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The Syrian opposition has announced their intention to attend the UN peace talks in Vienna, previously held in Geneva

Following a week of unrest in Tunisia, authorities announced social reforms on Saturday, including improved health care and aid to the needy.

Tunisians refuse to back down as protests continue

Massinissa Benlakehal

Tunisians refuse to back down as protests continue

Hundreds of young people rallied in Tunis following a call from the 'What Are We Waiting For?' campaign for a major protest against measures imposed at start of the year.

Protests continue to rock Tunisia for a third night Protests continue to rock Tunisia for a third night

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Protests continue to rock Tunisia for a third night

Protests continue to rock Tunisia for the third night despite growing fears of a security crackdown as the prime minister promises the state ...

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

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Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

Russia's UN ambassador said he hoped the UN-led talks on Syria would 'reinvigorate' the peace process, ahead of Sochi.

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Synagogue firebombed amid arrests, injuries in fresh Tunisia unrest

A historic synagogue and Jewish school have been attacked as Tunisian police tackle ongoing protests elsewhere in the country

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Turkey summons Russia, Iran ambassadors as Syria violates agreement

Ankara has called the Russian and Iranian envoys hoping to relay a message to Syria as troops advance in a violation of the de-escalation ...

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Syria airstrikes kill children as UN aid chief visit

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ten children were among 24 people killed in airstrikes on a rebel enclave near the Syrian capital ...

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes ...

Oman agrees Saudi funding project for Duqm industrial area

Paul McLoughlin

Oman agrees Saudi funding project for Duqm industrial area

Saudi Arabia will help finance Oman's ambitious diversification plans with a $210 investment boost for the sultanate's Duqm port project.

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Syrian Kurds promised by Russia to attend Sochi

Syrian Kurds will be represented at the peace talks in a promise given by Russia

'Terrorist' Assad cannot be part of Syria solution: Erdogan

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'Terrorist' Assad cannot be part of Syria solution: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a political solution to the Syrian conflict was impossible without the departure ...

Syrian rebel groups reject Russia's Sochi conference

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Syrian rebel groups reject Russia's Sochi conference

Syrian rebel groups rejected the planned Sochi conference claiming that Moscow is hoping to bypass the UN-led peace talks

Saudi police find body of kidnapped pro-government Shia judge

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Saudi police find body of kidnapped pro-government Shia judge

Saudi police have recovered the body of a kidnapped pro-government Shia judge after a shootout in which a policeman and a suspected militant ...

New peace talks on Syria begin in Astana

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New peace talks on Syria begin in Astana

Delegations from stakeholders Russia, Iran and Turkey, along with Syrian regime representatives and an opposition delegation have arrived in ...

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Four years, four words: Remembering the Douma4

Marking four years since the abduction of the four human rights activists in Syria, Amnesty International launches a campaign calling for answers.

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Prominent Egyptian lawyer wins human rights prize

Ragia Omran was chosen as one of 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of ...

Afrah Nasser

Saleh's death, checkmate

Comment: Saleh's death causes us to revisit the injustices that led Yemenis to rise up in 2011, writes Afrah Nasser.

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Saleh killed: Timeline of three years of Yemen conflict

Three years after Houthi rebels captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa with the help of forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Houthi ...

Ceasefire prompts thousands of Syrians to return from Jordan

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Ceasefire prompts thousands of Syrians to return from Jordan

The UN said an average of 1,000 Syrians have been returning home every month since a ceasefire brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States ...

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WHO slams 'deteriorating situation' in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

The World Health Organisation has expressed 'grave' concern over the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ghouta.

More than 13 million Syrians in need of aid

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More than 13 million Syrians in need of aid

The UN said 40 percent of the needy were children, adding that people in besieged or so-called "hard-to-reach" areas were particularly ...

Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

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Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

Senior Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab quit his post as the head of the HNC on Monday, just a week before a new round of UN-sponsored peace ...

Bahrain alleges Iranian involvement in 'terrorist' pipeline explosion

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Bahrain alleges Iranian involvement in 'terrorist' pipeline explosion

Bahrain accuses Iran of involvement in an oil pipeline blast that has caused its closure and the suspension of oil exports to the kingdom from ...

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