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Sunnis fear spread of Shiite influence in Samarra

Residents and political representatives in the predominantly Sunni city of Samarra take issue with what they see as increased Shiite influence in the city.
Source: Al Monitor
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Egypt hopes gold city will revive industry, lure investments

Egypt is hoping to cash in on its rich resources and become Africa’s only gateway where manufacturers can trade in and export gold.
Source: Al Monitor
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Egypt's multi-cultural festival dances to beat of one drum

Egypt embraces international cultures and showcases its unique heritage in the 5th annual International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts.
Source: Al Monitor
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Is Putin interfering in Iran’s presidential elections?

Conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi’s meeting with a visiting Russian official has raised debate on Moscow’s potential interference in Iran’s May 19 vote.
Source: Al Monitor
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Patriot missile fired at drone entering Israeli airspace from Syria

The missile reportedly intercepted a unmanned aerial vehicle that penetrated into Israeli airspace from Syria.
Source: Jerusalem Post
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Is Yemen part of the equation?

With severe drought and famine devastating much of the Horn of Africa it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Local governments seem incapable of mastering any form of forward strategy when it comes to water capture and management, and so yet we receive fitful news of the havoc being wreaked on both man and beast.

Source: Yemen Times
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Huge blast near Damascus airport

The Lebanese militant group's Al-Manar television said the raid hit a warehouse and fuel tanks, without specifying whether they were its own or belonged to the Syrian army or another of its allies.Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah.
Source: Albawaba
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