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Swarms of Locusts Cross Into Israel From Egypt

Swarms of Locusts Cross Into Israel From Egypt | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
It seemed, to many Israelis, a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh: Three weeks before Passover, locusts swarmed across the border from Egypt.
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Biblical proportions? It seems not.

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Biblical proportions? It seems not.

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Israel targets top Hamas leader as cease-fire collapses

Israel targets top Hamas leader as cease-fire collapses | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants
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Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza agree a long-term truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead.
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David Grossman: Stop the Grindstone of Israeli-Palestinian Violence

David Grossman: Stop the Grindstone of Israeli-Palestinian Violence | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
Israelis must choose peace with the Palestinians — or we’ll both keep circling the grindstone of violence.
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This op-ed piece from David Grossman lays bare the essence of the answer. He has remained a constant, clear and consistent advocate for that answer for many years. He makes the same appeal he made years ago when he kindly granted me an interview in his home for a short documentary.

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Kurdish Independence: Harder Than It Looks

Kurdish Independence: Harder Than It Looks | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
How important is Iraq’s stability to the Kurds’ own security and long-term aims?
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America Can't Fix the Middle East, but It Can Fix Its Middle East Policy

America Can't Fix the Middle East, but It Can Fix Its Middle East Policy | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
The secret to getting it right in the world's most volatile region is admitting when you're wrong.
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Syria chemical arms leave Italy

Syria chemical arms leave Italy | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
A US ship carrying deadly material from Syria's chemical weapons programme leaves Italy in the final phases of the destruction of the arsenal.
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Israel accepts 1st delivery of disputed Kurdish pipeline oil

LONDON, June 20 Reuters - A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel.
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Israel hands presidency from peacemaker to opponent of Palestinian state (+video)

Israel hands presidency from peacemaker to opponent of Palestinian state (+video) | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
The presidency is a largely ceremonial position in Israel, but Shimon Peres became the international community's preferred interlocutor with the Israeli government.
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Militants seize 48 Turks at consulate in Iraq's Mosul

ANKARA, June 11 - Militants seized 48 Turks from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, including the consul-general.
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Angered by Palestinian unity government, Israel to build more settler homes

JERUSALEM-Israel announced on Thursday plans to build some 3,000 more settler homes in response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government.
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Pope Francis Gets Involved In Middle East Peace Process

Pope Francis has invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pray together this Sunday at the Vatican. The pope says he's not getting involved in the Middle East peace process, but VOA...
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Egypt court jails more than 160 Brotherhood supporters

CAIRO, May 18 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court jailed more than 160 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to up to 15 years in prison on Sunday.
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Kerry and Abbas in Mid-East talks

Kerry and Abbas in Mid-East talks | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
The US Secretary of State holds "informal" talks with the Palestinian president for the first time since peace talks with Israel collapsed last month.
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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N. | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching
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Christian exodus as Iraqi town falls

Christian exodus as Iraqi town falls | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
Thousands of Iraqi Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamist militants seize the minority's biggest town in the country.
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Israeli Invasion of Gaza Is Likely, Official Says; Brief Cease-Fire Is Set

Israeli Invasion of Gaza Is Likely, Official Says; Brief Cease-Fire Is Set | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
A senior Israeli military official said the likelihood of an invasion was “very high” as the Palestinian death toll reached 205, including four children killed on a beach.
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Israel poised for Gaza incursions after truce collapses

Israel poised for Gaza incursions after truce collapses | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel urged the evacuation on Wednesday of several Gaza Strip areas where more than 100,000 people live, threatening ground operations after briefly holding fire under an Egyptian
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UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon’s security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Thursday.
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Palestinian minister says anger but no uprising over Israeli raids

PARIS, June 20 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will prevent any uprising in the occupied West Bank despite escalating tensions with Israel.
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Shimon Peres and the Minnows of the Middle East

Shimon Peres and the Minnows of the Middle East | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
The Israeli president's departure only highlights the glaring
dearth of decent leaders remaining in the region today. 
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Sunni insurgents close in on Iraq's biggest oil refinery

TIKRIT, Iraq, June 11-Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the northern city of Mosul to an area further south that includes Iraq's biggest oil refinery in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government.
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Hagel sys U.S. to beef up Black Sea presence after Crimea crisis

CONSTANTA Romania-US will strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region using part of a $1 billion fund promised to NATO allies on Russia's borders.
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The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus - NPR (blog)

The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus - NPR (blog) | Middle East Monitor | Scoop.it
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The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus
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In the two years since Middle East respiratory syndrome was first diagnosed in people, scientists have struggled to figure out how we catch the deadly virus.
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Unified Palestinian government to be announced Monday

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 31-Abbas said he expects a joint government of his Fatah party and Hamas Islamists will be announced on June 2, completing a unity deal the sides agreed last month.
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Israeli minister sees 50 percent more settlers in West Bank by 2019

JERUSALEM, May 16 (Reuters) - The number of Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel's ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday.
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