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Presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq is on lock down in a luxury hotel and under pressure to retract his bid for the Egyptian presidency, according to sources.

The Saudi monarch has approved a list of economic measures put forward by his son Mohammed bin Salman, designed to boost the private sector, with emphasis on technology and housing.

MSF: 6,700 Rohingya killed in month of Myanmar violence

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MSF: 6,700 Rohingya killed in month of Myanmar violence

Thousands of Rohingya were shot, burned alive or beaten to death in the first month of a Myanmar military crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state, Doctors Without Borders said.

Suicide bomber attacks Mogadishu police academy

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Suicide bomber attacks Mogadishu police academy

At least 15 police officers were killed and 17 injured on Thursday in the latest attack to rock the Somali capital, claimed by ...

Top ally of slain Yemen ex-president flees capital: sources

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Top ally of slain Yemen ex-president flees capital: sources

The deputy head of Yemen's rebel administration has fled a crackdown by Houthi insurgents in Sanaa following the killing of his ally, ...

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Russia must nudge Syria into peace deal: De Mistura

The international mediator in the Syrian peace process has called on Russia to convince its ally the Syrian regime to conclude a deal with the opposition to end the war

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The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

Hossam Abouzahr

Does teaching dialects hurt Modern Standard Arabic?

Comment: Given that dialects and Modern Standard Arabic currently coexist, how should we best teach Arabic in schools and beyond? asks Hossam ...

Joe Odell

Abu Dhabi: A tale of two emirates

Comment: The recent soft power push has far more to do with strategic military interests, weapons contracts and the steady flow of oil, than ...

Islamic leaders urge Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

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Islamic leaders urge Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

Islamic leaders meeting at an emergency meeting of the OIC in Istanbul on Wednesday urged the world to "recognise the State of Palestine and ...

Barak Barfi

After Saleh, the outlook in Yemen remains bleak

Comment: If Yemen is to set itself on its feet again, its leader must address long-festering issues they have conveniently skirted in favour of ...

ICC: Failure to arrest Sudanese president undermines global justice

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ICC: Failure to arrest Sudanese president undermines global justice

The ICC's prosecutor says failure to detain Bashir undermines the court, yet the tribunal refuses to issue arrest warrants for other leaders ...

Strikes kill 12 in rebel-run Yemen prison camp

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Strikes kill 12 in rebel-run Yemen prison camp

A Houthi prison camp is the latest target of an intensified programme of Saudi bombings, leaving 12 dead and 80 wounded.

Abbas: US lost role in Middle East peace process

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Abbas: US lost role in Middle East peace process

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told the Islamic summit in Turkey that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel was "criminal" and the ...

President Assad 'humiliated' on Syrian soil by Russian soldiers

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President Assad 'humiliated' on Syrian soil by Russian soldiers

Syrian activists have shared a video clip that appears to show President Assad being prevented from following Vladimir Putin during a visit to a ...

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US to present 'evidence' that Iran supplied Houthi missiles

US ambassador the the UN Nikki Haley is reportedly preparing to present evidence that Iran has been supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with missiles that were fired into Saudi Arabia.

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Two Palestinian militants killed in Gaza explosion

Israel has denied claims from authorities in Gaza that it was responsible for the deaths of two Palestinian militants killed in an unexplained ...

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Kuwait swears in new cabinet as government teeters on

A new younger Kuwaiti cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday, which has been dubbed a 'transitional government' with fears the new ministers won't last ...

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UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

The UN mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses following clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters ...

Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

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Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

Qatar has announced that expects its budget deficit to decline marginally next year as the economy absorbs the aftershock of a Saudi-led boycott.

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Russia pledges to help end Libya crisis

Russia says it will 'do everything necessary to help end the war in Libya and patch up differences in the country's divided political scene.

Trump could allow Assad to stay on as president

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Trump could allow Assad to stay on as president

Washington's Syria policy could be about to take a dramatic u-turn, after media reports suggest that Trump might allow Assad to stay on as ...

United in prayer: Christians and Muslims stand against Trump

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United in prayer: Christians and Muslims stand against Trump

US President Donald Trump controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did little to divide the city's Christian and Muslim ...

Civilians desperate for ceasefire in Yemen

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Civilians desperate for ceasefire in Yemen

Clashes between Yemen's warring factions have recently intensified, leaving civilians at greater risk from the country's ongoing conflict, which ...

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