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1 - Al Jazeera's Middle East blog - blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east
An English-language blog by the Qatar-based news network.

2 - Albawaba -
 
albawaba.com
Albawaba provides news from a local perspective across the Middle East.

3 - Imperial history of the Middle East - goo.gl/KXppc
A map presentation shows 5,000 years of the takeovers and reformations of the Middle East in 90 seconds.

4 - Informed Comment
- juancole.com
University of Michigan professor Juan Cole blogs daily about Middle East history, news, and religion.

5 - Islamic history and civilizations - islamfortoday.com/history
Links to resources about the history of Islamic culture and civilization, including art, architecture, law, medicine, science, and finance.

6 - Middle East Media Research Institute -
memri.org
An independent nonprofit group dedicated to exploring the Middle East through the region's media.

7 - Middle East Studies Association at the University of Arizona -mesa.arizona.edu
The University of Arizona's non-political organization that promotes study of the Middle East.

8 - Middle Eastern languages - goo.gl/VOOkq
A collection of links to resources for learning about languages spoken in the Middle East, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Turkish, and Persian.

9 - The Ancient Egypt site - ancient-egypt.org/index
An interactive site covering the history, monuments, language, and culture of Ancient Egypt.

10 - Timelines of Middle East history - goo.gl/DE6h5goo.gl/QE4QC
A compilation of links to various historical timelines of the Middle East, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean.



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1 - S Korea divers see bodies inside sunken ferry
2 - Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13
3 - Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east
4 - French journalists kidnapped in Syria freed
5 - Prominent Pakistani journalist shot
6 - Attack on S Sudan UN base may be 'war crime'
7 - Two killed in Bahrain car blast
8 - Iran says reactor dispute 'virtually solved'
9 - Scores of abducted girls freed in Nigeria
1 - S Korea divers see bodies inside sunken ferry

Three bodies seen in submerged hull of capsized ferry as rescue operation continues for nearly 300 missing people.

4/19/2014 10:10:12 AM

2 - Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13

Three Sherpas are still missing after the most deadly accident in the mountain's history.

4/19/2014 11:54:41 AM

3 - Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east

Government promises not to attack pro-Russian separatists over the weekend even as they continue to occupy buildings.

4/19/2014 8:53:41 AM

4 - French journalists kidnapped in Syria freed

Four journalists found on the Turkish border with Syria after being kidnapped last June by al-Qaeda-linked group.

4/19/2014 8:10:44 AM

5 - Prominent Pakistani journalist shot

Hamid Mir, a popular TV host, is targeted by gunmen near Karachi airport and suffers three gunshot wounds.

4/19/2014 10:48:44 AM

6 - Attack on S Sudan UN base may be 'war crime'

Assault on base that killed 58 people and injured 100 others may "constitute a war crime", the United Nations says.

4/19/2014 9:15:08 AM

7 - Two killed in Bahrain car blast

Explosion in a car kills two and wounds a third in a mostly Shia village outside the capital, interior ministry says.

4/19/2014 11:19:32 AM

8 - Iran says reactor dispute 'virtually solved'

Vice-president says world powers have accepted proposal to redesign heavy water plant at Arak.

4/19/2014 11:23:33 AM

9 - Scores of abducted girls freed in Nigeria

Education official confirms release of 44 of the 129 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Borno state.

4/19/2014 7:55:03 AM






NYT > Middle East

NYT > Middle East

MiddleEast

4/18/2014 11:05:12 PM

1 - Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals
2 - Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane in Iran Has Ties to Ghana
3 - Ex-Marine Held in Iran Asks Official for Help
4 - World Briefing: Obama Signs Bill That Bars Iran’s Envoy
5 - World Briefing: Program to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is 75% Complete, Group Says
6 - Jerusalem Journal: Stranded by the Fight Over a Border’s Future
7 - Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why
8 - Arab-Israeli Activist Is Moved to House Arrest
9 - World Briefing | Middle East: Gaza: Blasts Kill Hamas Militants
10 - Palmyra Journal: Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures
11 - Jordanian Jets Strike Vehicles Trying to Enter From Syria
12 - Letter From the Middle East: Pushing the 2-State Path in Gaza
13 - At War Blog: Days of Tea and Honey: Memories of a Quiet Iraq
14 - At U.N., a Grim Viewing of Alleged Syrian Torture
15 - As War Rages in Syria, Presidential Election Looms
16 - Iran Escalates Dispute Over U.N. Envoy
17 - Iraq Shuts Down the Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns
18 - Testimony From Britain May Be Used in Terror Trial
19 - World Briefing: Iran: U.N. Is Asked to Resolve Envoy’s Visa Dispute
20 - Israeli Officer Killed on Way to Seder in West Bank
21 - U.N. Official Condemns Use of Torture in Syrian War
22 - After Delays, Syria Completes Another Shipment of Chemical Arms
23 - Ron Pundak, a Key Israeli in Oslo Accords, Dies at 59
24 - American’s Wish for Iranian Burial Riles Hard-Liners
25 - Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief
1 - Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals

The F.B.I.’s inquiry became the focus of the pretrial hearings at Guantánamo this week, after the contractor who was visited by the F.B.I. disclosed it to the defense team.






4/18/2014 9:44:22 PM

2 - Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane in Iran Has Ties to Ghana

The ownership ties between a Utah bank and a Ghanaian company raise questions about the role of sanctions.






