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Afghan Taliban refuse to hold talks with U.S. in Pakistan – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

Afghan Taliban refuse to hold talks with U.S. in Pakistan – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

Share on facebook Share on twitter A member of the Taliban holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan June 16, 2018. The writing on the flag reads: ‘There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ISMAIL) X Dear Reader, As you can imagine, more people […]

Turkey deports journalist after receiving Dutch tip-off – Middle East Monitor

Turkey deports journalist after receiving Dutch tip-off – Middle East Monitor

Turkey has deported a journalist back to the Netherlands as a “precautionary measure” after receiving a tip-off from Dutch authorities that she was linked to designated terror groups in Syria. Johanna Cornelia Boersma, who worked as a freelance reporter for Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad, flew back to Dutch capital Amsterdam yesterday morning after being […]

Sudanese central bank to introduce new banknotes – Middle East Monitor

Sudanese central bank to introduce new banknotes – Middle East Monitor

Sudan’s central bank on Thursday announced plans to introduce several new categories of banknotes in February in hopes of easing an ongoing liquidity crisis. In a statement, bank head Mohamed Khair al-Zubayr said that new 100-Sudanese-pound banknotes (roughly equivalent to $2.10) would be made available early next month. READ: Sudan diplomats unpaid for 7 months Over […]

Strong Weather Front Brings Hail, Sandstorms to Middle East – TIME

Strong Weather Front Brings Hail, Sandstorms to Middle East – TIME

(CAIRO) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. The winter’s first snow fell on the Syrian capital Damascus […]

Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East – Algemeiner

Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East – Algemeiner

Paz Hirschmann (L) and Sami Saadi (R), joint co-CEOs of Tsofen, at the Awarding Ceremony of the Abraham Fund Initiatives Shared Life Award, 2018. Photo: Abraham Fund Initiatives. “You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi, co-founder of Tsofen, an organization working to […]

The changing balance of power in the Middle East – AEI – American Enterprise Institute

The changing balance of power in the Middle East – AEI – American Enterprise Institute

In part one of his two-part analysis, Kenneth Pollack, the author of the recently-released Armies of Sand: The Past, Present and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness, discusses why the fundamental balance of power in the Middle East is changing.  You might think that the Middle East couldn’t get any worse.  Think again. For the last 50 years, […]

Best Of '18, Allen Toussaint, Folk, Golden Age, Middle East & Cool Covers – KMUW

Best Of '18, Allen Toussaint, Folk, Golden Age, Middle East & Cool Covers – KMUW

Monday, January 14 Global Village pays tribute to one of the giants of Crescent City music, Allen Toussaint, on his birthday. The program highlights music from his rare albums in the ‘70s to later projects, including the Grammy-nominated release, The River in Reverse, which he did with Elvis Costello. Plus New Orleans R&B classics he […]

HMAS Ballarat makes massive drug bust in Middle East – Ballarat Courier

HMAS Ballarat makes massive drug bust in Middle East – Ballarat Courier

news, local-news, More than three tonnes of illegal drugs worth about $155 million have been seized by the Australian navy in the Middle East. HMAS Ballarat found the 3.1 tonnes of hashish – a drug made from cannabis – during an operation on January 8 and 9 on a fishing vessel in international waters in […]

Women's rights in Saudi Arabia: 'I escaped to seek a better life' – BBC News

Women's rights in Saudi Arabia: 'I escaped to seek a better life' – BBC News

Image copyright Salwa Image caption Salwa, 24, ran away from her family eight months ago and claimed asylum in Canada It’s a dramatic story that has brought the restrictions faced by women in Saudi Arabia back into the spotlight. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, garnered global attention last week after she locked herself into her hotel […]

Israel to deport Human Rights Watch director – Middle East Monitor

Israel to deport Human Rights Watch director – Middle East Monitor

Israel will deport the Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s regional office, Omar Shakir, refusing a Supreme Court petition. On Thursday the Israeli government submitted its response to a Supreme Court petition previously filed by Shakir in a bid to fight the deportation order against him. The response stated that: “[Shakir] promoted the boycott of […]