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Comment: Essebsi is thwarting the fight against corruption, stalling transitional justice and postponing municipal elections. The 2018 protests should serve as a warning, writes Khadija Mohsen-Finan.

Iraq's capital has witnessed its second militant attacks in three days, after two suspected IS suicide bombers killed more than 31 people in Baghdad on Monday

Iraq's PM Abadi to run against Maliki in election

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Iraq's PM Abadi to run against Maliki in election

Iraq’s prime minister says he will lead a 'cross-sectarian' list in national elections proposed for May, hoping to build off last year's victory against the Islamic State group.

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Guma El-Gamaty

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Comment: Increased oil production and the prospect of elections mean many are hoping 2018 will be the year conflict finally comes to an ...

Exiled Iranian prince sees chance for regime change

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Exiled Iranian prince sees chance for regime change

Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of Iran's last shah before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and a critic of the country's clerical leaders, has endorsed ...

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.

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The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

The New Arab & agencies

Preparations for Libya's 2018 elections underway, says Sarraj

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said Tripoli is moving forward with preparations to hold the country’s presidential elections in ...

Thousands rally in support of Libya's military strongman Haftar

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Thousands rally in support of Libya's military strongman Haftar

Supporters of Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar held demonstrations in Benghazi, Tobruk and Tripoli calling on him to take charge of the ...

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Lebanon sets date for first legislative elections since 2009

Lebanon will hold its first legislative elections in nearly a decade on 6 May next year, the country's interior minister said.

Turkey's suffragettes: Politics still wears a moustache

Hazal Atay

Turkey's suffragettes: Politics still wears a moustache

The long read: Turkish women won political rights early on, but soon met opposition. Today their participation is not, in theory, limited, but ...

What's stopping Lebanese expats voting from abroad?

Richard Salamé

What's stopping Lebanese expats voting from abroad?

Analysis: Lebanese citizens living abroad can now vote in the country's parliamentary elections, but the response so far has ...

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

Zahra Ali

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

Comment: Women's rights activists in Iraq insist on the necessity of civil struggle, linking their fight for equality with that of the fight for ...

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese arms will only ...

Hadani Ditmars

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

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Five things to know about Jerusalem

Host to the holiest sites in the world's Abrahamic religions, home to a divided population, and marred by politics, here are five things to know ...

The New Arab

Suicide bomber targets Afghan political rally

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan has killed at least six people, including a child, when they targeted a political rally in the east of the ...

Paul Iddon

After Islamic State, Baghdad cannot govern Iraq from centre

After its military defeat of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi government needs to solidify its success on the battlefield by committing to a ...

Will the thousands of foreign troops in Syria leave?

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Will the thousands of foreign troops in Syria leave?

Syria's brutal war may be slowly winding down, but the country is awash in weapons and thousands of foreign forces – some of whom may never ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syria regime to 'join peace talks' in Geneva

A Syrian foreign ministry official says a government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday to take part in direct peace talks with the ...

Iraq's Sunnis and the 2018 <em>elections</em>

Gareth Browne

Iraq's Sunnis and the 2018 elections

Analysis: Next year will see the most competitive elections Iraq has seen, writes Gareth Browne.

Palestinian parties agree on <em>elections</em> by end of 2018 Palestinian parties agree on elections by end of 2018

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Palestinian parties agree on elections by end of 2018

Palestinian political parties on Wednesday agreed on the need to hold elections by the end of 2018 after two days of reconciliation ...

Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

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Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed Syria with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday, following the Russian leader's surprise summit with ...

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