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Palestinian leaders have called to suspend the PLO's recognition of Israel, although it is unclear whether the vote in binding.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the controversial Hashd al-Shaabi militia force will stand separately in next May's planned general elections.

Anwar Sadat's nephew pulls out of Egypt presidential <em>election</em>

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Anwar Sadat's nephew pulls out of Egypt presidential election

Sadat said he had concerns for the safety of his campaign team at a time when elections were to be held with Egypt under a state of emergency.

Twin suicide bombing kills dozens in Baghdad

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Twin suicide bombing kills dozens in Baghdad

Iraq's capital has witnessed its second militant attacks in three days, after two suspected IS suicide bombers killed more than 31 people in ...

Jailed Saudi tycoon offers to pay up for freedom

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Jailed Saudi tycoon offers to pay up for freedom

Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi Arabia’s most famous billionaire prince, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities in return for ending ...

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning to run for Senate

Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking secret government documents, intends to run for Senate, according to a released document.

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Iraq's PM Abadi to run against Maliki in election

Iraq’s prime minister says he will lead a 'cross-sectarian' list in national elections proposed for May, hoping to build off last year's victory ...

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Trump sparks UK political row after cancelling London trip

Trump said he was abandoning next month's trip to open the new US embassy because he did not like the location and cost of the building.

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Germany 'to cap' yearly refugee arrivals to about 200,000

The agreement calls for parliament to pass a law by the end of July allowing 1,000 family members per month to come to Germany.

Mubarak ally launches bid for Egypt presidency

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Mubarak ally launches bid for Egypt presidency

General Sami Anan has declared he will stand in Egypt's forthcoming elections.

Guma El-Gamaty

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Comment: Increased oil production and the prospect of elections mean many are hoping 2018 will be the year conflict finally comes to an end in ...

Ghosts of 1979: Iran protests won't bring regime change

Behnam Gharagozli, Jon Roozenbeek, Adrià Salvador Palau

Ghosts of 1979: Iran protests won't bring regime change

Comment: Unlike 1979, there is no unifying force among the anti-government protesters, write Behnam Gharagozli, Jon Roozenbeek, Adrià Salvador ...

The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

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The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

This week in Iraq: The Islamic State group were monstrous, but they were not the only ones.

Khamenei: Protests 'American and Zionist' plot to overthrow government

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Khamenei: Protests 'American and Zionist' plot to overthrow government

Iran's supreme leader praised pro-government rallies, boasting to have foiled "enemy plots" from the US and Israel, to overthrow the theocratic ...

Around 3,700 arrested during Iran protests: lawmaker

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Around 3,700 arrested during Iran protests: lawmaker

An Iranian lawmaker said some 3,700 people were arrested by security forces during several days of protests in the country, a far higher figure ...

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes Robert Springborg.

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Egypt to hold presidential election in March

Egypt's National Elections Authority chief Lasheen Ibrahim said Egyptians will head to the polls on 26-28 March in the first round of a ...

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Shafiq 'changes mind' about election bid after UAE deportation

Former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafiq announces he will not stand in 2018 presidential elections, reversing a pledge to challenge at polls set to ...

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards declare victory over 'foreign-instigated' anti-government protests

Iran's notorious Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have 'defeated' the protesters, a statement from the elite force charged with protecting the ...

Iraq forcibly returning displaced civilians to volatile areas

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Iraq forcibly returning displaced civilians to volatile areas

Aid workers and refugees say Iraqi authorities are sending refugees back to their homes against their will to ensure elections take place on ...

Karim Traboulsi

Ahmadinejad's son denies father's arrest over incitement against regime

Figures close to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have dismissed media reports that the former Iran president has been arrested for allegedly stirring up ...

2018: Russia inquiry will be thorn in Trump's side

Imad K. Harb

2018: Russia inquiry will be thorn in Trump's side

Comment: 2018 will be the the year the going gets tough for President Trump, writes Imad K. Harb.

'We've put our man on top': Trump on MbS

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'We've put our man on top': Trump on MbS

Donald Trump alleges he installed Mohammed bin Salman as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, according to a tell-all book by author and political ...

Iran protests lack clear goals and leadership

Mitra Keyvan

Iran protests lack clear goals and leadership

Comment: Unless protesters can form a rallying cry around a clear goal, their influence will be limited, writes Mitra Keyvan.

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