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Comment: To Italy's dismay, France has taken a leading role in Libya. But suspicions persist over whether President Macron is capable of being an honest broker, writes Guma Gamaty.

Comment: While the military victory against IS in Mosul is complete, the conditions that facilitated their return are still firmly in place, warns Michael Duffy.

Abbas undergoes health checks as uncertainty over successor remains

The New Arab

Abbas undergoes health checks as uncertainty over successor remains

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a clean bill of health on Saturday after undergoing a medical check-up at a West Bank hospital.

An abrupt divorce would harm all Iraqis, Kurds included

Mustafa Gurbuz

An abrupt divorce would harm all Iraqis, Kurds included

Comment: More pressing than immediate independence, a working parliament and functioning democracy would better serve Kurdish prosperity, ...

Rival Libyan leaders 'committed' to ceasefire and <em>elections</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Rival Libyan leaders 'committed' to ceasefire and elections

Rival Libyan leaders Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar who are to attend French-brokered talks on Tuesday are committed to a ceasefire and ...

The New Arab & agencies

Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

Libya's conflicting political factions are expected to meet for talks in Paris on Tuesday, reports suggest.

The New Arab

Libya's UN-backed Sarraj calls for 2018 elections

The head of Libya's UN backed government has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018, reports ...

Alessandra Bajec

Syrian refugees wait amid fatigue and tension in Lebanon

Lebanon’s Syrian refugees are stuck in dire living conditions, waiting for an end to the war as the protracted crisis builds pressure on the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq PM hails top Shia cleric over anti-IS fight

Haider al-Abadi issued a statement expressing his "deep thanks and gratitude" to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for his role in mobilising ...

#WeDemandQatar - the internet trolls Saudi demands

The New Arab

#WeDemandQatar - the internet trolls Saudi demands

The rationale behind Saudi's demands are hard to comprehend, let-alone quantify. Twitter caught on, and could not resist taking a jab.

Bachar Halabi

What will Macron's mandate mean for the Middle East?

Analysis: Macron has made an impressive start, winning an overwhelming majority in parliament. What might his presidency have in store for ...

HRW demands Lebanon investigate 'unlawful' beating of protesters

The New Arab

HRW demands Lebanon investigate 'unlawful' beating of protesters

Human Rights Watch has called on Lebanese authorities to hold soldiers responsible for the "unlawful" public beatings of protesters last week in ...

Lebanon's political crisis drags on with third term extension

Alessandra Bajec

Lebanon's political crisis drags on with third term extension

Whether the move will maintain the country’s political balance is yet to be seen, writes Alessandra Bajec.

Rights group warn of 'looming disaster' in Gaza

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Rights group warn of 'looming disaster' in Gaza

International NGOS joined the UN on Wednesday in warning of a "total collapse" in Gaza if Israel goes ahead with plans to further cut power ...

Lebanon approves reformed 'proportional representation' electoral system

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Lebanon approves reformed 'proportional representation' electoral system

The Lebanese Cabinet has approved a new elections law and referred it to parliament for ratification, paving the way for ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Human rights and IS wrongs

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Progressives must vote for Corbyn, then oppose him

Comment: Splitting the progressive vote away from the only party capable of putting up a challenge to the Tories is sheer madness, writes Tallha ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Winning the war, squandering the peace

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

The New Arab

Iraqi militia registers as political party ahead of elections

An Iran-backed militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haqq, has received a licence to form a political party in order to stand in Iraq's upcoming ...

Algeria president replaces PM Sellal in wake of polls Algeria president replaces PM Sellal in wake of polls

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Algeria president replaces PM Sellal in wake of polls

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of ...

The New Arab

Palestinian elections expose division crisis between Fatah and Hamas

Hamas in Gaza had decided to boycott the elections after what was seen as an imposition on them from the Fatah run Palestinian central ...

Global drama and duelling arias herald politics' opera season

Hadani Ditmars

Global drama and duelling arias herald politics' opera season

Blog: Opera buffa, the comedy of yesteryear, may yet shine a spotlight on today's political farces, writes Hadani Ditmars.

The Algerians who voted for Le Pen

The New Arab

The Algerians who voted for Le Pen

Algerian voter turnout for the French presidential elections was lower than for Algeria's parliamentary elections - ...

Karma? UKIP candidate says Islam 'cancer', before election wipeout

The New Arab

Karma? UKIP candidate says Islam 'cancer', before election wipeout

A parliamentary candidate for Britain's far-right party UKIP said that Islam is a "growing cancer" ahead of local elections on ...

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