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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to visit the White House in March, a US official said, as he faces calls back home to step down over corruption allegations.

More than 200 contract soldiers, mostly Russians, died in a failed attack on a base in the Deir az-Zour region held by US and Kurdish forces, Russian sources said.

Iraq sentences ex-minister to 21 years for corruption

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Iraq sentences ex-minister to 21 years for corruption

Abdel Falah al-Sudani, who served as trade minister following the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, was handed two seven-year sentences.

Libya's smugglers are getting rich dealing in migrant lives

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya's smugglers are getting rich dealing in migrant lives

In-depth: Human traffickers are making fast cash on the migrant trade, yet many desperate people are willing to pay any price to escape, reports ...

Louvre apologises to Qatar for 'Gulf map <em>scandal</em>'

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Louvre apologises to Qatar for 'Gulf map scandal'

The Louvre Museum in Paris has apologised to Qatar for its franchise in the United Arab Emirates displaying a map of the Arabian Peninsula that ...

Tom Charles

A note to UAE: African Lives Matter

Comment: Protesters demonstrating against UAE's role in the slave trade showed that the tide could be turning on Trump's divide and rule tactics, writes Tom Charles.

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Sochi's Syria peace talks fail miserably amid 'scandalous blunders'

Russia's peace conference has been ridiculed as both a farce and a scandal, as boycotts and cancellations from Kurds and Syrian ...

Karim Traboulsi

Lebanese comedian grilled over Saudi prince burger insult

Sheikh shackles: A Lebanese comedian could face jail time for joking about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged fast-food addiction, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Interpol returns ex-minister wanted for corruption to Iraq

Interpol has handed over Iraq's former trade minister, the first Iraqi collaboration with the international police body.

Botox beauty camels booted out of contest

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Botox beauty camels booted out of contest

Twelve camels have been expelled from a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia after they were discovered to have illicit enhancement to put them ahead ...

The New Arab & agencies

Trash Tsunami: Lebanon's sea-dumped rubbish comes crashing ashore

Plastics, tires, footwear, and even cattle bones surfaced this week at Lebanon's once-idyllic Zouk Mosbeh coastline.

Sisi replaces Egypt's intelligence chief ahead of elections

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Sisi replaces Egypt's intelligence chief ahead of elections

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has appointed Major General Abbas Kamel as interim chief of the country’s General Intelligence Service, ...

Seinfeld, the stone and the Uzi

Steven Salaita

Seinfeld, the stone and the Uzi

Comment: The lack of outrage over Seinfeld's outing to a fantasy Israeli army training camp reveals much about the US state monopoly on ...

Police arrest Israeli organ smuggling 'mastermind'

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Police arrest Israeli organ smuggling 'mastermind'

Moshe Harel, who was arrested in Cyprus on Saturday, is a suspected ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers.

Israel passes law to 'protect Netanyahu during corruption <em>scandal</em>'

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Israel passes law to 'protect Netanyahu during corruption scandal'

The bill stops police from recommending to prosecutors whether to indict suspects upon completing their investigations and prevents information ...

The New Arab

Suicide of Egyptian mother with HIV highlights health crisis

The tragic death of a young mother with HIV brings to light the woefully inadequate response and crushing societal stigma of the alarming HIV/AIDS epidemic in Egypt.

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Libya slavery scandal: Europe 'complicit' in migrant abuse

Amnesty International says Europe governments' support for Libya's coastguard in curbing migrant flow makes it "complicit" in the detention, ...

Romain Calvary

Arrests and 'corruption': Inside Saudi Arabia's business affairs

Comment: The arrest of Mohamed al-Amoudi is a textbook warning to local businessmen who might have been harbouring seditious designs, writes ...

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Turkey cannot be 'condemned by courts' in US: Erdogan

'My country can never be condemned by virtual courts set up by FETO scoundrels, fake representatives,' Erdogan said during a televised speech in ...

Gold trader implicates Turkey's Erdogan in Iran sanctions trial

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Gold trader implicates Turkey's Erdogan in Iran sanctions trial

In the dock, Reza Zarrab implied that Erdogan knew how he and a Turkish banker, now on trial, circumvented US sanctions on Iran and laundered ...

Deena Dajani

Libya's sovereign wealth scandal: Taxpayers' billions squandered through incompetence

Part one of an exclusive investigation into the mismanagement of an opaque and secretive operation that mimics the country's divided politics.

Trader admits bribing Turkish minister in Iran sanctions-busting operation

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Trader admits bribing Turkish minister in Iran sanctions-busting operation

Turkish-Iranian Reza Zarrab told a US court that he paid millions of dollars in bribes to Turkey's former economy minister to help Iran evade US ...

Macron to give Saudi Arabia list of extremist groups

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Macron to give Saudi Arabia list of extremist groups

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he would draw up a list of extremist groups to give to Saudi Arabia after its crown prince ...

Saudi prince 'paid $10bn to be released from Ritz-Carlton'

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Saudi prince 'paid $10bn to be released from Ritz-Carlton'

Saudi authorities released prince Mutaib after what according to sources was an 'extortionate monetary bribe.'

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