Israeli police: Raise alert level in response to Arab protests

ISR TempleMount 2JERUSALEM — Rising tensions and sometimes violent protests around the nation on Sunday prompted Israeli police to go on heightened alert after the fatal shooting of an Arab-Israeli man, escalating fears that a new Palestinian uprising is in the offing.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in east Jerusalem, where masked men and youths hurled stones at Israeli police. Clashes erupted in the A-Tur area on the Mount of Olives, with Palestinian residents clashing with Israeli border patrol forces.

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Israeli police: Raise alert level in response to Arab protests (2)

ISR TempleMount 2JERUSALEM — Rising tensions and sometimes violent protests around the nation on Sunday prompted Israeli police to go on heightened alert after the fatal shooting of an Arab-Israeli man, escalating fears that a new Palestinian uprising is in the offing.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in east Jerusalem, where masked men and youths hurled stones at Israeli police. Clashes erupted in the A-Tur area on the Mount of Olives, with Palestinian residents clashing with Israeli border patrol forces.

Read More at The Washington Times

Fez, Morocco: The foodie traveler

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_MOR141108aa001.jpegFEZ, MOROCCO - If you’re in Fez in the next three months, you’ll be in for a tasty treat if you can score a reservation at Restaurant Numero 7, in the heart of the medina. That’s because this restaurant also functions as a place where international chefs can take a culinary sabbatical and discover Moroccan gastronomy. The invited chefs spend time browsing markets and local produce before reinterpreting Moroccan dishes for diners at the restaurant, in a traditional medina house with contemporary decor.

From next weekend, foodie duo Harry Cummins and Laura Vidal of The Paris Popup will be at the helm. Cummins, a British-born chef, and Vidal, who’s from Montreal and is a well-known sommelier in Paris, met while working at Gregory Marchand’s Paris restaurant, Frenchies.

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Israelis hunt: For affordable homes in disputed areas

ISR Jerusalem Dome of the rock BW 14JERUSALEM — Determined to find an affordable apartment within reasonable distance of their jobs in East Jerusalem, Shuli Naftali and her husband moved to a contentious neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city last year.

At the heart of the controversy is the construction of Jewish homes over the so-called Green Line, a demarcation between East and West Jerusalem that is not an official border, but which the Palestinians insist should be the boundary of their future state.

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Saudi Arabian: University tops new rankings

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King Saud University in Saudi Arabia is the best university in the Arab region, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The American news organization, known for its rankings of the best colleges in the United States, announced its first Arab region list in a session yesterday at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.

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Afghan National Army: Trains to hold off Taliban after U.S. exit

AFG141015VP005 1NEAR KABUL, Afghanistan — At the School of Excellence, the “pop, pop, pop” of gunfire comes in rapid bursts and lasts several seconds. Another volley of gunfire resonates from the dusty hills in the distance.

It is here, a remote garrison a few miles down the road from the once-glorious Darul Aman Palace south of Afghanistan’s capital, where a new generation of elite Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers are training to become special forces operatives and commandos just as the war-torn country tries to turn a critical corner.

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Illiteracy: A stubborn problem in many Arab countries

PAK131011AA011CAIRO — In a nation struggling with economic distress after prolonged political unrest, Egyptians face another chronic obstacle to development: widespread illiteracy.

The percentage of the population—10 years old and over—that cannot read and write last year stood at 25.9 percent, according to data recently released by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics. Egyptians aren’t alone in this struggle: In several other Arab countries including Yemen, Morocco, and South Sudan more than one quarter of the population is illiterate. 

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Israeli-Palestinian: Violence persists despite war's end

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GAZ90714aa002.jpegJERUSALEM — Israel's latest fight with Hamas may have officially ended with a cease-fire in late August. But Palestinian violence in this city that both Jews and Arabs claim as their capital persists on a nearly daily basis, driven by the same anger that prompted the conflict in Gaza.

The frequent incidents received little international coverage until Wednesday, when a Palestinian drove his car into a crowd waiting at a Jerusalem light-rail train stop.

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Push for: Israelis to move to Berlin causes uproar

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Naor Narkis says he was just trying to help fellow Israelis decide about moving when he posted a store receipt from Germany on Facebook.

The receipt shows a popular chocolate pudding costs only 23 cents in Berlin, while it sells for 80 cents in Tel Aviv. Narkis used that receipt to create his "Move to Berlin" initiative on Facebook to spur Israelis to emigrate to Germany, where he says there are more jobs and a cheaper cost of living.

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Baghdad university: Plan to move women out comes to halt

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Ongoing protests from students and faculty may have forced the Iraqi government to back off a controversial plan to carve out a new female-only institution from Baghdad University, the country’s oldest establishment of higher learning.

On Monday, Education Ministry officials announced they would not proceed with the plan. Faculty members, students—and their parents—hailed the move.

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U.K. on: The way to Sharia-compliant student loans

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In September, after seven years of working in Egypt, Mostafa Atteya enrolled in a master’s degree program in Islamic Finance at Durham University in Britain.

His tuition is almost $45,000—far more than most 31-year-old Egyptians could afford. But Atteya was an equity trader for a Cairo-based investment bank operating in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Islamic State: Seizes airdropped U.S. arms as Kurds await troops

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_ISR120808aa001.jpegSURUC, Turkey — Kurdish militias defending the northern Syrian town of Kobani waited Tuesday for Turkey to allow promised reinforcements across the border, as Islamic State fighters posted video of militants opening crates of weapons presumably airdropped by U.S. forces.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad has taken advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s air war against the Islamic State to attack rebels around the country and try to recapture territory lost during three years of civil war.

