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Hizballah officially entered the Syrian war in 2013 on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Iran and Russia.

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike.

Saudi King hosts Pakistan PM on maiden foreign visit

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Saudi King hosts Pakistan PM on maiden foreign visit

Saudi King Salman has hosted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on his maiden foreign visit since coming to power, as Islamabad seeks to stave off a financial crisis.

Barack Obama, 'lackey' of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Alain Gresh

Barack Obama, 'lackey' of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Book review: NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick's book is a revealing look at an ill-informed and bitterly divided Obama administration in the ...

One killed in bomb attack in Iraq's Kirkuk

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One killed in bomb attack in Iraq's Kirkuk

A bomb attack in Iraq's contested Kirkuk city has killed at least one person and wounded seven others on Wednesday evening.

Uri Levy

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

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Time limits on Russia-Turkey deal confirm Idlib offensive fears

An offensive on Idlib province appears to be a question of when not if, according to details of the draft released today.

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High-ranking IS militant sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi has been sentenced to death by the Iraqi courts on terrorism charges.

Florence Dixon

Cricklewood mosque attack: Muslim stewards 'stopped another London Bridge'

Witnesses of a Islamophobic car-ramming attack in northwest London on Tuesday night spoke of the bravery of Muslim stewards whose actions might ...

Renewed battle for Yemen's Hodeida sparks humanitarian crisis fears

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Renewed battle for Yemen's Hodeida sparks humanitarian crisis fears

Saudi-backed government forces launched a series of attacks on rebel-held Hodeida, birthing fresh fears for civilian casualties in the western ...

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Qatar sovereign wealth fund replaces chief executive

After four-years in the job, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed al-Thani has stepped down from his position as CEO of the Qatar Investment ...

WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for 'another payday'

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WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for 'another payday'

Saudi Arabia will be the venue for another, little-known wrestling tournament from the WWE franchise.

Two injured after car hits crowd outside London mosque

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Two injured after car hits crowd outside London mosque

The Almajlis al-Hussaini Centre expressed 'deep shock' at the attack which has left at least two people injured.

Syria's chaos takes to the skies, following Russian downing

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's chaos takes to the skies, following Russian downing

The 'accidental downing' of a Russian military plane by the Syrian regime highlights the potential for conflict between the country's warring ...

Image of Egypt's Mubarak appears after death rumours

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Image of Egypt's Mubarak appears after death rumours

A social media account supportive of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has shared an image of the ageing ex-leader days after unconfirmed ...

The New Arab & agencies

Amnesty International calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics

In the five years since the Egyptian military overthrew a democratically-elected government, Sisi's regime has launched the largest crackdown on critics in its modern history

Florence Dixon

Explainer: The Tariq Ramadan affair

Liberté, égalité, fraternité? The case of Tariq Ramadan, accused of sexual assault by five women, has unearthed deeper questions about being a ...

Imogen Lambert

Could the Russia-Turkey deal avert disaster in Idlib?

Analysis: The deal has bought more time for international diplomacy, but Syrians remain wary - and who could blame them?

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Hizballah-friendly neighbourhood names Beirut street after suspected Hariri assassin

A Beirut street has been named after a Hizballah military commander, and one of the main suspects in Rafik Hariri’s assassination.

Israel holds Assad 'fully responsible' for downing Russian plane

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Israel holds Assad 'fully responsible' for downing Russian plane

Israel's military expressed 'sorrow' for the deaths of the Russian crew members of a downed plane, but blamed the Syrian regime for the incident.

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Iranian-backed paramilitary leader Hadi al-Ameri withdraws candidacy for PM

Hadi al-Ameri, head of a leading Iraqi Shia miltia, has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of prime mininster, easing the political ...

Former Qatar premier says Saudi crown prince 'dangerously misguided'

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Former Qatar premier says Saudi crown prince 'dangerously misguided'

Qatar's former prime minister has said the powerful Saudi crown prince has been badly advised by his close ally the UAE, leading to dangerous ...

Palestinian dies during West Bank arrest by Israeli army

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Palestinian dies during West Bank arrest by Israeli army

Israeli forces routinely enter the occupied West Bank to detain Palestinians, normally under the pretext of 'security'.

Qatar ex-PM says Saudi backing Israel to please Trump

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Qatar ex-PM says Saudi backing Israel to please Trump

Qatar's former prime minister has said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have backed Israel in the Middle East peace process to gain ...

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