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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 - Ukraine rivals clash as US blames Russia
2 - Guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital
3 - Obama backs Japan in islands row with China
4 - S Sudan rebels say closing in on oil fields
5 - Pakistan jets attack rebel border bases
6 - India votes on second biggest polling day
7 - Palestinian factions to form unity government
8 - New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia
9 - China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal
10 - UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips
11 - Turkey's PM offers condolences to Armenians
12 - Modi files nomination from Indian temple city
1 - Ukraine rivals clash as US blames Russia

Confrontations reported by Kiev government as US president accuses Russia of going against spirit of Geneva deal.

4/24/2014 5:32:16 AM

2 - Guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital

A police guard opens fire at an international hospital in Afghanistan's capital, killing at least three Americans.

4/24/2014 4:26:37 AM

3 - Obama backs Japan in islands row with China

US president says islands at centre of Sino-Japanese dispute are Japanese and fall under terms of US-Japan defence pact.

4/24/2014 5:04:13 AM

4 - S Sudan rebels say closing in on oil fields

Riek Machar's fighters claim to be closing in on two state capitals and predict collapse of Salva Kiir's government.

4/24/2014 5:40:28 AM

5 - Pakistan jets attack rebel border bases

Operation near Afghanistan border comes as government attempts to re-engage Pakistani Taliban in peace talks.

4/24/2014 3:50:03 AM

6 - India votes on second biggest polling day

Eleven states and a union territory voting for 117 seats in the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections.

4/24/2014 5:43:19 AM

7 - Palestinian factions to form unity government

Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity government ending seven-year rift.

4/23/2014 3:08:37 PM

8 - New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia

Total number of victims in the kingdom since September 2012 reaches 83, with most new cases in Riyadh and Jeddah.

4/24/2014 5:27:38 AM

9 - China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal

Seizure, relating to unpaid compensation for Chinese ships leased in 1936, sparked Japanese formal diplomatic complaint.

4/24/2014 12:30:04 AM

10 - UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips

Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria.

4/24/2014 12:30:22 AM

11 - Turkey's PM offers condolences to Armenians

Erdogan said the killing and mass deportation of Armenians between 1915 and 1916 had inhumane consequences.

4/23/2014 8:49:21 AM

12 - Modi files nomination from Indian temple city

Opposition BJP's PM candidate, who is also contesting from Vadodara, files nomination papers from Varanasi.

4/24/2014 4:44:03 AM






NYT > Middle East

NYT > Middle East

MiddleEast

4/23/2014 9:33:37 PM

1 - World Briefing: Syria: First Candidate Announces Presidential Run
2 - World Briefing: Britain: Blair Speaks Out on Islamic Extremism
3 - Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact, Drawing U.S. and Israeli Rebuke
4 - Iranian Prison Chief Is Removed After Reports of Attack on Inmates
5 - Diplomatic Efforts on Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say
6 - World Briefing: Egypt: U.S. to Deliver Helicopters
7 - World Briefing: Iraq: 10 Guards Are Killed at Polling Center
8 - World Briefing: Iran: Lawmakers Seek Inquiry Into Abuse Charges at Prison
9 - World Briefing: Qatar: Sentence of U.S. Couple Was Based on Lesser Charge
10 - Claims of Chlorine-Filled Bombs Overshadow Progress by Syria on Chemical Weapons
11 - Homs Emerges as Turning Point in Shaping Syria’s Future
12 - Abbas Renews Threat to Dissolve Palestinian Authority if Peace Talks Fail
13 - U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say
14 - World Briefing | Middle East: Saudi Arabia: Health Official Fired
15 - World Briefing | Middle East: Iraq: 33 Die in Multiple Attacks
16 - Syrian Election Announced; Rebels Report New Weapons
17 - Rockets Fired From Gaza Draw Airstrikes From Israel
18 - Iran Disputes Reports of Violent Crackdown in Prison’s Political Detainee Block
19 - Yemen Strikes Hit Qaeda Camps
20 - Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals
21 - International Education: Palestinian Teaches Tolerance via Holocaust
22 - Battle Rages in Homs, Hub of Revolt Against Assad Government
23 - 13 Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen
24 - French Journalists Are Freed in Syria
25 - Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane in Iran Has Ties to Ghana
1 - World Briefing: Syria: First Candidate Announces Presidential Run

A Syrian lawmaker, Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, registered Wednesday as a candidate for the country’s June 3 presidential election, which President Bashar al-Assad is likely to win.






4/23/2014 9:09:03 PM

2 - World Briefing: Britain: Blair Speaks Out on Islamic Extremism

Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, said Wednesday that the spread of Islamic extremism represented “the biggest threat to global security of the 21st century.”






