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Saudis have flocked to social media to debate a call for a "sexual revolution" in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where adulterers can be sentenced to death.

The first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990 launched on Wednesday - signs of strengthening ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Turkey to extend state of emergency for fifth time

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Turkey to extend state of emergency for fifth time

Turkey will extend its state of emergency for the fifth time since the July 2016 failed coup attempt, despite claims the laws are being used to target government opponents.

Arrested US consulate Turkish staffer meets lawyers

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Arrested US consulate Turkish staffer meets lawyers

Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen, is accused of links to the group led by Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara ...

Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy

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Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy

Israel and Saudi Arabia both showed their support to US President Donald Trump on Friday after he refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear ...

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UAE-ordered arrests point to widening rift in Yemen coalition

Yemeni Islamists say forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have arrested 10 members of a local Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in the southern city of Aden.

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Saudi Arabia's new kingdom: 'Reform accelerated by repression'

Saudi Arabia is modernising, but its programme of reform is being driven by an authoritarian hunger for power that is eroding all room for ...

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

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Scores of Turkey 'coup bridge massacre' suspects stand trial

More than 100 former Turkish military personnel go on trial on Monday over clashes on an Istanbul bridge during last year's failed coup.

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

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Turkey sentences 40 to life over Erdogan 'death plot'

A Turkish court handed life sentences to 40 people convicted of plotting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel ...

Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect

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Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect

Foreigners scrambled to leave Iraqi Kurdistan on Friday while Kurds have shared their frustrations at cancelled travel plans after Baghdad ...

Turkey orders 117 soldiers detained over Gulen links

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Turkey orders 117 soldiers detained over Gulen links

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of more than 100 military personnel over alleged links to suspected coup-plotter Fethullah Gulen.

Lebanese radical <em>cleric</em> Ahmad al-Assir sentenced to death Lebanese radical cleric Ahmad al-Assir sentenced to death

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Lebanese radical cleric Ahmad al-Assir sentenced to death

A military court in Lebanon sentenced Islamist cleric Ahmed al-Assir over acts of terrorism and sentenced former singer-turned militant ...

Right to drive is meaningless until male guardianship ends

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Right to drive is meaningless until male guardianship ends

Comment: Without serious political reforms and real change in the law, the decision to let Saudi women drive is merely decorative and for ...

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Iran mourns young soldier beheaded by IS in Syria

Thousands in Iran mourned on Wednesday mourned the slaying of 25-year-old Revolutionary Guard soldier Mohsen Hajji, beheaded by the Islamic State in Syria.

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Riyadh lifts the driving ban: 'carwashing' royal Saudi abuse?

While the advance in women's social liberalisation in Saudi Arabia should be celebrated, commentators have contextualised the move as a cynical ...

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Saudi religious authorities back women-driving, contradicting years of opposition

Saudi Arabia's highest clerical council has backed a royal decree allowing women to drive, overturning years of precedent from the ...

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Saudi Arabia lifts controversial ban on women driving

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end its ban on women driving in the kingdom in a royal decree. The new law is expected to begin in June.

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end its ban on women driving in the kingdom.

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Moroccan police deploy to stop marriage of 12-year-old girl

Reports of a wedding between a 12-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man in Morocco have sparked widespread condemnation and debate over child ...

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Stasa Salacanin

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Comment: The recent rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is the latest link in a chain of shifting alliances in the Middle East, writes ...

Egyptian government further curbs feminist activist's rights

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Egyptian government further curbs feminist activist's rights

Egyptian activist Azza has been banned from traveling and has been prevented from accessing funds to continue her work as a defender of human ...

Egypt's al-Azhar bans <em>cleric</em> for 'singing on television'

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Egypt's al-Azhar bans cleric for 'singing on television'

An al-Azhar cleric has been banned from his official duties after singing on a television talk-show while wearing his uniform, an ...

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