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Saudi human rights defenders, Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair, were announced Laureates of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize".

Egypt's top court has rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons to overturn a conviction on corruption charges

Abbas only Palestinian capable of striking deal: Israeli official

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Abbas only Palestinian capable of striking deal: Israeli official

Former Israeli MP Ehud Olmert said Mahmoud Abbas is the only Palestinian leader who is capable of striking a deal with Israel.

Algeria, sick with cholera

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Algeria, sick with cholera

Comment: Authorities claim Algeria's cholera epidemic is under control, but widespread criticism of their handling of it is indicative of the ...

Mubarak sons released on bail in market manipulation case

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Mubarak sons released on bail in market manipulation case

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak paid bail charges as they await their trial over market manipulation in November.

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Former Pakistan PM released from prison following court orders

Nawaz Sharif, along with his daughter and son-in law, were driven away in an SUV as it was showered with rose petals in celebration.

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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 ...

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Malaysia to formally charge Najib Razak with corruption

Malaysia's former prime minister will be formally charged with allegedly looting millions in state funds.

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Tehran blasts Twitter for shuttering accounts of 'real Iranians'

Iran's foreign minister also criticised Twitter for not clamping down on alleged US-backed bots calling for regime change.

Sudan names new central bank chief as inflation soars

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Sudan names new central bank chief as inflation soars

A presidential order appointed Mohamed Khair al-Zubair, an ex-minister of state for finance who already served as central bank governor between ...

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Saudi Arabia to auction detained billionaire's properties

Tycoon Maan al-Sanea's company owes up to $16bn to creditors after it defaulted in 2009.

Two sons of Egypt's Mubarak arrested for 'stock manipulation'

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Two sons of Egypt's Mubarak arrested for 'stock manipulation'

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak were arrested on Saturday for failing to notify the stock market of agreements to acquire majorities in several banks ...

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

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Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

The former governor of Anbar province Mohammed al-Halbusi will be the youngest speaker of parliament in Iraq's history.

Tunisia ruling party suspends prime minister's membership

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Tunisia ruling party suspends prime minister's membership

The move is the latest escalation in a row between Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and the president's son.

The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

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The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its ...

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Abadi says water projects in the works for Basra

Iraq's troubled Basra, could see new development projects to deal with the southern city's water problems.

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What's behind crumbling Saudi support in Yemen's south?

Comment: Even those in the south who once supported a Saudi-led intervention are turning against the coalition, writes a Yemeni journalist.

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Unease in Tehran's Bazaar hints at protest return

Tehran's old marketplace is seen as the bellweather for popular unrest, and as sanctions start to hit, resentment is brewing.

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Cash-strapped Iranians deplore regime spending on foreign wars

Unrest is brewing among Iranians as the toll of the regime's costly fixation with foreign conflicts has not gone unnoticed by the millions now ...

Model embroiled in $800k 'gifts from Saudi king' mystery

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Model embroiled in $800k 'gifts from Saudi king' mystery

'The most beautiful women in the world would be slaves under your feet' read the message accompanying the extravagant gifts to Kuwaiti TV ...

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Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

The election is not expected to change the political map in Kurdistan, experts say, but could shed light on the divisions that emerged after ...

Tunisia ex-leader Marzouki blasts 'stupidly oppressive' Egypt regime

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Tunisia ex-leader Marzouki blasts 'stupidly oppressive' Egypt regime

The former president of Tunisia has made a scathing attack against Egypt's leader, after a lawyer moved to ban Moncef Marzouki from visiting the ...

Iraq PM Abadi visits Basra after week of violence

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Iraq PM Abadi visits Basra after week of violence

Protests first broke out in July in oil-rich Basra province before spreading to other parts of the country, as demonstrators demanded jobs and ...

Calm returns to Basra, but demands for reform persist

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Calm returns to Basra, but demands for reform persist

Calm has returned to Basra following protests against the Iraqi government, but residents continue to demand reform.

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