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A bomb attack in Iraq's contested Kirkuk city has killed at least one person and wounded seven others on Wednesday evening.

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

Gulf states using Israeli spyware to target activists, minorities

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Gulf states using Israeli spyware to target activists, minorities

Israeli-made spyware is being used by Gulf states to crack down on dissidents, a new report by Citizen Lab has revealed.

High-ranking IS militant sentenced to death by Iraqi court

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High-ranking IS militant sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi has been sentenced to death by the Iraqi courts on terrorism charges.

Could the Russia-Turkey deal avert disaster in Idlib?

Imogen Lambert

Could the Russia-Turkey deal avert disaster in Idlib?

Analysis: The deal has bought more time for international diplomacy, but Syrians remain wary - and who could blame them?

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Iranian-backed paramilitary leader Hadi al-Ameri withdraws candidacy for PM

Hadi al-Ameri, head of a leading Iraqi Shia miltia, has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of prime mininster, easing the political crisis in Iraq.

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Water crisis in Basra hospitalises top Iraqi football team

The water crisis in oil-rich Basra province has put 60,000 people in hospital since mid-August, according to the provincial council for human ...

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Two women dead after refugee boat capsizes off Turkey

Two women died and sixteen other mainly Iraqi refugees, including eight children, were rescued on Monday after their boat capsized off the ...

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Iraq deploys troops along border to monitor 'Turkey violations'

Iraq will deploy security forces along the mountainous border with Turkey and take action against Ankara at the United Nations over air ...

New Zealand extends <em>Iraq</em>, Afghanistan training missions to 2019

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New Zealand extends Iraq, Afghanistan training missions to 2019

The island country has 143 military trainers in Iraq stationed alongside Australian troops, and 11 in Afghanistan.

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Anarchists attack Iran embassy in Athens

The Iranian embassy in Athens was attacked on Monday by members of the Rubicon group who said they were protesting Tehran's treatment of its ...

Humans of New York photoblog turns lens to Egypt

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Humans of New York photoblog turns lens to Egypt

Among children's cheeky grins and uplifting family tales are stories of unpursued dreams and heartbreaking poverty.

Iran praises Iraq's 'pro-Tehran' parliament selection

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Iran praises Iraq's 'pro-Tehran' parliament selection

The selection of a parliamentary speaker and first deputy could end gridlock over the formation of a new government in Iraq.

Tehran decries delayed police reaction to Paris embassy 'attack'

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Tehran decries delayed police reaction to Paris embassy 'attack'

Iran has accused Parisian police of responding inadequately to a group of Kurdish activists who protested outside the Iranian embassy in the ...

IS kills 20 Kurdish-led fighters in Syria

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IS kills 20 Kurdish-led fighters in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched a new offensive on Monday to close in on pockets held by IS in eastern Syria.

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Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

The former governor of Anbar province Mohammed al-Halbusi will be the youngest speaker of parliament in Iraq's history.

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Tunisia struggles to host refugees saved at sea

Most refugees who reached Tunisia illegally hope to head to Europe as they struggle to survive in the country's only migrant centre.

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The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its ...

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Germany 'ready to contribute to Syria rebuilding'

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country is prepared to contribute to rebuilding Syria.

Attack on Kurds a 'warning' to foreign powers: Iran

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Attack on Kurds a 'warning' to foreign powers: Iran

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said that a missile attack on Iranian Kurds in Iraq should serve as a warning for 'arrogant foreign ...

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Kurdish fighters capture suspected Italian IS member

Kurdish fighters said they have captured an Italian Islamic State militant.

Cash-strapped Iranians deplore regime spending on foreign wars

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Cash-strapped Iranians deplore regime spending on foreign wars

Unrest is brewing among Iranians as the toll of the regime's costly fixation with foreign conflicts has not gone unnoticed by the millions now ...

Pakistan face arch-rivals India in football clash

Uri Levy

Pakistan face arch-rivals India in football clash

After three years without international football due to terrorism and politics, Pakistan's national team has brought some pride to their country ...

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel jostle for position at the top of the Conservative government's list of ideal trading partners, writes Jonathan ...

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