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An air raid that Russian claimed killed the leader of the Islamic State group has reportedly killed an elderly hay dealer and his extended family instead.

France no longer sees the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time.

This Refugee Week, we need to celebrate the refugees

Adama Munu

This Refugee Week, we need to celebrate the refugees

Nearly two thousand died this year alone while trying to cross the Mediterranean. It is time to recognise what drives refugees to the sea, and celebrate them, writes Munu

Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque

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Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque

Video footage has emerged showing the moment the Iraqi city of Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque was blown up on Wednesday in a shocking act ...

UN appoints Russian diplomat as new counter-terror chief

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UN appoints Russian diplomat as new counter-terror chief

The UN has appointed a Russian diplomat as the new counter-terror chief on Wednesday, despite ejecting Moscow from the Human Rights Council for ...

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Iconic Mosul mosque where IS leader declared caliphate 'destroyed'

Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself "caliph", was destroyed on Wednesday.

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing ...

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The Iraq Report: Iraq becomes vehicle for Iranian power

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

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UN says aid workers readying for Mosul exodus

Aid workers in Iraq are preparing for a massive exodus of civilians from Mosul’s Old City as Iraqi forces battle to retake the last district ...

Child from Raqqa among 15 new <em>Syria</em> polio cases

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Child from Raqqa among 15 new Syria polio cases

Fears mount over possible outbreak of polio in Islamic State group-held city of Raqqa, where aid workers administering vaccines are unable to ...

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Syrian young woman becomes first ever refugee Goodwill Ambassador

UNICEF has appointed a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee as Goodwill Ambassador in a historic first.

HRW demands Lebanon investigate 'unlawful' beating of protesters

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HRW demands Lebanon investigate 'unlawful' beating of protesters

Human Rights Watch has called on Lebanese authorities to hold soldiers responsible for the "unlawful" public beatings of protesters last week in ...

Is Sisi pushing Egypt off a cliff?

Alaa Bayoumi

Is Sisi pushing Egypt off a cliff?

Comment: Egyptians' anger is growing and if another wave of protest engulfs the country it will be more radical and destructive, and will ...

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in <em>Syria</em>?

Paul Iddon

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

Saudi bullying of Qatar: A crumbling Game of Thrones

Emile Nakhleh

Saudi bullying of Qatar: A crumbling Game of Thrones

Comment: Despite White House support for the Saudi-UAE alliance, it is Qatar thathas emerged with the trump card, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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Two foreign journalists killed in Mosul landmine explosion

A landmine explosion Iraq's second largest city killed two foreign journalists covering the battle for Mosul, reports confirmed on Tuesday.

Jo Schietti

Lebanon's political crisis drags on with third term extension

Whether the move will maintain the country’s political balance is yet to be seen, writes Jo Schietti.

Nourhan Nassar

World Refugee Day: Trump's aid withdrawal hurts mothers

Women in refugee camps around the world have been put at risk by the Trump administration's withdrawal of funding for the UN's maternal health ...

AJ Naddaff

Diala Brisly, the guardian artist of Syria's children

Society: An activist and artist, Diala Brisly escaped Damascus for a new life helping refugees, reports AJ Naddaff.

Record 65.6 million displaced in 2016: UN

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Record 65.6 million displaced in 2016: UN

The UNHCR chief called for 'solidarity' and common purpose' in tackling 'unacceptable number' of people being displaced by war and persecution, ...

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Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of ...

Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS

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Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS

A 29-year-old Canadian was found guilty of attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria, reports said on Tuesday, in the first ...

Fresh <em>Syria</em> talks set for July in Astana

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Fresh Syria talks set for July in Astana

The next round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana has been scheduled for July 4-5, both Russia and Kazakhstan said on ...

Car explodes in ‘attempted attack’ on Paris’ Champs-Elysees

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Car explodes in ‘attempted attack’ on Paris’ Champs-Elysees

A car exploded and burst into flames after it crashed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Monday, police and ...

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