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Turkish Central Bank holds interest rate steady

Turkish Central Bank holds interest rate steady

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAs forecasted, Turkey’s Central Bank policymakers held a key interest rate steady Thursday, saying they would continue working to reel in the nation’s double-digit inflation.@diegocupoloTopics coveredJan 21, 2021ISTANBUL ­— Following a pair of interest rate hikes last year, Turkey’s Central Bank policymakers Thursday, saying they would keep monetary policy tight for an “extended period” amid ongoing attempts to reel in the nation’s double-digit inflation.In a Thursday, Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee announced it would keep its one-week repo...

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Iraq approves Paris climate accord in step toward curtailing oil dependence

Iraq approves Paris climate accord in step toward curtailing oil dependence

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayIraq faces significant hurdles in transitioning to an economy without oil dependence, and future trends can be expected to exacerbate those challenges.Topics coveredfossil fuel, renewable energy, climate change, iraqi government, paris climate accord, iraqi economy, oil revenue, global warming, oilJan 20, 2021With a stroke of his pen last Wednesday, Iraq’s President Barham Salih approved the parliament’s September vote to , an international treaty to combat global warming. As one of the last of the 197 signatory countries to ratify the deal,...

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Israel provides Gaza with machines to extract water from air

Israel provides Gaza with machines to extract water from air

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAn Israeli firm donated generators producing drinking water from air to the Gaza Strip, which faces an acute water shortage crisis, amid controversy about cooperation between the two sides.Topics coveredJan 20, 2021GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Strip recently managed to take advantage of the latest technologies used to produce potable distilled water, thanks to .In early January, , a nongovernmental organization based in Ramallah in the West Bank, brought into the besieged enclave two atmospheric that turn air into water using solar power....

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Iraqi port revenue surges as anti-corruption move bears fruit

Iraqi port revenue surges as anti-corruption move bears fruit

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayIraq’s key Umm Qasr Port has been positively affected by measures to reduce corruption, leading to a massive revenue increase in 2020 despite fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for the massive, nearby Faw Port and an electronic system being put in place may also serve to shore up state coffers and reduce those of “outlaw” groups.Topics coveredJan 20, 2021The road south to Umm Qasr, , passes the high walls and barbed wire of the infamous former Bucca prison as well gas flares on the horizon from extensive fossil fuel extraction in the...

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Turkey prepares to distribute Chinese vaccine

Turkey prepares to distribute Chinese vaccine

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayWith the Turkish government expected to begin mass distribution of the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac this week, health experts are questioning its effectiveness and the state’s rollout strategy.@diegocupoloTopics coveredcoronavirus vaccineJan 13, 2021ISTANBUL ­— The Turkish government is expected to begin mass distribution of a produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech this week as questions remain over its efficacy rate.The rollout is expected to begin Thursday or Friday if  by the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency delivers...

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Iran says it won’t expel nuclear watchdog inspectors

Iran says it won’t expel nuclear watchdog inspectors

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayGovernment officials stressed that international watchdog inspectors will not be expelled from Iran’s nuclear sites, rejecting a senior lawmaker’s statement that such a plan was in the pipeline if the United States failed to lift sanctions against Tehran.Topics coveredJan 12, 2021The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, , said Tehran has no plans to expel inspectors dispatched by the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) for regular visits to the country’s nuclear sites.Khatibzadeh was addressing questions and concerns raised after...

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Hamas forcibly expels residents from their homes in Rafah

Hamas forcibly expels residents from their homes in Rafah

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip began a campaign to expropriate state-owned lands near the Rafah border crossing, as part of a project to expand the crossing, leaving many citizens homeless and jobless.Topics coveredJan 8, 2021GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mohammed Abu Shteiwi was woken up on the morning of Jan. 3 by the roar of the bulldozers of the Hamas police force near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The dredging operations are one of the largest that included of Palestinian homes and farms on an area of ​​55 dunums (13.6...

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Egypt’s first MMA fighter blazes trail for more women

Egypt’s first MMA fighter blazes trail for more women

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAya Saeid has become Egypt’s first MMA fighter by breaking stereotypes in the patriarchal society.@MennaFarouk91Topics coveredJan 10, 2021Egypt’s first female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has broken social stereotypes by pursuing a male-dominated sport and is now encouraging other women to follow suit.“I started in 2000 as a karate player and took the brown belt. Then I joined the Kung Fu national team and won competitions with the team. When I succeeded in the sport, I decided to continue with them as well as join other similar sports,” ,...

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Jan 10
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New WhatsApp terms spark antitrust investigation, exodus from app in Turkey

New WhatsApp terms spark antitrust investigation, exodus from app in Turkey

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayTurkey launched an antitrust investigation into Facebook and its popular messaging service WhatsApp Monday after the application’s new privacy terms raised concerns, prompting some users to seek alternatives.@diegocupoloTopics coveredJan 11, 2021ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Competition Board launched an into Facebook and its popular messaging service WhatsApp Monday after the application updated its privacy policies and raised concerns among local users, many of whom sought alternative messaging services over the weekend.In a , the Competition Board...

