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Iran acid attacks put 'vice groups' on defensive

Article by Arash Karami Posted Fri, Oct 24 
The acid attacks in Iran have prompted criticism of a proposed law that would provide legal protection to vigilante groups working to discourage "vice."
(REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)
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Art re-emerges in Gaza

Article by Mohammed Othman Posted Fri, Oct 24 
As life struggles to return to normal, artists there express the pain and suffering Gaza experienced in the war.
(REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
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US rules out ‘shutting down’ economy in Islamic State areas

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The Treasury Department’s top counterterrorism official said Oct. 23 that the United States is reluctant to make life any harder for people living under IS rule.
(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
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Burns retires, but will consult on Iran negotiations

Article by Barbara Slavin Posted Fri, Oct 24 
If a long-term nuclear deal with Iran is achieved, it will be in no small measure due to the efforts of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.
(REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
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The battle to defund Islamic State

Article by Barbara Slavin Posted Thu, Oct 23 
US-led efforts to reduce revenue streams to the Islamic State are hampered by the group's relationship with Syria and the refusal so far of Qatar and Kuwait to act against financiers targeted by the United States and the United Nations.
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Turkish government aims to restructure military police

Article by Tulin Daloglu Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu introduced a new bill to put the gendarmerie under civilian control.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Did producer lead Al Jazeera coworkers straight to jail?

Article by Mohannad Sabry Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The judge in the trial of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt based his verdict on testimony provided during the interrogation of one of the defendants, Baher Mohamed, but the validity of Mohamed's statements is questionable.
(REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi's government finally complete

Article by Nidal al-Laythi Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Following weeks of inaction, the Iraqi parliament has appointed ministers for interior and defense, completing Haider al-Abadi's government.
(REUTERS)
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Islamic State sets sights on sea in Lebanon

Article by Esperance Ghanem Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The Islamic State has hopes of connecting with the sea, but to achieve this it must go through Lebanon, which will be a tough fight.
(REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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Gaza relief efforts overrun by corruption, inefficiency

Article by Mohammed Othman Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Although the Gaza Strip has received millions from the Palestinian government and international donors, many of those in need have not received any aid while others are cashing in more than they should.
(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Iranian-Turkish relations strained over Syrian agendas

Article by Ali Hashem Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Turkey's desired outcome in Syria would result in massively scaling back Iran's influence in the region, with Tehran losing its ally in Damascus, Hezbollah confined to Lebanon and Iraq threatened.
(REUTERS)
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Mahdavi Kani's death leaves room for hard-liners to expand

Article by Arash Karami Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The passing of Assembly of Experts chair Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani may open the door for hard-liners to take over Iran's conservative faction.
(REUTERS/Caren Firouz)
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Jerusalem's 'silent intifada'

Article by Ben Caspit Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Following the latest Jerusalem terror attack in which a baby girl was killed, calls were being heard in Israel to quickly suppress the "silent intifada," even though one incident on Temple Mount might explode the region.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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Religious reforms imposed in Iraqi schools, universities

Article by Shukur Khilkhal Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Protests erupted in Iraq following a decision to impose gender segregation in schools and universities.
(REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed)
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Concerns rise in Lebanon as another soldier defects

Article by Sami Nader Posted Thu, Oct 23 
A handful of soldiers have defected from the Lebanese army to join Jabhat al-Nusra, which has caused concern among the Lebanese that it might become a trend.
(REUTERS/Karamallah Daher)
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Turkey should establish Arabic-language university

Article by Bekir S. Gur Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Many Syrian academics and students taking refuge in Turkey intend to stay even after the war is over, offering an opportunity to establish an Arabic-language university in the country.
(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Turkish navy sails through rough seas

Article by Metin Turcan Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Turkey is using its navy to display its global prowess, after the Sledgehammer trials saw many naval officers detained and forcibly retired.
(REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
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Israeli Jewish, Arab authors collaborate on bilingual book

Article by Yuval Avivi Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The ''two languages'' project, including a website and an anthology that was just published, was born out of the mutual curiosity of Jewish and Arab writers and editors about each other's literary scene, so unknown to either side.
(Keter Publishing)
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Bibi's Iran nuclear talks blunder

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Israel's failure to influence the emerging agreement between the world powers and Iran should be cast on Prime Minister Netanyahu, who failed to adapt to the evolving reality of a new Iranian regime, in which the West sees a potential partner.
(REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
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Turkish government ramps up privatization

Article by Mehmet Cetingulec Posted Thu, Oct 23 
A Turkish plan to privatize major public properties has come under fire from the opposition and sparked layoff worries among workers.
(REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
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Iran, Saudi Arabia jockey for power in Yemen

Article by Bader al-Rashed Posted Thu, Oct 23 
Yemen has become a stage for the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia on religious, economic, political and military levels.
(REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
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Syria's Druze torn between Assad, extremists

Article by Firas Maqsad Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The Druze community in the southern city of Suwayda, Syria, is stuck between supporting a regime that refuses to provide the locality with weapons and extremist organizations that threaten to attack it.
(REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
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Iraqi leaders on track for cooperation

Article by Mustafa al-Kadhimi Posted Thu, Oct 23 
The atmosphere of cooperation currently prevailing among the Iraqi presidency, government and parliament should turn into a long-term project leading Iraq toward a better future.
(REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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Palestinians mourn celebrated businessman, philanthropist

Article by Daoud Kuttab Posted Fri, Oct 24 
Prominent Palestinian businessman Said Khoury left behind a philanthropic legacy prompted by his desire that Palestinians everywhere live in dignity.
(YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Republicans threaten showdown over UN funding in Gaza

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Wed, Oct 22 
Sens. Marco Rubio and Mark Kirk say they’re “dumbfounded” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s $156 million pledge to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
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