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Iraqi and coalition forces have stepped up air raids on Tal Afar, ahead of a ground offensive to drive out Islamic State group militants.

Salman al-Jumaili was grilled by parliament over graft allegations linked to his ministry.

US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

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US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

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.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to re-open a border crossing between the two countries for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

Iraq bombs IS-held Tal Afar ahead of ground-assault

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Iraq bombs IS-held Tal Afar ahead of ground-assault

Iraq has announced the start of an bombing campaign of IS-held Tal Afar, the next target in the war against the Sunni militant group ...

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Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

Iraqi Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, where the two discussed regional issues.

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Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the ...

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Riyadh moves to silence cleric for insulting deceased actor

Saudi authorities have moved to silence a cleric who issued a fatwa banning Muslims from commemorating the death of Kuwait's most prominent ...

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Fears as Saudi forces seal off eastern Shia town

Saudi Arabia's security forces have sealed off the Shia majority town of Awamiya in the east of the country following months of unrest and ...

Nobel laureates urge Saudi not to execute Shia activists

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Nobel laureates urge Saudi not to execute Shia activists

Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi Arabian authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shia ...

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Saudi woman arrested and lashed for hitting husband

Her husband had refused to allow her to attend her son’s engagement and removed her from a taxi by force. So she (allegedly) hit him with a vase.

Stoking war with Iran courts disaster

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Stoking war with Iran courts disaster

Comment: Trump administration advocates for regime change in Iran seem oblivious to the post-Saddam storm that continues to rage in the Gulf, ...

Kissinger: Eradication of IS could create ‘radical Iranian empire’

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Kissinger: Eradication of IS could create ‘radical Iranian empire’

The former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, warned that destroying the Islamic State militant group could lead to the emergence of an ...

The Iraq Report: Iran implicated in bombing Shia shrines

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The Iraq Report: Iran implicated in bombing Shia shrines

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

IS 'planned Mosul invasion from Abu Ghraib prison'

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IS 'planned Mosul invasion from Abu Ghraib prison'

Senior fighters of the Islamic State group planned to invade Mosul and other border cities with Syria from inside Abu Ghraib prison, according ...

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Canada 'urgently' investigating use of vehicles in Saudi crackdown

Canada is working "with a real sense of urgency" to investigate whether Canadian-made military vehicles were used by Saudi forces in an escalating siege of a Shia town.

Brenda Stoter

How an Arab tribal leader saved a Yazidi family

In-depth: An ancient circumcision ritual bonded Nadine's family with that of a wealthy Arab, who sheltered them from the genocidal Islamic State ...

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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 ...

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Iraqi lawmaker accuses Iran of involvement in shrine bombing

A leader in the Iraqi party led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr accused Iran of having a hand in the bombing of one of the most sacred sites in Shia ...

Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

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Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

Al Jazeera says it 'deplores' an Israeli decision to ban the pan-Arab broadcaster from the country.

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Saudi Arabia defends death penalty verdict for Shia activists

Saudi Arabia's justice ministry has made a rare statement defending the death sentence passed on a group of Shia protesters.

Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

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Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following ...

Iraq PM rejects calls to disband controversial Iran-backed militias

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Iraq PM rejects calls to disband controversial Iran-backed militias

Iraq's prime minister has said that controversial Shia militias will continue to battle IS in spite of calls from a prominent cleric for them to ...

Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border

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Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border

Hizballah will join the fight against the Islamic State group on the Lebanon-Syria border, days after declaring victory against an ...

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