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

Comment: Political interference in football is unnecessary and unacceptable, and it's time FIFA gets tough, writes Anthony Harwood.

#SaveGhouta: World leaders react to Eastern Ghouta bombardment

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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.

FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

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FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

FIFA is concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have politicised football and could soon demand a meeting with ...

Turkey FM, <em>Arab</em> <em>League</em> 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 ...

Anthony Harwood

The FA has changed tack on Qatar's World Cup

Comment: Britain is hoping for $42 billion worth of trade in the Gulf post-Brexit, and Qatar is to be a major part of that, writes Anthony Harwood.

Janet Smith

Can South Africa's president-in-waiting fight apartheid in Israel?

Comment: Cyril Ramaphosa is on the brink of taking South Africa's presidency. Janet Smith asks if he will succeed in following through on his ...

Uri Levy

Eyes on Morocco: This week in Middle East football

Morocco is shooting for the 2026 World Cup following an outstanding performance in the Championship of African Nations.

Anthony Harwood

Soccer breaks through the blockade of Qatar

The Champions League of the Asian Football Confederation could be an opportunity for mutual respect amid the blockade on Qatar, writes ...

Behind Algeria's Iranian book ban

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Behind Algeria's Iranian book ban

Blog: Fears of Iranian influences sparking sectarian divisions in Algeria are unlikely to stop future cooperation between Algiers and Tehran, ...

Uri Levy

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

In football, January means one thing - the international transfer window, which means rumours, names, speculation and fantasy.

Hamas: Abbas' presidency is a 'violation'

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Hamas: Abbas' presidency is a 'violation'

Hamas' Mohammed Faraj al-Ghoul has launched a scathing attack on PA President Mahmoud Abbas, calling his presidency a 'shameful violation' that ...

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

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Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence's Middle East visit will take place amid sky-high tensions and anti-US sentiment in the region, meaning Sisi and Abdullah must tread ...

Lebanon overturns ban on Spielberg film after Israel controversy

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Lebanon overturns ban on Spielberg film after Israel controversy

In a rare move, the interior ministry chose not to sign off on the decision by the General Security to ban Steven Spielberg's latest film, The ...

The Post: Lebanon goes on an embarrassing film-banning spree

Karim Traboulsi

The Post: Lebanon goes on an embarrassing film-banning spree

Without a hint of irony, Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's upcoming film The Post, a film about government secrets and... censorship.

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First female football fans enter Saudi stadiums

Friday marks a landmark in Saudi Arabia's programme of modernising reforms, with women attending their first football match in the conservative kingdom, but they will still remain segregated from men.

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Arab foreign ministers to meet on Trump's Jerusalem move

Foreign ministers from Arab countries will meet early in February to discuss measures against Trump's Jerusalem move which sparked ...

Tom Charles

UAE can't replicate Manchester City's easy victories

Comment: Moving up the regional league table will be tough with rulers known for foul play, writes Tom Charles.

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Arabs seek recognition for Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem

Jordan said on Saturday the Arab League would seek international recognition of the Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as ...

Egypt court acquits founder of new Library of Alexandria

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Egypt court acquits founder of new Library of Alexandria

An Egyptian court has acquitted the founding director of the new Library of Alexandria, overturning a three-and-a-half year sentence on charges ...

James M. Dorsey

China leverages Belt and Road investment to influence Pakistan

China's massive investments in its neighbourhood and the world are being used to shape the political environment in key countries in its ...

Banking on success: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Banking on success: This week in Middle East football

Egyptian banks have announced new loans and services for fans to help boost support for the national team during next year's World Cup in Russia.

Veteran Egypt diplomat hails Qatar as 'global power'

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Veteran Egypt diplomat hails Qatar as 'global power'

A veteran Egyptian diplomat has hailed Qatar's role in the global economy despite an ongoing blockade against the Gulf state by Cairo and its ...

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Comment: This is not the first time the demonisation of 'threatening' communities has prepared the way for slaughter, writes Robin ...

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