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UN eyes October for 'real' Syria peace talks: envoy

17 August, 2017

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he hopes to launch "real, substantive" peace talks in October, to allow the opposition to develop a pragmatic negotiating strategy.

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

17 August, 2017

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

17 August, 2017

Some 488 homes have been demolished in the historic area of al-Mosawara, in the town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Saudi authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

16 August, 2017

Book review: Ennahdha has until recently been impossible to investigate. Wolf's book sheds important light on one of Tunisia’s most influential political actors, writes Usman Butt.

Saudi Arabia's ultimate betrayal of the Syrian revolution

16 August, 2017

Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical policies in Syria, writes Sam Hamad

Tunisia foils IS plot to take over territory

16 August, 2017

Tunisia has said it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory.

Bouteflika sacks Algeria's PM after less than three months

15 August, 2017

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday less than three months after appointing him.

Algerian presidency appoints Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister

15 August, 2017

Algeria's presidency has named Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune after just three months in the job.

Saudi human rights activists jailed for over a century

14 August, 2017

Eleven Saudi human rights activists have been given combined prison sentences and travel bans of nearly 200 years, as Riyadh continues its clampdown on dissent.

It's time the West stopped backing massacres in Egypt

14 August, 2017

Comment: The West has backed three massacres in Egypt. On the anniversary of Rabaa it’s time to withdraw support, writes Amelia Smith.

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