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  • First Look Jordan's king appoints a new PM amid widespread unrest over tax hikes

    Following the Jordanian government's recent steep tax increases, citizens have rallied in some of the largest protests in years, triggering Prime Minister Hani Mulki's resignation. King Abdullah stepped in to select a new prime minister on Monday, in hopes of preserving Jordan's reputation of peace and stability in the Middle East. 

  • First Look Israel and Hamas agree to cease-fire

    Egyptian mediators stepped in to broker a cease-fire between Israel and militant groups in Gaza after a week of escalated tensions threatened to escalate into a full-blown conflict. 

  • First Look Efforts to protect Afghan women are failing, UN reports

    More than 17 years after the Taliban was defeated, a process to protect women from violence still struggles to take hold, according to a new report from the United Nations. Afghanistan authorities largely rely on traditional mediation councils to resolve criminal cases against women.

  • First Look Gaza escalates attacks, Israel responds with airstrikes

    The rising military tensions between Israel and Gaza reached yet another peak Tuesday. Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz says the country is "at the closest point to the threshold of war" since the seven-week conflict with Palestinian militants four years ago.

  • How new US stance on Iran is resonating in Tehran

    It's hardly surprising that US ultimatums directed at Iran have been answered in kind, with Iranians saying they will not be intimidated into constraining their regional ambitions. But listen closely, and you'll also hear more pragmatic voices.

 

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People walk to attend prayers to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 15.

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