4/23/2014 9:00:34 PM

3 - Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact, Drawing U.S. and Israeli Rebuke

The deal between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization appeared more serious than past attempts, experts said, and came as hopes faded for a resolution to peace negotiations with Israel.






4/23/2014 6:51:02 PM

4 - Iranian Prison Chief Is Removed After Reports of Attack on Inmates

The move by the judiciary, called a promotion, came amid criticism over a violent raid on political prisoners at Evin, Tehran’s largest prison facility.






4/23/2014 1:51:20 PM

5 - Diplomatic Efforts on Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say

Civilians in war zones remain in need of urgent assistance, the heads of five United Nations agencies warned in a joint statement.






4/23/2014 5:40:17 AM

6 - World Briefing: Egypt: U.S. to Deliver Helicopters

The United States will deliver to Egypt 10 Apache helicopters that were held up last year after President Mohamed Morsi was deposed.






4/22/2014 11:24:16 PM

7 - World Briefing: Iraq: 10 Guards Are Killed at Polling Center

Militants wearing military uniforms attacked a balloting center in a remote northern area and killed the guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.






4/22/2014 9:04:08 PM

8 - World Briefing: Iran: Lawmakers Seek Inquiry Into Abuse Charges at Prison

Several lawmakers demanded an investigation on Tuesday into allegations of beatings of political prisoners at Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency reported.






4/22/2014 8:49:18 PM

9 - World Briefing: Qatar: Sentence of U.S. Couple Was Based on Lesser Charge

A panel of judges that found an American couple guilty in the death of their adopted daughter convicted them on the charge of jeopardizing the child, and not the original charge of murder.






4/22/2014 8:45:28 PM

10 - Claims of Chlorine-Filled Bombs Overshadow Progress by Syria on Chemical Weapons

The unconfirmed reports of the weapons came as international monitors said that nearly 90 percent of the chemicals in Syria’s arsenal had now been exported.






4/22/2014 8:03:01 PM

11 - Homs Emerges as Turning Point in Shaping Syria’s Future

For both the government and opposition, the central Syrian crossroads city, practically reduced to rubble during the civil war, will play a crucial role in stitching the country back together.

4/22/2014 7:52:15 PM

12 - Abbas Renews Threat to Dissolve Palestinian Authority if Peace Talks Fail

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said that Israel had deprived him of any real power to govern the West Bank and that he was considering giving it back to Israel.

4/22/2014 3:14:21 PM

13 - U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say

Yemen’s Interior Ministry said Monday that as many as 55 militants had been killed in one of the largest such attacks there in months.






4/21/2014 9:07:10 PM

14 - World Briefing | Middle East: Saudi Arabia: Health Official Fired

King Abdullah removed the health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, from his post as the kingdom grapples with a surge of new cases of the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.






4/21/2014 7:49:05 PM

15 - World Briefing | Middle East: Iraq: 33 Die in Multiple Attacks

In Monday’s deadliest attack, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-filled car into a police checkpoint in Suwayra, about 25 miles south of Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 19.






4/21/2014 7:49:05 PM

16 - Syrian Election Announced; Rebels Report New Weapons

The election, which will almost certainly award Bashar al-Assad a new term, was criticized by the opposition and the United Nations.






4/21/2014 7:45:01 PM

17 - Rockets Fired From Gaza Draw Airstrikes From Israel

Palestinian militants and Israeli forces exchanged fire as an April 29 deadline for peace talks drew near.






4/21/2014 7:34:13 PM

18 - Iran Disputes Reports of Violent Crackdown in Prison’s Political Detainee Block

News accounts of more than 30 detainees being injured or placed in solitary confinement set off a rare protest outside Parliament on Sunday, but officials deny the reports.






4/21/2014 7:13:04 PM

19 - Yemen Strikes Hit Qaeda Camps

One Yemeni official said the militants targeted in the attacks were among the “leading and dangerous” elements of Al Qaeda.






4/20/2014 7:47:01 PM

20 - 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.






4/20/2014 2:03:22 PM

21 - International Education: Palestinian Teaches Tolerance via Holocaust

Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi trained as a Palestinian guerrilla fighter. Now he is a university professor and teaches Palestinians about the Holocaust.






4/20/2014 11:05:10 AM

22 - Battle Rages in Homs, Hub of Revolt Against Assad Government

Syrian insurgents and antigovernment activists are reporting near-continuous bombardment of the Old City and the nearby neighborhood of Waer.






4/20/2014 4:02:22 AM

23 - 13 Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen

An airstrike killed 13 suspected Al Qaeda militants and three civilians in Yemen.






4/19/2014 3:06:05 PM

24 - French Journalists Are Freed in Syria

After 10 months in captivity in Syria, the French journalists were released on the Turkish-Syrian border on Friday.






4/19/2014 12:46:56 PM

25 - 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



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