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Egypt’s President Enacts Law Placing Severe Restrictions on Aid Groups

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:23:53 GMT

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has drawn criticism for a new law that places strict regulations on aid groups in his country.The move by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stoked fears that his government intends to accelerate its harsh crackdown on human rights activists.

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News Analysis: As Iran and U.S. Leaders Trade Barbs, Big Deals Proceed

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:20:16 GMT

President Trump, who has been a vocal critic of Iran, with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Iran’s sworn enemy.While Trump calls for Iran’s isolation and Khamenei snipes in return, the two sides are inking billion-dollar deals and keeping lines of communication open.

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U.S. Sees a Vital Iraqi Toll Road, but Iran Sees a Threat

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:10:17 GMT

American Marines loaded two blindfolded Iraqi men onto trucks after they were arrested on a stretch of Highway 1 between Falluja and Baghdad in 2004.Along an insurgent-riddled Iraqi national highway, the United States wants new rest areas and cafes — and brokered a long security contract to shield them.

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Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike in Israel After 40 Days

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:09:24 GMT

Palestinians celebrating in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday after prisoners ended a hunger strike over their conditions in Israeli jails.A leader of the strikers confirmed the end of the hunger strike, timed to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting.

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Journalist’s Footage Shows Iraqi Forces Torturing Civilians, ABC Report Says

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:16:43 GMT

A screenshot from the investigation from the ABC News website.Video taken by Ali Arkady and shared with the news network appears to show uniformed Iraqi soldiers beating Iraqi civilians.

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Gunmen in Egypt Force Coptic Christian Pilgrims From Buses and Kill 28

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:49:53 GMT

Relatives mourned on Friday during a funeral service for some the victims of an attack by armed militants on a Coptic Christian caravan near Minya, Egypt.The assault on vehicles carrying Coptic worshipers, including children, was the latest in a wave of violence targeting the Christian minority in the country.

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Big Payoff After Blackstone Courted a Saudi Prince

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:51:47 GMT

Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the kingdom’s largest sovereign wealth fund, struck a deal with the Blackstone Group.Saudi Arabia’s largest sovereign wealth fund will make a $20 billion investment in a new Blackstone infrastructure project, which could then double in size.

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Hamas Publicly Executes 3 in Gaza After Killing of a Senior Leader

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:20:56 GMT

Two of the sentenced men were executed by hanging, a third by firing squad. Nearly 3,000 people were invited to watch.

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:59:01 GMT

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee linked the penalties to Iran’s continued support for terrorism. The full Senate could vote on the measure as early as next month.

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U.S.-Russia Hotline Is Buzzing Even After Strike on Syria

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:07:02 GMT

The two countries’ militaries have actually increased communications since the American missile strike on an airfield in Syria, Russia’s ally.

Jerusalem Day Celebration Underscores Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:51:57 GMT

From left, Zion Karasenti, Yitzhak Yifat and Chaim Oshri as Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall in 1967, left, and earlier this month.The 50th anniversary of Israel’s annexation of territory — unrecognized by most nations — was fraught, but Jews in Jerusalem reveled in the day.

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Hunt for Manchester Bombing Accomplices Extends to Libya

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:54:06 GMT

A police officer standing guard outside the Manchester Islamic Center, a former church also known as the Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshiped.Developments indicated that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of a wider and more sophisticated plot than was initially believed.

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Feature: Aleppo After the Fall

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Al-Hatab Square in Aleppo’s Old City.As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges.

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Navy SEALs Kill 7 Militants in Yemen Raid but Suffer Injuries

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:11:57 GMT

Pentagon officials said the raid, deeper in Yemeni territory than American service members had been before, was intended to seize information from a Qaeda compound.

Trump Administration Is Split on Adding Troops in Afghanistan

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:01:41 GMT

United States Army soldiers from the Second Battalion, 87th Infantry oversaw training of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province last year.President Trump is weighing the wisdom of pouring more soldiers into a 16-year-old conflict, and is also expected to put NATO members on the spot over the issue.

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Trump’s Saudi Arabia Trip Figures Into Plan for Palestinian Deal

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:22:44 GMT

President Trump and Melania Trump were greeted by King Salman at their arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last week.Proponents of the president’s effort argue that recent shifts in the Arab world may have made the prospect of a regional peace less remote.

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Trump Leaves Israel With Hope for Peace, but No Plan for It

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:34:05 GMT

President Trump with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.After 28 hours in Israel and the West Bank, President Trump was convinced he had partners in peace in Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. However, he did not reveal what, if anything, was behind it.

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