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Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical policies in Syria, writes Sam Hamad

The US has issued its annual religious freedom report, slamming its allies in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, for what it said was the persecution of their religious minorities.

ICC issues arrest warrant for Haftar-linked Libyan commander

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ICC issues arrest warrant for Haftar-linked Libyan commander

The ICC issues an arrest warrant for senior Libyan militia commander Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, over the deaths of 33 people in the war-torn city of Benghazi.

Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc'

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Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc'

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha led by ...

Libya's Haftar due in Moscow for 'ceasefire' talks

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Libya's Haftar due in Moscow for 'ceasefire' talks

Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar is due to visit Moscow on Saturday to discuss a peace plan involving a ceasefire and ...

Courtney Freer and Giorgio Cafiero

Is the Bahraini Muslim Brotherhood's 'special status' over?

Comment: Bahrain's government, under pressure from its Sunni Arab allies, may be drastically changing its attitude towards the Muslim Brotherhood, write Dr Courtney Freer and Giorgio Cafiero.

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Anger at UAE royals' portraits at Yemen military base

A photograph showing the portraits of UAE rulers at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Mokha, Taiz province has caused angry reactions ...

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UAE thwarting US peace efforts in Yemen, Libya: report

The UAE has been undermining the United States' peace efforts in Yemen and Libya, straining relations between the two allies, The Washington ...

Robert Cusack

Russia wants to keep contracts signed by Libya's Gaddafi

A leading Russian diplomat gave an illuminating interview on Friday, commenting on his country's policies over Libya.

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

Comment: To Italy's dismay, France has taken a leading role in Libya. But suspicions persist over whether President Macron is capable of being ...

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Italian navy begins controversial refugee mission

The mission was announced last week, when Italy said that the assistance was requested by Libya's UN-backed government.

Saudi-led bloc doubles down on Qatar blockade demands

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Saudi-led bloc doubles down on Qatar blockade demands

A Saudi-led alliance blockading Qatar on Sunday maintained that any compromise in the crisis is contingent on Doha agreeing to demands already ...

Haftar fighter jet shot down in east Libya

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Haftar fighter jet shot down in east Libya

A fighter jet from General Khalifa's east Libyan militia has been shot down following an air raid on Derna.

East Libya closes Sudan consulate over alleged people smuggling

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East Libya closes Sudan consulate over alleged people smuggling

The east Libyan government closed the Sudanese consulate in the south-eastern city of Kufra, a major smuggling route for migrants.

After Gaddafi: Why is Libya still in crisis?

Patrick Haimzadeh

After Gaddafi: Why is Libya still in crisis?

Analysis: Foreign interference favouring one faction or another is stopping Libyans from creating their own political destiny, writes Patrick ...

The New Arab & agencies

Bahrain charges 60 Shias in mass 'terrorism' trial

Bahrain has charged 60 people with forming a "terrorist group", with a judicial source saying all 60 are Shias, as authorities tighten their grip on dissent in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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Rival Libyan leaders 'committed' to ceasefire and elections

Rival Libyan leaders Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar who are to attend French-brokered talks on Tuesday are committed to a ...

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Video shows Haftar's forces 'executing' suspected extremists in Benghazi

Shocking video footage has emerged, appearing to show Libyan forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar summarily executing suspected ...

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Libya's Haftar 'provided with Israeli weaponry following UAE-mediated meetings'

Libyan General Haftar has reportedly been receiving Israeli military aid following meetings with Israeli intelligence that were mediated by the ...

Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

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Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

Libya's conflicting political factions are expected to meet for talks in Paris on Tuesday, reports suggest.

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Egypt opens largest military base in Middle East

Egypt has unveiled a huge military base in a ceremony which featured topless soldiers lifting weights and performing press-ups on army trucks.

Haftar's Libyan militia clash with rival factions in Benghazi

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Haftar's Libyan militia clash with rival factions in Benghazi

General Haftar Khalifa's self-styled Libyan National Army clashed with the last pockets of resistance in Eastern Libya's largest city as a power ...

UN calls on Haftar to investigate 'execution of prisoners'

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UN calls on Haftar to investigate 'execution of prisoners'

The UN on Tuesday called for the Libyan National Army to investigate the summary executions of prisoners, expressing concern at the fate of ...

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

Emile Nakhleh

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

Comment: Now that they feel relatively secure, GCC members - particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE - are more confident in attacking others, ...

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