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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announcement of a snap election is raising concerns that he is trying to increase his own presidential powers.

Turkey's leader has criticised opposition groups for facilitating the entry of a new political party into the country's snap elections.

IS threaten to target upcoming Iraqi <em>elections</em>

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IS threaten to target upcoming Iraqi elections

IS has threatened to target Iraqi polling stations as parliamentary elections close in.

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 57

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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 57

Dozens were killed in an IS suicide attack in Kabul, as Afghanistan prepares for legislative elections.

HRW denounces eviction of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Diana Alghoul

HRW denounces eviction of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

In-depth: Syrian refugees are being subjected to institutional violence, fuelled by scapegoating and a sharp rise in xenophobia, a new Human ...

Florence Massena

'Women will be heard in Lebanon's politics'

In-depth: As Lebanon's May 6 election nears, Florence Massena talks to some of the female parliamentary candidates showing the country that capable women exist and will be heard in politics.

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Turkey to hold snap elections in June: President Erdogan

Turkey's President Erdogan has brought forward the election, originally planned for late 2019, to June this year after pressure from political ...

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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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Earlier elections for Turkey 'possible'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main nationalist ally has called for snap elections in August.

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Iraq election campaigning begins amid controversy

Some candidates were embroiled in controversy after aides pulled down pictures of fighters killed in combat with the Islamic State and replaced ...

Iraq politicians start campaigning ahead of <em>parliamentary</em> election

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Iraq politicians start campaigning ahead of parliamentary election

Iraqi politicians have begun campaigning in earnest for a seat in parliament well in advance of the official campaign period in the first polls ...

'Reconciliation talks' left Palestinians more divided than ever

Ali Adam

'Reconciliation talks' left Palestinians more divided than ever

In-depth: Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas left divisions in the Palestinian national movement even more ...

Symbolic campaign seeks rights for Lebanon's marginalised populations

Florence Massena

Symbolic campaign seeks rights for Lebanon's marginalised populations

Feature: It is time to be seen: Manal Kortam wants to highlight the lack of rights for Palestinians, women and other marginalised communities ...

Four killed in suicide attack on Iraq party headquarters

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Four killed in suicide attack on Iraq party headquarters

Four people have been killed in a suicide attack in the Sunni majority al-Anbar province, as Iraq gears up for parliamentary ...

Rouf Dar

Indian war crimes in Kashmir must end now

Comment: India is engaged in every kind of war crimes denounced by international humanitarian law, writes Rouf Dar.

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Iraq grapples with Iranian influence ahead of elections

With Iraqis heading to the polls in May, foreign powers are keen to sway opinion with a pro-Iran leadership looking particularly favourable to ...

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French MP seeks inquiry into controversial Saudi arms sales

En Marche! MP Sebastien Nadot is asking parliament to study the legality of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

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Lebanon 'must dump procrastination and sort out waste situation'

Human Rights Watch has urged Lebanon's parliament to schedule a vote on a waste management law to tackle the country's long-running garbage ...

UN reaffirms support for Lebanon's political independence

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UN reaffirms support for Lebanon's political independence

The UN Security Council has expressed strong support for Lebanon's political independence amid regional crises which continue to threaten the ...

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Turkey parliament passes contentious poll pact bill

The Turkish parliament has passed a controversial bill on electoral law which critics argue will favour President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling ...

IS attacks kill 25 civilians, troops in northern Iraq

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IS attacks kill 25 civilians, troops in northern Iraq

Islamic State group fighters in Iraq continue to claim lives, despite the country's government declaring victory over the militants last year.

France's Le Pen proposes far-right rebrand

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France's Le Pen proposes far-right rebrand

Marine Le Pen suggests renaming France's National Front party in a bid to break from accusations of anti-semitism and racism levelled against ...

New law lets Israeli police hold corpses of Palestinians

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New law lets Israeli police hold corpses of Palestinians

Israeli lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing police to hold the corpses of alleged Palestinian assailants indefinitely, ...

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