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Lebanon is ignoring the safety of thousands of Syrian refugees in the country who are opponents of the Assad regime, as it increases pressure from them to return.

Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

Bahrain bans members of dissolved opposition parties from <em>elections</em>

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Bahrain bans members of dissolved opposition parties from elections

The amended law prohibits "leaders and members of political associations dissolved for violating the kingdom's constitution or its laws" from standing in parliamentary elections.

Iraq's civilian death toll drops by nearly 80 percent

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Iraq's civilian death toll drops by nearly 80 percent

Iraq's civilian death toll has dropped by nearly 80 percent since authorities declared victory over the Islamic state militant group, according ...

Turkey to drain north Iraq 'terror swamp', says Erdogan

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Turkey to drain north Iraq 'terror swamp', says Erdogan

Turkey's president has said his country will drain the "terror swamp" in northern Iraq in an operation against bases of outlawed Kurdish ...

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Hariri says Iran should not interfere in Lebanon's affairs

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has criticised Soleimani, saying Iran's meddling in Lebanon's internal affairs was "not in their interest".

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Fire engulfs Baghdad ballot storage ahead of vote re-count

A fire has ripped through a Baghdad warehouse containing over 3 million ballot papers as Iraq prepares for a manual recount of its general ...

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Post IS: Iraq’s civilian death toll down by four-fifths

Following the defeat of the Islamic State group, monitors and the UN report the civilian death toll in Iraq is down by 80 percent after 15 years ...

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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.

Erdogan to fall short of first-round presidential victory: poll

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Erdogan to fall short of first-round presidential victory: poll

The veteran Turkish leader's ruling AK party is also poised to lose its parliamentary majority in snap elections later this ...

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UN Security Council backs Libya elections, without specifying date

A French-backed plan for general elections in Libya was backed by the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting Erdogan

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Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting Erdogan

Turkish police jailed one of the country's most prominent cartoonists to serve out a 14 month sentence first handed down last year on charges of ...

Suicide blast targets gathering of top clerics in Kabul

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Suicide blast targets gathering of top clerics in Kabul

Local media said that some 3,000 clerics had gathered at the tent for the meeting of the Ulema Council, Afghanistan's top clerics.

Erdogan seeks to sway Turkey voters in Kurdish heartland

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Erdogan seeks to sway Turkey voters in Kurdish heartland

Erdogan attended rallies to win votes in a Kurdish majority city.

Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

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Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ride hailing app Uber was "finished" on Saturday, after an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul ...

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Israel freezes Armenian genocide bill 'until after Turkey elections'

Israel paused its work on the Armenian genocide bill until after Turkey's elections, an official said on Sunday.

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New Iraq government must overcome sectarian divide: UN

An alliance led by nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won the biggest share of seats in parliamentary elections on 12 May, the ...

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Ali Larijani re-elected as Iran’s parliament speaker

Conservative Iranian politician Ali Larijani has retained the speakership after gaining a wide support base across the country's parliament.

Rival Libya leaders 'agree to hold <em>elections</em> this year'

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Rival Libya leaders 'agree to hold elections this year'

Rival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the war-scarred country have agreed to hold elections later this year, an advisor to the ...

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Iraq's Sadr rejects Iran, US meddling in new government

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, has pledged to ...

Paris Summit hopes to secure Libya <em>elections</em> this year

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Paris Summit hopes to secure Libya elections this year

Libya's rival leaders are set to meet in Paris to discuss the country's political roadmap in an international conference.

Paris conference on Libya risks being 'counterproductive'

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Paris conference on Libya risks being 'counterproductive'

A Paris conference on Libya has been criticised for failing to seek a broader consensus in the country.

Erdogan supporters target French magazine over 'Dictator' cover

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Erdogan supporters target French magazine over 'Dictator' cover

French magazine Le Point said it had suffered harassment and intimidation by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after it ...

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