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Iranian-backed Shia militias allied with the Baghdad government also appear set to gain influence, with Sunnis worried about waning influence.

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

Death toll from Somalia car bombs rises to 45 Death toll from Somalia car bombs rises to 45

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Death toll from Somalia car bombs rises to 45

At least 45 people were killed when two car bombs exploded on Friday near the presidential palace and a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu

Report: Human rights languish in India

Rouf Dar

Report: Human rights languish in India

Analysis: Modi has drummed up nationalist fervour to divert attention from deteriorating human rights in the country, according to a new Human ...

The betrayal of India's human rights organisations

Haroon Lone

The betrayal of India's human rights organisations

Tied down with bureaucracy and regulations, once powerful human rights groups in India are now 'toothless tigers', leaving the military's power ...

Uri Levy

Tragedy and joy in this week's Middle East football

Iraqi football, as with football across the whole region, is full of amazing stories, many of them are tragic, but others are hopeful and reviving, writes Uri Levy

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#SaveGhouta: World leaders react to Eastern Ghouta bombardment

World leaders and government officials have sharply criticised the Assad regime for its indiscriminate bombing of Eastern Ghouta.

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Palestinian teenager dies from wounds as Jerusalem tensions continue

A Palestinian teenager died from wounds sustained last week during clashes with Israeli forces, bringing the total of deaths to 26 since Trump's ...

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Bahrain to introduce VAT by end of year

Bahrain is set to become the next Gulf state to introduce value-added tax after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as it seeks to move beyond oil ...

Pentagon says 'soon' on first Guantanamo transfer under Trump

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Pentagon says 'soon' on first Guantanamo transfer under Trump

The Pentagon has missed a deadline to send a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia in what would have been the first transfer under US ...

Khalid Al-Karimi

Deep political complexity awaits Yemen's new UN envoy

As the war in Yemen continues, the UN's new envoy for the country faces many challenges, but is being welcomed by the leadership of main parties ...

Turkey FM, Arab League chief clash over Afrin offensive

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Turkey FM, Arab League chief clash over Afrin offensive

Turkey's top diplomat and the Egyptian head of the Arab League have got into a war or words over a controversial Turkish military operation in ...

Egypt anxious as Nile-dam talks delayed amid Ethiopia chaos

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Egypt anxious as Nile-dam talks delayed amid Ethiopia chaos

Talks over a controversial dam on the Nile that has raised Egyptian concern have been stalled amid turmoil in Ethiopia.

Qatar's Emir calls for new EU-style Arab security pact

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Qatar's Emir calls for new EU-style Arab security pact

Emir Thani called the months-long blockade of Qatar "futile", and said it was time for regional states to put their differences aside.

Hospital hit as airstrikes continue to pound Syria's Idlib

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Hospital hit as airstrikes continue to pound Syria's Idlib

A hospital in Syria's rebel-held Idlib was hit by airstrikes believed to be carried out by pro-regime Russian war planes.

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Egypt arrests barred presidential challenger's aide after 'blackmail threat'

Egyptian police have arrested the country's former anti-graft chief after he suggested that a presidential hopeful he campaigned for had documents implicating current leaders.

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya's smugglers are getting rich dealing in migrant lives

In-depth: Human traffickers are making fast cash on the migrant trade, yet many desperate people are willing to pay any price to escape, reports ...

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Syria allows intersex person to register new gender status

Syrian authorities have for the first time allowed an intersex person to register their new gender status with the government.

Laura Cappon

Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Egypt's clampdown on activists has moved from the streets to online, where following the wrong group on social media could land you in serious ...

French PM oversees major Airbus deal signed in Dubai

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French PM oversees major Airbus deal signed in Dubai

The deal was signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emirates chairman and CEO of Emirates, and Mikhail Houari, president of ...

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Son of jailed Egyptian presidential hopeful Anan arrested

Samir Anan has been arrested after being investigated for making anti-regime tweets, in the latest crackdown on any remaining opposition to ...

Palestinian killed after stabbing attempt near Israeli settlement

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Palestinian killed after stabbing attempt near Israeli settlement

Hamza Zamareh, 17, was shot dead by Israeli forces after attempting to stab a security guard outside a settlement near Hebron, as a surge of ...

Yemen PM seeks reconciliation after deadly Aden clashes

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Yemen PM seeks reconciliation after deadly Aden clashes

Yemen's prime minister appealed on Wednesday for reconciliation with southern separatists after deadly clashes last month.

The cultural cost of invading Iraq

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

The cultural cost of invading Iraq

Comment: The dwindling selection of Iraqi literature at the fair highlights the cultural costs of government censorship and of the US invasion, ...

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