Sunday, August 30, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Yemen Fighting 'Iranian Expansion'

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi says his forces are battling Shi'ite Huthi rebels in the country to halt "Iranian expansion."
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IS Cracks Down On Western Iraqi Town

Islamic State (IS) militants have detained at least 70 people in a western Iraqi town in an effort to crush public dissent against the extremist group.
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Rohani Opposes Nuclear Vote

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has opposed a parliamentary vote on a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers.
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Sunni Scholars Want Ban On Prophet Muhammad Film

Prominent Sunni Muslim scholars are demanding that Tehran ban a film on the life of Prophet Muhammad that was released August 27, though it is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran.
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Obama: Iran Deal Relies On Verification

President Barack Obama has defended the nuclear agreement with Iran during a webcast with U.S. Jewish organizations.
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Iraqis Hold Protests Against Corruption

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated against corruption in Baghdad and other cities south of the capital.
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U.S. Urges Iran To Release Ex-Marine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Iran to free former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati from four years of "unjust detention."
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Iran 'Rejects' Barenboim Concert Plan

An Iranian government official has said Tehran will not allow star conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform there.
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New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
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Iraqi PM Orders Militias To Ease Street Access In Baghdad And Elsewhere

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has ordered military commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and to ease street access elsewhere across Iraq.
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