Funds to Yemen Stop Amid Power Struggle

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On September 30, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that donors to Yemen are holding off on giving out their money amid the upheavals in the country. A power struggle between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels has left competing axes of power, and potential donors are reluctant to provide funds until the situation is resolved.

Article Source: Al Sharq Alawsat

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Mariam Ibrahim Taking On Religious Oppression

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BBC Arabic reported that Mariam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death in that country for converting to Christianity from Islam, is launching a campaign against religious oppression. Ibrahim, who gave birth to a child while in shackles, is currently living in asylum in the U.S.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Hamas and Fatah Reach Comprehensive Agreement on Gaza

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On September 25, Al Arabiya reported that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which is under the leadership of the Fatah Party, reached a comprehensive agreement over the administration of Gaza. An internal political struggle led to a violent division of power between the West Bank and Gaza in 2007. The agreement covers border control administration and government salaries among other issues.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Moroccan Central Bank Lowers Interest Rate

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Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that the Moroccan Central Bank has decided to lower its benchmark interest rates below the 3-percent threshold to 2.75 percent. The move is designed to stimulate investment and comes amid growth in the agricultural sector and improvement in hard currency reserves. 

Article Source: aawsat.com

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Nasrallah Calls US Unqualified to Lead Coalition

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On September 23, Maan reported that Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah called the U.S. morally unfit to lead a coalition of mostly Arab states in a military campaign against ISIS. Hezbollah has supported the Assad regime in Syria since the beginning of the civil war. Nasrallah claimed that Hezbollah's disapproval was a reason for Lebanon's not participating in the campaign, but he did not, conveniently, condemn the campaign itself.

Article Source: Maan

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Reports that Houthis Take Control of Sanaa

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On September 22, Arabic media reported rumors that Houthi militants have taken over control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The militants reportedly set up checkpoints and moved in tanks to the city just after signing a peace agreement with the government. Al Qaeda affiliates elsewhere in the country claimed to have killed a number of Houthis in response. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli and Palestinian Delegations Look to Extend Truce

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On September 21, Arabic news networks reported that Israeli and Palestinians will be sending delegations soon to Cairo to resume negotiations and extend the current ceasefire. On the agenda for the talks is the lifting of the blockade, Gaza's air and sea ports, and an exchange of Palestinian prisoners for the corpses of Israeli soldiers.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Egypt Steps Up Internet Surveillance

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Buzzfeed reported that the Egyptian Interior Ministry is stepping up its surveillance of internet activity. Citing national security, the government has reportedly contracted with U.S. IT security solutions firm Blue Coat. Egyptian officials indicated that, in  addition to Islamic extremists, the measures would target Egyptians engaged in homosexual activities.

Article Source: Buzzfeed

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Political Situation to Keep Oil Prices High

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On September 17, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that economists anticipate that the political situation in the Middle East will contribute to continued high oil prices. Other factors include the U.S. demand for shale oil and a slow-paced regional economy.

Article Source: Aawsat.com

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Palestinian Tourism on the Rise

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On September 16, Maan reported that the Palestinian tourist industry in the West Bank has begun to return following the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas. The article noted that foreign tourists were seen at various attractions following what was considered a tourism deadlock for 51 days.

Article Source: Maan

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U.S. Will Destroy Syrian Air Defense If Planes Are Downed

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Al Arabiya, citing accounts in the New York Times, reported that U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. would destroy Syria's air defense systems if the Syrian regime took down a U.S. plane during an attack on ISIS positions. The president noted destroying the regime's systems would be easier than hitting ISIS positions. President Obama's words followed the threats of an advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning that the country might shoot down U.S. planes.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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U.S. to Lead Arab Coalition against "Daa3ich"

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On September 11, Al Arabiya reported that the United States reached an agreement with 10 Arab states to coordinate a comprehensive strategy to destroy the terrorist organization ISIS. The coalition consists of several majority Sunni Arab countries but conspicuously lack Turkey, who has several dozens of its citizens being held hostage by the group.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Basra Province Planning Consulate Complex

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On September 10, the provincial council in Basra, Iraq announced that it is planning to designate certain areas of Basra city to construct a complex to house the four foreign consulates the province hosts. The decision was not unanimous. At least one dissension noted that Basra does not have a lot of room and the consulates - which include the U.S., Iran, and Russia - might not agree to the idea.

Article Source: Al Sumaira

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Egyptian Transportation Minister Explains Problems with Egypt's Railway System

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On September 9, Al Masry Al Youm reported the Egyptian transportation minister's recommendations for developing the country's railway system. The minister touched on various problems facing Egypt's railway system, including the need for repairs, constant thefts, and the deterioration of the trains.

Article Source: Al Masry Al Youm

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Iranian Media Acknowledges Khamanei Has Cancer

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On September 8, Al Arabiya reported that official Iranian news agencies have acknowledged for the first time that the country's supreme leader has prostate cancer. The news of Khamenei's condition was first reported in the foreign press a few years ago but the Iranian regime had been quick to deny any serious health issues. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Houthis Set Up Protest Camps on Main Sanaa Road

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On September 7, Al Masdar reported that armed Houthi activists blocked off a main road in the Yemeni capital Sanaa leading to the airport. The activists, protesting the government's refusal to comply with their demands for reforms, set up make-shift camps outside of the ministries of communications and electricity and forced employees in those buildings to leave.

Article Source: Al Masdar

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Petroleum Eyeing Share in Indian Refinery

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On September 4th, Asharq Alawsat reported that the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation is seeking to acquire a major share in India's Paradip refinery and to sign a deal to become its largest crude oil supplier. The move comes amid a growing demand in the U.S. for shale oil and India's expansion in refinery services.

Article Source: Asharq Alawsat

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Yemen Prepares for Anti-Government Demonstrations

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On September 5, BBC Arabic reported that Yemen is preparing for anti-government protests by Houthis as well as demonstrations supporting the government. The planned protests come just days after the Yemeni president's proposed initiative to settle the differences between the two sides was rejected by the Houthis. 

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Israel and Jordan Discussing Gas Deal

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On September 3, BBC Arabic reported that Israel and Jordan are conducting negotiations on a deal that would transport Israeli natural gas to the Hashemite Kingdom. An official from U.S. energy company Noble Gas was cited as saying that Jordan would import natural gas drawn from the Leviathan field off of the Israeli coast.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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