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Women wrestlers will not feature in shows in Saudi Arabia, a move criticised by fans who say WWE "chose money" over their stars.

The talks come after Trump warned Russia over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying US missiles "will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Saudi Arabia signs ten-year deal with pro-<em>wrestling</em> giant WWE

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Saudi Arabia signs ten-year deal with pro-wrestling giant WWE

Saudi Arabia announced that it has signed a ten-year contract with the WWE to hold professional wrestling shows in the kingdom in the latest move to increase domestic entertainment.

Iranian wrestler banned for throwing match

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Iranian wrestler banned for throwing match

Wrestling's international body has banned an Iranian athlete and his coach after the wrestler deliberately lost a match at a competition.

#YouMustLose: Iranian wrestler loses match to avoid playing Israel

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#YouMustLose: Iranian wrestler loses match to avoid playing Israel

Coaches reportedly told the Iranian wrestler minutes before the end of his match 'to lose' in order to avoid playing Israel in the next round.

Mona Alami

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Comment: Hizballah has enjoyed increased leverage in Lebanese and regional politics, but the prospect of a destabilised Lebanon means it must tread very carefully, writes Mona Alami.

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Jordanian wrestler becomes first Arab woman to join WWE

Jordanian TV presenter Shadia Bseiso has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Egypt condemns North Korea's nuclear test, warns of threats

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed worries that the escalating activity could unleash a nuclear arms race in the region.

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Iran slams footballers for playing against Israeli team

Iran's football federation has condemned two Iranian players for participating in a match on Friday against an Israeli team, with the move ...

Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake

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Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shook hands as they met for the first time Friday at a G20 summit marred by protests and rifts between America ...

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Wary of US, Iran 'reroutes land-corridor to Mediterranean'

The build up of US forces in Kurdish controlled areas of north east Syria has forced Tehran to change course in order to secure a long-term ...

Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

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Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

Rejected by Egypt's wrestling federation, a young grappler and kebab shop worker has made a controversial comeback while representing a ...

Alone in the <em>wrestling</em> ring: Reactions to Abbas-Trump meeting

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Alone in the wrestling ring: Reactions to Abbas-Trump meeting

The Palestinian press reacted with a mix of scepticism and muted praise after President Mahmoud Abbas' meeting with US President Donald Trump on ...

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's underground hero

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's underground hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

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Iran beats US in wrestling cup final

As the US and Iran wrangle over sanctions and missile tests, their athletes grappled in the ring on Friday in wrestling's Freestyle World Cup final, with the Iranians emerging victorious.

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Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

Rasoul Khadem has written to Iran's Minister for Sport, arguing that Iran should 'show its good will' and give the US team visas to attend the ...

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Iran denies US wrestling team visas after Trump ban

Iran on Friday banned US wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition this month in response to President Donald Trump's ...

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Emirati student shot dead by US police

A student from the UAE has been shot dead by a US cop in Ohio, which authorities claim took place after the Emirati 'struggled' with an officer.

Conspiracy and heartbreak: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Conspiracy and heartbreak: This week in Middle East football

A state sell-off of Saudi Arabia's super-clubs and bizarre allegations of conspiracy against Iran have not made up for the disappointment of ...

Uri Levy

Race to Russia: Region's World Cup Qualifiers this week

The past days were full with 2018 World Cup qualifications clashes, involving the national teams from all over the region -North Africa, Asia ...

UNICEF calls for end to ‘dire’ situation in Aleppo

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UNICEF calls for end to ‘dire’ situation in Aleppo

UNICEF’s representative in Syria called Saturday for an end to the violence that has beset northern Aleppo, causing “dire” humanitarian and ...

Obama turns up pressure on Putin over Syria

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Obama turns up pressure on Putin over Syria

US President Barack Obama says it is time for Russia to show it is serious about bringing peace in Syria, signalling a renewed push to end the ...

Is the UN shifting its approach on Western Sahara?

Samir Bennis

Is the UN shifting its approach on Western Sahara?

Comment: Ban Ki-moon appears to be calling for a renegotiation over what Sahrawi 'self-determination' might look like, writes Samir Bennis.

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