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Lebanon’s US-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants, who gained a foothold along the border with neighbouring Syria in 2014.

The New Arab has put together some of the major statements made on Islam by the now ex-chief strategist of the White House, Steve Bannon.

UN eyes October for 'real' Syria peace talks: envoy

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UN eyes October for 'real' Syria peace talks: envoy

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he hopes to launch "real, substantive" peace talks in October, to allow the opposition to develop a pragmatic negotiating strategy.

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

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Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

Some 488 homes have been demolished in the historic area of al-Mosawara, in the town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Saudi ...

Usman Butt

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

Book review: Ennahdha has until recently been impossible to investigate. Wolf's book sheds important light on one of Tunisia’s most influential political actors, writes Usman Butt.

Sam Hamad

Saudi Arabia's ultimate betrayal of the Syrian revolution

Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical ...

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Tunisia foils IS plot to take over territory

Tunisia has said it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory.

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Bouteflika sacks Algeria's PM after less than three months

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday less than three months after appointing him.

Algerian presidency appoints Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister

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Algerian presidency appoints Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister

Algeria's presidency has named Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune after just three months in the job.

Paul McLoughlin

Saudi human rights activists jailed for over a century

Eleven Saudi human rights activists have been given combined prison sentences and travel bans of nearly 200 years, as Riyadh continues its ...

It's time the West stopped backing massacres in Egypt

Amelia Smith

It's time the West stopped backing massacres in Egypt

Comment: The West has backed three massacres in Egypt. On the anniversary of Rabaa it’s time to withdraw support, writes Amelia Smith.

Fears as Saudi forces seal off eastern Shia town

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Fears as Saudi forces seal off eastern Shia town

Saudi Arabia's security forces have sealed off the Shia majority town of Awamiya in the east of the country following months of unrest and ...

Syria suicide bombing 'kills 23 rebels' near Jordan border

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Syria suicide bombing 'kills 23 rebels' near Jordan border

A suicide bombing in southern Syria near Jordan's border killed more than 23 rebel fighters and injured dozens more on Friday, a monitoring ...

Egypt comes one step closer to total military control

Gehad Quisay

Egypt comes one step closer to total military control

Comment: Sixty-three years after Nasser passed the reins of the state to his fellow military officers, Sisi seeks to expand on that legacy, but ...

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New game highlights heartbreaking reality of fleeing Syria war

Bury Me, My Love is a new mobile game inspired by stories lived by millions of Syrian refugees who have taken on the treacherous journey to Europe.

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De-escalation? Assad regime dropped 244 barrel bombs in July

The Assad regime has dropped no less than 244 barrel bombs in supposedly conflict-free zones in Syria, according to a rights group.

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UN concerned for tens of thousands trapped in Raqqa

An estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people are stuck in the Syrian city, the Islamic State group's main stronghold.

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Omani editor spends one year in jail following article

An Omani editor has been in jail for one year, after articles were published criticising the country's judiciary.

Lebanon’s US-backed army prepares to tackle IS near border

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Lebanon’s US-backed army prepares to tackle IS near border

Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants from a remote corner near ...

Amelia Smith

Elor Azaria's 18-month sentence is an insult to Palestinians

Comment: A Palestinian child gets longer jail time for throwing stones than Azaria received for his cold-blooded execution, writes Amelia Smith.

Why Al Jazeera's enemies fear its revolution

Maryam Al-Khater

Why Al Jazeera's enemies fear its revolution

Comment: Al Jazeera marked the Arabs' entry to the global media race, ending the unipolar monopoly of the flow of information, and overturning ...

War crimes prosecutor quits UN Syria abuses panel

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War crimes prosecutor quits UN Syria abuses panel

Former UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte says she is resigning from the UN’s independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, decrying ...

Syrian opposition deny they were told to 'accept Assad'

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Syrian opposition deny they were told to 'accept Assad'

Syria's main opposition has denied a report that the Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told them that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would remain ...

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