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Qatar Seeks Kuwaiti Mediation After Powerful Arab Nations Shun It

By Tom Finn and Sylvia Westall DOHA/DUBAI June 6 – Qatar’s ruler postponed an address to his country on Tuesday over its sudden and damaging diplomatic isolation from other leading Arab nations, in order to allow Kuwait some time and room to mediate. In a sign of the potential consequences for the Qatari economy, a

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In Egypt, Daesh Spreads Out of Sinai and Targets Minorities

By Jenna Le Bras Alexandria usually seems clear and sunny, but for a couple of days after the tragic event, the  seaside town was put under a bell. The sun stayed low and the hectic sea raged as the Egyptian flags were at half-mast. In mid April, coordinated suicide attacks on St. Mark’s Church, Egypt’s

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Israeli Minister Expresses Concern Over U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

JERUSALEM, May 21 (Reuters) – Israel expressed muted concern on Sunday to a major arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia announced a day earlier during the visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump. The central achievement of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was nearly $110 billion in deals sealed on

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Trump Awaited in Middle East With Foreboding and Hope

May 18 – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance.

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Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

By Lina Abirafeh One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. If nothing else, this shocking reality reveals how prevalent gender-based violence is in our lives. This human rights violation exists in every country, culture, context. In the Arab region, gender-based violence exists

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Macron’s Win: Sarcasm and Comedy Abound Among Arab Social Media Users

By Leila Hatoum “I am happy that I did not wake up to the news of fear triumphing in France… Good morning optimism #MacronWon #LePenLost,” wrote the famed pan-Arab Lebanese presenter Zeina Soufan on her twitter page the day after the French elections were concluded. سعيدة بأنني لم استيقظ على نبأ انتصار الخوف في فرنسا..صباح الخير

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Arab Youth and the Bleak Future That Awaits

By Amro Zakaria Abdu Twenty-five years ago the Berlin Wall fell, ushering an end to the Soviet Union and the genesis of a “New World Order” as described by George Bush Sr during his address to the U.S. congress in 1991. As a result, many countries, particularly in the Arab region, lost significant political stature and

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Egypt Foreign Minister to Talk Mideast Peace in Rare Visit to Israel

CAIRO/JERUSALEM, July 10 – Egypt’s foreign minister will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during a rare visit to Israel aimed at reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Israel — the first by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years — follows a similar meeting with Palestinian officials in

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Arab-Jewish Segregation Comments Spark Furore in Israel

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, April 6 – A far-right Israeli politician has been admonished by his party and roundly condemned by commentators after suggesting Jewish and Arab women should be separated in maternity wards in apartheid-style segregation. Betzalel Smotrich, a 36-year-old member of parliament from the Jewish Home party, which is part of Prime Minister

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Al Aqsa to be under 24-hour surveillance

Reuters/Correspondent 24/10/2015           AMMAN/JERUSALEM – An idea to install cameras throughout Jerusalem to ease rising tension between Palestinians and Israelis has been accepted by both sides through a joint effort by US and Jordan. Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, US Secretary of State

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