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Despite protests from dozens of lawmakers, Tunisia’s Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa decided to allow Israeli tourists to visit the North-African country even though there are have been no diplomatic relations with Israel since 2000. “There is a decision to allow Israeli tourists into Tunisia,” Jomaa said at an economic...

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MidEast

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Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News over the weekend characterized the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as having broken new legal ground after the Turkish leader applied for damages from the Turkish state as part of an ongoing controversy related to Twitter: The move has been described as a “first of...

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Reuters on Monday conveyed statements from Iranian officials describing efforts by the regime to prepare a document that would comprehensively lay out the development of the country’s weapons program, a statement that the outlet read alongside long-standing and explicit demands from the West that Tehran must account for possible military...

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State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki revealed Monday that the U.S. had “indications” that a “toxic industrial chemical” had recently been used on the battlefield in Syria, and that Washington was examining the source of the attack, amid deepening suspicions that the Bashar al-Assad regime recently launched another chemical weapons attack...

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Diplomacy

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Top U.S. and Israeli officials on Monday reacted coldly to threats by Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders that they might disband the Palestinian government and transfer control of their territory to either Israel or the United Nations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the threats earlier this week: Prime Minister Binyamin...

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Human Rights

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A university in Turkey canceled a panel debate on homosexuality after receiving threats from the İlke Haber Ajansı media outlet, affiliated with the Sunni-Islamist-Kurdish movement known as Turkish Hezbollah (largely unconnected to the Shi’ite Lebanese movement Hezbollah). The move came days after Ankara announced plans for the segregation of LGBT...

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The two leading Palestinian factions – Fatah, headed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and the terrorist organization, Hamas – met in Gaza on April 22 in the latest bid to end the schism between them, at the time the United States and Israel were trying to save from collapse peace...

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President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation – previously passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate – that would among other things prohibit Iran’s pick for its next U.N. ambassador from entering the United States. Hamid Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s...

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MidEast

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Lebanon’s Daily Star reported early Friday morning that the Syrian army had launched what the outlet described as “a series of artillery strikes” on the Lebanese town of Tfail, sending Lebanese residents and Syrian refugees who have taken shelter in the town “flee[ing] into the surrounding hills”: “Syrians from all villages surrounding Tfail have fled...

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Thai authorities have disrupted a major Hezbollah terror plot targeting Israeli tourists traveling through the country during the Passover holiday season. The Iranian-backed global terror group has killed more Americans than any other terrorist organization except Al Qaeda. First revealed by journalists in Thailand on Thursday, the story of the foiled attack was...

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