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Israel-Gaza Truce Shines Light On Palestinian Hunger Striker

Jelal Hassan and Tia Goldenberg | Associated Press (free)

Khalil Awawdeh, who says his family has refused food for the past 160 days, is in the spotlight because the Islamic Jihad group sought his release as part of Egyptian-brokered talks that ended three days of fighting between the Gaza-based militants and Israel over the weekend.

Saudi Arabia Invests $1.3 Billion In Four Egyptian Firms

Ahmed Ismail and Patrick Werr | Reuters

The Saudi Egyptian Investment Co (SEIC), owned by Saudi Arabia's state-owned Public Investment Fund (PIF), has bought minority stakes in four Egyptian companies for $1.3 billion, Egypt's planning ministry said on Wednesday.

EU Presents ‘Final Text’ to Iran for Reviving Nuclear Deal

By Laurence Norman | The Wall Street Journal

A senior European Union official said the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will now write to the U.S., Iran and the other negotiating parties, setting out next steps for approving a deal. The official said Iran would have “very, very few weeks” to decide whether to revive the deal.

Public Sector Strike Cripples Cash-Strapped Lebanon

By Kareem Chehayeb | Associated Press (free)

The protest of the civil servants who form the backbone of government signals a further erosion of Lebanon’s public institutions, already struggling to afford their most basic operating costs.

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Egypt’s Political Prisoners Recount Horrific Conditions

By Vivian Yee | The New York Times

Many detainees are locked for long stretches in cells that lack bedding, windows or toilets and are denied warm clothes in winter, fresh air in summer and medical treatment, no matter how sick, according to former detainees, their families and lawyers, and rights groups. Torture is commonplace, they say. Visits are routinely prohibited. And some never leave.

Iran, U.S. Close In on Nuclear Deal Text but Hurdles Remain

By Laurence Norman | The Wall Street Journal

Negotiations between Iran and the U.S. on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal are close to completion, the European Union’s senior negotiator at the talks said Sunday evening, but it remained unclear whether Tehran will accept the final deal.

Cease-Fire Between Palestinians, Israel Takes Effect in Gaza

By Fares Akram and Tia Goldenberg | Associated Press (free)

A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

Iraq Broils in Dangerous 120-Degree Heat as Power Grid Shuts Down

By Louisa Loveluck and Mustafa Salim | The Washington Post

Extreme heat is paralyzing Iraq, forcing shutdowns in the overstretched power grid as authorities extend public holidays to protect employees from 125-degree temperatures.

Airbus Axes Remaining A350 Jet Deal With Qatar Airways

By Tim Hepher | Reuters

Airbus has revoked its entire outstanding order from Qatar Airways for A350 jets, severing all new jetliner business with the Gulf carrier in a dramatic new twist to a dispute clouding World Cup preparations, two industry sources said.

Israel Sends Reinforcements to Gaza Border as Tensions Rise

Associated Press (free)

The Israeli military said Thursday it is sending additional forces to the area around the Gaza Strip as it braces for possible attacks after the arrest of a senior militant in the West Bank this week.

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