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Awda was arrested after posting a tweet welcoming reports of a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He has now been hospitalised after almost five months in solitary confinement.

A man allegedly wanted on terrorism charges was shot and killed by Saudi security forces on Tuesday night in the Qatif province, a region charged with sectarian tensions.

Turkey to extend state of emergency amid rights concerns

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Turkey to extend state of emergency amid rights concerns

Turkey's National Security Council is meeting on Wednesday to recommend prolonging the state of emergency by a further three months.

Minorities in north Iraq rebuild their lives after IS

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Minorities in north Iraq rebuild their lives after IS

Places of worship, such as those of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, were targeted by IS, and many fled their homes during the three ...

Turkey issues tit-for-tat travel warning for US

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Turkey issues tit-for-tat travel warning for US

Citing the risk of 'terror attacks' and 'arbitrary detentions', Turkey issued a travel warning urging its citizens to reconsider their travel ...

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Turkey warns citizens against travelling to US

In response for a new US travel advisory about Turkey, Ankara has warned Turkish citizens to refrain from travelling to the US.

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Turkey: No extraditions to US until Gulen handed over

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to stop extraditing suspects to the US if Washington continues to refuse to hand over alleged ...

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Greece suspends asylum for Turkish 'coup' officer

A Greek court has suspended asylum status for a Turkish officer involved in Turkey's failed military coup, saying the decision was in the public ...

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HRW denounces detention of Saudi cleric over 'pro-Qatar' tweet

Human Rights Watch says Saudi authorities are holding a prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah without charge after he tweeted remarks ...

The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

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The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

Forty years on, Iranians look back on the moment that sparked Iran's historic 1979 revolution.

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Pro-government rallies planned in Iran after Friday prayers

Pro-government rallies are due to reach Tehran on Friday with authorities seeking to put the past week's unrest to bed.

New hearing set for jailed Bahraini Shia <em>cleric</em>

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New hearing set for jailed Bahraini Shia cleric

The announcement of Sheikh Ali Salman's first hearing for spying charges comes as more arrests take place in Bahrain's continuing crackdown on ...

Turkey to detain 70 officers suspected of Gulen links

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Turkey to detain 70 officers suspected of Gulen links

Prosecutors in the Turkish province of Konya issued warrants against 58 officers still on active duty as well as 12 others who were sacked from ...

Egypt's Grand Mufti issues fatwa against Bitcoin

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Egypt's Grand Mufti issues fatwa against Bitcoin

The cleric and his counsellor warn Egyptians against the booming cryptocurrency, citing its potential links to corruption and terrorism.

Turkey seeks arrest of 68 'Gulen-linked' Bank Asya shareholders

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Turkey seeks arrest of 68 'Gulen-linked' Bank Asya shareholders

Turkish authorities are seeking the arrest of 68 shareholders of Bank Aysa in an attempt to target the network of suspected coup mastermind ...

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Palestine recalls envoy after rally with radical Pakistan cleric

Palestine's envoy to Pakistan has been recalled to Ramallah, after appearing at a rally with a hard-line cleric accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

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Third day of anti-government protests hits Iran

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in anti-government rallies on Friday, in what is thought to be the biggest show of public defiance ...

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US, Turkey put end to visa spat

The US and Turkey announced the resumption of full visa services for each other's citizens after a three-month spat.

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Turkey could release 1000 wrongly arrested for Gulen links

Some 1,000 people could be released from jail after being falsely accused of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

Turkey arrests university staff in post-coup clampdown

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Turkey arrests university staff in post-coup clampdown

Turkish authorities have arrested 54 university academics and staff over alleged support for suspected 'coup mastermind' Fethullah Gulen because ...

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Turkey dismisses more than 2,700 in latest post-coup purges

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's purges continue as 2,700 workers in the public sector are sacked.

Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan

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Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan

Pence had been expected to visit Egypt and Israel this week, but instead paid a visit to the men and women fighting America's longest-ever war.

The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

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The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

'Men without beards cause indecent thoughts in other men'

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'Men without beards cause indecent thoughts in other men'

Clean-shaven men 'cannot be distinguished from women' and can therefore cause 'indecent thoughts,' according to Islamic preacher Murat Bayaral ...

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