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Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug. 29 (Reuters)
Kerry meets Egyptian officials in bid to assuage concerns over Iran deal (AP)
Netanyahu: We distinguish ourselves from our neighbors by denouncing murders in our midst (Haaretz)
Labor court orders Jerusalem light rail operators to return to work (Haaretz)
2 Turkish security personnel killed, 24 wounded by Kurdish suicide bomb in eastern Turkey (Reuters)
Iran oil minister expects to raise production to 500,000 barrels per day post sanctions (DPA)
Jerusalem light rail conductors striking over new train schedule (Haaretz)
No change in medical status among Jerusalem Gay Pride stabbing victims (Haaretz)
Peru forces rescue 54 adults and children held captive by Shining Path (AP)
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3 shooting victims breach Israeli border from Egypt, rushed to Be'er Sheva hospital (Haaretz)
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Education Minister Bennett cancels planned appearance at LGBT rally in Tel Aviv (Haaretz)
Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood leader calls for ouster of PM
2,000 protesters take to Jordan's streets demanding resignation of Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit.
The leader of Jordan's largest Islamist opposition group has called on people to topple the country's prime minister as 2,000 protesters took to the streets demanding he resign.
Anger has been rising over a decision by Jordanian lawmakers to clear Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit of involvement in a casino scandal during his previous 2005-2007 term.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Hamam Saeed told nearly 500 people in a speech Friday that if Jordanians want "freedom," they must "rise against their corrupt" prime minister.
Jordan has been rocked by four months of street protests pressing for economic and political reforms and inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world.
The Muslim Brotherhood has made waves as of late, with rumors that the United States is engaging in dialogue with the Islamist group in Egypt.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clarified, however, on Thursday that the United States has not changed its policy toward the group, saying that the Obama administration “is continuing the approach of limited contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood that has existed on and off for about five or six years”.
The U.S. secretary of state added that “we believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency.”
Clinton therefore clarified that the Obama administration welcomes dialogue, but only “with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us”.