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Mahmoud Jibril has said an election would sow further division in Libya unless all parties agreed to respect its results.

Saudi Arabia is continuing its crackdown on human rights advocates, weeks before the country ends a ban on women drivers.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive".

Saudi media brands women's rights activists 'traitors'

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Saudi media brands women's rights activists 'traitors'

Just weeks ahead of lifting the driving ban, Saudi authorities have arrested prominent women's rights activists.

Saudi arrests women's rights activists for 'transgressing religious principles'

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Saudi arrests women's rights activists for 'transgressing religious principles'

Just weeks before Saudi Arabia's controversial driving ban for women seven women's rights activists has been arrested by Riyadh authorities with ...

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Saudi Arabia welcomes Ramadan with a spate of arrests

A number of leading Saudi human rights activists and academics have been arrested in the first day of Ramadan as Riyah authorities continue their crackdown.

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Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr named winner of Iraq election

A political bloc headed by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has been named as the lead coalition following the Iraq election.

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Saudi women's right activists detained ahead of driving ban

Just weeks before Saudi Arabia's controversial driving ban for women seven women's rights activists has been arrested by Riyadh authorities.

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Riyadh to host Middle East's first Formula E race

Formula E will stage its electric street racing series’ first race in the region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, authorities revealed.

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran

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EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran

EU leaders have agreed a 'united approach' to the Iran deal that aims to keep the pact alive following US withdrawal.

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Malaysian ex-PM's home raided as 1MDB probe intensifies

Malaysia's new government has intensified its efforts to investigate the 1MDB corruption scandal with a raid on the home of the former prime ...

Sadr calls for broad coalition following Iraq election 'win'

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Sadr calls for broad coalition following Iraq election 'win'

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is set to be the surprise winner of national elections, with the final results of the polls due to be ...

Elections will do nothing to address Iraq's decay

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Elections will do nothing to address Iraq's decay

Comment: Given the sectarian divisions gripping Iraq today, it cannot truly be said that the country is engaging in democracy, writes Tallha ...

Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labour: minister

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Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labour: minister

Kuwait and Manila signed a deal on Friday to regulate domestic workers, after a dispute between the two countries led to a ban on Filipino ...

Iraq: As parties fracture, signs of change emerge

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 ...

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 Baghdad, write Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah.

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'Election results will protect Lebanon,' says pro-Hizballah party leader

Lebanese elections held on Sunday, the first in nine years, saw Hizballah's allies garner enough seats to block any attempt by its political ...

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Scrapping nuclear deal 'weakens moderates, emboldens hardliners' in Iran

Iran's President Rouhani staked his legacy on efforts to end decades of tension with the West. With the landmark nuclear deal unravelling, what ...

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The six Lebanese women voted into parliament

The landmark 6 May election saw a record 86 women run, with virtually every party - except Shia movement Hizballah - putting forward female ...

Saudi Arabia to lift women driving ban in June

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Saudi Arabia to lift women driving ban in June

The announcement follows a royal decree in September 2017, pledging to end a decades-long ban on women from driving - the only one of its kind ...

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Seven things to know about Lebanon’s parliament elections

With 3.6 million registered voters expected to vote in parliament elections Sunday, here are seven things to know about the system.

Saudi Arabia launches $34.7 billion entertainment revolution

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Saudi Arabia launches $34.7 billion entertainment revolution

International film stars visited Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, as the conservative kingdom kicked off an initiative to invest billions in ...

Energy and geopolitical earthquake: The Saudi-Russian long-term oil deal

Stasa Salacanin

Energy and geopolitical earthquake: The Saudi-Russian long-term oil deal

In-depth: Saudi Arabia and Russia’s closer political and commercial cooperation, going beyond regulation of oil prices, has indicated a new ...

Astronomy: The outer frontier of Saudi liberalisation

James M. Dorsey

Astronomy: The outer frontier of Saudi liberalisation

Comment: Saudi Arabia's hardline religious conservatives have traditionally thwarted the quest for knowledge in astronomy because it threatens ...

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