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A year in, Biden’s Middle East policy brings little change (Ali Harb, Al Jazeera)

Early in his presidency, Joe Biden promised to break with his predecessor Donald Trump by placing “democratic values” and “diplomatic leadership” at the centre of United States foreign policy. But as 2021 comes to a close, Biden’s first months in office have been marked by what experts say is a passive Middle East policy focused more on […]

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Following Biden-Putin talks, Russia calls on US to heed demands (Al Jazeera)

Russia will move to “eliminate unacceptable threats” if the United States and NATO do not respond to the Kremlin’s security demands, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned, following top-level talks between the rival powers. Lavrov told Russia’s state-run Ria Novosti news agency on Friday that the foreign ministry would not allow the proposals to be rolled up in “endless […]

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Telling Indigenous stories: ‘I’m fighting to be heard’ (Brandi Morin, Al Jazeera)

I shoot up from the bed in my hotel room, my heart pounding so hard I can hear it echoing outside of my body. It takes me a few seconds to realise I’m not dying, that it’s the recurrent nightmare I have been having for two and a half years, the details of which I don’t […]

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Four soldiers killed in raid on Pakistan Taliban hideout (Al Jazeera)

Four soldiers have been killed in an exchange of gunfire with the Pakistani Taliban, the country’s army said, in the deadliest confrontation between the armed group and security forces since a truce was called off earlier this month. The military said on Friday that security forces raided two hideouts in a former Taliban stronghold near […]

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera)

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian who was allegedly running towards them with a knife at a bus station in the occupied West Bank, the army said. Citing an initial investigation, it said in a statement on Friday that the man had arrived at a junction near the Jewish settlement of Ariel in a […]

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UN food agency suspends North Darfur operation after attacks (Al Jazeera)

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended its operations across Sudan’s North Darfur state following attacks this week on all three of its warehouses in the capital, El Fasher, including the theft of more than 5,000 metric tons (tonnes) of food. The move is expected to affect close to two million people in the area in 2022, […]

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Tunisia’s Ennahdha party says senior official detained (Al Jazeera)

Tunisia’s Ennahdha says security forces have detained a senior party official, denouncing what it described as an illegitimate attempt to silence political opposition in the country. In a Facebook post on Friday, the party with the largest number of seats in Tunisia’s suspended parliament said plainclothes agents had taken Noureddine Bhairi and his sister-in-law, the […]

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Can the Biden-Putin Call Really Avert War Over Ukraine? (Mark Episkopos, The National lnterest)

As military tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine, the West is bracing for three rounds of high-stakes negotiations with the Kremlin in early January. Can the Biden-Putin Call Really Avert War Over Ukraine? | The National Interest

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How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon (Adnan Nasser, The National Interest)

If Turkey wants to be a true ally to the Lebanese people, rather than another cynical actor exploiting those in need, it must ensure any support given goes to its intended destination, without it predicated on geopolitics. How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon | The National Interest

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How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon (Adnan Nasser, The National Interest)

If Turkey wants to be a true ally to the Lebanese people, rather than another cynical actor exploiting those in need, it must ensure any support given goes to its intended destination, without it predicated on geopolitics. How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon | The National Interest

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Second ITI freight train begins journey from Pakistan (IRNA)

Ten days after the resumption of Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight train called ITI railway project, the second cargo with 550 tons of goods begins its journey from Pakistan. Second ITI freight train begins journey from Pakistan – IRNA English

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Vienna talks break off until next week (IRNA)

Talks in Vienna, Austria, to remove US sanctions against Iran broke off until Monday while participants have acknowledged progress in discussions about sanctions removal. Vienna talks break off until next week – IRNA English