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2016 primary voters flirt with political outsider candidates

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, surging in the polls, is the latest beneficiary of voters' disdain for the political status quo
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: 2016 primary voters flirt with political outsider candidates

Turkey’s protracted PKK problem

Although many Kurds do not like the leftist and secular agenda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the PKK has shown great resilience, in part as the result of the fragmented Iraqi and Syrian states and political missteps by Turkey.
Source: Al Monitor
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Women join historic Saudi election

In a country where women face a host of restrictions including a driving ban, the move was welcomed as an important step forward.But it also faced criticism from hardline conservatives and from rights groups who said it does not go far enough in providing women with equal rights.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Women join historic Saudi election

Iranian clerics, filmmakers face off over religious movie

In Iran, controversy erupts as "Resurrection," an award-winning film about a Shiite imam, is banned over objections from senior clerics.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Iranian clerics, filmmakers face off over religious movie

Dubai gold retailer defaults on $136m, banks consider options

Update: non-payment by Atlas Jewellery, which has more than 50 branches across the Gulf and in India, said to affect at least 15 banks
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Dubai gold retailer defaults on 6m, banks consider options

Three major hurricanes form in Pacific simultaneously, setting record

Never-before-seen meteorological event involves Category 3 and 4 hurricanes Ignacio, Jimena, and Kilo
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Three major hurricanes form in Pacific simultaneously, setting record

EU gridlocked over refugee crisis; border crackdown tests free travel laws

'Overcrowded' train delayed for hours, long traffic jams as Austria cracks down on activity of people smugglers
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: EU gridlocked over refugee crisis; border crackdown tests free travel laws