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Jan 11
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Authorities in northeast Syria seek alternatives due to Turkish disruption of water supplies

Authorities in northeast Syria seek alternatives due to Turkish disruption of water supplies

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe Kurdish-led autonomous administration in northeast Syria is looking for alternative projects to make up for the suspension of operation of the Alouk water station in Ras al-Ain after the Turkish state repeatedly cut off water.@Akhin26342862Topics coveredDec 30, 2020Turkey and allied Syrian opposition factions led by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have deliberately deprived of water more than 1 million civilians in Hasakah and its countryside, the towns of Tel Tamr, al-Hol and Abu Raseen, and the nearby villages and communities in an area that...

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Dec 30
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Syria’s Kurdish-led administration calls on Biden for political recognition

Syria’s Kurdish-led administration calls on Biden for political recognition

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodaySDF commander Mazlum Kobane told Al-Monitor last month he hopes the Biden administration will double the US troop presence in northeast Syria.@JM_SzubaTopics coveredDec 30, 2020Northeast Syria’s Kurdish-led administration is calling on US President-elect Joe Biden to formally recognize its autonomous status within Syria.Sinam Mohamad, the Washington envoy of the political body affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made the appeal during a think tank event alongside two former US officials earlier this month.“We call on...

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Dec 30
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Syrian Kurds deny deal with Russia, Assad Government over Ain Issa

Syrian Kurds deny deal with Russia, Assad Government over Ain Issa

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe Syrian government and Russian media sites are promoting a new agreement between Russia and the Syrian Defense Forces that guarantees the regime's takeover of the Ain Issa area in northern Raqqa.Topics coveredDec 30, 2020ALEPPO, Syria — Riyadh al-Khalaf, chairman of the  affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to Hawar News Agency , reaching an agreement with Russia regarding Ain Issa. “All the news about reaching an agreement with the Russian forces are baseless; this is false and the control map is still intact following six...

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Dec 30
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Egypt looks to protect investments at risk by Ethiopian civil war

Egypt looks to protect investments at risk by Ethiopian civil war

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayEgypt is seeking to appoint an international law firm to protect investments in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.@R_ma7moud200Topics coveredgrand ethiopian renaissance dam, investors, cairo, tigray, investments, international lawDec 31, 2020Alaa Al-Saqati, head of the Egyptian Industrial Zone in Ethiopia, recently revealed Egypt’s decision to appoint an international law firm to handle a case before international courts against the Ethiopian government to protect Egypt’s investments there.In a to the Egyptian daily Youm7 on Dec. 22, Saqati said this...

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Dec 31
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Palestinian president stacks Jerusalem branch with loyalists

Palestinian president stacks Jerusalem branch with loyalists

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe selection of members loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Fatah movement’s Jerusalem branch raised the ire of other Fatah leaders who called to review the selection process.@daoudkuttabTopics coveredOct 27, 2020As the possibility of becomes more real, new and unexpected conflicts are propping up. In addition to the expected hurdles that Israel might put up, as well as the need for Fatah and Hamas to find common ground, an unexpected problem has arisen.Disagreement over the leadership of the Jerusalem branch of Fatah blew up...

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Erodgan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature

Erodgan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAn ongoing Turkey-France spat deepened after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prompting legal action from Ankara.@diegocupoloTopics coveredOct 28, 2020ISTANBUL — Turkish prosecutors into the French satirical magazine  Wednesday after it published a cover containing an insulting cartoon depiction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Lawyers representing Erdogan submitted a criminal complaint to prosecutors in Ankara, saying the content should be considered “libel” and...

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Oct 28
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Turkish lira slump continues as foreign tensions simmer

Turkish lira slump continues as foreign tensions simmer

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe Turkish lira continued record losses Tuesday against major currencies as analysts questioned Central Bank independence and Ankara saw political spats deepen with foreign allies.@diegocupoloTopics coveredOct 27, 2020ISTANBUL — Turkey’s currency extended losses for a fourth day as growing with NATO allies added to fallout over an unexpected Central Bank decision to hold interest rates steady last week.At 6 p.m. Istanbul time Tuesday, the Turkish lira was trading at record lows of about 8.20 per US dollar and 9.70 per euro, continuing the...

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Oct 27
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Erdogan goes on offense against European leaders in defense of lslam

Erdogan goes on offense against European leaders in defense of lslam

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken up the cause of Islam in the West, further damaging Turkey's ties with Europe.@pinartremblayTopics coveredeuropeans, recep tayyip erdogan, emmanuel macron, islamophobia, muslims, akp, berlinOct 27, 2020Along with other businesses, Mevlana Mosque in Berlin was searched by police on Oct. 21 during dawn prayers. The mosque — a well-known establishment in the heart of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district — belongs to the Turkish-Islamist Milli Gorus (National View) movement, which is a member of the Islamist...

