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Russia has withdrawn its troops from Afrin -under fire from Turkish jets - as Ankara announces the start of an offensive to capture the Syrian town from Kurdish forces.

Many were angry at Bollywood's normalisation of the Israeli government, which has been accused of carrying out apartheid policies, breaking international law and besieging nearly two million people.

Theresa May urged to withdraw MbS visit invitation

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Theresa May urged to withdraw MbS visit invitation

Rights groups argue that cancelling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the UK will pressure the Riyadh regime to ease its choke-hold on human rights, reports Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

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 ...

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 ...

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Russian flag carrier resuming flights to Egypt in February

Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot can start flying again from Moscow to Cairo from the end of February, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian flag carrier Vitaly Savelyev told reporters Tuesday.

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Pakistan clerics issue Muslim fatwa forbidding suicide bombings

In Pakistan's latest move to crackdown on extremism, thousands of clerics have come together and issued a ruling on suicide bombings as ...

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Trump praises Qatar as UAE attempts to escalate crisis

The US president on Monday praised Doha for its counter-terrorism efforts as rival UAE sought to escalate crisis with unsubstantiated claims ...

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Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

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

India must not forget its historic support for Palestine

Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

India must not forget its historic support for Palestine

Comment: India has traditionally been an ardent advocate of Palestinian rights. It must not allow closer ties with Israel to endanger this, ...

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UAE says Qatari fighter jets 'intercepted' passenger plane

The UAE on Monday claimed fighter jets belonging to rival Qatar of 'intercepting' a passenger plane en route to Bahrain

Saudi foreign minister meets US counterpart in Washington

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Saudi foreign minister meets US counterpart in Washington

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Friday, the State Department said, to ...

Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

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Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

Iran said it rejects any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord if certain ...

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 ...

UAE can't replicate Manchester City's easy victories

Tom Charles

UAE can't replicate Manchester City's easy victories

Comment: Moving up the regional league table will be tough with rulers known for foul play, writes Tom Charles.

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.

Alex Macheras

How Qatar is overcoming the aviation blockade

Comment: Despite the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar which began in June last year, Qatar is more open than ever before, writes Alex Macheras.

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Tunisia to resume Emirates flights after row over women

The Dubai-based flight operator will resume flights to Tunisia, marking the end of the row over discrimination that began when Emirates ...

Malia Bouattia

Macron, Algeria and the white man's burden

Comment: Macron's suggestion that the antidote to Algerian woes is historical amnesia, is a deeply insulting example of continuing colonial ...

Erdogan says US verdict part of 'plots' against Turkey

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan says US verdict part of 'plots' against Turkey

The trial implicated former Turkish ministers and even Erdogan in the Iran sanctions busting scheme.

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Turkey dismisses banker's US conviction over Iran sanctions-dodging

Turkey's foreign ministry has criticised 'US interference' after state bank executive Mehmet Atilla was found guilty in New York of helping Iran ...

Iran says Trump's 'absurd tweets' have incited disruption

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Iran says Trump's 'absurd tweets' have incited disruption

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo complained that Washington was intervening in Iran's internal affairs 'in a grotesque way' when commenting ...

Trump's Jerusalem move takes pretence off the table

Malia Bouattia

Trump's Jerusalem move takes pretence off the table

Comment: Israel's free hand in expanding its colonial endeavours is increasingly a point of friction between governments and their populations, ...

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Suraya Dadoo

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Comment: If the ANC is to have meaningful solidarity with Palestine, it must leave 'dialogue' aside, and isolate Israeli apartheid, writes ...

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