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The top US envoy for South Asia has met with Taliban officials for peace talks in Qatar, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Saudi women will now be able to learn how to fly, with aviation schools opening their doors to female applicants following the lifting of a driving ban.

Saudi Arabia passes draft law to combat sexual harassment

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Saudi Arabia passes draft law to combat sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia has passed a draft law aimed at combating sexual harassment amid a crackdown on women's rights advocates.

US, Gulf states slap terror sanctions on Hizballah leader

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US, Gulf states slap terror sanctions on Hizballah leader

The United States and Gulf states have imposed terror sanctions on Lebanon's Hizballah, including on the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah and ...

Libya's Haftar seeks to reassert authority following hospitalisation

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Libya's Haftar seeks to reassert authority following hospitalisation

General Khalifa Haftar has begun reasserting his strongman status in Libya following a two-week stint in a Paris hospital.

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Haftar announces offensive to take Derna from 'terrorists'

Haftar announced an offensive to retake Derna from militias who had driven IS from the area in 2015.

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Blockade-hit Qatar invited to Arab Summit in Saudi Arabia

Qatar is yet to decide on its level of participation after receiving an invitation to the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia, Doha's foreign ...

Karim Traboulsi

Saudi move to fine 'foul-smelling labourers' denounced as discriminatory

A Saudi move to slap hefty fines and even jail foul-smelling worshippers at mosques is facing backlash from many who see the plan as a ...

Karim Traboulsi

Saudi Arabia to criminalise smelling bad in a mosque

Dozens of new offences could land citizens in jail for 'anti-social behaviour' as Saudi Arabia's Shura Council eyes up a new ...

Saudi Arabia 'to criminalise wearing underwear in public'

Karim Traboulsi

Saudi Arabia 'to criminalise wearing underwear in public'

Dozens of new offences could land citizens in jail for 'anti-social behaviour' as Saudi Arabia's Shura Council eyes up a new ...

Austin Bodetti

Under Haftar siege, Libya's Derna suffering 'huge human catastrophe'

In-depth: General Khalifa Haftar is imposing a bloody siege on Derna with diplomatic and military support from the Emiratis, reports Austin ...

Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

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Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

Kuwait's leader has told GCC members to move beyond a current crisis around Qatar, and ensure the survival of the Gulf bloc for coming ...

Eastern Libya to host conference to rebuild war-ravaged Benghazi

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Eastern Libya to host conference to rebuild war-ravaged Benghazi

A conference is to be held in March to rally support to rebuild Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya which was heavily damaged in the ...

Qatar to hold first elections for <em>Shura</em> <em>Council</em>

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Qatar to hold first elections for Shura Council

Qatar's emir has announced that the gas-rich Gulf state will hold elections for its most important consultative body, the Shura ...

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of ...

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Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy and the state's draft budget.

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Egypt top appeals court upholds 5-years prison for activist

Abdel-Fattah now has around a year-and-a-half remaining in his sentence, although he also faces another sentencing in December over accusations ...

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Libya's warring parties 'ignoring' civilian deaths in Derna: HRW

Human Rights Watch has urged Libya's warring factions to investigate civilian deaths in Derna and hold those responsible to account, after ...

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Saudi expat work visas reduced to one year

Saudi Arabia has set a new limit on expat work visas under reforms to boost the national labour market and curb its high rate of unemployment ...

Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

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Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

After a royal decree allowing women to drive in the conservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia now steers toward tackling sexual harassment and allowing ...

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Saudi Arabia condones anti-Shia hate speech, says HRW

Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shia minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social ...

Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

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Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

Iran is attempting to reconcile Hamas and Damascus since a fall out over the Syria war, with Tehran hoping to rebuild an anti-Israel axis in the ...

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Sam Hamad

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Comment: Basic human rights are nowhere to be found in Egypt's police state, writes Sam Hamad.

Qatar has championed a modern approach to diplomacy

Alaa Bayoumi

Qatar has championed a modern approach to diplomacy

Comment: Qatar's strategy in dealing with the Gulf crisis could form part of a new Arab diplomatic approach that rejects isolationism and ...

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