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Turkey has reportedly warned that a Syrian offensive on rebel-held Idlib would "completely destroy" deals brokered during Astana talks.

Comment: Usman Butt talks to Twitter satirist and architect Karl Sharro about social media in the Arab Spring, and his upcoming book.

Saudi authorities arrest top cleric in crackdown on dissent

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Saudi authorities arrest top cleric in crackdown on dissent

Safar al-Hawali and his three sons were detained days after his book 'Muslims and Western Civilisation' was released, prompting fears of a fresh crackdown on dissent.

Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunisian capital

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Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunisian capital

Islamist-backed candidate Souad Abderrahim defeated a city official who served under ousted despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday to become ...

Tunisia commission proposes reforms strengthening women's and LGBT rights

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Tunisia commission proposes reforms strengthening women's and LGBT rights

Among the proposals are equal inheritance for women and decriminalising homosexuality.

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Jordan recalls ambassador from Iran over 'regional interference'

Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Iran over Tehran's "interference" in Arab affairs in the region, and will not name a new one.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer billions to crisis-hit Jordan

Jordan has been rocked in recent days by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike as the government pushes measures to slash ...

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Tunisia begins first post-revolution human rights trial

Tunisia has started the trial of former dictator Ben Ali and 13 other officials accused of human rights abuses.

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Nine killed in explosion in Idlib: monitor

Nine people, mainly civilians, were killed in an explosion in Idlib on Saturday evening.

Atheist blogger arrested in Egypt for anti-Islam criticism

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Atheist blogger arrested in Egypt for anti-Islam criticism

Egyptian police have arrested an atheist blogger who was previously detained for promoting his views, a rights lawyer said on Saturday.

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Middle East's economic growth will not curb unemployment: IMF

Deeper reforms must be made to curb high unemployment rates in the Middle East, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Photoblog: Lost limbs create new sporting opportunities for Syrians

Aaref Watad

Photoblog: Lost limbs create new sporting opportunities for Syrians

See in pictures: Syrians who lost limbs from the conflict find new hope, as well as a chance to show off their skills, at an amputees' football ...

Indian war crimes in Kashmir must end now

Rouf Dar

Indian war crimes in Kashmir must end now

Comment: India is engaged in every kind of war crimes denounced by international humanitarian law, writes Rouf Dar.

Syrian survivors of sarin attack grieve one year on

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Syrian survivors of sarin attack grieve one year on

The Khan Sheikhoun attack was yet another low point in seven years of Syria's war. Survivors mourn their loved ones one year later.

Assad vows to finish off last rebels outside Damascus

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Assad vows to finish off last rebels outside Damascus

Syria's military said it would press on with "fighting in the area of Douma to rid it of terrorism", using a term it usually uses to refer to ...

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Using and abusing the state of emergency

Comment: The amorphous concept of 'terrorism' has created the opportunity for both foreign and domestic wars, writes Hassina Mechai.

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Egypt begins counting votes in lacklustre presidential election

Authorities have started counting ballots after the conclusion of a lacklustre election contested by the current president and a supporter of ...

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Nearly 4,000 Palestinians 'killed' in Syria's brutal war

Before the deadly conflict began in 2011 there were around 560,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, descendants of those who were ...

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Jewish candidate for Muslim party breaks barriers in Tunisia

A member of Tunisia's dwindling Jewish community is running for office as a candidate of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdha party, causing a sensation ...

Hundreds march for gender equality in Tunis

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Hundreds march for gender equality in Tunis

Hundreds gathered to demand equal inheritance laws, holding signs such as 'in a civil state I take exactly what you take'.

Ali Adam

Palestinian refugees pledge to return home with non-violent marches

A new movement aims to inspire masses of Palestinians to take direct action, reports Ali Adam.

Prominent Egyptian blogger fined for 'insulting judiciary'

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Prominent Egyptian blogger fined for 'insulting judiciary'

Ahmed Douma was a central figure of the 2011 Egyptian uprisings and has famously been jailed by each consecutive government.

How Arabs are complicit in massacring Eastern Ghouta's people

Robin Yassin-Kassab

How Arabs are complicit in massacring Eastern Ghouta's people

Comment: Syria's massacres are not an accident. Local, regional and global powers created the tragedy. And Arab and international public opinion ...

Tunisian coastguard rescues 48 migrants from sinking boat

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Tunisian coastguard rescues 48 migrants from sinking boat

The Tunisian authorities rescued the migrants, who were among thousands each year to attempt the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe ...

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