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Some 60,000 people have returned to Syria's Raqqa, desperate to come home despite the huge number of IS-planted mines littering the city.

The government of the Philippines vows render justice for the deceased maid, amid moves to repatriate over 10,000 workers in Kuwait.

54 Palestinians died awaiting medical exit permits in 2017

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54 Palestinians died awaiting medical exit permits in 2017

Human rights organisations have criticised Israeli restrictions as new figures show 54 Palestinians died in 2017 while awaiting exit permits to leave the Gaza strip for medical treatment.

Kuwait hits back at Duterte's ban on Filipino workers

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Kuwait hits back at Duterte's ban on Filipino workers

Kuwait's foreign minister on Tuesday condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals ...

'Freedom of speech, democracy' destroying Egypt, says top lawmaker

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'Freedom of speech, democracy' destroying Egypt, says top lawmaker

Freedom of speech and democracy are fronts used by dissidents to destroy the state, Egypt's speaker of parliament has said in the latest attack ...

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Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Egypt's clampdown on activists has moved from the streets to online, where following the wrong group on social media could land you in serious trouble with the law.

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IS puts women on front line, propaganda video shows

In the Islamic State group's latest propaganda video, women are seen for the first time on the front lines in battle.

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Fears for safety of two Egyptian journalists after disappearance

Families are piecing together clues on the whereabouts of two young Egyptian journalists who went missing on Sunday in the capital Cairo.

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More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

The second largest release of child soldiers since the civil war in South Sudan has seen 300 children released, with more expected soon.

HRW urges Iran to stop executions of child offenders

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HRW urges Iran to stop executions of child offenders

Following executions of three child offenders in Iran, the rights group has demanded the immediate end to the death penalty being used ...

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The Iraq Report: IS 'caliph' excluded from 'most-wanted' list

This week in Iraq: The government releases a list of its most-wanted fugitives, while Iraq’s southern city of Basra becomes a hub for organised ...

The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

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The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

This week in Iraq: The US has admitted that Islamic State is far from being defeated while the Iraqi interior ministry claimed that IS leader's ...

Iraqi Kurds say 4,000 IS fighters detained, including foreigners

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Iraqi Kurds say 4,000 IS fighters detained, including foreigners

The number includes 1,000 IS fighters who surrendered during the battle for Hawija, the last IS urban stronghold in Iraq until its fall late ...

Hundreds of families with IS members 'forced into camps'

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Hundreds of families with IS members 'forced into camps'

Over 200 families have been forcefully evicted from their homes by Iraqi forces, due to their family links with IS, in a move HRW condemned as a ...

Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

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Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

Bahrain has deported eight people to war-torn Iraq after revoking their citizenship and making them stateless, Human Rights ...

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Turkey denies claims it is shooting Syrians at border

Turkish authorities have denied reports that Syrian refugees are being shot at and summarily returned to Syria at the Turkish border, as thousands flee increased fighting in Idlib and Afrin

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HRW urges Turkey to end 'lethal force' against Syrians

Human Rights Watch called on Ankara on Saturday to stop using "lethal force" against Syrians trying to cross into ...

Emile Nakhleh

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue ...

CJ Werleman

Australia's warmongers must come clean on weapons exports

Comment: The Australian government is exporting death and doom to the Middle East while keeping its citizens in the dark about the nature of its ...

Libyan militias prevent residents returning to 'Gaddafi' ghost town

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Libyan militias prevent residents returning to 'Gaddafi' ghost town

A former stronghold of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, near the Libyan city of Misrata, remains empty as militias prevent residents from ...

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Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has 'hallmarks of genocide': UN

A UN official said that Myanmar military's violent operations against the Rohingya Muslims have the 'hallmarks of a genocide'.

HRW condemns Lebanon for 'attacks on freedom of speech'

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HRW condemns Lebanon for 'attacks on freedom of speech'

Lebanon's arrests of people who criticise public officials is creating a "pattern of prosecutions" said rights group Human ...

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

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In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

It's refreshing to remember that the terrorists depicted in western media and entertainment as modern-day bogeymen represent but an ...

Sisi's pardon 'withdrawn' for Briton Laura Plummer, family distraught

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Sisi's pardon 'withdrawn' for Briton Laura Plummer, family distraught

Laura Plummer was expecting a presidential pardon from 'hell hole' Egyptian jail, only for the British Embassy to inform her family that there ...

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