Amid Turmoil, Iraq Elects a President

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On July 24, BBC Arabic reported that despite its lack of credibility among several constituencies, the Iraqi government has elected a new president, veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum (in Iraq, the parliament, a popularly elected body, elects the president). This news came amid ISIS' continuing occupation of much of northern Iraq and was followed by several bombings.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Khaled Meshaal Imposes Conditions for a Truce

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On July 23, Maan reported that the head of Hamas' politburo, Khaled Meshaal, said that the group was willing to enter a ceasefire with Israel, but imposed certain conditions. First, the blockade had to be lifted, and second Israel had to disarm. Preempting the notion that Israel disarming was a non-starter, Meshaal asked rhetorically why only the Palestinians should have to disarm.

Article Source: Maan

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ISIS Takes Over Christian Heritage Site

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On July 22, BBC Arabic reported that ISIS has been terrorizing northern Iraq's minority communities. It recently offered Christians in Mosul four choices: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, leave, or die. Now the group has taken over a Christian monastery and heritage site, and has left Mosul devoid of Christians for the first time in millenia.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Al Sisi to Meet with John Kerry to Discuss the Situation in Gaza

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On July 21, Al Masry Al Youm reported that Egyptian President Al Sisi will meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Gaza in addition to other issues. On Monday morning, Kerry met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to also discuss the deteriorating situation in Gaza. 

Article Source: Al Masry Al Youm

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UN Claims More than Half of Gaza Residents are Without Electricity or Water

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On July 20, Al Ahram reported initial UN assessments from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that the Israeli ground incursion and raids in the Gaza Strip have resulted in the massive destruction of water and electrical infrastructure, leaving more than half of Gaza residents without services.

Article Source: Al Ahram

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Assad Says West Will Pay a Price for Supporting Terrorists

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took the oath of office for his third, seven-year term. During his speech, he vowed to continue the fight against all those who oppose him, whom he refers to generally as "terrorsits." He also predicted that Western and other Arab countries who have supported these "terrorists" will "sooner or later" pay a price.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Palestinians from Jerusalem Embrace Missiles Sirens

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Times of Israel's Arabic news website interviewed several Palestinians from Jerusalem who claimed that, far from feeling threatened by Hamas rockets aimed at the city, they embraced them in solidarity with the people of Gaza. According to the article, these Palestinians do not see this conflict as the result of recent kidnappings, but of long-term Israeli aggression. While the children are sometimes afraid, they are reassured, in one mother's words, that the missiles are intended to "frighten the Jews."

Article Source: Times of Israel

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Saudi Arabia Has the Highest Global Per Capita Electricity Usage in the World

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On July 14, Al Arabiya reported that Saudi Arabia's Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority published a study indicating that individual electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia is more than double the global average. The organization is trying to educate the country about the merits of conservation and energy efficiency.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli Naval Forces Launch First Ground Incursion Since Eruption of Hostilities

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On July 13, Al Arabiya reported that Israeli naval special forces launched an attack on Gaza, which was the first land incursion since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Israeli leaders have heightened their threats in recent days to launch a major ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Gulf International Bank Launches New Services

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Gulf International Bank has launched the test phase for a new set of services designed to expand its market base and to make its services more user friendly. The new products and services will utilize social media networks and other modern marketing and ease-of-access platforms.

Article Source: aawsat.com

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Former Shin Bet Chief Blames Netanyahu Goverment for Deteriorating Situation

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On July 5, Ma'an reported that former Shin Bet Cheif Yuval Diskin blamed the Netanyahu administration for the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem and the Triangle. Diskin stated that the foundation of the current policies call for scaring the public with what is happening around them in the Middle East, building settlements and establishing that they have no Palestinian partner. 

Article Source: Ma'an

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ISIS Declares Caliphate

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ISIS announced that it has established a caliphate under the leadership of its strongman Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group declared that it was the Islamic Caliphate and thus all Muslims must pledge their loyalty to it. To that effect, it has changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, to simply the Islamic State.

Article Source: El Watan News

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Israel Targets Militant Factions in Gaza

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Israeli forces launched a series of attacks on different areas of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, targeting the Qassam Brigades, which is the armed wing of Hamas. These attacks come in the aftermath of rockets fired into the south of Israel; one of which burned a plastic materials factory. 

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Moqtada al-Sadr Appeals to Moderate Sunnis

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The head of one of Iraq's most prominent Shiite factions and the former leader of the Mahdi Army Moqtada al-Sadr called on Sunni mderates to join a peaceful dialogue on how to combat Sunni extremists. He said that many Sunnis have fallen under the wing of extremists and criticized many Shiites for following an "oppressor", Nouri al-Maliki.

Article Source: Al Sumaira

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