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MOVIE MANIA: Star Wars fever swept the world, as the movie beat Jurassic Park in the first week revenues. Few countries have been left untouched; here, Ukranian enthusiasts show their love for the franchise. REUTERS   Social Streams

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An Unusual Christmas Carol

The Israeli occupation is leading to the exodus of Palestinian Christians from their most sacred site By Maher Abukhater Christmas in Bethlehem is unlike anywhere else in the world “This is the most important place for Christianity. It is the cradle of Christianity,” Ziad Bandak, who was assigned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to restore

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The Abandoned House Cats of Aleppo

Who saves the animals suffering and dying in Syria’s war zone? By Rachel Nuwer Each morning, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel drives to the local butcher shop and purchases $2.50 worth of scraps. On good days, the sympathetic proprietor will give Aljaleel a discount or even throw in some bits and bones for free. Along with everyone else

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Pakistan’s Girl Friday

Mahira Khan’s big-screen portrayals cross the Indo-Pak divide   BY Zahir Janmohamed with additional reporting by Sonal Shah   At a Halloween party last October, Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan posed for a photo with Pakistani director Asim Raza. Khan pointed to a sign held by Raza, which read “Mahira Ko Bahar Nikalo” (Mahira, get out).

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One Hundred Years of Gratitude

A new Armenian initiative promises to honor the Arab world’s contribution to refugees By Anna Yazijyan IT WAS A COLD and snowy day in Moscow. Frosty air filled my lungs, but this did little to mute the arresting sight of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior from my hotel window. Though it was not my

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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Fed Is Data Dependent Now

As Dollar Index remains within the same tight margin, it’s best to sit and watch BY Nouraldin Al Hammoury The U.S. Federal Reserve raised the Fed Fund Rate, (interest rate), by a quarter of a percentage point for the first time in nearly a decade this month. This ended a long debate regarding the economy’s

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Iraq’s Growing Pains

Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position in the region has resulted in deployment of extra troops at a military camp in Iraq to train armed forces. This caused further sectarian tensions in the country, whose Iran-backed government considers the move a

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No Sacred Space

Saudi Arabia’s elections fall short of universal suffrage By Eman Alnafjan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing its third round of municipal elections. The first round was held in 2005 to much fanfare, whilst the second was slated for 2009 but in fact delayed until 2011. Women were excluded in those first two municipal

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An Unrelenting Exodus

Jordan’s border faces a new wave of Syrian refugees BY Maysa Zureikat Jordan’s northernmost desert is an unforgiving terrain. As far as the eye can see, rocks and sand disrupt the horizon, with no natural shelter against the elements. But here squat elderly, infirm and wounded Syrian refugees, who are trapped on the border in

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