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It's not been going well for Arab nations on the football field, but Egypt are hopeful as they prepare to take on Russia in the World Cup, writes Uri Levy.

Feature: Three years after deadly terrorist attacks, tourism is making a positive return in Tunisia, signalling the start of a real recovery, writes Alessandra Bajec.

World Cup LIVEBLOG: <em>Tunisia</em> v England

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Tunisia v England

Don't miss a move with our liveblog of England and Tunisia's opening Russia 2018 match.

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Iran v Morocco

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Iran v Morocco

Minute-by-minute updates from Iran and Morocco's opening game in their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaigns.

World Cup kick-off! Egypt-Uruguay LIVEBLOG

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World Cup kick-off! Egypt-Uruguay LIVEBLOG

Minute-by-minute updates from Egypt's opening game in its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, against South America titans Uruguay.

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Tunisia 'probes UAE-backed coup plot by sacked minister'

Tunisian officials reportedly have begun an investigation into a report that the sacked interior minister plotted a government overthrow in coordination with the UAE.

Uri Levy

The great guide to Middle East World Cup teams

Five Middle East and North African national teams will play in Russia 2018, the most Middle Eastern World Cup ever.

Khaled Diab

Ethnicity vs religion: What does being a Muslim mean?

Comment: In western Europe and the US, 'Muslim' is often used as a marker of ethnic origin, rather than of religion, writes Khaled Diab.

Alessandra Bajec

Secularism and Muslim identity in Tunisia during Ramadan

Before 2011, many cafes and restaurants stayed open throughout Ramadan, but post-revolution, religion seems to have become a more public affair, ...

Top Tunisian minister fired over deadly migrant shipwreck

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Top Tunisian minister fired over deadly migrant shipwreck

Tunisia's PM fired his interior minister after "security failures" saw over 100 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of the ...

Adama Manu

Dear France, not all migrants can be 'Spiderman'

Aid workers helping people like Gassama also view Macron's gesture as a PR stunt that does not address tens of thousands more like him, writes ...

<em>Tunisia</em> pop-star says Saudi 'ban' prevented her from pilgrimage

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Tunisia pop-star says Saudi 'ban' prevented her from pilgrimage

A Tunisian pop star has said Saudi authorities have banned her from entering the kingdom, preventing her from performing pilgrimage to Islam's ...

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

More than 50 people die in Mediterranean crossings

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More than 50 people die in Mediterranean crossings

Scores of refugees have died in shipwrecks while trying to reach Europe.

Bodies of 11 migrants recovered off Tunisian coast

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Bodies of 11 migrants recovered off Tunisian coast

Eleven migrants were recovered and 67 others rescued after their boat began sinking off Tunisia's southern coast on Sunday, according to the ...

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Tunisia policeman sets himself ablaze after authorities prevent marriage

A Tunisian policeman has attempted to commit suicide by setting himself on fire after security officials prevented him from marrying his fiancee.

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Tunisia begins first post-revolution human rights trial

Tunisia has started the trial of former dictator Ben Ali and 13 other officials accused of human rights abuses.

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Croatia blocks extradition of suspect in Hamas murder

Croatia has blocked the extradition of a man suspected of involvement in the death of a Palestinian in Tunisia.

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Libya breakthrough to be sought at Paris conference

A major international conference dedicated to obtaining a political roadmap for Libya will bring its rival factions together in Paris on Tuesday.

<em>Tunisia</em> gives fact-finding mission go ahead

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Tunisia gives fact-finding mission go ahead

Tunisia's government has allowed the truth tribunal to go ahead and examine crimes committed under the country's dictatorship.

Uri Levy

Eight times Arab football teams wowed the World Cup

The World Cup moments no Middle Eastern football fan will ever forget.

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Khaled Diab

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Comment: Lewis' 'clash of the civilisations' theory made him the orientalist of choice for America's neo-conservative establishment, writes ...

Tunisia's tourism industry recovers from jihadi violence

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Tunisia's tourism industry recovers from jihadi violence

A series of terror attacks in Tunisia rocked the country's tourism sector from 2015, but there are rays of light on the horizon.

Former PM warns election would risk Libya's partition

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Former PM warns election would risk Libya's partition

Mahmoud Jibril has said an election would sow further division in Libya unless all parties agreed to respect its results.

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