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Kuwait's 'stateless' citizens protest

Fresh demonstrations again shed light on Kuwait's 'bidoon', or stateless residents.
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Stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, take part in a demonstration to demand citizenship and other basic rights in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

They are known as bidoon - or 'without' in Arabic - and by some estimates make up as much as 10 percent of Kuwait's population. 

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Al Qaeda militants seize Yemen town... whoops

In another show of strength, Al Qaeda fighters overrun a Yemeni town.
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Yeah, so about that Al-Qaeda threat... 

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Egypt's military opens presidential race

Concern lingers as the armed forces announces a timetable for presidential elections.
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Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel laureate, withdrew from Egypt's upcoming presidential race, siting undemocratic measures taken by the country's ruling generals. Egypt's military announced Sunday that nominations for the race would open mid-April. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt will open nominations for candidates for president in mid-April, with elections slated for mid-June, one of the country's ruling army generals told a local television station Sunday. But is the race already tainted? 

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A restaurant in downtown Cairo advertises "excellent" brains. They are a popular delicacy in Egypt. (Erin Cunningham/GlobalPost)

Cairo airport officials seized 420 pounds of frozen cow brains today. Sooo... what's for dinner, guys?

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Did you know there are protests in Saudi Arabia?

It might not be Cairo's Tahrir Square, but low-level protests are taking place in politically restricted Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Shiite Muslim men take part in Ashura mourning rituals to commemorate the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the mostly Shiite Qatif region of Eastern Province. Qatif has seen deadly protests against Saudi's Sunni rulers in recent months. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

The AP is reporting hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets in a restive area of eastern Saudi Arabia, after a young Shiite boy was killed by security forces.  

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Carter still skeptical of Egypt military handover

The former US president praised the country's free elections but sees SCAF keeping some power.
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Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks about Egypt's recent parliamentary elections in Cairo on Jan. 13, 2012. (Kurtis Sensenig/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — Former US President Jimmy Carter grew exasperated at a press conference in Cairo Friday, asked repeatedly about his comments to the New York Times earlier this week that Egypt’s military was unlikely to hand control of the country to a civilian government.

“If I get another identical question, I’m not going to answer it,” he sighed.

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Gaza group launches Israel attack... though this time it's cyber

In the latest cyber-attack on Israel, Gaza group hacks fire rescue services website.

A Gaza-based group launched another attack on Israel... but it's not the type we're used to. 

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What do you know about the "Arab Spring"?

Debunking common myths held by pundits about the Arab Spring.
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An Egyptian woman walks past graffiti reading 'Revolution' outside the American University, off Tahrir Square in Cairo on December 21, 2011. Unprecedented uprisings swept the Arab world in 2011. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Noted Lebanese-American academic, Fouad Ajami, today has an op-ed in the Washington Post de-bunking what he says are five myths about the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011. They are worth the read. 

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Jon Stewart laughs off Iranian threat

Jon Stewart mocks Iran as the country moves forward with nuclear plans.
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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON -- Don't believe the hype, at least that is what Jon Stewart is saying. 

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Iraqi refugees in America: Finding a new home

Iraqi refugees come to Massachusetts and try to make a new life.
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An Iraqi refugee, who had fled to Syria following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, waits next to her belongings upon her arrival in Baghdad on July 3, 2011. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON — When a rock with a death threat wrapped around it was thrown into her house in Baghdad, Saba Al Khadady, 31, and her family knew is was time to leave Iraq.

The threat, which said “either you leave or will die,” prompted Al Khadady and her family to pack their bags and head to Syria.

Their journey, which began in August 2004, is representative of the journey made by countless Iraqi refugees, who have fled Iraq following the invasion by American and British troops.

Now, after the official end to the war on December 15, the International Rescue Committee states 3 million Iraqis are displaced “and tens of thousands of others in danger because they worked for the U.S. military.”

In the years following the March 2003 invasion, crime against religious and ethnic minorities has skyrocketed.

Al Khadady, who is part of the Mandean religious minority, says she believes her religion might have been the cause behind the violence against her family.

She is not alone. Dahlia Wasfi, an Iraqi-American activist against the occupation, says, “Everybody in Iraq knows somebody that has died or been killed, and pretty much every facet of life has deteriorated.”

More from GlobalPost: Iraqi refugees torn between homesickness and fear

“Besides that [the death threat], things happened and a lot of people were kidnapped and killed, so it was not safe to stay there,” says Al Kahadady. Moving to Syria was a logical step for her family to ensure their safety.

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