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Erdogan was on Sunday leading a tightly-contested presidential election in early counting as he seeks a new mandate in the face of a revitalised opposition and weakening economy.

Turks began voting on Sunday in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk.

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

Bashdar Ismaeel

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

Comment: No matter who is the victor, they will have to contend with the half, who will be bitter at any electoral defeat, writes Bashdar Ismaeel

Five things to watch for in the midterm primaries

Marcus Montgomery

Five things to watch for in the midterm primaries

Comment: With 24 more state primaries and five months left before the midterm elections, Marcus Montgomery takes a look at the Trump faithfuls ...

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Feature: Iraq remains one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists as they continue to be targeted,but different voices are still ...

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UN Security Council backs Libya elections, without specifying date

A French-backed plan for general elections in Libya was backed by the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Paul Iddon

Are Kurds of Iraq and Syria about to reconcile?

Analysis: A visit to Iraq by Syria's Kurds could signify thawing relations, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan seeks to sway Turkey voters in Kurdish heartland

Erdogan attended rallies to win votes in a Kurdish majority city.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Kurdish referendum leader

Rebwar Talabani, head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, was one of the architects of the September referendum in which an overwhelming ...

Morocco World Cup bid cleared for runoff against US

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Morocco World Cup bid cleared for runoff against US

Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid has been cleared for a a runoff vote despite concerns about the country's readiness to host the competition.

The New Arab

Erdogan supporters target French magazine over 'Dictator' cover

French magazine Le Point said it had suffered harassment and intimidation by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after it ...

Erdogan calls for more government control of Turkish economy

The New Arab

Erdogan calls for more government control of Turkish economy

Turkey President Erdogan has called for greater government control of the economy, leading to the country's lira to crash to a eight-year low.

Britain's role in Yemen: Radical change must happen now

Joe Odell

Britain's role in Yemen: Radical change must happen now

Comment: Through weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UK arms dealers continue to profit handsomely from the tragedy in Yemen, writes Joe Odell.

Iraq PM orders calm in Kirkuk amid election protests

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Iraq PM orders calm in Kirkuk amid election protests

Iraq has instructed security forces in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk to maintain order amid allegations of electoral fraud during the first ...

Iraq prepares for first parliamentary election since IS defeat

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Iraq prepares for first parliamentary election since IS defeat

Polls in Iraq open on Saturday morning for the first parliamentary election since the defeat of extremist Islamic State group.

Yomi Kleinmann

Iraq: As parties fracture, signs of change emerge

Analysis: Ethnicity alone is no longer sufficient to unite Iraq's political elite as the country's politics begin to move past years of sectarian conflict, writes Yomi Kleinmann.

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Comment: In mad scramble for seats in parliament, the fragmented political scene in the Kurdish region risks further weakening their position in ...

The New Arab

Iraqi-Kurdistan elections to take place in September

Iraqi-Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has proposed holding elections in the region this September, following months of delays.

Umar Lateef Misgar

Can India and Pakistan draw inspiration from Korean peacemaking?

Comment: An independent Kashmir could minimise military confrontation between rivals India and Pakistan, and aid the process of ...

Erdogan vows to launch new cross-border military operations

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan vows to launch new cross-border military operations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would launch cross-border offensives, like previous military operations in Syria, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Four Turkish parties unite to contest landmark polls

Four Turkish opposition parties on Saturday announced they had formed a coalition to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in snap elections ...

Turkey opposition names fiery lawmaker as Erdogan challenger Turkey opposition names fiery lawmaker as Erdogan challenger

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey opposition names fiery lawmaker as Erdogan challenger

The candidate of the Republican People's Party (CHP) in Turkey's June 24 poll will be Muharrem Ince, the party announced on Friday.

Journalism in Egypt: A stark warning to the world

Sam Hamad

Journalism in Egypt: A stark warning to the world

Comment: Freedom of the press is a tool for democracy, but in Sisi's Egypt, and Assad's Syria the press is being manipulated as a tool for ...

Turkey ruling party names Erdogan as presidential candidate

The New Arab

Turkey ruling party names Erdogan as presidential candidate

Turkey's ruling party confirmed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate to run in snap polls in June, while the main opposition party ...

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