Weekly Roundup: Egypt prepares for a presidential election in March, the Israeli government deports African migrants from the territories it occupies, and Saudi Arabia converts Aramco into a joint stock company

This last week, Algerian medical students stage a sit-in demanding the abolition of mandatory conscription, 64 migrants who left Libya for Europe are presumed dead after a rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya on Saturday, and Saudi Arabia initiates the transformation of Aramco into a publicly traded company.

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Weekly Roundup: Protests in Iran, an attack in Egypt, and Turkey increases security before New Year’s celebrations

The Turkish security sector engaged in a major crackdown on ISIS jihadists in the country ahead of the new year celebrations. Protests began in Iran on December 28th over economic issues, provoking a clash with government forces. More than twelve have died since the protests first erupted five days ago. In Egypt, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the December 29th attack that left nine people dead outside Mar Mina church in Helwan, a southern suburb of Cairo.

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Weekly Roundup: Middle Eastern leaders react to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, Libyans show support for military leader Khalifa Hifter, and VP Pence travels to Egypt

In the Middle East this week: leaders in Egypt, Turkey, and Palestine continue to react to Trump’s announcement two weeks ago that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Libyans rally in support of military leader Khalifa Hifter, who is expected to run in Libya’s presidential elections, expected next year. US Vice President Mike Pence travels to Egypt this week, amidst the uproar over Jerusalem and the ongoing imprisonment of 20 American citizens in Egypt.

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Weekly Roundup: Regional protests denouncing President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Lebanon’s Prime Minister withdraws his resignation, and movie theaters return to Saudi Arabia

In this week’s roundup of the most pressing events happening in the Middle East & North Africa: Regional protests and demonstrations break out over the announcement of formal US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Russian President Putin visits Egypt’s President Sisi, and Qatar purchases fighter jets from the UK for $8 billion

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Weekly Roundup: Regional concern over Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, uncertainty about the former Yemeni president’s status, and the upcoming GCC meeting

In this week’s roundup of news in the Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders react to U.S. President Trump’s announcement that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel later this week. Saudi Arabia intercepted another missile from Yemen and conflicting reports emerged about the status of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Gulf Cooperation Council will meet this week and Qatar announced that Emir Sheikh Tamim will attend the meeting despite the Saudi-led boycott against him.

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Weekly Roundup: Deadly terrorist attack in Egypt, outcry over slave trade in Libya, and shakeups in Saudi Arabia

In this week’s roundup of the most pressing events happening in the Middle East & North Africa: At least 305 people were killed inside a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, in the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history. International outcry builds over the slave trade in Libya, which preys upon African migrants. And, contesting narratives emerge over Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s supposed “reforms” of the country. Read on to understand what’s going on in the Middle East this week!

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