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Khamenei, Rouhani clash on women’s role in society

Article by Arash Karami Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani have presented contrasting roles for women in society.
(REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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Hard choices for Erdogan as he mulls candidacy for president

Article by Semih Idiz Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Turkey is heading to uncharted territory of first direct presidential elections.
(REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
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Israel takes strategic alliance with US for granted

Article by Akiva Eldar Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Israel’s neutrality toward the crisis in Ukraine is a dangerous precedent in Israel's relations with the US, when taking into account that it can exist without Russia’s help, but not without American support.
(REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
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Iraqi female MPs could bring about change

Article by Kouloud al-Ameri Posted Sun, Apr 20 
The high level of female participation in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections has some hopeful that women’s issues will be properly addressed by the coming parliament.
(REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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Four hospitalized after security guards attack political prisoners in Evin

Article by Behdad Bordbar Posted Sat, Apr 19 
Dozens were injured and many were sent to solitary confinement after political prisoners in Evin's Ward 350 clashed with security guards.
(Morteza Nikoubazl)
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Lebanon needs a model president

Article by Clovis Maksoud Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Lebanon currently faces crises that only a unifying president can address.
(REUTERS/Sharif Karim)
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Ahmadinejad’s return may be boost for Rouhani

Article by Meir Javedanfar Posted Sun, Apr 20 
The former Iranian president seeks to capitalize on the frustration of conservatives with Rouhani’s economic and foreign policies.
(REUTERS/Hadi Mizban)
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Egyptian Copts test pilgrim ban to Jerusalem

Article by Tom Rollins Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has maintained a ban on Copts visiting holy sites in Israel and Palestine since 1978, but some are debating its merit.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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US-Iran relations should focus on faith-based diplomacy

Article by Jahandad Memarian Posted Sun, Apr 20 
Interfaith diplomacy and cultural engagement could improve US relations with Iran.
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Congress prompts review of high visa rejection rate for Israelis

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Secretary of State John Kerry ordered the review after receiving letters from lawmakers.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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Israel's military revolution

Article by Ben Caspit Posted Thu, Apr 17 
The changes in the Middle East have triggered a comprehensive transformation within the IDF, including its strategic doctrine, its battalion layout and the application of intelligence in combat operations.
(REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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Is fate of Kurdish issue tied to Erdogan's future?

Article by Tulin Daloglu Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Key Kurdish figures tell Al-Monitor the Kurdistan Workers Party is now the sole representative of the Kurdish people, and that they will not be satisfied simply with recognition of their cultural and linguistic rights.
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Turkey criticizes downgraded credit rating

Article by Mehmet Cetingulec Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Turkey blames its long-standing quarrel with credit rating agencies on hasty misperceptions of its political stability.
(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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Damascus' Yarmouk camp facing ongoing crisis

Article by Carmen Jokhadar Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Anwar Raja, spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, blamed the Palestinian Authority for the degrading situation in Syria's Yarmouk camp, as it has failed to assume a unified position against armed men inside the camp.
(REUTERS/Rame Alsayed)
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Israel launches first cooperative supermarket

Article by Yuval Avivi Posted Thu, Apr 17 
The cooperative supermarket, together with the social bank, are first steps in a long-term plan by Israeli social justice activists to make the public into "educated consumers."
(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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Electoral race heats up among Iraq's Sunni factions

Article by Harith Hasan Posted Thu, Apr 17 
While the Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of this month approach, competition is fierce among Sunni blocs.
(REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)
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Fate of kidnapped Syrian bishops still unknown

Article by Jean Aziz Posted Thu, Apr 17 
As the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi in Aleppo approaches, questions persist regarding their fate and the identity of the kidnappers.
(TERS/Omar Ibrahim)
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Iran's UN envoy pick stirs painful US memories

Article by Arash Karami Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Tehran professor and political analyst Sadegh Zibakalam has said that Iran’s nominee for UN envoy stirs memories as painful for Americans as the 1953 coup does for Iranians, but that the issue should not be allowed to derail the nuclear talks.
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Jordan delays rebel attack on Syria's 'southern front'

Article by Mohammad Ballout Posted Sun, Apr 20 
After a Russian warning, Jordan decided to use its influence to delay an attack by the Syrian opposition in Syria’s south.
(REUTERS/Shaam News Network)
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Sinai tribal leaders lose local support

Article by An Al-Monitor correspondent in Sinai Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Sinai's tribal leaders are losing influence among their tribes, who largely consider them informants for the sitting government in Egypt.
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Palestinian Central Council to decide on peace talks

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Thu, Apr 17 
The Palestinian Central Council, the PLO's second-highest executive body, is expected to make a decision on the extension of the peace talks within the next 10 days.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Congress balks at war on terror funding for Syria

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Wed, Apr 16 
Bipartisan intolerance for Overseas Contingency Operations “slush fund” could jeopardize aid to rebels.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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Social media help young Iranian fashion designers

Article by Mehrnaz Samimi Posted Thu, Apr 17 
Iranian fashion designers use word of mouth and social media to promote their work to middle-class women.
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Is Turkey reverting to a 'muhaberat' state?

Article by Fehim Taştekin Posted Thu, Apr 17 
The Turkish prime minister's interference with the judiciary and a new intelligence bill could signal a return to a single-ruler era — the era of the "national chief."
(REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
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Lone-wolf attacks on Israeli settlers increase

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Wed, Apr 16 
Individual, unorganized Palestinian attacks against Israeli settlers are difficult to prevent and reflect a frustrated Palestinian street.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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