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Israel's Real Problem

The Israeli political establishment may be focused on the U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal as a threat, but the greater danger lies within Israel itself. Read more…

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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Egypt's Security Situation and Intelligence Challenges

In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."

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Egypt: Massive Natural Gas Find To Primarily Serve Domestic Needs, CEO Says

A natural gas field with as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of the commodity has been found off the Egyptian coast, Italian energy group Eni announced Aug. 30, Euractiv reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Fighters Gain On Central Damascus, Activists Say

Islamic State fighters battling Syrian rebels moved closer than ever to central Damascus on Aug. 31, activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Naharnet reported. Read more…

EU: Ministers To Hold Emergency Talks On Migrants

EU interior and justice ministers will hold emergency talks on Europe’s migrant issue on Sept. 14, according to a statement released Aug. 31 by Luxembourg, which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency, the EU Observer reported. Read more…

Egypt: Parliamentary Elections To Begin Oct. 18-19, Commission Says

Egypt will hold long-awaited parliamentary elections in two phases starting Oct. 18-19, the election commission said Aug. 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Authorities Arrest 197 People For Spreading Rumors Online

Chinese authorities punished 197 people for spreading rumors online about the recent stock market crash and explosions in Tianjin, officials said, Xinhua reported Aug. 30. Read more…

India: Prime Minister Allows Land Reform Bill To Lapse

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will allow the controversial land acquisition bill to lapse because of opposition, the prime minister said Aug. 30, Xinhuanet reported. Read more…

Japan: Tens Of Thousands Protest Security Legislation

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building Aug. 30 to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, protest organizers said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Large Natural Gas Field Discovered Off Coast

Italian energy group Eni has found a large natural gas field off Egypt's coast, the company said Aug. 30, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Militants Bomb Road, Attack Police Vehicle

Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants set off a bomb on a road leading to a dam under construction in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 30, police said, Dogan news agency reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Rebels Accuse Army Of Violating Cease-Fire

South Sudanese rebels on Aug. 30 accused the army of violating an Aug. 29 cease-fire by bombarding their positions along the White Nile River, a rebel spokesman said, AFP reported. Read more…

Lebanon: Protests Break Out For Second Weekend

Protests in Beirut drew thousands of people to Martyr's Square in the center of the city Aug. 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey, Syria: Ankara Conducts First Coalition Airstrikes

Turkey conducted the first airstrikes against targets in Syria late Aug. 28, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website Aug. 29. Read more…

Malaysia: Thousands Protest Prime Minister

A two-day demonstration in Kuala Lumpur brought tens of thousands into the streets Aug. 29 to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak following a corruption scandal, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Opposition Party Members Join Interim Cabinet

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed three interim Cabinet ministers from the opposition Kurdish-dominated Peoples' Democratic Party and Nationalist Movement Party, Financial Times reported. Read more…

Thailand: Police Arrest Bangkok Bombing Suspect

Thai police arrested a suspect in the Aug. 17 Erawan shrine bombing at an apartment complex in Bangkok on Aug. 29, Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Jabhat al-Nusra Advances On Government-Held Airport

Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, on Aug. 28 captured the entrance of Abu Duhur airport southeast of Aleppo, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Rebels Free Hostage

The National Liberation Army, or ELN, a Colombian rebel group, on Aug. 28 released a hostage kidnapped four months ago, Telesur reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Rebels And Government Accuse Each Other Of Attacks

Rebels and government forces issued mutual accusations of attacks Aug. 28 for the second time in a week, Reuters reported. Read more…