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Libyan tribes defecting from Tripoli towards Haftar

21 March, 2017

Another Libyan tribe has announced their support for east General Haftar - a sign that the tide of the civil war is turning in favour of the former regime strongman.

Why Hip-Hop? Revolution hits the Arab Spring airwaves

17 March, 2017

'Laish Hip-hop' is the first Saudi radio show dedicated to showcasing regional talents. Launched during the Arab Spring, it focuses on artists using music to discuss social and political issues.

Manufacturing soul: Dubai's emerging cultural capital

16 March, 2017

Blog: An extravaganza of artistic delights await visitors and residents alike this week as a series of cultural highlights take over the sparkling shopping hub.

Outside interference is fuelling discord in Libya

13 March, 2017

Comment: While Gaddafi built a reputation for getting involved in other countries' business, Libya is now on the receiving end of foreign powers taking an interest, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

Ultra-modern metro aims to break new ground in Qatar

09 March, 2017

Driverless trains will run the length of ultra-modern Doha as part of Qatar's new mega-project to upgrade its public transport system, in a land where the car is king.

Iran's FM in rare visit to Qatar

09 March, 2017

Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed "regional developments" during the foreign ministers' first visit to Doha since 2015.

Russia plays a new card in Libya

08 March, 2017

Comment: The Kremlin's renewed interest in Libya must be seen in the light of the Russian return to the near-East and the rise of strongman General Haftar, writes Igor Delanoe.

Israel passes law barring entry to BDS supporters

06 March, 2017

Backers of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) will be banned from entering Israel, after the Knesset issued a new law against the growing anti-occupation movement on Monday.

Egyptian newspaper censored for front-page dedication to blacklisted ex-footballer

04 March, 2017

Egypt's government has previously frozen Aboutrika's assets, accusing him of financing the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Masriye planned to print a dedication to the former star on its cover in solidarity

Deportation order against UK-based Sri Lankan student reversed

28 February, 2017

Shiromini Satkunajarah was set to be deported on Tuesday but campaigners have forced a u-turn by immigration services. Yet her future at Bangor University is still unclear.

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