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Political Turmoil in Iraq: A Battle of Wills

A crisis between the Iraqi parliament and its prime minister looms large BY  Suadad Al Salhy WHEN the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced his first package of administrative and fiscal reforms in August—including the removal of his predecessor, Nouri Al Maliki as vice president—he was betting that few would dare to oppose him. It

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India [Intolerance] Rising?

BY Zahir Janmohammed It was the best, and perhaps the last chance to thwart the spread of Hindu nationalism, which has tarnished Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short tenure. Speaking a few days ahead of the elections in India’s critical state of Bihar, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a biographer of Modi, told Newsweek Middle East that if the

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All The Kings’ Men

The Gulf’s ruling families send their sons to Yemen’s frontline By Leila Hatoum “It is always good [to have] true men by your side,” wrote Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on his Instagram page some five weeks ago under a photo from the battlefield in Yemen. The image shows the young leader, 26, standing next

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Trouble in Tunisia: Security Breaches, Economic Slump & Political Divisions

BY Nicholas Noe After suffering two mass casualty terrorist attacks claimed by the group Daesh earlier this year, Tunisians understandably rejoiced when four local civil society groups were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, in recognition of their work supporting Tunisia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Unfortunately, since then, things only seemed to

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What’s In a Label: EU Agrees Identifying of Israel ‘Settlement’ Goods

The EU executive approved on Wednesday new guidelines for labelling products from Israeli settlements on occupied land, a move Brussels says is technical but which an Israeli diplomat said might affect peace talks with the Palestinians. Drawn up over three years by the European Commission, the guidelines mean Israeli producers must explicitly label farm goods

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Netanyahu says Time for U.S. Jews to ‘Stick Together’ over Iran Deal

By Jeffrey Heller and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 11: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Jews on Tuesday to unite behind Israel after rifts caused by the Iran nuclear talks and later pressed for bipartisan support for the country at a liberal think tank. A day after a fence-mending White House meeting with U.S. President Barack

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out to Military with Landslide in Sight

YANGON (Nov. 11) Myanmar‘s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, moving closer to an absolute majority in parliament on Wednesday, requested a meeting with the president and the powerful military chief to discuss national reconciliation. Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has won over 90 percent of the seats declared so far in the

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Afghan Hazara Step Up Protest after Beheadings

KABUL (NOV. 11) Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority demonstrated on Wednesday against government inaction over the killing of seven members of their community by Islamist militants who dumped their partially beheaded bodies. The mainly Shia Hazara have long faced persecution in Afghanistan, with thousands massacred by the Taliban and al Qaeda in

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U.S., Allies Conduct 31 Strikes in Syria, Iraq Against Daesh

WASHINGTON, Nov 10: A U.S.-led coalition conducted 15 strikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday, hitting the militant group with bomber, fighter, attack and drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. Forces concentrated on Daesh’s oil supply near Dayr Az Zawr, where six strikes hit gas and oil separation plants and pump

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Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey. The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded

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