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Hadi al-Ameri, head of a leading Iraqi Shia miltia, has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of prime mininster, easing the political crisis in Iraq.

Echoing some of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, authorities in Egypt are taking aim at an alleged barrage of "fake news".

Ethiopia, Eritrea to sign peace accord in Saudi Arabia

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Ethiopia, Eritrea to sign peace accord in Saudi Arabia

A landmark meeting in July between leaders of the two countries ended decades of diplomatic and armed battles between the two sides.

Iran praises Iraq's 'pro-Tehran' parliament selection

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Iran praises Iraq's 'pro-Tehran' parliament selection

The selection of a parliamentary speaker and first deputy could end gridlock over the formation of a new government in Iraq.

Syrian regime holds local elections, first since uprising began

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Syrian regime holds local elections, first since uprising began

Voting centres have opened in regime-controlled areas for the first local elections since 2011, when Syrians' demands for democratic reforms ...

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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.

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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 influence while ...

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Turkey fires tear gas at Istanbul airport workers: report

Workers at the site of Istanbul's new airport, who were protesting working conditions at the site, were dispersed by government security forces ...

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Cynthia Nixon loses Democratic primary tainted by anti-semitism smear

Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has lost her bid to become the Democratic candidate for governor in New York after losing 66-34 to incumbent ...

Palestine support no longer 'political suicide' for US progressives

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Palestine support no longer 'political suicide' for US progressives

Comment: Democratic candidates have had to temper their message on Palestine, but their success is testament to a shift in the debate, writes ...

Andrew Leber

Rentier Islamism: Politics and religion in Arab Gulf societies

Book review: Courtney Freer's timely offering provides important new insights into political Islam in the Gulf, and the region's current schism, ...

John Bolton's ICC condemnation blazes trail for world's despots

Rose Worden

John Bolton's ICC condemnation blazes trail for world's despots

Comment: John Bolton's opposition to the International Criminal Court puts him in the same camp as some of the world's worst war criminals, ...

Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

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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 ...

Suspected IS suicide bombers strike Libya oil company

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Suspected IS suicide bombers strike Libya oil company

Libya's vital oil sector has been repeatedly disrupted by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed rebellion that toppled longtime dictator Muammar ...

Turkey issues warrants for scores of suspected 'Gulenists'

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Turkey issues warrants for scores of suspected 'Gulenists'

More than 77,000 have been arrested in Ankara's crackdown of alleged Gulenists, following an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.

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Gunmen storm Libya national oil firm headquarters

Libya's vital oil sector has been repeatedly disrupted by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed rebellion that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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Sweden in political gridlock as anti-immigrant, far-right makes gains

The make-up of the new government is up in the air after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to win a majority.

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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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Far-right tipped to win big in Sweden elections

Opinion polls suggest the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could garner between 16 and 25 percent of the vote, making it one of the ...

Iraq authorities lift Basra curfew following quiet evening

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Iraq authorities lift Basra curfew following quiet evening

Public anger has boiled over in the southern city of Basra over persistent corruption, unemployment and poor services.

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Iraq's top two parliament groups demand PM's 'immediate' resignation

Haidar al-Abadi has come under fire for mass protests in the southern city of Basra after 30,000 were hospitalised for drinking contaminated ...

The West's love affair with Saudi Arabia must end

Sophia Akram

The West's love affair with Saudi Arabia must end

Comment: The West must stop turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses and take a more harsh approach towards the kingdom, writes ...

Labour's anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

Kamel Hawwash

Labour's anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

Comment: Palestinian activists must now refocus their campaigning, writes Professor Kamel Hawwash.

Paraguay slams Israel's 'exaggerated' reaction to embassy move

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Paraguay slams Israel's 'exaggerated' reaction to embassy move

Paraguay's president accused Israel of 'exaggerating' in its response to the decision of moving the Paraguayan embassy back to Tel Aviv.

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