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People praying on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A former Israeli diplomat answers 5 questions about Jerusalem

Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
Collective prayer on October 20 in Mogadishu in tribute to the 276 dead and 300 wounded, victims of the October 14 terrorist attack. Terrorism has become a global weapon. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Terrorism, radicalisation and Islam: Michel Wieviorka in conversation with Marc Sageman

Contemporary terrorism is rooted in a form of political violence dating from the French Revolution. It is rooted in social facts and is now evolving on a global scale.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (centre) is at the centre of the changes in the Saudi royal family’s approach to governing. Stringer/Reuters

Princes, power and purges: the Saudi royal family consolidates its rule

The latest arrests of princes, ministers and military officials in Saudi Arabia might be in the name of anti-corruption but it also serves to bolster the Saudi royal family's power.
The daily newspaper ‘Arman’ bore a picture of US President Donald Trump with a headline which reads “Isolation of Mr. Goof”, on October 14, 2017. AFP

Donald Trump, a new advocate for Iranian nationalism and Islamist hardliners

The Trump administration's change of US policy toward Iran has reinforced hardliners' ambitions and nationalistic feelings, complicating an already difficult situation in the region.

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