This is a feature story for Al Jazeera English discussing why the most recent round of negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program were extended, and the outlook moving forward. To read, please <click here>.

Egypt announced Nov. 25 it is speeding up discussions to import natural gas from Cyprus for domestic use. To read an analysis, please <click here>. (Subscription required)


On April 28, a Cairo court banned Egypt’s secular April 6 Youth Movement, a key supporter of the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi’s government in July 2013. Also on April 28, a different court in the southern province of Minya issued death sentences against the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 people identified as Brotherhood supporters. To read an analysis at Monitor Global Outlook, the business intelligence unit of The Christian Science Monitor, please <click here>.