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Secret memos reveal explicit nature of U.S., Pakistan agreement on drones

Secret memos reveal explicit nature of U.S., Pakistan agreement on drones | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
For years, Pakistani officials have denounced the program, but CIA documents and diplomatic memos reveal how classified briefings on the U.S. program became routine.
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Saudi women in kingdom’s top advisory council call for discussion on allowing women to drive

Saudi women in kingdom’s top advisory council call for discussion on allowing women to drive | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
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Why are women not permitted to drive now?

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Saudi preacher sentenced to 8 years, 600 lashes for killing 5-year-old daughter

Saudi preacher sentenced to 8 years, 600 lashes for killing 5-year-old daughter | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
An Islamist preacher accused of fatally torturing his 5-year-old daughter, Lama, has been sentenced to eight years in prison, a human-rights official said.
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Nice story Coco!

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Ovadia Yosef, influential Israeli spiritual leader, dies at 93

Ovadia Yosef, influential Israeli spiritual leader, dies at 93 | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Israelis on Monday bid an emotional farewell to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel.
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An English doctor in Syria: Pity the Children -The Horror I saw

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Quite sad - thanks Lilly!

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Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy

Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
A currency shortage, created by Western sanctions, appears worse than previously thought, increasing pressure on leaders seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal.
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Thanks Sonya. Any connection between this and the willingness to negotiate with the United States?

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US, Iran Officials Make Diplomatic History - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

US, Iran Officials Make Diplomatic History - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took the first step to reaching a deal by speaking together for half an hour yesterday.
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This is big!

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Andeulazia M.'s comment, October 9, 2013 8:08 PM
Awwwww yay! I wonder if they speak through translators or if Foreign Minister Zarif speaks English. Just a thought
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Gaza Hospital: Beirut

Gaza Hospital: Beirut | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
Three medics return to Beirut and recall events they saw from 'Gaza Hospital' during the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
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Iranian leader says he is open to meeting Obama at a later date

Iranian leader says he is open to meeting Obama at a later date | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
Iranian leader says U.S. had no follow-up plan for a handshake, but indicates he’s open to meeting later.
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Pakistan struggles to reach quake victims; death toll rises to at least 325

Pakistan struggles to reach quake victims; death toll rises to at least 325 | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
The army rushes aid to devastated villages in the remote southwest as the death toll tops 320.
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Radical Imagery at NY Muslim Day Parade

Radical Imagery at NY Muslim Day Parade | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people marched in a "Muslim Day Parade" Sunday in New York City that was hosted by the Muslim Foundation of America.
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Thanks Selina! One thing to consider as you read news is that all sources are not equal.

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U.S. 'blackmailing' Russia on Syria, Lavrov says

Russia's top diplomat Sunday accused the United States of "blackmailing" Moscow into backing tough ground rules for Syria's chemical disarmament.
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Iran and Syria to dominate UN summit

Iran and Syria to dominate UN summit | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
The UN General Assembly's annual meeting starts on Tuesday, with the focus on talks between Iranian and US officials, and the Syria crisis.
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Tribes Still Rule in Yemen - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Tribes Still Rule in Yemen - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
The Yemeni revolution did not overturn the influence of tribes on Yemen politics.
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The things change, the more they stay the same...

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Syria chemical attack: Key UN findings

Syria chemical attack: Key UN findings | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus explains key parts of the UN report on the use of chemical weapons in the Ghouta area of Damascus.
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This is very interesting - thanks Faith

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Taliban: We still want to kill Malala

Taliban: We still want to kill Malala | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Taliban does not regret the murder attempt on 16-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai last year and will make
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In a Polluted Stream, a Pathway to Peace

In a Polluted Stream, a Pathway to Peace | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
An issue that Palestinians and Israelis can work together on.
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Thanks Rosie - a hopeful note!

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In Pakistan, vaccinating children against polio can be a deadly job

In Pakistan, vaccinating children against polio can be a deadly job | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
With a few drops of vaccine, Gulnaz shields another child from the devastating effects of polio.
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This is quite unfortunate. Are these really followers of Islam?

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Fatwa Allows Sex Changes in Iran, But Stigma Remains - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Fatwa Allows Sex Changes in Iran, But Stigma Remains - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
While homosexuals are not legally recognized in Iran, the government has subsidized surgery for those individuals wanting to live as the other sex.
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OK, this is interesting...

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Emily L's comment, October 9, 2013 7:11 PM
This seems so strange to me. You cannot be a homosexual, so the only way to be with your partner is to undergo a sex change?
Andeulazia M.'s comment, October 9, 2013 8:06 PM
It also seems odd that the majority are men turning into women.. I thought that men were viewed as dominant in the Islam religion? What an abstract concept coming from a country in the Middle East
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'Hopeful': Iranians warm to possible thaw in relations after president's remarks

'Hopeful': Iranians warm to possible thaw in relations after president's remarks | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
Iranians stroll their capital with a renewed step, their hopes uplifted by their new president after decades of cold war-like relations with outside world.
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What do weapons inspectors do?

What do weapons inspectors do? | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
As Syria promises to destroy its chemical weapons, meet the inspectors who face bullets and death threats while they investigate chemical attacks and stockpiles of arms.
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This is a good question!

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"U.N. investigators back in Syria to look into more chemical weapons claims"

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Gutfeld: Congratulations, radical Islam. You own terrorism

Islamic terror threat remains a global cancer
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Bin Laden's Murderous 1998 'Fatwa': 'Comply With God's Order to Kill the Americans' | CNS News

Bin Laden's Murderous 1998 'Fatwa': 'Comply With God's Order to Kill the Americans' | CNS News | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
CNSNews.com was launched on June 16, 1998 as a news source for individuals, news organizations and broadcasters who put a higher premium on balance than spin and seek news that’s ignored or under-reported as a result of media bias by omission.
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As we discussed today!

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Alex Northrup's comment, September 25, 2013 9:24 PM
You can read the English translation of the fatwa in this article.
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A Boy Makes Anti-Muslim Comments In Front Of An American Soldier. The Soldier's Reply: Priceless.

A Boy Makes Anti-Muslim Comments In Front Of An American Soldier. The Soldier's Reply: Priceless. | Current Events - History of the Middle East | Scoop.it
If I ever hear an anti-Muslim comment, I will repeat the words of this soldier.
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Thanks Sonya!

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Andeulazia M.'s comment, September 25, 2013 8:44 PM
i just cried watching this.. it was awesome.