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Iraqi and coalition forces have stepped up air raids on Tal Afar, ahead of a ground offensive to drive out Islamic State group militants.

Iraq's Yazidis and Assyrians remain unconvinced by Kurdistan referendum

Gareth Browne

Iraq's Yazidis and Assyrians remain unconvinced by Kurdistan referendum

Comment: Whether the futures of Yazidis and Assyrians lie in Iraq or an independent Kurdistan, neither option is likely to guarantee their rights, writes Gareth Browne.

Iraq trade minister faces corruption probe

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Iraq trade minister faces corruption probe

Salman al-Jumaili was grilled by parliament over graft allegations linked to his ministry.

Weapons sales to human rights abusers must be opposed

Hadani Ditmars

Weapons sales to human rights abusers must be opposed

Blog: How did the definition of 'Canadian' go from Pierre Berton's "someone who can make love in a canoe" to "someone who sells weapons to human ...

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Don't interfere: Tunisia slams al-Azhar comments on gender equality

Tunisia's ruling party slammed al-Azhar's interference into its internal affairs on Wednesday, after weighing in on a debate on calls for gender equality.

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Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near Baiji city

A suicide attacker blew up his explosives vest at an Iraqi army and police compound near the northern city of Baiji, where Islamic State ...

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Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

More than two months into the Saudi-led blockade, Qatar remains largely unfazed and is expected to withstand years of sanctions, analysts say.

Sam Hamad

Saudi Arabia's ultimate betrayal of the Syrian revolution

Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical ...

Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

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Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday under the pretext that they were constructed without a ...

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Germany releases Egypt opposition journalist after brief detention

An Egyptian opposition journalist has been released by German authorities after they briefly detained him based on an Interpol arrest warrant ...

South Sudan refugees face long exile: UN's Grandi

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South Sudan refugees face long exile: UN's Grandi

The UN's refugee chief has said a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing the civil war.

Lebanon war adoptees in the Diaspora trace their roots

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Lebanon war adoptees in the Diaspora trace their roots

International adoption began before Lebanon's conflict but ballooned during the civil war, with middle men and local officials aiding the ...

Turkey sends fresh 'blockade busting' ship to Qatar

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Turkey sends fresh 'blockade busting' ship to Qatar

Turkey is set to send another cargo ship filled with food supplies to Qatar to help break an economic blockade imposed on the Gulf state by its ...

US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

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US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

The US has issued its annual religious freedom report, slamming its allies in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, for what it said was the ...

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Syrian rebels down regime plane and capture pilot

A Syrian regime warplane was downed by Syrian rebels on Tuesday, a monitoring group confirmed, adding that the pilot was captured alive.

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Saudi government behind 'kidnapping, disappearance' of dissident princes

A recent BBC Arabic documentary presents new evidence on the alleged abduction and disappearance of princes from the House of Saud who ...

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'Lot of time' needed to rebuild GCC trust: Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister said it will take a 'lot of time' to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries as the regional diplomatic ...

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Blair office 'received UAE money' while Middle East envoying

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under fire for allegedly mixing work with a Middle East peace envoy mission.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to re-open a border crossing between the two countries for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

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Kurdistan referendum team 'hopeful' after meeting with Iraqi PM

Delegates from Kurdistan said they are 'hopeful' after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the autonomous ...

Israel arrests Islamic Movement head over alleged terror involvement

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Israel arrests Islamic Movement head over alleged terror involvement

Family of banned northern Palestinian-Israeli movement Islamic Movement branch say his latest arrest is part of a sustained campaign of personal ...

Israeli 'disengagement' from Gaza: A turning point

Rami Almeghari

Israeli 'disengagement' from Gaza: A turning point

Comment: The withdrawal from settlements did not mean an end to Gaza's occupation, writes Rami Almeghari.

Iraq bombs IS-held Tal Afar ahead of ground-assault

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Iraq bombs IS-held Tal Afar ahead of ground-assault

Iraq has announced the start of an bombing campaign of IS-held Tal Afar, the next target in the war against the Sunni militant group after the ...

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