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Interview: Quentin Muller speaks to Moqtada al-Sadr's chief of staff, Dhia al-Asadi, about the Iraqi cleric's vision for Iraq.

Bahrain opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman has been acquitted on charges that he spied for Qatar, in a case that attracted widespread criticism.

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Omar Baddar

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Comment: Preaching sectarianism is just one of many ways Israel is changing the way it does PR in the Trump era, writes Omar Baddar.

The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

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The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

Our weekly spotlight on events in Iraq takes in the aftermath of the election

Israel UN officials to visit Bahrain later this month

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Israel UN officials to visit Bahrain later this month

An Israeli delegation will visit Bahrain later this month for a UN cultural agency UNESCO meet in the capital Manama, an official has said.

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

The hijacking of AFP: Lessons for beginner journalists

Comment: AFP has made some crucial - and elementary - mistakes in its profile of academic Azmi Bishara, writes Abdelwahab El-Affendi.

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The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

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US man jailed for trying to join IS

Arafat Nagi claimed he joined the terrorist group as a way to help the humanitarian effort in Syria.

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Bahrain bans members of dissolved opposition parties from elections

The amended law prohibits "leaders and members of political associations dissolved for violating the kingdom's constitution or its laws" from ...

Twenty-seven arrested in Iran over Ramadan 'terrorist' plot

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Twenty-seven arrested in Iran over Ramadan 'terrorist' plot

The country is a target of Sunni jihadists for its regional role and backing of Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.

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Iran's Guards kill insurgents 'infiltrating' from Iraq border

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said there had been several deadly clashes with "terrorists" along the border with Iraq in recent days

Iraq's Sadr forms alliance ahead of electoral probe

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Iraq's Sadr forms alliance ahead of electoral probe

Iraq's decision to call for a manual recount has not stopped coalition agreements continuing, as populist Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr make headway.

Lebanon freezes permits for UN Syria refugee staff

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Lebanon freezes permits for UN Syria refugee staff

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has frozen residency permits for UN staff working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Macron warns of risk of 'conflict' over Iran deal

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Macron warns of risk of 'conflict' over Iran deal

French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of "conflict" in the standoff with Iran after Tehran announced plans to boost its uranium ...

Bahrain upholds 5-year jail term of activist Rajab

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Bahrain upholds 5-year jail term of activist Rajab

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab has been imprisoned for tweets he sent deemed critical of the state and "publicly offending a foreign country".

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Netanyahu: Iranian meddling will spark 'new refugee crisis'

The German and Israeli leaders expressed deep differences over Iran, with Netanyahu casting dramatic predictions of religious wars and refugee crises sparked by Iranian interference in regional conflicts

International Crisis Group

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Comment: Saudi Arabia must tread slowly and carefully if it wishes to reestablish ties with Iraq, writes the International Crisis Group.

Camille Lons

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Comment: After Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Oman's relationship with Iran and its regional neighbours is coming under mounting ...

Emile Nakhleh

Trump is throwing the Middle East under the bus

Comment: Killing the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem will only bring more instability and misery to the people of the region, ...

Historic Ahmadi mosque demolished by mob in Pakistan

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Historic Ahmadi mosque demolished by mob in Pakistan

A mosque from the Muslim Ahmadi sect in Pakistan has been torn down, overnight, leading to further woes for the minority.

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The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week focuses on negotiations to form a government after no one party won an overall majority.

Iran politician urges building of <em>Sunni</em> mosques in Tehran

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Iran politician urges building of Sunni mosques in Tehran

An Iranian politician has called on authorities to build mosques in the capital for the Shia-majority country's Sunni population.

Bahrain strips nine of citizenship amid crackdown on dissent

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Bahrain strips nine of citizenship amid crackdown on dissent

Bahrain has continued to revoke citizenships of those it accuses of "terrorism".

Muslim leaders call for international force to protect Palestinians

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Muslim leaders call for international force to protect Palestinians

The OIC also said Washington was complicit in the "crimes" of Israel and "emboldened" its government by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to ...

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