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Staffan de Mistura and Russia's Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow on Wednesday, to discuss ways of moving toward a stable political settlement in war-torn Syria.

Photos of the ousted ex-Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali attending the lavish engagement of his daughter appeared online on Friday.

Turkish army installs 'observation posts' in Syria's Idlib Turkish army installs 'observation posts' in Syria's Idlib

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Turkish army installs 'observation posts' in Syria's Idlib

The Turkish army has begun setting up 'observation posts' in Syria's north-western Idlib province as part of their efforts to create a de-escalation zone, the military said on Friday.

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

Hadani Ditmars

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

The British Museum's historical approach to contemporary art is well-suited to these works from Syria and Iraq, whose origins betray an optimism ...

Jordan says hosting Syrian refugees has cost $10 billion

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Jordan says hosting Syrian refugees has cost $10 billion

The Jordanian foreign ministry said "more than $10.3 billion" (8.7 billion euros) had been spent on putting up Syrian refugees.

Gehad Quisay

For the love of the game

Comment: Unlike Mubarak before him, Sisi can't use football as a PR tool, but the regime can still exploit it to rally blinding patriotism, writes Gehad Quisay.

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Morocco's oldest political party Istiqlal elects new leader

Former Finance Minister Nizar Baraka has been elected as the leader of Morocco's oldest political party, Istiqlal's website said on Saturday.

Ali Adam

Cozying up to Israel: A short-sighted betrayal of Palestinians

Comment: While Arab leaders pursue ties with Israel for their own self-interest, popular outrage will eventually turn the tide in ...

Tom Charles

Boris Johnson's 'English lion' is an imperial embarrassment

Comment: The UK foreign secretary is not the only one who should be reassessing his imperialist outlook, writes Tom Charles.

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

Robert Springborg

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

Comment: For democracy to appeal to those who do not live under it, and retain the commitment of those who do, it has to work properly, writes ...

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

'US-led strike kills' 18 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

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'US-led strike kills' 18 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

International coalition planes targeted water wells where a group of civilians were gathered in the north of Raqqa city. the Syrian Observatory ...

Deadly twin bombings hit Damascus police station

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Deadly twin bombings hit Damascus police station

The Islamic State group claims the double suicide bomb attack that hit a police station in Damascus on Monday, killing at least 17 people.

September 'deadliest month for Syrians' in 2017

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September 'deadliest month for Syrians' in 2017

Of the 955 Syrian civilians killed in September were 207 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

IS recapture Homs town from Syria regime

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IS recapture Homs town from Syria regime

IS militants have re-captured a Syrian town from the Assad regime in a surprise attack launched shortly after their fighters had infiltrated the ...

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Morocco defends expulsion of Guardian journalist who covered protests

Morocco's communication minister said on Friday that a journalist for Britain's Guardian newspaper was expelled because he had been working in a tense region of the country without a permit.

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MSF: Russian-regime airstrikes 'force hospital closures' in northwest Syria

A surge in bombing raids has forced hospitals to close in northwestern Syria, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

Gehad Quisay

Mother of Nations, but not of all Egyptians

Comment: New articles to be added to Egyptian citizenship law give the military regime the final say over the Egyptian-ness of its citizens, ...

The New Arab

Syria talks: UN envoy warns against 'illusions of victory'

The UN's envoy for Syria has warned regime and opposition representatives against "dreams of shortcuts" ahead of peace talks set to take place ...

Geneva to London: How Bahrain dodges human rights accountability

Marc Owen Jones

Geneva to London: How Bahrain dodges human rights accountability

Comment: Bahrain has established a pseudo-civil society to help it gain credibility on the international stage and avoid accountability for its ...

The New Arab & agencies

Bashar al-Assad's uncle to be investigated for war crimes

A previously undisclosed investigation is targeting Rifaat al-Assad - the older brother of the late Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad - for war ...

Russian airstrikes kill 45 pro-ceasefire Syrian rebels

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Russian airstrikes kill 45 pro-ceasefire Syrian rebels

Russian airstrikes have targeted members of the Faylaq al-Sham rebel group, which participated in Moscow-sponsored Astana peace talks with the ...

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Comment: While Tunisia is lauded for its progress on human rights laws there is a desire for greater democratic reforms in the "model ...

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Sam Hamad

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Comment: Basic human rights are nowhere to be found in Egypt's police state, writes Sam Hamad.

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