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Arab uprisings: Echo in the social sciences

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CAIRO—The uprisings that swept the Arab world starting in Tunisia almost four years ago have created momentous political shifts, propelled social change and led to a surge in Islamic militancy across the region.

They also ignited changes in the social sciences and uncovered the breadth of challenges facing research and development of academic disciplines in the Arab world.

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United Arab Emirates: Experiments with branch campuses have mixed results

UAE799px-Middlesex University DubaiDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Heriot-Watt University is a long way from home.

That’s the point.

Seeking to become a global university, the Scotland-based institution set up a campus eight years ago in Dubai with a vision for long-term presence. “We are here for a very, very long time,” said Ammar Kaka, head of campus and the executive dean at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. “We have made quite a large investment.”

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UAE experiments: With branch campuses have mixed results

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DUB141010aa001.jpegDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Heriot-Watt University is a long way from home. That’s the point.

Seeking to become a global university, the Scotland-based institution set up a campus eight years ago in Dubai with a vision for long-term presence. “We are here for a very, very long time,” said Ammar Kaka, head of campus and the executive dean at Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

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A conversation: With the new AUC provost

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CAIRO—One central factor compelled Mahmoud El-Gamal to move back to the country he left 30 years ago: his alma mater.

A 1983 graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC), El-Gamal is now the institution’s new provost, beginning his tenure this month with the start of classes.

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Malala's Nobel: Is 'for all girl students of Pakistan'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_PAK13131011aa003.jpegLAHORE, Pakistan — Young students in Malala Yousafzai's home region were thrilled Friday at the announcement the Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

"There are not many people in this world — in fact, no one — who is as brave as Malala," said Badrai Khan, 19, a college student from Swat, Malala's home region. "This award is an achievement for all girl students of Pakistan."

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Gays, lesbians: Fear renewed backlash in Middle East

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CAIRO — As the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way this week for the legalization of gay marriage in several states, gays and lesbians thousands of miles away feared renewed backlash.

In a nation where they often keep their sexual identities concealed, LGBT Egyptians remain on society's fringes, dreading neglect and imprisonment.

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In Dubai: A $1,000 gold cupcake

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DUB141010aa001.jpegDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In a city where excess is the norm, no one should be surprised to find an unassuming bakery and cafe tucked inside a mall here that sells the world's most expensive cupcake.

"It's a gold-infused cupcake — apart from having the flour, the butter, the chocolate, the vanilla beans," said Inaayah Abdul Aziz, the media and marketing manager for Tablez, the parent of the Bloomsbury's cafe. "And it has an edible gold sheet," Abdul Aziz added.

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Islamic State: Siege of Syrian border city tests Turkey’s allegiances

IS-FlagSURUC, Turkey — Islamic State militants raised their group’s black flags Monday over two buildings on the outskirts of a besieged Syrian city near Turkey, using tanks and artillery to battle Kurdish forces over the strategically located town.

Dozens of combatants on both sides were killed in clashes around the perimeter of the city of Kobani, as civilians sought to join the more than 160,000 Syrians who have fled the area during the terrorists’ protracted onslaught.

Read more at The Washington Times

Islamic State: Siege of Syrian border city tests Turkey’s allegiances (2)

TR-syrianturkish border KobaneSURUC, Turkey — Islamic State militants raised their group’s black flags Monday over two buildings on the outskirts of a besieged Syrian city near Turkey, using tanks and artillery to battle Kurdish forces over the strategically located town.

Dozens of combatants on both sides were killed in clashes around the perimeter of the city of Kobani, as civilians sought to join the more than 160,000 Syrians who have fled the area during the terrorists’ protracted onslaught.

Read more at The Washington Times

Islamic State: Siege of Syrian border city tests Turkey’s allegiances (3)

TR-syrianturkish border KobaneSURUC, Turkey — Islamic State militants raised their group’s black flags Monday over two buildings on the outskirts of a besieged Syrian city near Turkey, using tanks and artillery to battle Kurdish forces over the strategically located town.

Dozens of combatants on both sides were killed in clashes around the perimeter of the city of Kobani, as civilians sought to join the more than 160,000 Syrians who have fled the area during the terrorists’ protracted onslaught.

Read more at The Washington Times

Fitful start: For Gaza's new academic year

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GAZA140729YA001.jp.jpegMost Arab students have already enrolled at university and are buckling down with new assignments. But many of their counterparts in Gaza are taking their seats in damaged—or overflowing—classrooms more than a month after the Gaza conflict ended.

Gaza students said they know this academic year is going to be tough.

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Egyptian women: Want to roller derby and ride scooters (2)

egy flagCAIRO — Gliding on roller skates and sporting spandex with yellow images of Batman, Lina El-Gohary crashed to her knees at a stadium in eastern Cairo.

The member of CaiRollers, the first roller derby league in Egypt, quickly pulled herself up.

Egyptian women: want to roller derby and ride scooters

egy flagCAIRO — Gliding on roller skates and sporting spandex with yellow images of Batman, Lina El-Gohary crashed to her knees at a stadium in eastern Cairo.

The member of CaiRollers, the first roller derby league in Egypt, quickly pulled herself up.
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