Want to know more about the Middle East?
Here are a few links to get you started:
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/DE6h5, goo.gl/QE4QC
A compilation of links to various historical timelines of the Middle East, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Middle East News
AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
1 - Hospital attacked in Central African Republic
2 - Egyptian women protesters freed
3 - Al-Qaeda says it shot down Syria drone
4 - US reassures Gulf allies wary over Iran
5 - Mandela remembered
6 - Fresh demonstrations held in Ukraine
7 - Hagel gets assurances on Afghan security deal
8 - Overwhelming crowds set to honour Mandela
9 - Interactive: World Cup 2014 draw
France increases troop presence to 1,600 after almost 400 people are killed in three days of violence.
Fourteen women and girls jailed for peaceful protest are released after 11-year sentences slashed.
Jabhat al-Nusra has sent Al Jazeera exclusive footage of the wreckage of what it says was a Syrian government drone.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's remarks come at a time of rising tensions in their relationship with the GCC.
Nelson Mandela meant many things to many people. Ordinary South Africans tell us what the icon meant to them.
Thousands rally in Kiev after reports of an unannounced meeting between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovich.
Afghans tell Pentagon chief, who did not meet Karzai while in Kabul, that pact will be inked in "a very timely manner.
World leaders among those expected at services to honour anti-apartheid icon and South Africa's first black leader.
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NYT > Middle East
1 - Gunmen Attack Liquor Stores in Baghdad, Killing Nine
2 - Obama Says He Can Envision Nuclear Deal With Iran
3 - Israeli Soldiers Accused of Killing Palestinian Boy in West Bank
4 - Obama Defends Interim Iran Deal, Seeks to Assure Israel
5 - Bashir Announces Sudan Vice President Resignation: State Media
6 - Iran Presses Ahead With Uranium Enrichment Technology
7 - Palestinians: Soldiers Shoot Dead 15-Year-Old Boy
8 - U.N.’s Nuclear Inspectors Arrive in Iran
9 - Qatar Pushes for Gulf Arab Inclusion in Iran Talks
10 - Syrian Islamists Seize Western-Backed Rebel Bases: Monitoring Group
11 - Jailed Islamist Women to Go Free, Egyptian Court Rules
12 - Syrians Targeted Israeli Patrol on Golan With Bomb: Israel
13 - 2 Bombings Kill 4 People in Iraq
14 - Iraqi FM Warns of Jihadi 'Emirate' in Syria
15 - Egypt Court Cuts Sentences Against Islamist Women
16 - Activists: Syrian Airstrikes Kill 12
17 - Iranian President Defends Interim Nuclear Deal
18 - Missing Syrian Nuns Appear in Video, Saying They Are Well
19 - Hagel Outlines New Weapons Sale Plan for Gulf
20 - World Briefing | United Nations: Jordan Elected to Security Council
21 - Ahmed Fouad Negm, Dissident Poet of Egypt’s Underclass, Dies at 84
22 - Hagel Seeks to Assure Gulf Allies of U.S. Commitment
23 - The Lede: Latest Updates on Mourning for Mandela
24 - Pentagon Sees 'Significant Interest' in F-35 From Gulf
25 - Nuns, Missing in Syria, Resurface in Video
Iran is moving ahead with testing more efficient uranium enrichment technology, a spokesman for its atomic energy agency said on Saturday, in news that may concern world powers who last month agreed a deal to curb Tehran's atomic activities.
The nuns, who had vanished from the ancient Aramaic-speaking town of Maaloula, said they had left with rebels to escape shelling.
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