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Iran is attempting to reconcile Hamas and Damascus since a fall out over the Syria war, with Tehran hoping to rebuild an anti-Israel axis in the region.

As police and military groups from around the world gather to buy weapons and share tips, community groups are facing growing violence, writes Mohammed Harun Arsalai.

Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

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Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

Two days of heavy airstrikes by Syria's regime and its ally Russia in northwestern Syria killed at least 22 civilians, a monitor said on Thursday.

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

Robert Cusack

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens ...

Family and friends rejoice at Ibrahim Halawa's release

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Family and friends rejoice at Ibrahim Halawa's release

For four years, Ibrahim Halawa's family have fought for the Irishman's release from an Egyptian jail. Today, they rejoiced as he won his freedom.

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Oxfam protests Trump's refugee policy outside his childhood home

Oxfam invited refugees who have settled in the US to Donald Trump's childhood home in New York, in a bid to have the country recognise the contribution immigrants have made.

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Irish prisoner Ibrahim Halawa acquitted by Cairo court

After four years in jail, Irish-Egyptian free speech prisoner Ibrahim Halawa has been acquitted of all charges by a Cairo court.

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UN says number of people starving spiked during 2016

According to the report, the number of people in a state of hunger jumped from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016

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More than 400,000 Rohingya displaced in Myanmar violence

Bangladesh says it is struggling to cope with tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who are crossing the border from Myanmar everyday.

Deir az-Zour receives first UN aid in three years

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Deir az-Zour receives first UN aid in three years

After some three years of an Islamic State group siege on Syria's Deir az-Zour, a UN aid convoy was able to reach the now recaptured city via ...

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Russia, Turkey, Iran agree de-escalation zone for Syria's Idlib

The three stakeholders in Syria's civil war have agreed on the borders of de-escalation zones in the war-torn nation and that observers will ...

Life for Libyan women six years after the revolution

Alessandra Bocchi

Life for Libyan women six years after the revolution

In-depth: Libyan women played an active part in overthrowing Colonel Gadafi and now their role in society is changing, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

Tunisia parliament approves controversial law 'pardoning Ben Ali-era corruption'

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Tunisia parliament approves controversial law 'pardoning Ben Ali-era corruption'

Tunisia's parliament has passed a law which exempts Ben Ali-era officials accused of corruption from prosecution, a move critics say is a step ...

US-backed forces hold two-thirds of Syria's Raqqa: monitor

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US-backed forces hold two-thirds of Syria's Raqqa: monitor

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, now controls more than two-thirds of the Islamic State former ...

Assad's crimes may be forgotten as YouTube censors content

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Assad's crimes may be forgotten as YouTube censors content

The Syrian Archive reached out to activists and media groups affected by the removal and contacted YouTube to restore them

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Saudis urged to report 'subversive social media activity'

Saudis have been urged to report social media users who share messages deemed to "endanger national unity" or "harm the state's reputation" as the kingdom continues its crackdown on dissent.

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Syrian general 'warns refugees not to return home'

A Syrian military general has threatened refugees who want to return to their war-torn country, which has seen almost of third of its population ...

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Morocco urged to address torture allegations

In-depth: Human rights groups say Moroccan police are still brutally dispersing demonstrations and torturing protesters in the Rif region, ...

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Execution looms for Saudi Shia youth 'tortured into confession'

Amnesty International has called on Saudi King Salman to quash the death sentence of a Saudi youth who was allegedly tortured and denied access ...

Israeli court rules ultra-Orthodox Jews must obey army draft

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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 ...

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Saudi activists call for peaceful protests demanding reform

Saudi activists have called for peaceful protests in the kingdom later this week to pressure authorities into tackling social issues

Second Russian airstrike kills 19 civilians in Deir az-Zor

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Second Russian airstrike kills 19 civilians in Deir az-Zor

The deaths came a day after the monitor said Russian air strikes killed 34 civilians in ferries carrying them across the Euphrates southwest of ...

Netanyahu's son under fire after sharing anti-Semitic meme

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Netanyahu's son under fire after sharing anti-Semitic meme

Netanyahu's post was shared by former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke and other far-right sympathisers, with the image implying that there ...

Russian warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Deir az-Zor

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Russian warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Deir az-Zor

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said nine children were among those killed fleeing fighting and that "dozens" of people were wounded in the ...

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