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Live blog: With seven defeats for the Arab teams in the World Cup so far, there is pressure on Tunisia to restore 'Arab pride' by beating Belgium. Will they deliver?

Frustration deepened last week after Egypt’s national soccer team, competing in the World Cup for the first time since 1990, failed to advance after only two matches.

Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

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Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

Syrian regime forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region.

South Sudan rivals to hold fresh talks on Monday

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South Sudan rivals to hold fresh talks on Monday

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and arch-rival Riek Machar will meet in Khartoum for their second round of talks in almost two years.

US leaves UNHRC, and does Israel's bidding, again

Imad K. Harb

US leaves UNHRC, and does Israel's bidding, again

Comment: Withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council is a clear example of the Trump administration's policy of blind support for Israel, ...

Rosa Burc

Turkey's HDP radically reclaims women's place in society

Comment: Women's struggles play a central role in constructing Turkey's national project, writes Rosa Burc.

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Who are you? UEFA trolls Saudi soccer kingpin

Euro football chiefs undermine Turki al-Shiekh's quest for status and influence in the global game.

Rami Almeghari

Expanded Gaza fishing zone 'merely a lie', say fishermen

In-depth: Despite Israel reportedly easing a marine blockade, Gaza fishermen say in reality the hardships and harassment continue, reports Rami ...

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Iraqis fill the Mosul airwaves after IS radio silence

Society: Young Iraqis are filling the city's airwaves, after the Islamic State group's radio ban in Mosul.

Army reinforcements roll into Yemen's embattled Hodeidah

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Army reinforcements roll into Yemen's embattled Hodeidah

Reinforcements roll into Yemen's Hodeidah as the army and its regional allies set their sights on the city's port, held by the Houthis.

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Syrian regime soldier killed in US airstrike targeting IS

A US-led coalition airstrike targeting the Islamic State reportedly killed at least one Syrian regime soldier on Thursday.

A celebration of East-West dialogue through poetry and music

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A celebration of East-West dialogue through poetry and music

Gingko has unveiled an ambitious poetry project, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Goethe's West-Eastern Divan, which was in turn inspired by ...

Iraq militia vows 'appropriate response' for deadly Syria airstrike

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Iraq militia vows 'appropriate response' for deadly Syria airstrike

The Hizballah Brigades initially blamed the US-led coalition fighting IS for the air raid, but a Washington official suggested Israel carried ...

Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

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Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt continued their Middle East tour in Cairo with President Sisi.

Can the Sadrist movement transcend sectarianism in Iraq?

Quentin Müller

Can the Sadrist movement transcend sectarianism in Iraq?

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

Mohamed ElMeshad

In Egypt, the slow death of journalism continues

Comment: Egypt's new laws class social media accounts as media outlets, and mark another setback for journalists in an increasingly oppressive climate, writes Mohamed el-Meshad.

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UAE-backed forces enter Yemen's Hodeida

Pro-government reinforcements have entered Yemen's Hodeida ahead of a major offensive planned to retake the port city from the Houthi rebels.

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Kushner, Trump envoy visit Saudi Arabia's crown prince

Trump adviser Jared Kushner and US envoy Jason Greenblatt met with the Saudi crown prince to discuss the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace ...

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Haftar forces announce capture of two oil exports

Haftar announced a new offensive to "crush the enemy" moments before forces declared two key oil export terminals recaptured.

Thousands of Syrians flee as regime shells ceasefire area

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Thousands of Syrians flee as regime shells ceasefire area

Syrian civilians are fleeing in their thousands, as the regime shells the country's south, in anticipation of a fresh assault on opposition ...

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Oil prices drop after Iran OPEC production deal

Oil prices have continued to drop after Iran and leading producers Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on a plan to increase production.

Iraq's supreme court rules in favour of electoral recount

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Iraq's supreme court rules in favour of electoral recount

Iraq's election, which saw a surprise victory for nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has been marred by allegations of fraud.

Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in 'Qatar spy case'

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Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in 'Qatar spy case'

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

Houthis vow to fight on after losing Hodeida airport

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Houthis vow to fight on after losing Hodeida airport

Yemen's Houthi rebels vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hodeida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards ...

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