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Podcast: Hariri’s resignation, earthquake in Iran, and a coalition deal with IS in Raqqa

Sa’ad Hariri’s sudden resignation from his post as Prime Minister of Lebanon – in a speech delivered from Saudi Arabia on November 4th – sparked tension and confusion in the region. We report on what we know about the resignation, and what the significance is for the Saudi Arabia – Iran rivalry.

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the remote border area between Iraq and Iran on Sunday, killing over 500 people.

And, a BBC investigation revealed that the US and British-led coalition struck a deal with IS fighters in Raqqa, allowing them to flee the city.

Middle East Weekly, JMEPP’s news podcast, goes behind the headlines on the region, explaining and analyzing the pressing issues of the week. We’re back for the year with a new and improved format. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow our Soundcloud page. This episode of Middle East Weekly is hosted by Anna Boots, with Nick Norberg reporting, and Blaire Byg, Mohamad Saleh, Mariam Ghanem, and Theo Wye joining in on the conversation.