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The government-engineered 'expat exodus' has failed to bring down unemployment, which instead increased in the kingdom, as locals shun 'demeaning' jobs in agriculture, retail and services.

Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has demanded Europe provide a number of economic guarantees in order for Tehran to continue its commitment.

Rouhani warns over US push against buying Iran oil

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Rouhani warns over US push against buying Iran oil

After the US pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran, Washington has been pushing allies to cut oil imports from Iran altogether by November.

Iraq's Sadr forms alliance ahead of electoral probe

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Iraq's Sadr forms alliance ahead of electoral probe

Iraq's decision to call for a manual recount has not stopped coalition agreements continuing, as populist Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr make headway.

Lebanon freezes permits for UN Syria refugee staff

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Lebanon freezes permits for UN Syria refugee staff

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has frozen residency permits for UN staff working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Iraq's Electoral Commission cancels 1021 polling station results

Iraq's Electoral Commission has cancelled the results of hundreds of polling stations following a recent national vote, calling the whole outcome of the election into question.

Sam Hamad

Could a defunct Iran deal be good for Syrians?

Comment: Syrians might hope Trump's withdrawal from the deal works in their favour, but the international consensus has already sacrificed them ...

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UAE expats' hopes sink after container ship collision

A number of expatriates in the UAE have been told their belongings have been lost when their container ship collided with another ...

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Lebanon's global diaspora votes for the first time

Expatriates kick off Lebanon's parliamentary polls by voting abroad on Friday, a first for the small country's huge global diaspora.

Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

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Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

Stakes are high in the long-awaited 6 May poll, the first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, which will determine the country's political and ...

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Turkey rules to keep US pastor behind bars

A Turkish court has extended the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson, dashing hopes of thawing Turkey-US relations, as his first hearing in 18 ...

Superjumbo flight to Lebanon brings hope of tourism revival

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Superjumbo flight to Lebanon brings hope of tourism revival

The world’s largest passenger jet landed at Beirut’s international airport on Thursday, bringing with it hope for a revival of Lebanon’s vital ...

Egypt not ready for democracy, says strongman Sisi

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Egypt not ready for democracy, says strongman Sisi

Egypt's president has said his country is not ready for democracy ahead of next week's elections, in which he is virtually certain to win a ...

Lacklustre turnout as Egyptians abroad vote in presidential elections

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Lacklustre turnout as Egyptians abroad vote in presidential elections

Turnout among Egyptian expatriates in the presidential election has been lower than polls four years ago, an Egyptian judicial source ...

Egypt muffles press with 'fake news' charges

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Egypt muffles press with 'fake news' charges

Egyptian press has been hit with further restrictions ahead of the country's upcoming presidential elections, with journalists jailed over ...

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Kuwait, region's fattest country, blacklists foreign workers with diabetes

Kuwait will stop granting residency permits to "unfit" foreigners who suffer from a range of non-infectious diseases, local media has reported.

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Oman begins to evict single men from residential areas

Council workers in Muscat have issued eviction notices to single men in parts of Oman's capital, and ordered to move to specific areas of the ...

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

The cultural cost of invading Iraq

Comment: The dwindling selection of Iraqi literature at the fair highlights the cultural costs of government censorship and of the US invasion, ...

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Kuwaiti mother sentenced to death for disabled daughter murder

A Kuwaiti mother and her boyfriend could soon be put to death, after the pair were found guilty of beating and murdering her disabled daughter.

Oman bans expats from working in ten industries

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Oman bans expats from working in ten industries

Oman has issued a six-month ban on the private sector recruitment of expats in ten industries in a bid to encourage the employment of Omanis.

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UAE blocks petition site calling for Skype ban end

Millions of expatriates in the UAE have been left frustrated by a Skype ban. An online petition calling for an end to the restrictions ...

Anti-expat Kuwait MP wants to revoke naturalised widows' citizenships

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Anti-expat Kuwait MP wants to revoke naturalised widows' citizenships

Controversial Kuwaiti MP Safaa al-Hashem has called for naturalised wives of Kuwaiti men to have their citizenship revoked once their husbands ...

Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

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Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

A Kuwaiti lawmaker known for her anti-migrant rhetoric, claims 300,000 people, whom she refers to as "rats", have forged their citizenship.

Macron: Stringing Turkey along is hypocritical

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Macron: Stringing Turkey along is hypocritical

French president Macron suggested that the EU should stop stringing Turkey along after counterpart Erdogan said he was "tired" of waiting.

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