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Israel continues settlements while resuming talks

In a controversial move, Israel announced on Tuesday the approval of a plan to build 900 housing units in Palestinian-claimed East Jerusalem, in the wake of American Secretary of State John Kerry’s stated intent to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Officials …

Al-Qaeda is back in Iraq

Many in the international community hoped that the troop surge implemented American Multi-National Force—Iraq commanding general David Petraeus would quiet the civil war roiling within Iraq. For a time, the surge was considered a success, and al-Qaeda’s influence within Iraq …

Saudis make arrests in wake of embassy closings

Today, the Saudi government arrested two men who were suspected of planning suicide attacks, according to their state-run news agency. Neither man was a Saudi national—one was from Chad, and had been deported from Saudi Arabia once already, and the …

The plight of female Syrian refugees

Over three-quarters of the refugees from the Syrian civil war—1.3 million people—are women or children. This is not an uncommon situation for refugee demographics; after all, while men are more likely to be the ones fighting—and getting killed—often the safest …

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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 …

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