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A month of UN-backed Libya peace talks held in Tunisia have ended with little progress towards stabilising the country or holding elections.

Comment: The alternative outcomes, should the UN's sixth envoy to Libya fail to bring about a political solution, are not enviable, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Gareth Browne

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Comment: Haider al-Abadi must temper Baghdad’s response, without appearing weak, or Iraq will be left with divisions from which it may never recover, writes Gareth Browne.

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

Robert Springborg

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

Comment: For democracy to appeal to those who do not live under it, and retain the commitment of those who do, it has to work properly, writes ...

Egyptian officials in Gaza ahead of Palestinian unity talks

The New Arab

Egyptian officials in Gaza ahead of Palestinian unity talks

Senior delegates from Egypt arrived in the besieged Gaza strip on Sunday, ahead of talks designed to unite Palestine's Fatah and Hamas groups.

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya's path to peace needs grit and determination

Comment: A UN-led plan for peace in Libya will require real determination, both regionally and internationally, if it is to succeed, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

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Syria talks: UN envoy warns against 'illusions of victory'

The UN's envoy for Syria has warned regime and opposition representatives against "dreams of shortcuts" ahead of peace talks set to take place ...

The New Arab & agencies

Istanbul’s mayor announces his sudden resignation

Istanbul's mayor Kadir Topbas resigned Friday after 13 years in the post, as President Erdogan seeks to refresh the ruling party ahead of local ...

The New Arab & agencies

Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who has died in hospital aged 89, helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major ...

Israeli court rules ultra-Orthodox Jews must obey army draft

The New Arab & agencies

Israeli court rules ultra-Orthodox Jews must obey army draft

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish students will not be exempt from conscription in Israeli, a court has said, ending the avoidance of religious scholars ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey dismisses over 900 public sector workers: decree

Turkey has dismissed over 900 public sector officials in the latest wave of the purge that followed last year's failed coup, according to an ...

13 things you need to know about Yemen

Sana Uqba

13 things you need to know about Yemen

Forget everything you think you know about Yemen...

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

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

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Michael Duffy

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

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

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.

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, writes Mustafa Gurbuz.

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 ...

Syrian refugees wait amid fatigue and tension in Lebanon

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.

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

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 ...

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