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Oct 27
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Eritrea shifts course on Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over Nile dam

Eritrea shifts course on Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over Nile dam

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe visit of the Eritrean president to the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam shows a change of position in Eritrea, which had always backed Egypt in the Nile dam issue.@ayahamanTopics coveredOct 23, 2020CAIRO — The visit of Eritrean President to the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during his official visit to Ethiopia on Oct. 13 raised several questions about the impact of such rapprochement on the Egyptian  to galvanize the support of the neighboring countries for Egypt in the Nile dam dispute. The dispute between...

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Oct 23
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UK to return 5,000 ancient artifacts to Iraq

UK to return 5,000 ancient artifacts to Iraq

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayIncluded in the repatriation is a 4,000-year-old Sumerian relic discovered in an online auction.Topics coveredOct 23, 2020The British government will return nearly 5,000 stolen artifacts to Iraq, the office of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Friday. Kadhimi, who was appointed premier in May, arrived in the United Kingdom earlier this week for an official state visit. During a tour of the British Museum in London, the Iraqi leader was briefed on the UK's pledge to return clay tablets and other artifacts to Iran. They are expected to be...

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Turkish forces withdraw from largest base in northeast Syria

Turkish forces withdraw from largest base in northeast Syria

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAnkara has begun pulling back forces and equipment from an observation post long surrounded by regime forces in Syria’s northeast Idlib province.@diegocupoloTopics coveredOct 20, 2020ISTANBUL ­—  from Ankara’s largest base in Syria’s northeastern Idlib province shortly after midnight Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The group reported that convoys carrying military personnel and equipment were seen leaving the , one of 12 Turkish observation posts established in the region to monitor a in the nine-year-old...

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Oct 20
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Turkey-backed president's election to reshape negotiations in North Cyprus

Turkey-backed president's election to reshape negotiations in North Cyprus

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayNorthern Cypriots elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar in runoff presidential elections Sunday, likely drawing a new path for peace talks and energy-revenue sharing negotiations amid rising regional tensions.@diegocupoloTopics coveredcyprus, turkey-greece relations, turkish cypriots, northern cyprus, ersin tatarOct 19, 2020ISTANBUL — Turkey-backed hard-liner Ersin Tatar won a runoff in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Sunday in a vote widely seen as a referendum on the breakaway state’s policies for years to come.Tatar, who...

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Oct 19
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12 bodies discovered in new mass graves in Libya

12 bodies discovered in new mass graves in Libya

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAt least 100 bodies have been discovered since the retreat of Khalifa Hifter's forces from the area earlier this year.Topics coveredOct 19, 2020The remains of 12 people have been discovered in more mass graves near the Libyan city of Tarhuna, in an area occupied until recently by forces aligned with rogue leader Khalifa Hifter.The discovery, in the Mashrou Rabt district of Tarhuna, is the latest grisly discovery in the area since the Kaniyat militia aligned with Hifter's forces was repelled from the area in May amid a counteroffensive by the...

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How Egypt is growing forests in middle of the desert

How Egypt is growing forests in middle of the desert

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayAmid the success of the Serapium Forest, a massive plantation in Egypt, the country is now looking to plant more desert lands with trees as part of plans to fight climate change.@R_ma7moud200Topics covereddesertification, climate change, wastewater, pollution, africa, forests, desert, plantsOct 18, 2020Growing a forest in the middle of the desert has become reality with Egypt eyeing more of these projects to support its economy and fight environmental and . Egypt has managed to plant trees in the desert using wastewater, as part of plans to...

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Oct 18
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Palestinians displaced from Syria's Yarmouk camp to finally go home

Palestinians displaced from Syria's Yarmouk camp to finally go home

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe camp had been the focus of fighting and seizure by Islamic State and Syrian government forces.@ahmadme44502893Topics coveredreconstruction, syrian regime, syrian civil war, palestinian refugee camps, palestinian refugees, yarmouk refugee campOct 15, 2020RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian refugees in Syria are expecting to return to  soon. Damascus announced Oct. 5 that it will permit the return of Palestinian refugees and Syrian nationals to the camp, Samir Jazaerly, an administrative official in the Damascus governorate, told the...

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European countries slam Israel over planned settlement expansion

European countries slam Israel over planned settlement expansion

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayThe foreign ministries of France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain called for an immediate halt to settlement construction in the West Bank.Topics coveredOct 16, 2020A group of five European countries condemned the Israeli government today for its “counterproductive” decision to build thousands more settlement units in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, the foreign ministries of France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain called for an immediate halt to settlement construction, as well as a pause in evictions and demolitions of...

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