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Opinion: Gaza and the future of Israel

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! Numbers 23: 23 (King James Version)

How Saudis really see Americans

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — “Have it your way!” The long-time Burger King slogan usually refers to pickles, onions and cheese. But a new series of hilarious ads for the hamburger chain created for Middle East consumers puts a whole new spin on the well-worn phrase. And in the process, the commercials make some interesting social commentary.

Cairo smokers shocked by sex warning

CAIRO, Egypt — A picture may be worth a thousand words, but many Egyptians are speechless over an image that recently hit the streets in this bustling capital city. Last month, Egypt’s Ministry of Health unveiled their latest weapon in the war on smoking: a graphic warning label of a drooping cigarette, symbolizing the potential for tobacco-induced impotence, plastered on every pack sold throughout the country. Next to the picture of the limp butt, a statement in Arabic warns, “long-term smoking will affect marital relations.”

Behold: the world's 10 fattest countries

CHICAGO — If you tend to pack on a few pounds over the holidays, blame it on globalization. As the world has grown smaller, we’ve all grown larger — alarmingly so. In countries around the world, waistlines are expanding so rapidly that health experts recently coined a term for the epidemic: globesity.

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Court bans Muslim Brotherhood members from running in Egypt's elections

Egypt is to hold a May 26-27 presidential election, which is widely expected to be won by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

You see sexual harassment: Do you call the police, or tie up the perpetrator yourself?

CAIRO — Essam Bashary no longer goes to demonstrations. A liberal, he’s too disappointed by the way the Arab Spring has degenerated into a fight between military and Islamists in Egypt. But the 26-year-old Tahrir Square veteran has found a new cause to occupy his time — fighting sexual harassment.

These 12 leaders were targets of hilarious shoe attacks for not so hilarious reasons

Since the Bush shoe incident of 2008, the shoe has been a popular means to protest world leaders.
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