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In-depth: Al-Qaeda’s leadership has warned fighters in Syria to avoid Snapchat, which, though popular with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, could allow Western intelligence agencies to spy on them, reports Austin Bodetti.

Comment: Saudi Arabia has over-reached fighting an enemy whose links with Iran have been exaggerated, all while Riyadh's main ally is losing power at an alarming rate, writes Mahad Dirieh.

Who is Haitham al-Mayahi?

Austin Bodetti

Who is Haitham al-Mayahi?

The Iraqi-American occupies a powerful position in Iraq, serving as a semi-official spokesperson for a notorious Iranian-backed Shia militia, while running a counter-extremism youth group, reports Austin Bodetti.

Red Cross driver killed in S. <em>Sudan</em> ambush

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Red Cross driver killed in S. Sudan ambush

An ambush on a humanitarian aid convoy left a Red Cross driver dead in South Sudan, the organisation said on Saturday.

<em>Sudan</em> closes borders with Libya, <em>South</em> <em>Sudan</em> and Chad

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Sudan closes borders with Libya, South Sudan and Chad

Sudan has closed its borders with South Sudan, Chad and Libya in efforts to stop arms trafficking, its vice president ...

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US slaps sanctions on senior South Sudan officials

The United States applied sanctions on Wednesday to three officials from South Sudan accused of instigating and profiting from the four-year civil war in Africa's youngest country.

Austin Bodetti

How Iraqi militias got hold of American tanks

In-depth: The US has unwittingly armed American-killing Iranian proxies and terrorist organisations with its best tanks, reports Austin Bodetti.

Robert Cusack

Sudan 'must normalise relations' with Israel: Sudanese minister

Sudan minister Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi said he was only repeating the words of other leading officials in private, adding that trade ...

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South Sudan world's 'most difficult place' for aid workers

South Sudan is the most difficult place in the world for aid workers, a senior UN official said on Friday, with at least 15 ...

'More than one million <em>South</em> <em>Sudan</em> refugees in Uganda' 'More than one million South Sudan refugees in Uganda'

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'More than one million South Sudan refugees in Uganda'

South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, the UN's refugee agency ...

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South Sudan refugees face long exile: UN's Grandi

The UN's refugee chief has said a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing the civil war.

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

Antony Loewenstein

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

Comment: Free speech is an integral part of any democracy. The legal case against respected Israeli-Canadian reporter and analyst David Sheen ...

<em>South</em> <em>Sudan</em> military captures rebel headquarters near Ethiopia border

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South Sudan military captures rebel headquarters near Ethiopia border

The South Sudanese army say they have captured the border town of Pagak, which has been the main base of fighters loyal to rebel leader ...

Violence, arson at <em>South</em> Sudanese refugee camp in <em>Sudan</em>

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Violence, arson at South Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan

The UN refugee agency and the White Nile police chief confirmed there was unrest at the camp where some 50,000 South Sudanese refugees ...

East Libya closes <em>Sudan</em> 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.

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South Sudan starves as aid agencies fail to deliver

Only 30% of the annual target has been reached so far, more than half-way through the year, a UN official in Khartoum has warned.

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South Sudan clashes force patients, doctors to flee hospital

Patients and doctors at the clinic in the town of Maiwut risked being caught up in an army offensive closing in on the nearby ...

Robert Cusack

US 'should delay decision on Sudanese sanctions'

In-depth: The US State Department and the White House's National Security Council disagree over the decision to lift sanctions - and some NGOs ...

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US pledges $639 million in aid to four countries

The US has pledged $639 million in additional humanitarian aid for people affected by food insecurity and violence in Yemen, Somalia, ...

These Middle Eastern countries still criminalise homosexuality

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 ...

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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 ...

<em>South</em> <em>Sudan</em> political prisoner amnesty essential before peace talks

Robert Cusack

South Sudan political prisoner amnesty essential before peace talks

The Japanese ambassador lobbied for the release of rebel prisoners to help move peace talks along on Wednesday.

<em>Sudan</em> activists urge school closures to prevent cholera epidemic

Robert Cusack

Sudan activists urge school closures to prevent cholera epidemic

The government has chosen to ignore the outbreak of disease to continue business as usual, even though the US embassy confirmed an outbreak in ...

Syrian, Sudanese refugees already suffering from Trump's travel ban

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Syrian, Sudanese refugees already suffering from Trump's travel ban

The reinstatement of the so-called Muslim ban is shattering the hopes of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and Sudan who were so ...

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