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A second Swiss state is to vote over whether to ban face coverings in public, amid criticism from left-wing groups over the implications of the new law.

Analysis: Ankara's investments south of its border indicate it plans to maintain influence there so some time to come, writes Paul Iddon.

Five years after Sisi's coup: Soul searching, resistance, division

Daniel Brumberg

Five years after Sisi's coup: Soul searching, resistance, division

Comment: Both Islamist and secular leaders have reason to consider how their actions or non-actions contributed to the collapse of Egypt's democratic experiment, writes Daniel Brumberg.

Erdogan says he will bolster Turkish troops in Cyprus

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Erdogan says he will bolster Turkish troops in Cyprus

President Erdogan has defied calls to limit Turkey's military presence in Cyprus and said he would send more troops to the island's breakaway ...

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel jostle for position at the top of the Conservative government's list of ideal trading partners, writes Jonathan ...

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Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

The election is not expected to change the political map in Kurdistan, experts say, but could shed light on the divisions that emerged after last year's independence referendum.

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Turkey issues warrants for scores of suspected 'Gulenists'

More than 77,000 have been arrested in Ankara's crackdown of alleged Gulenists, following an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.

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Sweden in political gridlock as anti-immigrant, far-right makes gains

The make-up of the new government is up in the air after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to win a majority.

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Far-right tipped to win big in Sweden elections

Opinion polls suggest the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could garner between 16 and 25 percent of the vote, making it one of the ...

Fragile Libya a breeding ground for militant groups: UN

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Fragile Libya a breeding ground for militant groups: UN

The UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame has warned that Libya has been stumbling from one emergency to another over the last few weeks.

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Mauritania votes in last election before presidential vote

The popularity of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record is being tested with the vote.

Egypt locks down Tahrir Square ahead of gathering call

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Egypt locks down Tahrir Square ahead of gathering call

Friday's deployment comes after recently arrested ex-diplomat Masoum Marzouk called for a "public gathering" at the square.

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Paul Iddon

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes ...

Egypt arrests former diplomat over call for <em>referendum</em>

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Egypt arrests former diplomat over call for referendum

Egyptian authorities have arrested a former diplomat who recently called for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's ...

Former Comoros president charged in passport scandal

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Former Comoros president charged in passport scandal

The scandal dates back to 2008 when Comoros launched a programme, in cooperation with the UAE and Kuwait, to give citizenships to their Bidoon ...

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Former Comoros president charged with graft

Ex-Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi has been charged with corruption over a passport sale scheme.

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Libya sentences 45 militiamen to death over 2011 killings

The militiamen were pro-Gaddafi fighters who were found guilty of killing demonstrators during Libya's 2011 uprising.

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Libyan MP hurt during gunfight outside parliament

Lawmaker Saleh Hashem was injured breaking up a fight after shots were fire in Tobruk, reports said on Tuesday.

Malia Bouattia

Ban Boris, not the burqa

Comment: Boris Johnson's use of racist tropes to increase his popularity is proving disturbingly successful, writes Malia Bouattia.

UN plans Western Sahara talks after decade-long deadlock

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UN plans Western Sahara talks after decade-long deadlock

Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have been deadlocked since the last round of UN-sponsored talks in 2008.

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Egyptian politician threatens 'uprising', calls for referendum on Sisi

Former diplomat Masoum Marzouk called for a referendum on Sisi's leadership, or otherwise face a popular uprising

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Adam Lucente

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Assyrian businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing 'discriminatory' taxes, with community leaders denouncing a history of 'anti-Christian ...

Comoros President extends his powers after controversial vote

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Comoros President extends his powers after controversial vote

President Azali Assoumani is now able to run another term following a controversial referendum.

Comoros faces violence-tarred <em>referendum</em> on constitution

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Comoros faces violence-tarred referendum on constitution

Comorans will vote on a referendum that will result in a constitutional change which will allow President Azali Assoumani being able to ...

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