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The so-called anti-burqa vote comes after years of debate in Switzerland following similar bans in other European countries.

To end his four-day Iraqi visit, Pope Francis chose to hold the largest mass of his trip in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan

UK calls on Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'immediately'

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UK calls on Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'immediately'

A British-Iranian woman was supposed to be released from house arrest at the end of her five-year sentence on Sunday

Seven dead in Algeria floods: civil protection

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Seven dead in Algeria floods: civil protection

In northwestern Algeria, floods caused by torrential rains caused the death of at least seven people, while three are still missing

Swiss on course to pass Muslim 'burqa ban'

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Swiss on course to pass Muslim 'burqa ban'

Swiss people voted on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, on free trade agreement with Indonesia, and on an electronic ...

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Iran newspapers hail Pope-Sistani meet as chance for peace

Iranian media see the meeting between pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani as a hopeful possibility of peace for the neighbouring country

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Satellite images show aftermath of strike in northern Syria

Past satellite images of the site, some 75 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, showed hundreds of tanker trucks ...

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Israel enters final phase of easing coronavirus lockdown

Israel has started the finale phase of lifting lockdown restrictions, as nearly 40% of its population is already immunized

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Iran's Rouhani urges Europe to avoid 'threats or pressure'

Ireland's foreign minister is in Iran in an effort to revive the nuclear deal, which prompted Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to ask for no ...

Explosion on Gaza fishing boat kills 3 Palestinian anglers

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Explosion on Gaza fishing boat kills 3 Palestinian anglers

Three Palestinian fishermen were killed on Sunday after a blast ripped through their boat off the Gaza shore.

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Tunisia's gender violence law struggles to get beyond paper

Adopted in 2017, the Tunisian gender violence law is supposed to protect women from domestic violence but is rarely applied properly and affects ...

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

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Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

Despite a heavy repression, thousands of Myanmar anti-coup demonstrators rallied on Sunday, following overnight raids in Yangon.

Protests in Lebanon enter fifth day as currency plummets

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Protests in Lebanon enter fifth day as currency plummets

"We want all 118 MPs to resign now ... we need to remove the legitimacy of the ruling class."

Pope Francis prays for 'victims of war' in Mosul

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Pope Francis prays for 'victims of war' in Mosul

On the last day of his Iraq visit, Pope Francis prayed for "victims of war" in Iraq's Mosul, where the Islamic State group ravaged local ...

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

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Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

The heaviest deployment of security forces yet has been mobilised to protect the 84-year-old on what is perhaps his riskiest day in Iraq.

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Shia Muslim powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence stretches beyond the religious.

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Moroccan historian Monjib launches hunger strike

The 60-year-old Maati Monjib launched a hunger strike on Thursday, a statement by his supporters confirmed.

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Release of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in doubt

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says her release from Iran may be in doubt despite the end of her five-year imprisonment.

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Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopia Nile dam 'fait accompli'

During his first visit to Khartoum since the fall of Omar al-Bashir, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Ethiopia against filling its ...

Socotra port chief sacked for exposing 'unlawful' UAE shipment

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Socotra port chief sacked for exposing 'unlawful' UAE shipment

Riyad Suleiman was sacked after he criticised the UAE for sending weapons to the southern separatist group on Yemen's Socotra island.

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Egypt 'fake gynaecologist' examined scores of women before arrest

The man, identified as Salah Abdo, 39, had allegedly been treating pregnant women using forged diplomas that claimed he graduated with a medical ...

Lebanon’s caretaker PM warns of chaos as currency plunges

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Lebanon’s caretaker PM warns of chaos as currency plunges

Hassan Diab threatened to suspend his duties if that would increase pressure for a new Cabinet to be formed.

UK planning massive aid cuts to Middle East

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UK planning massive aid cuts to Middle East

The plans would drastically slash aid to war-torn and poverty-stricken countries in the Middle East and Africa

EU approves $155m for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan

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EU approves $155m for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan

The aid package will support social protection, healthcare, and education for Syrian refugees in host countries.

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