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Some Iran officials point to conspiracy behind acid attacks

Article by Arash Karami Posted Thu, Oct 30 
While Iranian authorities have condemned the acid attacks, some believe that there is a larger conspiracy to connect the acid attacks to parliament's proposed law offering protection to "vice" groups.
(REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)
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Arab Knesset member threatens to leave parliament

Article by Mazal Mualem Posted Wed, Oct 29 
In an interview, Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas warns of a growing trend where Israeli politics is no longer a fair game, which might lead to his faction leaving parliament.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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How Nidaa Tunis won the elections

Article by Ines Oueslati Posted Wed, Oct 29 
The defeat of the democratic camp can be attributed to the cunning strategies of Nidaa Tunis, but also to the confused identity of Tunisian voters.
(REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
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Islamic banking gains ground in Turkey

Article by Mehmet Cetingulec Posted Wed, Oct 29 
In a first for Turkey, a state-run bank is poised to enter the Islamic banking sector, and other major state lenders are expected to follow.
(REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
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How does Jabhat al-Nusra operate in Lebanon?

Article by Mohammad Nemr Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Islamist experts claim that Jabhat al-Nusra is a bigger threat to Lebanon than the Islamic State.
(REUTERS/Ammar Khassawneh)
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Sinai attack threatens Egypt-Hamas ties

Article by Adnan Abu Amer Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Egypt has accused Hamas of being behind the latest attack in Sinai, but Hamas vehemently denied this, saying the security of Egypt is closely related to Gaza’s security.
(REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
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Iraqi battle seen as key victory in Iran

Article by Arash Karami Posted Wed, Oct 29 
The battle in Jurf al-Sakhar was portrayed by a number of conservative Iranian media outlets as key to forcing the Islamic State into retreat and eventually taking back Anbar province.
(REUTERS)
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Gaza employees victims of political maneuvering

Article by Mohammed Othman Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Gaza government employees have not received salaries in over a year in some cases due to political disputes.
(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Turkey finds out one is the loneliest number

Article by Kadri Gursel Posted Wed, Oct 29 
The regional and global loneliness Ankara dragged itself into with its foreign policy since 2009 is becoming hazardous with the threat from the Islamic State.
(REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)
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Is NATO membership shackling Turkey?

Article by Metin Turcan Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Pro-government Turkish analysts argue that NATO membership has become a shackle on Turkey, hampering the country’s ambitions to become a global actor.
(REUTERS)
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Alawites find their voice against Assad

Article by An Al-Monitor Correspondent in Syria Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Alawites in Syria are protesting the rise in fuel prices as criticism of the regime and its policies becomes more common and open.
(REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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Slow progress in Saudi-Iranian ties

Article by Esperance Ghanem Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Although Saudi and Iranian officials have cemented talks in recent months, this is not significant enough to alter ties between the two foes.
(AFP/Getty Images)
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Netanyahu's stalling strategy of Jerusalem constructions

Article by Akiva Eldar Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not hesitate to escalate the situation in East Jerusalem by announcing more construction plans, even if they are not enacted, thus assuring the stability of his right-wing coalition and avoiding talks with the Palestinians.
(REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
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Saudi prince blames Obama's Syria policy for IS' rise

Article by Julian Pecquet Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal said the Islamic State wouldn't be a threat if the United States had armed Syrian rebels.
(REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
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Israel, Poland remember but also rebuild

Article by Ben Caspit Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin took part in the inauguration of a new museum in Warsaw dedicated to 1,000 years of Jewish history, which reflects Poland's desire not only to remember the Holocaust but also to rebuild relations with Israel.
(REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)
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Erdogan plays 'Arab card' in Kobani

Article by Fehim Taştekin Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Bent on not leaving Kobani to the Kurds, Turkish President Erdogan starts a debate on the city’s name, ready to give credence even to Arabization policies of the Syrian regime.
(REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)
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Erdogan confronts allies, rivals alike over Syria

Article by Semih Idiz Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Foreign policy experts say Erdogan may dream of leading the Sunni world but Ankara has painted itself into a corner by insisting on misguided policies.
(REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
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Kafr Qasim still waiting for Israeli apology

Article by Shlomi Eldar Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Though Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has acknowledged the 1956 massacre there, many residents of Kafr Qasim will not be satisfied with anything less than an explicit apology from the state.
(Twitter/@haaretzcom)
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Iran media faces backlash over acid attacks coverage

Article by Arash Karami Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Iranian authorities have criticized domestic and international media organizations for suggesting the crimes may have been connected to veiling enforcement.
(ARYA JAFARI/AFP/Getty Images)
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How important is Kobani’s battle?

Article by Ziad Haydar Posted Tue, Oct 28 
Some criticize media outlets for solely focusing on the Kobani battles but Kobani retains a symbolic importance for the Kurdish cause in Syria and in Turkey.
(REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)
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Militants target civil activists in Libya

Article by Mat Nashed Posted Wed, Oct 29 
Rebel militias have killed at least 35 prominent civil society figures and kidnapped countless others this year as part of a greater campaign of violence in the absence of any central police force in many parts of Libya.
(REUTERS)
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Palestinian elections on hold until further notice

Article by Ahmad Melhem Posted Tue, Oct 28 
The reconciliation government has yet to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of stalling this democratic process.
(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Lebanese minister: We will not force Syrians to leave

Article by Mohammad Nemr Posted Tue, Oct 28 
While the Lebanese government has tightened its border procedures for admitting Syrian refugees, Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas says the government will not force anyone to return.
(REUTERS/Jamal Saidi)
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IS uses intelligence to purge opponents

Article by Ali Mamouri Posted Tue, Oct 28 
The Islamic State is unique in being a terrorist organization with its own intelligence apparatus that it uses to eliminate its opponents and increase its strength.
(REUTERS)
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Endgame for Iran nuclear talks

Article by Laura Rozen Posted Mon, Oct 27 
As the Nov. 24 deadline approaches, Iranian and US nuclear negotiators are preparing for the final push.
(REUTERS/Mike Segar)
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