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Comment: The consolidation of the PMU into one homogenous a group is a complicated task for the Iraqi government, writes Mona Alami.

Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said on Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump.

Iranian official arrested for 'mixed-sex dance video'

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Iranian official arrested for 'mixed-sex dance video'

Iran has arrested a senior official after a video posted online showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.

European MPs urge US not to scrap <em>Iran</em> deal

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European MPs urge US not to scrap Iran deal

Hundreds of lawmakers from Europe called on the US Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, as concerns grow for the pact ...

Iran's defence minister visits Baghdad to promote security ties

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Iran's defence minister visits Baghdad to promote security ties

Iran's defence minister has visited the Baghdad-based Iraqi intelligence centre to increase Tehran's security ties with Iraq.

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Four Saudi officers killed in Asir gun attack

The Saudi Press Agency said four officers were shot dead after their check post was ambushed by gunmen on Thursday.

Usman Butt

Iranian metaphysicals: Explorations in science, Islam, and the uncanny

Book review: Doostdar explores Iran's new spiritual environment, and the widely held assumptions about rationality, and the relationship between ...

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Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia hold 'anti-terrorism' meet

Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia held a meeting in Baghdad Thursday of military and security officials to coordinate "anti-terrorism" ...

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Iraq launches airstrikes in Syria in coordination with Assad

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over the Islamic State group in December but it still poses a threat from pockets ...

Is Tareq Saleh making a comeback to battle Houthis?

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Is Tareq Saleh making a comeback to battle Houthis?

In-depth: The nephew of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh is appearing to make a comeback to cast his revenge against the Houthi rebels with ...

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Yemeni officials: two al-Qaeda fighters killed in south region

Yemeni tribal leaders say security forces have killed two suspected al-Qaeda operatives in the country’s southern province of Abyan.

US cracks down on Syrian 'human trafficking gang'

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US cracks down on Syrian 'human trafficking gang'

The US has slapped sanctions on a gang accused of smuggling refugees out of war-torn Syria, through Mexico to the southern US border.

<em>Iran</em> bans use of encrypted Telegram messaging app

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Iran bans use of encrypted Telegram messaging app

Government workers can no longer use Telegram and experts say all foreign messaging services could soon be banned as Iran clamps down ...

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Sam Hamad

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Comment: The coalition's attack on Assad's chemical weapons bases demonstrates they have no intention whatsoever of making a meaningful ...

Turkey taking 'huge strides' away from European Union

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Turkey taking 'huge strides' away from European Union

The European Commission said "serious shortcomings" on democracy and the rule of law remained, in its latest report on Ankara's long-stalled bid ...

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US lawmakers decry lack of Syria military strategy

US lawmakers warn that the US military's hands off approach on the ground in Syria is ceding influence to Russia and Iran.

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Iran's Rouhani: 'We will produce any weapons we need'

During an ostentatious military parade, Iran's Rouhani puts on a show of defiance over ballistic missiles, but stresses it 'does not intend any ...

Alex Macheras

Iran's flight safety crashing amid Trump silence on sanctions

Analysis: Since the Trump administration has taken office, there has been a deafening silence towards Iran and export licenses, ...

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Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

Stakes are high in the long-awaited 6 May poll, the first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, which will determine the country's political and ...

UAE-backed forces 'rape, abuse' African migrants detained in Yemen

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UAE-backed forces 'rape, abuse' African migrants detained in Yemen

The International Organization for Migration says some 87,000 people sought to reach war-torn Yemen from the Horn of Africa by boat in 2017.

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Iranian lawmakers slam Tehran's crackdown on environmentalists

Iran's parliamentary environmental and transparency committees have convened to discus the arrests of several NGO workers earlier this year.

Yemen to have peace plan 'within two months'

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Yemen to have peace plan 'within two months'

The UN's Yemen mediator has said he will come up with a negotiation plan within two months to end the country's conflict.

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

James Snell

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

Comment: Not only did Trump's much vaunted strikes fail to threaten Assad; they have actually bolstered him, writes James Snell.

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Paul Iddon

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Analysis: If past strikes are anything to go by, this latest round of missiles is unlikely to deter Assad from gassing his people again in the ...

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