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Iran’s new president vows to resume nuclear talks

In newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s first public address since taking his oath of office, he promised to defrost the previously icy relationship between Iran and the West, particularly the United States, and enter “serious and substantive” negotiations on …

In wake of al-Qaeda threat, U.S. closes over 2 dozen embassies, consulates

In a largely unprecedented move, the United States Department of State has ordered the temporary closing of 22 consulates across the Middle East and Africa yesterday, a list they expanded today. Initially, 22 American embassies and consulates were set to …

United Arab Emirates vacillates on sexual assault policy

On Monday, a local court in Abu Dhabi sentenced an Indian immigrant to the United Arab Emirates to death for raping a 7-year-old girl at the school where she attended and he was employed. Prosecuting attorney Hussein al-Jaziri says this …

Where in the world is Mohamed Morsi?

In a move frustrating to both his followers and his enemies, recently ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He is in military custody within Egypt’s borders, but other than that, his location—or rather, the series of his …

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Some shifts in Kuwait’s new parliament

After Kuwait’s Constitutional Court, in conjunction with emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah voted to dissolve the current National Assembly this month after challenges to the current regime from the country’s opposition, new elections were called, and some of the members of …

Jordan combating budget deficit with power price hikes

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is attempting to deal with a $2 billion fiscal budget deficit by raising the prices of its electric power in reaction to Egypt’s faltering reliability in energy production. Historically, Jordan has acquired some 80 percent …

Clock ticking for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Last week, American Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had “reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations,” leading the three countries back to the peacemaking position put on hiatus …

Moroccan cabinet ministers resign from government

A handful of Moroccan cabinet ministers from the junior in the country’s ruling coalition formally tendered their resignations this month. The five ministers from the conservative Istiqlal Party issued resignations that King Mohammed accepted almost immediately. The Istiqlal Party ministers …

Hezbollah declared terrorist organization by European Union

On Monday at the annual meeting of the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers, the assembly came to a unanimous agreement to officially recognize Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization. The ministers hope that this will limit the organization’s capacity …

Viral video shows plight of child brides in Yemen

In a video ostensibly posted online on July 8, but which was only released in its most viral form on Sunday through the Middle East Media Research Institute, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl named Nada al-Ahdal speaks about her experiences avoiding …

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