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Iran said on Saturday it launched a recently unveiled medium-range missile, despite continued threats from US President Donald Trump that Washington might tear up a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Kuwait will hold a conference on reconstructing war-torn Iraq early next year, the US presidential envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State said on Friday.

Deir az-Zour slowly comes to life after IS siege

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Deir az-Zour slowly comes to life after IS siege

Traffic is still rare in Syria's Deir az-Zour due to a fuel shortage, but life has slowly returned to its markets since regime forces broke a siege of the city.

Erdogan says Turkish troops to deploy inside Syria's Idlib

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Erdogan says Turkish troops to deploy inside Syria's Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said that Turkish troops will deploy inside Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a ...

Arab refugees receive a cold welcome in Romania

Ana Maria Luca

Arab refugees receive a cold welcome in Romania

In-depth: Romania is far from experiencing a “migration crisis” on the Black Sea, experts say, while aid workers and refugees say the country ...

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Syrian-Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push

Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of Syria voted on Friday in the region's first elections, part of a push to cement a regional government, which Damascus has dismissed as a "joke"

Amar Diwakar

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes ...

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Trump's travel ban to expire on Sunday

Trump's controversial travel ban which blocked travellers from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US expires on Sunday, with little ...

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'Israeli strikes' hit weapons depot near Damascus airport

Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, an attack probably carried out by Israeli jets from outside Syria’s borders, the ...

Syrian activist and journalist daughter found dead in Istanbul

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Syrian activist and journalist daughter found dead in Istanbul

A Syrian opposition activist Aroubeh Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla were found dead at their home in Istanbul, activists and a ...

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Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

President Hassan Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities on Friday, despite criticism from the United States and ...

Beirut participates in global day of concerts for refugees

Sarah Khalil

Beirut participates in global day of concerts for refugees

Mashrou' Leila, Chyno, Tanjaret Daghet, Jay Wud and Sand Moon play an intimate charity gig in a private home on Wednesday night, in support of ...

US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqqa US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqqa

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US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqqa

An Arab-Kurdish alliance fought to clear the last remaining Islamic State group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa on ...

The Kurds deserve their vote on independence

Paul Iddon

The Kurds deserve their vote on independence

Comment: Given the numerous past atrocities against them and their fight against IS, it is high time the Kurds received recognition on the world ...

Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest <em>Syria</em> in 48-hours: monitor Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

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Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

Two days of heavy airstrikes by Syria's regime and its ally Russia in northwestern Syria killed at least 22 civilians, a monitor said ...

Stephen Brent

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Blog: While Kurdish militias are glorified in the media, press freedoms are suffering in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, writes Stephen Brent.

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq threaten 'counter-measures' against Kurd referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday warned of "counter-measures" if Iraq's Kurdistan region goes ahead with a planned referendum on independence.

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Iraqi forces begin offensive to retake IS bastion Hawija

Iraq has begun an offensive to retake Hawija, one of two remaining bastions of the Islamic State group in the country, Prime Minister Haider ...

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Erdogan, Putin to discuss Syria plan next week

Russia and Turkey's presidents are set to meet in Ankara next week to discuss a plan to reduce violence in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

Gareth Browne

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

In-depth: With the military gathering outside Hawija, people who have suffered now have the confidence to fight back, locals tell Gareth Browne.

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Syria: US special forces 'seize gas field from IS'

The US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria has reportedly seized a major gas field in the country's eastern Deir az-Zour province.

Lebanon angered by Trump's UN comments on resettling refugees

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Lebanon angered by Trump's UN comments on resettling refugees

US President Trump's suggestion that refugees should be resettled closer to home instead of the United States has angered many in Lebanon, a ...

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the ...

Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major government ...

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