Egypt ripped at Senate foreign aid hearing

Senators urged to rethink $1.5 billion annual US aid package to Egypt as the country fails to progress in human rights.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 25

Kurds call on US to set up no-fly zone after Turkish attacks

Expect US-Turkey tensions to rise after the Turkish air force attacked Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Sinjar region and northeastern Syria just as the US-led coalition presses its offensive against IS in Raqqa.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on April 25

Who in Israel decides who must enlist in the army?

Israel allows Orthodox men and women to avoid IDF drafting, but imprisons conscientious objectors who refuse to enlist in the occupation army.
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 Akiva Eldar on April 25

Abbas versus Barghouti, Round 2

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is furious at Fatah activists who called for a Day of Rage five days before he is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump.
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 Shlomi Eldar on April 25

Will Iraqi government-PMU disputes spiral into armed clashes?

With the Islamic State nearly defeated in Iraqi cities, disputes between PMU-affiliated Shiite factions and the Iraqi government have surfaced, threatening future military clashes between them.
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 Hamdi Malik on April 25

Syrian regime faces tough resistance from rebels in Aleppo’s outskirts

The Syrian regime forces are attempting to gain ground in Aleppo’s outskirts to fend off any threat the opposition could pose on Aleppo city.
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 Khaled al-Khateb on April 25

Will Riyadh’s new DC ambassador draw US deeper into Yemen war?

While the new Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khaled bin Salman, wants to convince the Trump administration to get more involved in the war in Yemen, history may deter the US administration.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on April 24

After seven-year absence, Will Egypt return to Nile Basin Initiative?

Egypt is seeking to return to the Nile Basin Initiative to secure its water interests, but it seems that it is facing obstacles.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 24

Complex deal frees kidnapped Qatari royals, two Saudis

Various versions of a recent hostage deal are circulating that include, potentially, political motivations, millions of dollars in ransom, exchanged military prisoners and relocated civilians.
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 Wassim Bassem on April 24

Can Sisi protect Egypt's endangered Christians?

Terrorist attacks targeting Egypt’s Copts have raised questions about the regime’s ability to safeguard them and whether President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be able to sustain their support.
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 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 25

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