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Social Media, Dowries and Meddling Family Spike Saudi Divorce Rates by 50%

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The number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia has exponentially increased in recent years.

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Civilians Should Not Return to Raqqa, US-Backed Forces Say

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U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa said civilians should not return to the embattled city before it is cleared of landmines and sleeper cells, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday.

Kurdish VP Faces 7 Years In Prison for Calling Iraqi Forces 'Invaders'

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Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul is facing up to seven years behind bars for describing Iraqi forces as invaders; The news after scores of Kurdish troops were killed when Iraqi forces seized the oil-rich city on Monday; Following the…

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8 EU Countries Tell Israel 'Payback for School Demolitions,' Amid More Settlement Expansion

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Eight European countries have called on Israel to €30,000 for the demolition of schools in the West Bank; The call comes after the Zionist state demolished a primary school and kindergarten; Israeli chiefs claim that the structures were…

US Calls for Hamas to Dissolve its Military Wing

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A U.S. Envoy said that Washington welcomed the PA's return to Gaza; He added that any Palestinian reconciliation deal must commit Hamas to a policy of non-violence; Hamas has repeatedly refused to dissolve its arm wing; Israel said it…

For the First Time in 27 Years, a Saudi Plane Lands in Baghdad

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A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.

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'Murderer of Children': Kuwaiti Official Orders Israeli Rep to Leave IPU Conference

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Marzouq Al-Ghanim told the Israeli delegation to leave the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference after hearing the latter's comments on imprisoned Palestinians lawmakers; Al-Ghanim called him an "occupier" and a "murderer of children";…

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ISIS Planning 'Big Explosion' Similar to 9/11, US Homeland Security Chief Warns

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A U.S. Security Chief warned that ISIS and other terror groups are planning another attack as big as 9/11; She said ISIS is currently in an ‘interim’ period focusing on a much bigger endgame; She stressed that free movement of goods and…

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Italy Intercepts Libyan-Led Fuel-Smuggling Ring

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Italian police have broken up a fuel-smuggling ring trafficking low-quality diesel into Europe and selling it at the standard price; The group is said to have been led by a Libyan linked to the Sicilian mafia; They used small boats to…

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Austria may have Accidentally Banned Halloween

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Austria’s ‘burqa ban’ law has led a man dressed as a shark to be handed a large fine; Austria is just one of several European countries with laws banning certain religious veils and face coverings; The law’s enforcement, which has led to…

US: No Debt Relief for Sudan Until Removed from Terrorism Blacklist

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The United States will not relieve Sudan’s external debts until the country’s name is removed from the list of the countries that sponsor terrorism, Sudan’s Finance Minister Mohamed Osman Alriakbi said on Wednesday.

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Quebec Joins the 'Burqa Ban' Movement

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Quebec issued a religious neutrality bill forbidding public workers from wearing face coverings and burqas when accessing public services; Reasons behind the bill include security, identification purposes, and reducing the presence of…

How the Syrian War is Shifting the Role of Women in Politics

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In 2014, Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party enforced a 40 percent quota of women in all governmental bodies; Despite the country’s fall into armed conflict, in 2016 Syrian women still held 13 percent of seats; Available data puts…

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Rohingya Crisis is a 'Textbook Genocide': Q&A with Maung Zarni

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The Burmese scholar said that Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership has been the direct product of the icon manufacturing by Western media and activists which was intended to give acceptability to what, he believes, is a “military-controlled…

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The Atlantic Got it Wrong: The War on ISIS Further Tore the Middle East Apart

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The Middle East's Hidden Hand in a Possible Nuclear War with N. Korea

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North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador has warned that nuclear war could break out imminently, following months of tension with the United States; Any such fallout would have drastic consequences for the Middle East given the heavy…

Syria: Northwest Deir Ezzor Liberated as ISIS Withdraws, SOHR Reports

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The northwestern countryside of Syria’s Deir Ezzor province has been completely liberated from ISIS, after the Islamists withdrew from the remaining areas under its control, reports suggest.

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Iraqi Forces Take Control of Syrian Border Crossing

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Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.

The Saudi Aramco IPO is Not Too Big to Fail - It Might Be Too Big To Happen

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For the past few months financial markets the world over have been transfixed by the prospect of the world’s most valuable company – Saudi Aramco Oil – offering 5% of its stock in an Initial Public Offering [IPO].

Divorce Rates in Egyptian Cities Reach 60.7% in 2017

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Recorded divorce rates in Egyptian cities reached 60.7 percent in 2017, with a lower 39.3 percent in villages; The total number of divorced people in 2017 reached 710,850; Cases of married children reached 122,464 in 2017, 4,522 of whom…

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ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Ex-Wife Released from Prison

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Hate Crime Records Spike in the UK, Government Report

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Hate crime in the U.K. has surged, with a record 80,393 offenses recorded in 12 months to March 2017, according to Home Office figures released Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct 17

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Turkey Detains Over 150 Migrants in One Day

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Turkey detained over 150 migrants in anti-trafficking operations on Tuesday; 53 migrants, mostly Afghan and Syrian nationals, were held on their way to reach Greek islands, and a minivan carrying 24 Pakistani migrants was stopped in a…

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Peshmerga Surrender Sinjar After Iraqi Forces Take Kirkuk

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The Kurdish town of Sinjar was given up by Peshmerga forces to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad's army said Tuesday.

Over 288 Rohingya Villages Set Ablaze Since August, HRW

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At least 288 Muslim villages have been partially or totally destroyed by fire in Myanmar's Rakhine since Aug. 25; Over half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in just one month; Security forces and Buddhist mobs are killing Rohingya and…

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ISIS Seige Ends in Marawi as Trump Announces Duterte Visit in Philippines

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The Philippine city of Marawi has been liberated from ISIS militants following a 4-month-long siege; Over 1,000 people died with many more civilians displaced in the fighting in recent months; It is thought that ISIS militants Isnilon…

Netanyahu to Maintain Ties with PA Despite Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

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Israel will continue to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority (PA) even if its leading faction Fatah completes a unity deal with Hamas, which Israel has publicly opposed, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday.

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ISIS Threatens to Attack 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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ISIS released an image threatening to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia; Last week ISIS released an image featuring bullet-ridden photos of Trump and Putin, inviting attacks on the two; Russia previously witnessed an ISIS attack in…

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Don't 'Frighten' Syrians from Going Back Home, Lebanese Pres. to NGOs

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US Strike Kills Dozens of ISIS Militants in Yemen

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U.S. forces killed dozens of ISIS militants in a strike on two of its training camps in Yemen’s al Bayda governorate, the Pentagon said Monday.