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By Tally Helfont

The long-awaited decision on the fate of US aid to Egypt was finally made on October 9, 2013. In a carefully worded – albeit muddled – message, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the “recalibration” of US assistance to Egypt, laying out the areas in which the US would and would not continue its partnership. (Full Story)

by Zvi Magen

The tenth annual conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, which took place on September 16-19, 2013, was attended by experts and media professionals who focus on Russia, as well as senior Russian establishment figures and policymakers.  (Full Story)

by Yiftah Shapir,

On August 21, 2013 reports of a large chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus began to surface, along with online video clips showing grim photographs of wounded civilians. According to rebel sources, rockets, some carrying chemical weapons, struck an area held by the rebels in the suburbs of Damascus during the early morning hours. (Full Story)

LONDON — Prince George, the baby son of Prince William and his wife Kate, is a bit of a rascal who does not sleep well and needs to have his diaper changed far too often, his father said in his first interview since the birth.

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by Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov, 

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron affirmed that a chemical weapons attack had taken place in Syria the previous week and "there was no doubt that the Assad regime was responsible."  (Full Story)

As part of the difficult task of establishing an interim government in Egypt, Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi appointed Nabil Fahmy as Foreign Minister. The previous week Mohamed ElBaradei was appointed Vice President for Foreign Affairs (a new position tailored specifically for ElBaradei, following ElBaradei’s attempt to become prime minister of the interim government, which failed because of Salafist opposition). (Full Story)
Adly Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Court has been sworn in as the country's interim leader, a day after the military ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. (Full Story)
by Udi Dekel,

The ongoing war in Syria, which began as an internal uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad, became a sectarian civil war, and developed into a regional conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, has confronted the United States with a strategic quandary. (Full Story)

Washington, DC – What started as a small environmental protest at Gezi Park in Istanbul quickly escalated into nationwide anti-government demonstrations that pulled together artists, feminists, soccer clubs, Kemalist-secularists and Kurds after riot police cracked down on the protestors. (Full Story)
by Zvi Magen 

Along with the events on the ground in Syria, the war for the country’s future is being waged on the international level. The principal players are the United States and Russia, conducting this clash while resorting alternately to pressure, threats, and attempts at dialogue. (Full Story)

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