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Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week includes a look into the causes of the most recent unrest, while Iraqi officials get sent to Riyadh.

Jordan's minister of labour has described the relationship between Amman and Qatar as being "good", signalling a likely return of normal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Israel lawmaker demands FIFA cancel Qatar World Cup

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Israel lawmaker demands FIFA cancel Qatar World Cup

An Israeli lawmaker has joined a Saudi-led campaign against Qatar, calling on football's governing body to cancel the 2022 World Cup being hosted by Doha.

UAE prince seeks asylum in rival Qatar

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UAE prince seeks asylum in rival Qatar

A UAE prince sought asylum in London's Qatar embassy, exposing tensions between the Emirati royal family

US opinion on Palestine is finally starting to shift

Usaid Siddiqui

US opinion on Palestine is finally starting to shift

Comment: American Jews are abandoning support for Israel in favour of universal human rights, starting with those of Palestinians, writes Usaid ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

Rihanna's Moroccan Spice eyeshadow: Shades of cheap Arab tokenism

Comment: It's a slippery slope between appreciation and appropriation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Ruqaya Izzidien

You can't take Islamophobia out of the Tory party

Comment: An inquiry into Tory Islamophobia would be futile; it's a cornerstone party value, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

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Saudi hajj rules complicate pilgrimage for blockaded Qataris

Qatari authorities have denied Saudi accusations suggesting it failed to respond to Hajj and Umrah authorities to allow Qataris to attend the ...

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Award-winning Egyptian journalist 'Shawkan' could face death penalty

Mohamed Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan, could face the death penalty in Egypt for taking pictures of a military crackdown on protesters ...

UAE's blockade on Qatar spread a 'climate of fear'

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UAE's blockade on Qatar spread a 'climate of fear'

Qatar is appealing to the UN's top court against the year-long blockade imposed by the UAE and its Gulf allies.

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UAE responds to Qatar's UN court case with another

The Gulf crisis has moved to UN courts as the UAE filed their own case against Qatar who accused them of fostering an "environment of hate"

The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

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The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

Our weekly spotlight on events in Iraq takes in the aftermath of the election

Qatar and Jordan hint at restoring full diplomatic relations

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Qatar and Jordan hint at restoring full diplomatic relations

Qatar's eagerness to provide financial assistance to Jordan signals warming ties between the two countries and could see full diplomatic ...

UN top court to hear Qatar case against UAE

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UN top court to hear Qatar case against UAE

Qatar has condemned the "campaign of political and economic coercion" during a year-long blockade.

Prevent is the virus, not the vaccine

Ruqaya Izzidien

Prevent is the virus, not the vaccine

Comment: The doctor-patient relationship should be one of trust, not an opportunity for the government to monitor political beliefs, writes ...

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Qatar pledges $500m aid package for austerity-hit Jordan

The offer comes despite Jordan downgrading its diplomatic relations with Qatar since the outbreak of the Gulf crisis last June.

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Blockaded Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

Qatar will file a case against the UAE over the "devastating" effect of the blockade on human rights of Qataris.

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Tensions emerge between Assad allies as Syria's war unwinds

Since September 2015, Assad's forces have been making strong gains on the ground against insurgents thanks to Russian air cover and ground ...

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Qatar 'stronger' after year-long Saudi-led boycott

Qatar's foreign minister has said his country is stronger than ever on the first anniversary of a bitter Gulf diplomatic rift.

Qatar responds to reported Saudi threat of military action

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Qatar responds to reported Saudi threat of military action

Qatar's foreign minister has responded to reported threats of military action from Saudi Arabia, warning that the move violates international ...

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

Qatar blockade 'unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate', new report says

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Qatar blockade 'unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate', new report says

The Qatar blockade has had significant impact on the human rights of persons both within Qatar and in the four states of the Quartet, a new ...

Saudi-based agents hacked Qatar state news website, documentary reveals

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Saudi-based agents hacked Qatar state news website, documentary reveals

Agents working in a Saudi ministry in the capital Riyadh were behind the hacking of Qatar's state-run news agency last year, a documentary has ...

Women's football team heads change in conservative Jordan

Victoria Schneider

Women's football team heads change in conservative Jordan

In Jordan, a handful of athletes have managed to establish the Women’s National Football Team in their conservative society. In just over a ...

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