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Iraqi forces have launched a major operation targeting the last vestiges of the Islamic State group in sparsely populated wastelands between the country's two rivers.

Analysis: The United States has spent countless man hours working to counter Islamic State's online presence - but has neglected to do the same in Afghanistan, writes Austin Bodetti.

Egypt arrests popular social media satirist over 'illegal group'

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Egypt arrests popular social media satirist over 'illegal group'

Egyptian prosecutors have detained a satirist known for his ribald humour on suspicion of joining an 'illegal group', his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Dozens killed in suicide bombing at Nigeria mosque

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Dozens killed in suicide bombing at Nigeria mosque

At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in an attack blamed on Boko ...

Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

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Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

Senior Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab quit his post as the head of the HNC on Monday, just a week before a new round of UN-sponsored peace ...

Marta Bellingreri

Choufthounna: The feminist art festival in Tunisia

The New Arab went to a feminist art festival in Tunisia, with performances, classes and demonstations from all over the world,

Austin Bodetti

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ...

Diana Alghoul

Palestine's Independence Day is not something to be celebrated

Yasser Arafat declared independence in 1988 only to give up Palestinian sovereignty in the Oslo Accords of 1993, writes Diana Alghoul.

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Libyan slave markets 'sell' African migrants for $400

A network of 'slave markets' in Libya have been uncovered by US media, showing African migrants held captive by people smugglers being sold ...

Anti-IS coalition denies collusion in 'secret' Raqqa IS evacuation

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Anti-IS coalition denies collusion in 'secret' Raqqa IS evacuation

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has denied accusations it worked on a deal with the extremists to allow hundreds of its ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic visit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church in a historic visit overshadowed by an unfolding ...

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

James M. Dorsey

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the ...

Qatar FM warns Saudi-Iran tensions could cause new crisis

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Qatar FM warns Saudi-Iran tensions could cause new crisis

Qatar's foreign minister has warned that escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran could lead to a new crisis, and urged for calm in the ...

Nazareth's mystery mural as an emblem of Palestinian resistance

Gawan Mac Greigair

Nazareth's mystery mural as an emblem of Palestinian resistance

In-depth: The Israeli authorities have painted over a mural dedicated to the 1948 Nakba seven times - but local activists continue to repaint ...

Israel warns Gaza groups against revenge attack

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Israel warns Gaza groups against revenge attack

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian groups in Gaza against carrying out revenge attacks after Israel's army blew up a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Tens of thousands commemorate Arafat in Hamas-run Gaza

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza on Saturday to commemorate 13 years since the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat.

The New Arab

Paris politicians march to stop Muslim street prayers

Tensions flared in a Paris suburb when local politicians marched to protest against Muslim street prayers.

Marta Bellingreri

Tunisia's migrants and the man who digs their graves

In-depth: Chamseddine, a former fisherman, finds the corpses along the coast and arranges their burial, reports Marta Bellingreri.

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Israeli minister: Palestinian calling for right-to-return must be fired

Makbula Nassar was vocal in her solidarity of fellow Palestinians on social media, which had become a topic of controversy inside Israel

The Yemeni governor caught up in AQAP financing scandal

Austin Bodetti

The Yemeni governor caught up in AQAP financing scandal

In-depth: While the evidence behind the allegations remains classified, few dispute that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula spread throughout ...

The New Arab

British woman 'facing death' for taking painkillers to Egypt

'She's like a zombie,' the Laura Plummer's brother has said.

Egyptians discuss divorce in 'controversial' hashtag

Diana Alghoul

Egyptians discuss divorce in 'controversial' hashtag

The Arabic hashtag 'Why is Divorce Widespread' circulated on Twitter, sparking questions on compatibility and means of getting married.

#FreeSaadHariri: Concerned Lebanese demand freedom for 'abducted' PM

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#FreeSaadHariri: Concerned Lebanese demand freedom for 'abducted' PM

Concerns surround the fate of the Lebanese prime minister as social media users call for Saudi Arabia to release Hariri, who is reportedly ...

First Syrian civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

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First Syrian civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

Hundreds of Syrian civilians have returned to a district of Raqqa in the first wave of returns since the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces ...

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