Protests in Iraq: The last straw

Protests in Iraq: The last straw

NDO – The prolonged protests, accompanied by bloody clashes, against social policies in Iraq have moved into the second week. In the context of Iraq having conducted a controversial parliamentary election and currently facing multiple challenges after defeating the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), the wave of protests could be regarded as dangerous flames threatening the stability and national security in the Middle Eastern country.  (Jul 20, 2018 17:33:24)

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NDO – Following the success of the summit between the United States (US) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the international public is focusing their attention on the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with expectations that the July 16 meeting will create a breakthrough in the Russia-US ties. However, there remain a lot of challenges and obstacles for both Washington and Moscow to address in order to break the deadlock in bilateral relations. 

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  Jul 03, 2018 12:56:57
NDO – Winning more than 53% of the votes, twice as many as the number of votes for the next closest candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected as the new President of Mexico. Eradicating corruption and violence is among the commitments that Lopez Obrador has vowed to undertake immediately after taking office. 

“Iran nuclear record” at risk of setback to square one

  Jun 29, 2018 12:27:41
NDO – The United States is increasing pressure on Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, known as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)”. 

Opportunities and challenges for re-elected Turkish President

  Jun 27, 2018 05:32:49
NDO – President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been confirmed as the winners of the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan’s re-election can be seen as the support of a majority of the voters for his newly issued policies, both for the political system and for the constitution, aiming to deal with the numerous challenges being posed to Turkey, a NATO member country located between Asia and Europe.  

EU’s efforts to find a ‘common voice’

  Jun 22, 2018 16:58:52
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Iran nuclear agreement: A fragile deal on verge of collapse

  Jun 21, 2018 17:16:55
NDO – Iran recently rejected US President Donald Trump’s proposal on the renegotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, which will be extended to the issues deemed as “sensitive”. The Islamic nation also voiced its dissatisfaction with the proposals offered by the European powers in an effort to save the nuclear agreement. The landmark deal is now on the brink of collapse, while investors are “holding their breath” in anticipation of the relevant developments triggered by fears of US sanctions on Tehran. 

Seeking a solution for the migration problem

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Ceasefire extension: Hopes of peace for Afghanistan

  Jun 18, 2018 11:50:05
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An arduous path towards peace and stability in Iraq

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Gulf countries’ grant for Jordan: Gift comes at a right moment

  Jun 13, 2018 11:29:14
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US-DPRK Summit: Opening the door to an era of peace

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Yemen in fear of escalated tensions

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