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Stratfor's Reva Bhalla on the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

“Rouhani has been facing rising dissent, not just from the traditional IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] camp, but from a large segment of the public that is growing disillusioned with his policy because they’re not seeing the level of economic relief they were promised,” said Reva Bhalla, the vice president of global analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.

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Turkey: Military To Train 2,000 Syrian Rebels

U.S. and Turkish military forces will train some 2,000 Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, a Turkish foreign ministry official said Nov. 24, The Daily Star reported.

Chile: Police Station Attacked With Molotov Cocktails

A group of masked people threw Molotov cocktails at a police station in Santiago Nov. 24, NTN 24 reported.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Captures Town Of Damasak

Boko Haram militants captured the northeastern town of Damasak in Borno state on Nov. 24, This Day Live reported.

Guinea: Ebola Sample Stolen By Gang

A gang of thieves stole a sample of the Ebola virus from a doctor traveling along the Kankan-Kissidougou corridor in eastern Guinea, RFI reported Nov. 24.

Qatar: Gulf Cooperation Council Leaders To Meet In Doha

The six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council will send their foreign minsters to Doha, Qatar on Nov. 25 to prepare for the group's summit in December, Gulf News reported Nov. 24.

U.S.: Defense Secretary To Resign, Reports Say

Chuck Hagel will reportedly resign as U.S. Defense Secretary after serving in the capacity for less than two years, BBC reported Nov. 24.

Cameroon: Army Kills 100 Boko Haram Militants

The Cameroonian army conducted a raid to destroy a Boko Haram training camp near the country's northern border with Nigeria, killing 100 militants, World Bulletin reported Nov. 24.

Russia: President Offers To Remove Sanctions On Iran

During a phone call to his Iranian counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to lift Moscow's sanctions on Tehran after negotiations on the country's nuclear program failed to result in a deal before the Nov. 24 deadline, Fars News reported.

U.S., Turkey: No Breakthrough On Military Cooperation

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden ended a visit to Turkey on Nov. 23 without a breakthrough in negotiations on military cooperation against the Islamic State, The Daily Star reported.

Iran: Deal Delayed Until Next Year

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers have failed to agree on Iran's nuclear program before the Nov. 24 deadline and have set a new goal of July 2015, Al Jazeera reported.

Russia: Economy Set To Lose Billions

Russia is set to lose around $40 billion because of Western-imposed sanctions and around $90 to $100 billion could be lost because of the recent fall in oil prices, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Nov. 24, ITAR Tass reported.

Italy: Right Makes Gains In Regional Elections

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party won regional elections in northern Italy with 44 percent of the vote, less than was expected, Sky News reported Nov. 24.

Iran: Talks To Continue In December, Source Says

Iran and six world powers are expected to end negotiations over Iran's nuclear program without reaching a deal and will reconvene in December, Reuters reported Nov. 24, citing an unnamed source.

Tunisia: Presidential Election Underway

Tunisians are voting to elect the nations first president since former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011, Reuters reported Nov. 23.

Burkina Faso: Transition Government Named

Burkina Faso has appointed leaders to fill 26 posts in the transitional government, a Nov. 23 statement from the government said, France 24 reported.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Attack Kills 48 Near Chadian Border

Boko Haram launched an attack near Doron Baga on Nov. 20, killing some 48 fish traders on their way to buy fish in Chad, Reuters reported Nov. 23.

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