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Israel heads to 3rd election within one year, deadlock expected to continue

by Keren Setton As Israel is heading to an unprecedented third election within a year on March 2, polls indicate that a fourth election in...
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, Aug. 30, 2019. At least 54 Palestinians were injured on Friday, during clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Israel tries to manage conflict with Gaza as no long-term truce on the horizon

by Keren Setton Tensions on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip have been high in recent weeks, although there has been a lull...
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (L) converses with opposition leader Riek Machar in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Jan. 15, 2020. South Sudan warring parties on Wednesday agreed to continue with further consultations on the contentious issue of the number of states after Salva Kiir and Riek Machar met in Juba. (Xinhua/Denis Elamu)

South Sudanese express cautious optimism as unity government formed

South Sudan has opened a new chapter of peace after forming of a transitional unity government, with many hoping that the latest breakthrough is...

Turkey to seek compromise with Russia on Idlib crisis

As tensions escalate between Turkey and Syria over the rebel-held province of Idlib, Ankara is trying to reach a compromise with Russia, the main...
Members of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council attend a meeting in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Sept. 9, 2019. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday hailed the latest meeting of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition group leader Riek Machar in Juba, capital of South Sudan. (Xinhua/Denis Elamu)

Experts say reverting to 10 states will revitalize South Sudan peace process

South Sudanese experts said the recent decision by President Salva Kiir to cut the number of states from 32 to 10, demonstrates the much-needed...
An U.S. army soldier sits on top of an armored vehicle during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)

U.S. meddling forces Philippines to dump military agreement

The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that Manila's move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and...

Greece’s refugee decision to strain ties between EU and Turkey

Greece's latest decision on sending illegal immigrants back to Turkey bears the potential to further strain the already tense ties between the European Union...
A view of Jerusalem's Old City | Photo: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Israel, Gulf states relations closer, normalization still out of sight

by Keren Setton When U.S. President Donald Trump revealed his new plan to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians last week, there...

Israel and Russia play delicate balancing act in maintaining tricky relationship

by Keren Setton Just days after Russia released Israeli prisoner Naama Issachar, the nature of the relations between Israel and Russia have...
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Biased Mideast peace plan result of political calculation, unlikely to work

As the Middle East peace plan conceived by the Trump administration has been receiving severe criticism from the Palestinians and the Arab countries, U.S....
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U.S. Mideast plan fails to achieve peace

Experts say that the Middle East peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will not achieve peace. The Palestinians...

U.S. Dems, GOP continue knock-down drag-out fight in Trump impeachment trial

U.S. House Democrats presenting the impeachment case against President Donald Trump finished their three days of opening arguments late Friday. Since the...

Shared refugee fear brings Turkey, Germany together

Turkey and Germany are drawn together by the common fear of a new wave of migrants from Syria, experts said. The fear...
Two deserted helmets are seen near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Berlin conference gives Libyans space for political reconciliation

Countries concerned with Libya's long-running conflict agreed in Berlin summit to stop military support to the warring parties while a cease-fire lasts, a step...
Palestinians are seen inside their temporary house "caravan" in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis on July 7, 2015. The 50-day war between Israel and Gaza Hamas-led militant groups ended after Egypt brokered a truce between the two sides. However, people in the coastal enclave still live amid poverty, unemployment and the ongoing endless Israeli blockade. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

Israeli deduction of taxes to worsen Palestinian financial crisis

The Israeli government's decision to deduct millions of U.S. dollars from Palestinian tax revenues will exacerbate the Palestinian Authority (PA)'s financial crisis in 2020,...

Egypt’s army maneuvers in Mediterranean “message” to Turkey

The most recent maneuvers conducted by the Egyptian army are a message to Turkey which seeks oil exploration in the Mediterranean Sea and deploys...

Increased supply, dollar decline behind decreasing commodity prices in Egypt

The Egyptian market is currently seeing an obvious decline in the prices of goods and services for the first time since the liberalization of...

Fiat-Chrysler, Peugeot declare merger, making one of world’s biggest carmaker

Italian-American carmaker Fiat-Chrysler Thursday announced that it would merge with French rival Peugeot in a 43 billion-euro (48 billion U.S. dollars) deal that will...
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Viewpoint: Plan to hold Palestinian elections faces tough challenges amid internal split

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is determined to hold the first Palestinian legislative elections in 13 years, but analysts said the move faces tough challenges...
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Viewpoint: Impeachment inquiry announcement against Trump could backfire

U.S. House leader dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, which some experts said could backfire and...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was voted into office in 2013 (AFP Photo/Aamir Qureshi)

Iran to propose initiative as “countermeasure” to U.S. plan – Morteza Makk

The "Hormuz Peace Initiative" to be proposed by President Hassan Rouhani in the ongoing UN General Assembly meeting is a "countermeasure" to the U.S....

Viewpoint: Voter polarization narrows political center in Germany

The recent state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg have shown again how voters in Germany were polarized and the extent to which the political...
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Britain and EU edge closer to a possible deal

Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and the European Union (EU)'s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier met Friday and agreed to have further talks aimed...
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Political Agreement in Sudan Sets Stage for Interim Governing Council

Armed opposition groups are now making demands for positions within the sovereign council What has been hailed as an historic pact between the Forces for...

New Israeli elections will put Israeli-Palestinian relations at stake again

Palestinian analysts believe that Israeli decision of holding new general elections after failing to form a coalition government, puts again the relationship between the...

Abortion to be major election issue in 2020 U.S. presidential race

Abortion has vaulted to the forefront of issues in the lead up to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, and experts said the issue may...

Italy’s ever-stricter anti-migrant policies draw legal controversy

The latest moves in Italy's ongoing effort to prevent migrants fleeing violence in Africa and the Middle East from setting foot on Italian soil...
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Forthcoming African free trade pact to inspire economic integration

As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) currently stands ready for entry into effect, experts and analysts have emphasized the pact as a...
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Nigeria’s Presidential Elections and the Direction Flow

With the rescheduled Nigerian presidential election just two days away, experts have warned that effects of the vote delay still linger and it is...
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Cheaper loans elude Kenyans despite interest rate caps

Kenyans are still grappling with high loan charges more than two years since the east African nation introduced caps on banks' lending interest rates. A...