Renewed Protests in Jordan with Police

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Maan reported on April 24 that protests between the police and Jordanians renewed. The protests were sparked by the death of a Jordanian man in the south of the country who was killed in clashes with security forces. The protests coincided with 1989 Jordanian economic reforms that led to price increases throughout the country.

Article Source: Maan

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Lebanon's Parliament Fails to Elect a New President

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Al Arabiya reported on April 22 that Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president, because the candidates did not receive the required majority to win the post. This election would have been the first without a Syrian presence in Lebanon since 2005. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Sabahi Submits Egyptian Presidential Candidacy Application

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Egyptian left wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi submitted his presidential bid documents to the Egyptian electoral commission on Saturday. Sabahi is expected to compete against the widely popular Abdel Fatah Al Sisi for Egypt's presidency. Al Sisi submitted his documentation a few days earlier, and he is expected to win the election at this point in time.

Article Source: Al Riyadh 

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Assad Plans to Move Weapons Stockpiles to Hezbollah Strongholds

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Al Arabiya reported on April 20 that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad aims to move his weapon repositories from Qalmoun to Hezbollah strongholds through Wadi Hawa. This comes amidst continued military campaigns and fierce fighting, which has left many dead and injured. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Al Qaeda Suspected of Kidnapping Jordanian Ambassador to Libya

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Al Hayat reported on April 15 that Al Qaeda or a group affiliated with it is suspected of kidnapping the Jordanian ambassador to Libya. On Tuesday, the ambassador was kidnapped by masked men in Tripoli. Successive Libyan governments have come under increasing criticism for their inability to reign in militias and maintain order in the post revolutionary country.

Article Source: Al Hayat

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Egypt Announces Monthly Bread Quota with Smart Card System Implementation

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Al Quds Al Arabi reported on April 13 that Egypt has announced the monthly individual bread quota for Egyptians as part of a plan to implement the use of smart cards as a means to distribute the bread. Egyptians rely heavily on monthly food and power quotas and successive governments have hesitated from reducing the quotas over the years out of fear of riots.

Article Source: Al Quds Al Arabi

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Israel Installs Automatic Machine Guns with Cameras on Security Fence

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The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on April 13 that the IDF has installed automatic machine guns with surveillance capabilities along the controversial security barrier that separates the West Bank from Israel. 

Article Source: Ma'an

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Egyptian Ministry of Oil Signs Contract with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

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On April 8, Al Masry Al Youm reported that the Egyptian Oil Ministry had signed a contract with the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation to import more petrol goods. This includes diesel and jet fuel and the report stated that Egypt would import 1,260 tons over three years.

Article Source: Al Masry Al Youm

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Kerry Says Iran Could Produce Necessary Material to Build Nuclear Bomb in Two Months

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Times of Israel reported yesterday that US Secretary of Stat John Kerry stated during a Senate hearing that Iran is capable of producing the necessary material to build a nuclear bomb in two months. Kerry's statements came as the US and other world powers are meeting in Vienna to discuss efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Article Source: Times of Israel

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Libyan Parliament Urges Prime Minister to Form a New Government

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BBC Arabic reported yesterday that the Libyan parliament is urging the prime minister to form a new government in place of the current one which is demanding wider powers. The government has come under harsh criticism for its inability to reign in militias.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Netanyahu Threatens Unilateral Actions Against Palestinians

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened unilateral actions against the Palestinians if they follow through on statements that they will seek to join international treaties. Netanyahu stated that Israel has taken difficult steps to achieve a peace agreement and claimed that the Palestinians have made empty statements that have not helped the two sides put an end to the conflict.

Article Source: Al Badil

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Kuwaiti Minister of Justice Rejects US Accusations of Promoting the Financing of Terrorism

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مسؤول أمريكي يتهم وزير العدل الكويتي بالترويج لتمويل الإرهابيين في سوريا. Picture and caption published by BBC Arabic

مسؤول أمريكي يتهم وزير العدل الكويتي بالترويج لتمويل الإرهابيين في سوريا.

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Yesterday, Kuwait's Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs denied  accusations by a high ranking US official that he promotes the financing terrorism and incites people to wage Jihad in the Syrian civil war. Since the start of the civil war, some Kuwaitis have traveled to Syria to fight in addition to numerous other nationalities.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Egypt Discovers Brotherhood Group Trying to Steal State Secrets

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Egypt has reported that its security services discovered a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated group, attempting to steal state secrets. The group, known as Ansar Al Sharia, is also purportedly linked to the Arabic news network Al Jazeera. Egypt also reported that it captured some members of the group.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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