of new progress behind the scenes in the Iran talks' final days.
(REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Hezbollah arrives in Iraq

Article by Ali Hashem Posted Tue, Nov 25 
As the battle against the Islamic State evolves, experienced members of Hezbollah arrive in Iraq to provide guidance and training.
(REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)
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Insecurity strengthens Israeli right

Article by Akiva Eldar Posted Wed, Nov 26 
A poll after the attack on the Har Nof synagogue and an academic study indicate that when Israelis feel threatened, it plays into the hands of the right-wing parties, at the moment benefiting first and foremost the Likud Party.
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Turkey’s next election could shape more than next four years

Article by Tulin Daloglu Posted Tue, Nov 25 
Once Turks head to the polls in June 2015 for their next scheduled general election there will be no further local or general elections until 2019.
(REUTERS/Rasit Aydogan)
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Israel views extension of Iran talks as lesser of two evils

Article by Michael Herzog Posted Tue, Nov 25 
Israel's attitude, favoring no nuclear agreement with Iran over a bad one, resulted in it being denied any direct influence on this phase of the negotiations, even if some of its worries are legitimate and shared by the US Congress.
(REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Ankara, Baghdad turn over new leaf in relationship

Article by Semih Idiz Posted Tue, Nov 25 
Prospects for political, economic and security cooperation between Ankara, Baghdad and Erbil look much better today despite issues that have to be ironed out.
(REUTERS/Hadi Mizban)
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