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The Saudi Press Agency said four officers were shot dead after their check post was ambushed by gunmen on Thursday.

Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional cooperation, writes James Dorsey.

Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

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Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

Stakes are high in the long-awaited 6 May poll, the first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, which will determine the country's political and economic trajectory for years to come.

Six dead in clashes at Iran-Pakistan border

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Six dead in clashes at Iran-Pakistan border

Clashes erupted in the Sistan-Baluchestan border area that has long been plagued by instability and drug smuggling.

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Turkey rules to keep US pastor behind bars

A Turkish court has extended the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson, dashing hopes of thawing Turkey-US relations, as his first hearing in 18 months opened on Monday.

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115 Shia protesters arrested in Nigerian capital: police

Supporters of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) clashed with police in Abuja during a march demanding his ...

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Amnesty: 'IS-linked' women, children suffer abuse in Iraq

A new report by Amnesty International documents the testimonies of displaced Iraqi women who say they have suffered sexual violence and ...

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Iraq executes 11 convicted of 'terrorism': ministry

Iraq has executed 13 people including 11 convicted on charges relating to "terrorism", the justice ministry said on Monday, as the country ...

Syria and Iran to dominate Arab League summit agenda

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Syria and Iran to dominate Arab League summit agenda

Saudi Arabia will attempt to push for a tougher stance against Iran at an Arab league meeting just 24 hours after US-led strikes on Syria.

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Iraq election campaigning begins amid controversy

Some candidates were embroiled in controversy after aides pulled down pictures of fighters killed in combat with the Islamic State and replaced ...

Iraq politicians start campaigning ahead of parliamentary election

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Iraq politicians start campaigning ahead of parliamentary election

Iraqi politicians have begun campaigning in earnest for a seat in parliament well in advance of the official campaign period in the first polls ...

Bombing at funeral for Iraqi anti-IS fighters kills dozens

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Bombing at funeral for Iraqi anti-IS fighters kills dozens

At least 25 people were killed and 18 injured in Thursday's bomb attack on funerals for Iraqi fighters killed by extremists, according to a new ...

The Islamic State group is not finished – yet

Stasa Salacanin

The Islamic State group is not finished – yet

Analysis: The 'caliphate' may be destroyed, but that doesn't mean IS has vanished. Many predict the organisation will regroup and strike again. ...

From the mystical to the political: What is Sufism?

Eric Geoffroy

From the mystical to the political: What is Sufism?

Comment: The call to pluralism within Sufism is celebrated, and different interpretations encouraged, writes Eric Geoffroy.

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Al-Azhar professor calls on all Egyptians to celebrate Easter

Sham el-Nessim is a national holiday in Egypt, marking the turn of Spring, that all Egyptians celebrate despite the Christian-related date.

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IS leader Baghdadi's right-hand man 'killed in Iraq'

Iraqi military officials say notorious IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's second-in-command was killed in a US-backed military operation on Monday.

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Four killed in suicide attack on Iraq party headquarters

Four people have been killed in a suicide attack in the Sunni majority al-Anbar province, as Iraq gears up for parliamentary elections.

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Houthis kill dozens of coalition Sudanese troops in Yemen

The losses were reported to be the heaviest suffered by Sudanese troops in Yemen since they were deployed in the war-torn country in 2015.

Assad's uncle faces corruption trial over illegally amassed fortune

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Assad's uncle faces corruption trial over illegally amassed fortune

Rifaat al-Assad headed an elite force that put down a Sunni insurrection in Hama in 1982, a crackdown that claimed between 10,000 and ...

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Britain opens military base in Bahrain

The new British hub makes it easier for the Royal Navy to conduct longer-term deployments in the Gulf and will offer engineering and logistical ...

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

James M. Dorsey

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

Bahrain bars Danish MP from meeting jailed activist

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Bahrain bars Danish MP from meeting jailed activist

Danish MP Lars Aslan Rasmussen was denied entry into Bahrain, authorities said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

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Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

The new field would in theory dwarf the Bahrain Field, the country's only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels.

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