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Lebanon’s parliament has ratified the international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hizballah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.

Despite a change in Tunisia's legislation, the fight over inter-religious marriages is not over yet as many women still face problems when trying to marry outside of Islam.

Iran-backed militia lays siege to Iraqi village

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Iran-backed militia lays siege to Iraqi village

The PMF was instrumental in fighting the Islamic State group, but the Shia militia appears now to be fighting a sectarian insurgency for demographic change in eastern Iraq.

UK resettles 'brave' White Helmets rescuers evacuated from Syria

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UK resettles 'brave' White Helmets rescuers evacuated from Syria

The United Kingdom has said it is resettling members of Syria's White Helmets and their families, as the regime moves to crack down on the ...

World Bank: Gaza Strip economy is in ‘free fall’

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World Bank: Gaza Strip economy is in ‘free fall’

“A combination of war, isolation, and internal rivalries has left Gaza in a crippling economic state and exacerbated the human distress"

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Jailed Saudi rights activists win 'alternative Nobel prize'

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

Ali Adam

Will Israel accept Trump's peace deal?

Comment: If a 'peace plan' does in fact exist, it will be rejected if it calls on Israel to make even the tiniest of concessions, writes Ali Adam

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Myanmar army chief angry at UN for exposing genocide

The UN released a 444-page report last week that said the military's persecution of the stateless Rohingya Muslims warranted the charges of ...

Maysam Behravesh

What the Ahvaz attack means for Iran's politics

Comment: The deadliest attack in Iran in nearly a decade has fuelled nationalist sentiments among Iranians and will tilt the country's politics ...

Another Middle East-heavy UNGA: Five issues to watch

James Reinl

Another Middle East-heavy UNGA: Five issues to watch

What to expect this week from the UN podium and the from the private side meetings - where the real deals are always made.

The New Arab & agencies

Over 3,300 Syrian civilians killed in US-led airstrikes: report

Washington puts the toll at just over 1,000, but rights groups say the artificially low number of deaths is due to poor reporting ...

Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

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Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

An Egyptian court has sentenced 64 people to varying prison terms and one man to death over violence in 2013 when the military overthrew the ...

Iran's Khamenei blames 'US-backed regional states' for attack

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Iran's Khamenei blames 'US-backed regional states' for attack

Khamenei said the US-backed regional states coordinated the attack on the military parade in Ahvaz to undermine Iran’s security.

Libya urges 'effective' UN action to end Tripoli violence

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Libya urges 'effective' UN action to end Tripoli violence

Libya's internationally recognised government called on the UN to take "concrete and effective" action to protect civilians and halt fighting ...

3.5m more Yemenis close to brink of famine: UN

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3.5m more Yemenis close to brink of famine: UN

Already eight million of Yemen's 28 million population is on the brink of famine in what the UN calls the "world's worst humanitarian crisis".

Pramod Acharya

Inside the Nepal-Gulf human trafficking nexus

Investigation: The slave trade for Nepalese women being trafficked to the Gulf has overtaken trafficking for India's sex trade, finds Pramod Acharya.

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Saudis trying to quash Yemen war crimes probe: HRW

Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of attempting to shut down a UN-backed war crimes investigation in Yemen, where it is ...

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Nine dead as fresh clashes erupt near Libya capital

Nine people including two civilians were killed near the Libyan capital on Thursday in fresh fighting between rival armed groups, an official ...

The New Arab & agencies

Canada parliament declares treatment of Rohingya as genocide

Canadian lawmakers have unanimously declared the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as an act of genocide.

Hamas forced to adapt as Arab solidarity fades

Muhammad Shehada

Hamas forced to adapt as Arab solidarity fades

Comment: After Hamas' 2006 election victory, its leaders discovered Arab support was not as forthcoming as they'd expected, writes Muhammad ...

The New Arab

Germany approves Saudi arms sale despite Yemen war ban

German authorities signed off on the consignment of four artillery positioning systems, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier wrote in a letter to ...

Russia, Turkey still working on 'details' of Idlib deal

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Russia, Turkey still working on 'details' of Idlib deal

The UN said the deal to avoid a Syrian government offensive on Idlib province is still being worked out by Russia and Turkey.

Hizballah to stay in Syria 'until further notice'

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Hizballah to stay in Syria 'until further notice'

Hizballah officially entered the Syrian war in 2013 on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Iran and Russia.

Thousands return to north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

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Thousands return to north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

The UN had warned that an all-out assault on the province where three million people live would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe and one of ...

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