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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.

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.

Jordanian wrestler becomes first Arab woman to join WWE

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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.

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

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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.

Iran slams footballers for playing against Israeli team

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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 ...

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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 and its Western allies

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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.

Iran beats US in <em>wrestling</em> cup final

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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 ...

Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

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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 ...

Iran denies US <em>wrestling</em> team visas after Trump ban

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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 ...

Emirati student shot dead by US police

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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.

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 defeat in the Champions League final.

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

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.

Fatima El-Issawi

Blink and you'll miss them: civil liberties in Morocco

Comment: Morocco has suffered from the wave of conservatism in the Arab world. But liberals must win the political battle before tackling the ...

IS militants take control of Ramadi government stronghold

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

IS militants take control of Ramadi government stronghold

The main government building in the the city of Ramadi, western Iraq, has fallen to the Islamic State group after a fierce battle with Iraqi ...

IS 'forcing children to join ranks in Mosul'

Abdullah al-Thuweini

IS 'forcing children to join ranks in Mosul'

Iraqi official says Islamic State group recruiters have visited schools to pick children for military training, as Iraqi government forces ...

Polls apart: what Palestinian voters really want

Karl Sabbagh

Polls apart: what Palestinian voters really want

Comment: In Palestine, as in the UK during the election, the public narrative often runs counter to prevailing private beliefs, says Karl ...

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