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Israel, Syria Ready to Re-start Talks

Except there’s no agreement on preconditions, or on potential mediator

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Sundown: 15 Years of Jordan Peace

Plus a rabbi’s odd crime, Ivanka’s wedding tchotchkes, and more

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Turkish TV Depicts IDF as Bloodthirsty

Portrayal in soap opera set during Gaza War comes as bilateral relationship struggles

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Daybreak: ‘The Situation Has Arguably Regressed’

‘Wash. Post’ on likelihood of peace talks, plus fundraisers, Wasserstein, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Talking Turkey

Israel tries to stay friends, plus women and the law, and more in the news

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A New Dawn

After long decline, Ladino in Turkey enjoys a modest revival

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Daybreak: The ‘Times’ Makes Some Suggestions

Turkey wants in, Lieberman picks a fight, and more

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Sundown: Foxholes and Kid Lit

Strange places for atheists, the plight of prisoners, and baseball takes a stand

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Primary Source

Grigoris Balakian was the Primo Levi of the Armenian Genocide. Ninety years later, his memoir is published in English.

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Beware the Evil Eye

A family blurs the borders between religion, superstition, and OCD

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A Cultural Crossroads

A writer endeavors to learn exactly how ordinary people arrive at their systems of belief and disbelief