4/18/2014 8:42:40 PM

3 - Ex-Marine Held in Iran Asks Official for Help

Amir Hekmati, an American incarcerated in Iran since August 2011, recently wrote to its foreign minister seeking help in gaining his release.






4/18/2014 7:57:54 PM

4 - World Briefing: Obama Signs Bill That Bars Iran’s Envoy

President Obama signed a bill into law on Friday that would prohibit anyone who has engaged in espionage or terrorism against the United States from obtaining a visa to enter the country as a representative to the United Nations.






4/18/2014 7:35:33 PM

5 - World Briefing: Program to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is 75% Complete, Group Says

An official from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria might not finish the job by a revised deadline of April 27, but might do so soon after.






4/18/2014 2:51:17 PM

6 - Jerusalem Journal: Stranded by the Fight Over a Border’s Future

The influx of people into the Ras Khamis neighborhood of East Jerusalem is straining city services, and City Hall has shown little inclination to help.






4/17/2014 7:52:35 PM

7 - Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

The presence of a United States-flagged aircraft in Iran is highly unusual these days, especially when it’s owned by a small Utah bank.






4/17/2014 6:57:20 PM

8 - Arab-Israeli Activist Is Moved to House Arrest

The Israeli citizen, a Palestinian rights activist, was detained after a visit to Lebanon, on suspicion of an unauthorized visit to an enemy state.






4/17/2014 11:16:48 AM

9 - World Briefing | Middle East: Gaza: Blasts Kill Hamas Militants

Three militants were killed Wednesday and five people were wounded when several explosions ripped through a Hamas facility in the southern Gaza Strip.






4/16/2014 9:46:21 PM

10 - Palmyra Journal: Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures

Fighting has damaged Palmyra and other archaeological sites, and made it easier for thieves to smuggle hundreds of antiquities out of the country.






4/16/2014 8:36:10 PM

11 - Jordanian Jets Strike Vehicles Trying to Enter From Syria

Jordan’s armed forces said in a statement that warplanes fired on the three vehicles after they failed to heed security forces’ demands to stop.






4/16/2014 4:23:17 PM

12 - Letter From the Middle East: Pushing the 2-State Path in Gaza

Ezzeldin Masri runs the Gaza branch of OneVoice, promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite continuous setbacks.






4/16/2014 9:44:33 AM

13 - At War Blog: Days of Tea and Honey: Memories of a Quiet Iraq

A look back at a time when Marines thought Iraq had finally achieved a tentative peace and were able to take time to simply share a meal with elders.






4/16/2014 9:07:35 AM

14 - At U.N., a Grim Viewing of Alleged Syrian Torture

A panel of experts hired by the Qatar government says pictures of mutilated, skeletal corpses are direct evidence of killings of detainees.






4/15/2014 9:39:01 PM

15 - As War Rages in Syria, Presidential Election Looms

The plans for elections reflect a growing assurance by President Bashar al-Assad that insurgents no longer pose a credible threat to overthrow him.






4/15/2014 9:29:48 PM

16 - Iran Escalates Dispute Over U.N. Envoy

Even if Iran does have legal grounds to argue that its new ambassador’s rights have been violated, there is little it can do, experts said.






4/15/2014 7:49:02 PM

17 - Iraq Shuts Down the Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns

The Iraqi government said it had closed the prison, the site of an abuse scandal during the American occupation, because of fears that it could be overrun by Sunni insurgents.






4/15/2014 12:50:38 PM

18 - Testimony From Britain May Be Used in Terror Trial

A key government witness in the terrorism trial of an Islamic cleric may testify from Britain via a closed circuit television connection, a federal judge in Manhattan said in a ruling released on Monday.






4/14/2014 9:22:53 PM

19 - World Briefing: Iran: U.N. Is Asked to Resolve Envoy’s Visa Dispute

Iran on Monday said it had complained to the United Nations over the refusal by the United States to grant a visa to its choice for ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi.






4/14/2014 7:48:32 PM

20 - Israeli Officer Killed on Way to Seder in West Bank

An Israeli police officer was fatally shot and his wife and young son were wounded as they drove to a Passover Seder near the West Bank city of Hebron.






4/14/2014 7:09:44 PM

21 - U.N. Official Condemns Use of Torture in Syrian War

A report also records torture by some armed opposition groups and serious allegations of torture and the ill-treatment of children.






4/14/2014 11:37:22 AM

22 - After Delays, Syria Completes Another Shipment of Chemical Arms

The chemical weapons watchdog said that Syria had sent nearly two-thirds of its arsenal for destruction, but that it was uncertain if it would meet its deadline.






4/14/2014 4:21:04 AM

23 - Ron Pundak, a Key Israeli in Oslo Accords, Dies at 59

Mr. Pundak was an academic enlisted to take part in the secret negotiations with Palestinian officials that led to a historic agreement.






4/13/2014 9:00:59 PM

24 - American’s Wish for Iranian Burial Riles Hard-Liners

Politics intrudes after the death of Richard Nelson Frye, 94, a noted Harvard scholar who loved a land and its culture.






4/13/2014 8:52:54 PM

25 - Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief

Analysts say foreign business interest in Iran has remained extremely limited amid a temporary deal allowing increased economic ties.






4/13/2014 7:09:47 PM



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