Weekly Roundup: Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates, Morocco criminalizes violence against women, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station

Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates in defiance of Erdogan, Morocco criminalizes violence against women in problematic legislation, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station in an attempt to disrupt Houthi supply routes.

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Weekly Roundup: Syrian regime prepares for Idlib assault, United States revokes UNRWA funds, UN report decries war crimes in Yemen

Syrian regime coordinates impending assault on rebel stronghold in Idlib as Russia resumes airstrikes in countryside over American objections. Schools in the West Bank opened amidst concerns over funding as the US moved to withdraw all funding from UNRWA, a crucial source of support to Palestinians. A UN team released a report on war crimes in Yemen, decrying Saudi and Emirati unwillingness to avery civilian casualties.

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Weekly Roundup: A teenage boy is killed by the IDF in Gaza, upcoming Lebanese elections, and Saudi Arabia screens “Black Panther”

A young teenage boy, Muhammad Ayoub, was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday, in Gaza. A Lebanese parliamentary candidate, Ali al-Amine, who will compete against Hezbollah in Lebanon’s elections on May 6th, was assaulted in his hometown of Bint Jbeil. Last week, Saudi Arabia opened a commercial movie theater for the first time in over 30 years for an invitation-only screening of the movie “Black Panther.”

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Weekly Roundup: Israel kills 18 Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, 60 killed and over 1,000 wounded in a suspected chemical attack in Syria, and Turkey delays negotiations over Syria’s Manbij region

Exxon Mobil Corp is in talks with Qatar over a possible deal that could see the country investing in the company’s U.S. shale gas resources, officials from Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia failed to reach an agreement in the dispute over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris on Sunday at the start of a European tour.

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