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Egypt's President Sisi, who came to power in a military coup, has announced his candidacy for re-election when the first round of polls open in March.

Hamas' Mohammed Faraj al-Ghoul has launched a scathing attack on PA President Mahmoud Abbas, calling his presidency a 'shameful violation' that should have ended nine years ago.

A return to authoritarianism in Tunisia: (Part II)

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

A return to authoritarianism in Tunisia: (Part II)

Comment: Essebsi is thwarting the fight against corruption, stalling transitional justice and postponing municipal elections. The 2018 protests should serve as a warning, writes Khadija Mohsen-Finan.

A return to authoritarianism in Tunisia: (Part I)

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

A return to authoritarianism in Tunisia: (Part I)

Comment: On the anniversary of a revolution that brought hope to many, Tunisians are back on the streets. Khadija Mohsen-Finan looks back at ...

Sisi replaces Egypt's intelligence chief ahead of <em>elections</em>

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Sisi replaces Egypt's intelligence chief ahead of elections

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has appointed Major General Abbas Kamel as interim chief of the country’s General Intelligence Service, ...

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US signals open-ended military presence in Syria

Despite Trump arguing against his predecessors' military interventions while running as a candidate, his presidency has brought about an open-ended military presence in Syria

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Military forces in Libya are flexing muscles: UN envoy

UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame said Libya needs a government that can deliver desperately needed public services and unify the country’s ...

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The Iraq Report: IS bombs tear through Baghdad

This week in Iraq: The Iraqi government has repeatedly failed to stop IS bomb attacks in Baghdad that have claimed the lives of dozens of people.

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Steve Bannon testifies before House on Russia claims

Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon has been grilled by a congressional committee on alleged links between the president's election campaign ...

Former Iranian president: Authorities must listen to popular demands

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Former Iranian president: Authorities must listen to popular demands

The Iranian authorities must listen to popular demands warned Khatami after economic protests rocked the country.

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Iraqi militias and PM Abadi to contest election separately

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

The only hope for Yemen lies beyond its capital

Nadia al-Sakkaf

The only hope for Yemen lies beyond its capital

Comment: Yemen's future will have to be built on the inkspot military strategy, which depends on small yet growing peace hubs beyond the main ...

Anwar Sadat's nephew pulls out of Egypt presidential election

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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 ...

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 ...

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning to run for Senate

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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 against the Islamic State group.

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Mubarak ally launches bid for Egypt presidency

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

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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 ...

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.

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Exiled Iranian prince sees chance for regime change

Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of Iran's last shah before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and a critic of the country's clerical leaders, has endorsed ...

Iran FM warns neighbouring countries against 'fuelling unrest'

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Iran FM warns neighbouring countries against 'fuelling unrest'

The Iranian foreign minister echoed sentiment expressed by other officials warning neighbouring countries from fuelling unrest

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

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 ...

Egypt rails against 'suspiciously funded' NYT over critical reports

Karim Traboulsi

Egypt rails against 'suspiciously funded' NYT over critical reports

Cairo lashes out against NYT over embarrassing revelations about Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime, even hinting the paper is ...

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