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The Iraqi Prime Minister defended his decision to comply with US sanctions against Iran.

Netanyahu may force premature parliamentary elections for early 2019 due to a disagreement with Hasidic Jews over military conscription laws

Iraqi nationalist cleric Sadr wins election recount

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Iraqi nationalist cleric Sadr wins election recount

Iraq's electoral said cleric Moqtada Sadr's joint list with communists won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount.

UN hails 'credible' Iraq vote recount

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UN hails 'credible' Iraq vote recount

The UN hailed a "transparent" vote recount following allegations of fraud in recent parliamentary elections.

Washington's Lebanese dilemma

Robert Springborg

Washington's Lebanese dilemma

Comment: Washington could decide to pull the rug out from under Lebanon's economy, leaving Hizballah with an empty shell, writes Robert ...

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Iraq election body 'ignored warnings' over vote-counting machines: report

Iraq's election commission was warned about the credibility of vote-counting machines ahead of the 12 May polls, which have left Baghdad mired in political limbo.

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World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled

A senior World Bank official warned that the Lebanese economy is 'not doing great' and is in a 'state of fragility'.

Azmi Bishara

What does Israel's 'Jewish Nation' basic law mean?

Israel's controversial Jewish Nation basic law will have deep consequences for democracy and Arab citizens' rights in the country, writes Dr. ...

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Iraq to try election officials over fraud: judiciary

Iraq will put on trial five election officials in connection with fraud, including vote buying, during the country's May legislative ...

Lebanon questions activists over social media posts

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Lebanon questions activists over social media posts

Lebanon's security forces are increasingly bringing activists in for questioning over their social media posts, sparking widespread anger in ...

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French foreign minister visits Libya to boost election push

Maintaining pressure on Libyan leaders to prepare for polls, the French foreign minister announced a million-dollar donation to organise the ...

Hamas supports new Egyptian bid for Palestinian reconciliation deal

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Hamas supports new Egyptian bid for Palestinian reconciliation deal

The office of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said he had spoken with Egypt's intelligence head Abbas Kamel to inform him of his movement's backing ...

Tunisia passes illegal enrichment law to fight endemic corruption

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Tunisia passes illegal enrichment law to fight endemic corruption

The legislation will force the president, ministers, senior public sector officials, banks, judges, security forces, journalists and unions to ...

Turkey set for new 'anti-terror' law after election win

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Turkey set for new 'anti-terror' law after election win

Erdogan's party submitted an 'anti-terror' bill on Monday that would allow police to hold suspects without charge for 48 hours.

UN warns 'handful' of powerful Libyans can block <em>elections</em>

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UN warns 'handful' of powerful Libyans can block elections

A UN envoy warned that a "handful" of Libyans were attempting to prevent elections being held in the country later this year.

Francois Burgat and Bjorn Olav Utvik

Keeping Abul Fotouh behind bars puts Egypt in chains

Comment: Five years after a military coup d'etat, the achievements of Egypt's 2011 revolution have been liquidated, and no dissenting voices are allowed, write Francois Burgat and Bjorn Olav Utvik.

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Pompeo says 'hope' for Afghan peace talks

During an unannounced visit to Kabul, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was "now hope" for peace talks between the Afghan government ...

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Turkey swears in new parliament with pro-Erdogan majority

New Turkish lawmakers began taking their oaths in parliament on Saturday, as Erdogan's AK Party is forced into coalition with the hardline MHP ...

Haïfa al-Amin: A step towards social equality in Iraq

Quentin Muller and Sebastian Castelier

Haïfa al-Amin: A step towards social equality in Iraq

The New Arab Meets: Haïfa al-Amin, the Communist Party candidate who, after winning a seat in May's election, prepares to take office with ...

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Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunisian capital

Islamist-backed candidate Souad Abderrahim defeated a city official who served under ousted despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday to become ...

Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

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Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

Iraq's federal elections in May were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities, largely blamed on electronic voting machines ...

Iraq's manual election recount to begin Tuesday

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Iraq's manual election recount to begin Tuesday

Iraq's May elections were marred by allegations of fraud after the elections commission introduced electronic voting machines ...

Turkey frees jailed journalist after 'anti-Erdogan subliminal messages' conviction

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Turkey frees jailed journalist after 'anti-Erdogan subliminal messages' conviction

Journalist Mehmet Altan has been freed after being jailed for almost two years.

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