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

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 struggle continues to ravage the country.

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 those still in their custody.

US blocks UAE attempts to divide Libyan government

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US blocks UAE attempts to divide Libyan government

The UAE has attempted to link powerful Libyan militia commander Khalifa Haftar with leaders of powerful government-aligned militias, but the ...

Libya's UN-backed Sarraj calls for 2018 elections

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Libya's UN-backed Sarraj calls for 2018 elections

The head of Libya's UN backed government has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018, reports confirm.

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Italy's refugee plans 'threaten thousands of lives', say charities

Humanitarian groups have warned that Italy's proposed 'code of conduct' for rescuers searching the Mediterranean for stranded migrants could endanger lives.

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Libya's Benghazi airport reopens after three-year hiatus

An international airport at Libya's second city Benghazi has restarted commercial flights after being closed for three years due to fighting.

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Trump asks court to block latest travel ban ruling

Trump's administration has challenged a Supreme Court ruling allowing grandparents to be exempt from the travel ban affecting travellers and ...

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US judge rules grandparents exempt from Trump travel ban

Grandparents will be included in the US government's definition of 'close family, allowing grandmas and pas to circumvent Trump's travel ban on ...

Sarraj wants Libya's air force to tackle human trafficking

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Sarraj wants Libya's air force to tackle human trafficking

UN-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj has asked the country's air force for 'immediate and urgent' assistance to fight illegal emigration ...

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Anti-Qatar countries to drop demand on Al-Jazeera's closure

An anti-Qatar coalition of Arab nations look set to back down on a demand on Doha to close flagship media network Al-Jazeera.

Iranian doctor detained at US airport despite holding visa

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Iranian doctor detained at US airport despite holding visa

Boston Children's Hospital said that Dr Mohsen Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife and three young children at the ...

Politics on pitch: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Politics on pitch: This week in Middle East football

Blog: Football is a sport played on a level playing field, but in the Middle East and Africa, it is common to see politics take control, writes ...

How will the Gulf crisis affect <em>Libya</em>?

Guma El-Gamaty

How will the Gulf crisis affect Libya?

Comment: An emboldened Egypt and UAE spells bad news for an inclusive Libyan national agenda, writes Guma ElGamaty.

Is 'terrorism' an excuse to take down Qatar?

Abdulrazag Elaradi

Is 'terrorism' an excuse to take down Qatar?

Comment: In proposing a new way forward, Qatar has made many enemies who, without evidence, falsely accuse it of fuelling terrorism, writes ...

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Baghdad 'refuses' Saudi-Emirati pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc

Iraq's prime minister has reportedly refused demarches from Saudi and Emirati officials to join the diplomatic offensive against Doha.

James M. Dorsey

UAE seeks a power shift in Palestine amid Gulf-crisis

With attention in the Middle East focused on the Gulf crisis, the United Arab Emirates is elsewhere seeking to reshape the region in ways that ...

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Libya strongman in UAE for talks on military 'cooperation'

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said Sunday, days after announcing the ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

These Middle Eastern countries still criminalise homosexuality

As Londoners on Saturday marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, same-sex relationships in some countries in the Middle ...

35 migrants feared drowned off <em>Libya</em>: coastguard 35 migrants feared drowned off Libya: coastguard

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35 migrants feared drowned off Libya: coastguard

Thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast on Saturday , the ...

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Hawaii will comply with Trump's Muslim ban in full

The Supreme Court said they couldn't give Hawaii clarification on the Muslim Ban, forcing the state to uphold the travel ban in full.

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

David Isenberg

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

Erik Prince is back. He's not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC, but huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen ...

The UAE is 'employing' Blackwater to run its army

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The UAE is 'employing' Blackwater to run its army

Reports are emerging of ex-Blackwater CEO's increasing involvement in the UAE's military affairs, with few, if any, UAE citizens actually ...

Families say 3 Egyptians 'accidentally' killed by army airstrike

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Families say 3 Egyptians 'accidentally' killed by army airstrike

Three Egyptians who worked at a building site in the Western Desert were killed by an airstrike from a military aircraft in what appears to have ...

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