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Iran said on Saturday it launched a recently unveiled medium-range missile, despite continued threats from US President Donald Trump that Washington might tear up a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

A Saudi cleric who said women should not be allowed to drive because they have a "quarter" of the brainpower of men has been banned from preaching.

Kurds push ahead with independence vote despite regional concerns

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Kurds push ahead with independence vote despite regional concerns

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani on Friday insisted that a 25 September independence referendum will still go ahead, despite regional condemnation of the historic vote.

Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

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Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who has died in hospital aged 89, helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major ...

<em>Saudi</em> school textbook withdrawn over Yoda image error

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Saudi school textbook withdrawn over Yoda image error

Saudi authorities this week withdrew high school textbooks containing a manipulated image of a former Saudi King alongside ...

Amar Diwakar

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes Amar Diwakar.

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Houthi dispute is 'not political', Hadi tells UN

A three-year dispute with Yemen's Houthi rebels that has plunged the country into an all-out war is "not political", President Abedrabbo Mansour ...

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US-made bomb killed Yemen civilians in Saudi-led airstrike: Amnesty

A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Sanaa last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 others - including five-year-old ...

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Thousands mark three years since Houthi takeover of Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi rebels and their supporters gathered in the capital's most iconic square on Thursday, to mark the third anniversary since a ...

Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

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Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

President Hassan Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities on Friday, despite criticism from the United States and ...

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UAE 'withdraws' youth football team to avoid playing Qatar

The UAE has pulled its football team out of the AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers after the Asian Football Confederation rejected its request not ...

<em>Saudi</em> cleric: Women 'lack brainpower of men' to drive

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Saudi cleric: Women 'lack brainpower of men' to drive

In Saudi Arabia, where women cannot drive, a senior state cleric has said women should not be allowed behind the wheel because they ...

It is still possible to protest in <em>Saudi</em> Arabia

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It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens ...

Islamic New Year: Seven fast facts you should know

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Islamic New Year: Seven fast facts you should know

Muslims around the world are observing the Islamic New Year on Thursday, here are seven fast facts you should know about the event.

<em>Saudi</em> Arabia overturns Skype ban amid social media clampdown

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Saudi Arabia overturns Skype ban amid social media clampdown

Potential economic gains soften Saudi authorities' stance on voice calling apps, while a broader clampdown on free social media use ...

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Saudi Arabia to censor Skype,WhatsApp calls after lifting ban

The Saudi government will monitor and censor calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp after lifting a ban on the services, a telecoms regulator spokesman said.

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Iran group 'hacking aviation, petrochemicals' in Saudi Arabia, US

A group of hackers suspected of working for the Iranian government is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi ...

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to ...

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major ...

<em>Saudi</em> prince calls for crucifixion of dissidents in poem

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Saudi prince calls for crucifixion of dissidents in poem

A Saudi prince has called for the crucifixion of dissidents in a patriotic poem that was published in the kingdom's mainstream media.

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Italy approves emergency aid package to battle Yemen's malnutrition

Yemen will receive more than €1 million worth of emergency financial aid to assist in the battle against the country's continued malnutrition, ...

Trump's offers to mediate the Gulf Crisis fall flat

Stasa Salacanin

Trump's offers to mediate the Gulf Crisis fall flat

Comment: The United States' foreign policy under President Trump has been utterly confusing - dragging the Gulf Crisis on unnecessarily, writes ...

<em>Saudi</em> crackdown on dissent 'linked to failed Qatar boycott'

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Saudi crackdown on dissent 'linked to failed Qatar boycott'

A leading Saudi academic has said a recent wave of arrests has been an attempt by authorities to crackdown on opponents of the ...

UK arms dealers pocket $8bn profit from <em>Saudi</em> sales

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UK arms dealers pocket $8bn profit from Saudi sales

UK arms dealers have netted $8bn in revenue from sales to Saudi Arabia since its Yemen intervention, which equates to just a $40m tax ...

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