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Yemen's al-Qaeda wing has ordered men and women in Hadhramawt to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area. Al-Qaeda has been shifting its operations to Yemen's eastern Hadhramawt province after the army, backed by US drones, helped drive it out of the south this year.

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On July 20, the committee tasked with ending the violence between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army in Jawf reached a ceasefire agreement just days after Houthi rebels took over two military bases in the area.

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Is American policy toward Syria now at a turning point? Has the eruption of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) from bases in Syria into Iraq convinced President Barack Obama to change course? If so, in which direction?

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries. 

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ISIS fighters have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards, and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.

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Most observers, saddened and appalled by the collapse of security and the spread of violence across the Middle East—from Libya to Egypt to Syria, Iraq, and Bahrain, not to mention the crisis in Gaza—focus on Tunisia as the only positive and uplifting case to result from the Arab Spring.

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries.

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The Zintani militia battling the Misratan militia over control of Libya’s main airport is ready for a peaceful solution after five days of heavy fighting, a Zintani militia spokesman said on Thursday

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With the election of a new speaker of parliament earlier this week, the Iraqis have begun the formal process of forming its next government. On Tuesday, Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish parliamentarians appointed a new speaker of parliament, bringing them one step closer to determining the fate of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Nevertheless, the procedure had commenced absent a comprehensive agreement on the status of candidates for the presidency and premiership, which carries the risk of future political deadlock down the road.

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A defense ministry spokesman said at least fourteen troops were killed, and another twenty-five wounded Wednesday evening when militants attacked with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. These attacks targeted two military checkpoints in the region of Hanchir Ettala in Mount Chaambi, in the Kasserine region near the Algerian border.

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