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Russia's Middle East policy after the G-20 summit

Article by Vitaly Naumkin Posted Mon, Nov 24 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, ever skeptical of US intentions, elaborates on Russia's policies in the Middle East — and risks alienating the West.
(REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)
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Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistance

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Mon, Nov 24 
Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti published a letter in the Palestinian news media calling for a “comprehensive resistance and the gun” against the Israeli occupation.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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Iran talks: Obama’s legacy, Netanyahu’s failure

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Mon, Nov 24 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's focus this week on a coalition crisis and not on the nuclear talks in Vienna indicates the loss of his influence as much as the lack of US interest in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, now that Iran talks with the United States.
(REUTERS/Jim Hollander)
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Freedom Square offers refuge for Basra residents

Article by Omar al-Jaffal Posted Mon, Nov 24 
Basra residents are finding respite in Hurriyah Square, where they can sit and talk freely without militias imposing their strict Islamic rules.
(Twitter/@IraqPics)
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Momentum builds to uncertain conclusion at Iran talks

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Sun, Nov 23 
Diplomats scramble to make progress in the Iran nuclear talks on the eve of the Nov. 24 deadline; a Chinese diplomat is due to join the Vienna talks as a last-minute addition.
(REUTERS/Ronald Zak)
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Turkish woman's search gives voice to Islamized Armenians

Article by Pinar Tremblay Posted Sun, Nov 23 
In an exclusive interview, Fethiye Cetin, a human rights lawyer from Turkey, reflects on her courageous journey of coming out of the closet about a hidden Armenian grandmother.
(JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkey opts for microchips to protect miners

Article by Mehmet Cetingulec Posted Sun, Nov 23 
Reluctant to enforce the addition of costly safe rooms in mines, the Turkish government proposes to equip miners with microchips, a measure that would mostly serve to locate their corpses in the event of accidents.
(REUTERS/Stringer)
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How rumors hurt the Palestinian cause

Article by Akiva Eldar Posted Mon, Nov 24 
Publishing rumors about the death of a Palestinian bus driver is damaging the credibility of the Palestinian press, delegitimizing the legitimate claims of the Palestinian people and fanning the flames of hatred.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Obama says no plans to remove Assad

Article by Week in Review Posted Sat, Nov 22 
Obama says no for now to regime change in Syria; Dark backs ‘freeze’ in divided Aleppo; Syrian opposition holds its own in south; Israel, Palestinians fear religious war; Is Egypt winning battle against IS-linked group?
(REUTERS/Jason Reed)
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Saudi women fight to save mangrove forests

Article by Fatima Aldubais Posted Sun, Nov 23 
Local communities have jumped into action to protect the environment in Saudi Arabia's al-Qatif governorate.
(REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez)
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Urban planners aim to restore Cairo

Article by Ahmad Abdelhafez Posted Sun, Nov 23 
The Egyptian government is reviving a 19th-century plan to beautify downtown Cairo.
(REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
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Fog of diplomacy settles over final stretch of Iran nuclear talks

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Fri, Nov 21 
As the Nov. 24 deadline to reach a nuclear deal nears the negotiating parties are engaged in marathon discussions.
(REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)
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Tel Aviv bus station becomes creative hotspot

Article by Yuval Avivi Posted Fri, Nov 21 
A group of talented young designers have decided to take on the neglected eyesore that is Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station, and by experimenting with urban agriculture and innovation they are showing that even this concrete monster can flourish.
(Yuval Avivi)
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Who represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Article by Mushreq Abbas Posted Fri, Nov 21 
Sunnis in Iraq are failing to find the representation that they so desperately need as the Islamic State continues to tighten its grip on Sunni towns and cities across the country.
(REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani)
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Iran's private sector eager for nuclear deal

Article by Bijan Khajehpour Posted Fri, Nov 21 
Iran's private sector has high hopes for a comprehensive nuclear deal, as it predicts economic growth and stability as the outcome.
(REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)
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Despite differences, Turkey and Russia forge on

Article by Semih Idiz Posted Fri, Nov 21 
President Vladimir Putin plans to travel to Ankara soon to “open up new horizons” in Turkish-Russian ties, even if the two countries differ on issues such as Syria, Ukraine and Cyprus.
(REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)
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Turkey benefits from Western embargo on Russia

Article by Muharrem Sarikaya Posted Fri, Nov 21 
The Russian ambassador in Ankara says that the Western embargo didn’t significantly affect Russia's relationship with Turkey.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Will Egypt-Qatar rapprochement harm MB?

Article by Mustafa Bassiouni Posted Fri, Nov 21 
A possible Egyptian-Qatari rapprochement will affect the Muslim Brotherhood, which will lose an ally that could have mediated between it and the Egyptian regime.
(REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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Hamas threatens vote of no confidence in Abbas

Article by Adnan Abu Amer Posted Fri, Nov 21 
Hamas called and then postponed a Palestinian Legislative Council session to push for a vote of no confidence in the current consensus government.
(REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot)
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EU and US discuss options for renewing Mideast talks

Article by Uri Savir Posted Sun, Nov 23 
The European Union and the United States are elaborating three options to revive the peace process: renewing talks on the basis of latest understandings, an international conference or a unilateral American statement on a framework agreement.
(REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
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Will terror attacks revive issue of splitting Jerusalem?

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Fri, Nov 21 
The Israeli right has long accused the left of intending to divide Jerusalem in a future agreement with the Palestinians, but with continuing unrest in the city the ruling right wing must also face the possibility of a separation.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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Egypt journalists refrain from criticizing the state

Article by Mostafa Hashem Youssef Posted Fri, Nov 21 
A number of Egyptian editors issued a statement in which they pledged not to criticize the state's institutions, which some consider a nationalization of the media in Egypt by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
(REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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Are US regional interests best served working with Iran?

Article by Mohammad Saleh Sodqian Posted Fri, Nov 21 
In an interview with Al-Hayat, Mohammad Marandi, the dean of the faculty of world studies at the University of Tehran, is asked about the relations between Iran and the United States, against the backdrop of the recent nuclear negotiations.
(REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Congress weighs arming Iraqi Kurds

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Thu, Nov 20 
Key leaders of both parties are championing legislation to directly support Erbil in its fight against the Islamic State.
(Twitter/karwanz)
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Kerry: driving toward 'outline' of final Iran nuclear accord

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Thu, Nov 20 
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Iran nuclear talks were headed for "the outline of an agreement" before the Nov. 24 deadline for a final deal.
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