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The US diplomat voiced his concern over Iran's military presence in Syria, citing the recent confrontation between Israel and Iran as an obstacle to Syrian peace.

The group, whose 3,700 members rescue civilians trapped under rubble or caught up in fighting in Syria, faces a major budget shortfall compared with last year.

Ahed Tamimi trial adjourned until March

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Ahed Tamimi trial adjourned until March

The trial of the 17-year-old Palestinian, who slapped an Israeli soldier, has been adjourned until March, following anger after the judge banned all observers from court except family.

Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Laura Cappon

Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Egypt's clampdown on activists has moved from the streets to online, where following the wrong group on social media could land you in serious ...

Token brown faces are not what Muslim women want

Malia Bouattia

Token brown faces are not what Muslim women want

Comment: There is a patronising, racist assumption that Muslim women should be grateful for token Muslims in high places, regardless of what ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi columnist jailed for 'insulting the royal court'

Saudi authorities have jailed columnist Saleh al-Shehi, who was one of the few Saudi writers that regularly covered government corruption.

Emile Nakhleh

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat ...

Francesca Mannocchi

'Employment, freedom, dignity': The enduring call of Tunisia's streets

The Tunisian people have borne the consequences of the country's dire post-revolution finances, but political and economic concerns cannot ...

Laith Saud

Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution

Book review: Bassiouni's account of Egypt's revolution is an engaging insight into Egypt's Arab Spring and its aftermath, from the side of state ...

A shoo-in for Sisi in Egypt's presidential election

Jamal Boukhari

A shoo-in for Sisi in Egypt's presidential election

Comment: Sisi's adversaries could gain widespread support, but so far, many of those who put themselves forward are already out of the running, ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Theresa May urged to withdraw MbS visit invitation

Rights groups argue that cancelling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the UK will pressure the Riyadh regime to ease its ...

Closed borders and xenophobic policies don't create jobs

Malia Bouattia

Closed borders and xenophobic policies don't create jobs

Comment: For Macron and May, the approach is similar: Distract the masses from domestic failings, by stirring up anger towards migrants and ...

Israel's war on African refugees is inspiring white supremacists

David Sheen

Israel's war on African refugees is inspiring white supremacists

Comment: Netanyahu's racist, anti-African immigration policies are bringing cheer to white supremacists on both sides of the Atlantic, writes ...

Egypt frees Mubarak-era interior minister ahead of retrial

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Egypt frees Mubarak-era interior minister ahead of retrial

An Egyptian court has overturned the conviction of Mubarak's interior minister Habib al-Adly who was sentenced to seven years in jail for ...

The international community's whitewashing of Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The international community's whitewashing of Yemen

Analysis: A reluctance to criticise Saudi Arabia's military campaign has empowered Riyadh to destroy thousands of Yemeni lives, writes Jonathan ...

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes Robert Springborg.

The New Arab & agencies

Ethiopia to release political prisoners, close detention camp

Ethiopia's leader has announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort ...

The New Arab & agencies

Scores of civilians 'killed in Russian airstrike' in Syria

Dozens of civilians, including women and children, have been killed during the ongoing Russian-backed siege of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in ...

The New Arab & agencies

Seven civilians killed in airstrikes in Syria's Idlib

Airstrikes in Syria's Idlib have killed at least seven civilians, a monitor said on Monday, as Russia and regime continue their bombing of the ...

Hopes for Syria's year ahead

Bahia Mardini

Hopes for Syria's year ahead

Comment: There can be no victory while Assad remains in power. But 2018 must bring Syrians closer to holding free and fair multi-party ...

James Snell

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

Comment: When people protest against mass unemployment and corruption, and are met with bullets, the world must be prepared to do more than ...

UN rights experts condemn Saudi Arabia's <em>repression</em> of activists

The New Arab

UN rights experts condemn Saudi Arabia's repression of activists

Rights experts at the United Nations have condemned Saudi Arabia's crackdown on rights activists, decrying a "worrying pattern of widespread and ...

Iran protests raise questions for US and Saudi policymakers

James M. Dorsey

Iran protests raise questions for US and Saudi policymakers

Comment: These protests will likely strengthen hardline conservative factions within Iran, which Saudi and US foreign policy may seek to ...

Iran protests erupt in Arab-separatist stronghold Ahwaz city

The New Arab

Iran protests erupt in Arab-separatist stronghold Ahwaz city

Thousands of protesters took the streets in city of Ahwaz city in south-western Iran on Saturday as mass anti-government demonstrations spread ...

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