Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
Economic perceptions may decide Rouhani’s fate.
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Rouhani's conservative rivals are exploiting growing pessimism about the economy, increasing the odds that someone more hostile to the West might become Iran's next president.
The Multi-faith Chapel at Hebrew Senior Life / Newbridge On The Charles, Dedham, Massachusetts.
Even as congregations decline, chapels, meditation and prayer rooms are evolving as spaces of multi-faith worship and quiet reflection.
The candidates address the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference in May.
New data from researchers at Brandeis University suggest that the Jewish vote is important in key Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida counties.
Trump and Clinton shakes hands
We asked a group of scholars to listen to Clinton vs. Trump and pick just one quote to react to. Here’s what the experts heard.
Democracy saved Erdogan from the coup attempt. Can he use it to solve the Kurdish crisis?
The protests that helped end the attempted coup turned into an affirmation of Turkish democracy. Can it help resolve the Kurdish crisis?
What will the economic legacy of the coup and response be?
Quick measures by the central bank prevented a financial crisis, but investors are worried. Longer-term economic effects will depend on how long Erdogan's purge goes on.
A black U.S. Marine gives salute.
U.S. Marine Corps
The men who killed police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were black veterans. A historian explains black veterans' long struggle to live with inequality in their military service, and back home.
Made in America.
The tentative Boeing jet deal prompted outrage among Republicans but barely a peep among Iran's own conservatives, despite their aversion to warmer economic ties with the U.S.
Mourners at a vigil after the Charleston shooting.
Six of the nine people who died were black women. One year later, a Brandeis professor examines how black women have endured a legacy of racial violence in the U.S.
Can Rouhani shake his shadow?
The Iranian president will finally get a parliament that backs his reforms. But much still stands in his way.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
When’s enough enough?
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The affordability of college has been at the forefront of the presidential campaign, but the real problem is that we're too educated for the jobs available.
Ruin of a second-century public toilet in Roman Ostia.
Fr Lawrence Lew, OP
Archaeological and textual detective work is filling in some information about how ancient Romans used and thought about their sewers thousands of years ago.
Rouhani’s hand grows stronger thanks to Iran’s cooperation with Russia.
Russia's stepped-up role in Syria is likely to bolster Iran and the anti-Western opposition in Iraq.
Obama owes these three a thank you note.
As President Obama writes his thank you notes to Democrats in Congress who helped him pass the accord, he better not forget about his European partners.
Not all of Iran’s frozen foreign assets are likely to thaw anytime soon.
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Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
How to explain Greece’s bailout puzzle?
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No one seems to really believe the latest bailout plan will work without debt relief. But the only way to get Greece to adopt essential reforms is to pretend it isn't in the cards.
Systems of oppression have much in common.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Racial inequality in America has its parallel in caste inequality in India. What can the world's two largest democracies learn from each other?
All smiles for Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The preliminary deal won't lift any sanctions, but businesses eager to return to Iran won't wait for the ink to dry to gear up.