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Egypt’s grand mufti, Shawky Allam said Turkey's conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is forbidden in Islam.

The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran sees record rise in new cases, Israel suspends parliament after MK tests positive and fears mount of second wave of infections in Saudi Arabia.

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Victoria Silva

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Independent artists in Jordan are finding ways to overcome the challenges of lockdown as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global music industry.

Israel suspends parliament sessions after lawmaker contracts coronavirus

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Israel suspends parliament sessions after lawmaker contracts coronavirus

Israel's Knesset has shut after Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker Sami Abou Shahadeh tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Transport of Covid-19 victim in pickup truck sparks outrage

A shocking video filmed in Egypt's city of Port Said shows medical workers in protective clothing placing the body of a Covid-19 victim in a pickup truck for transport.

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The Palestinian women behind Joint List's Israeli election surge

Israel's male-dominated political stage is set for a small but significant shake-up as four Palestinian women championing equality on all fronts ...

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Gantz meets Palestinian-Israeli politicians for talks on new government

The Palestinian-Israeli Joint List alliance is considering supporting Benny Gantz's minority government.

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Israel's Netanyahu asks for delay in corruption trial

The Israeli prime minister faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Palestinian-Israelis beat Netanyahu, delivering stunning results for Arab List

Ben Lynfield

Palestinian-Israelis beat Netanyahu, delivering stunning results for Arab List

In-depth: Thanks to political unity and huge turnout, the Arab Joint List achieved stunning results in Israel's latest election, denying ...

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Arabic fact-checking site goes online to counter fake news

Misbar.com, a new Arabic fact-checking website dedicated to exposing fake news and raising awareness of the problem, has gone online in a highly ...

Who's afraid of Heba Yazbak?

Daoud Kuttab

Who's afraid of Heba Yazbak?

Comment: Heba Yazbak is a strong, articulate woman, a highly educated Arab politician, and a perfect role model for Palestinians. In short, ...

Israel court allows Arab MP to run in election

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Israel court allows Arab MP to run in election

Israel's supreme court on Sunday overturned a decision by the country's elections body to disqualify an Arab lawmaker from running in March ...

Why Iraq is contemplating buying Russian missiles

Paul Iddon

Why Iraq is contemplating buying Russian missiles

Iraq is considering the purchase of yet more long-range missiles from Russia amid American and Iranian strikes on its soil.

US condemns latest missile attack on Iraqi base

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US condemns latest missile attack on Iraqi base

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was "outraged" by another missile attack on an Iraqi airbase where US forces have been stationed.

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Rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops: military

Eight Katyusha-type rockets landed on Al-Balad airbase, where US forces have been based, wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen on Sunday.

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Soleimani receives hero's welcome as millions flood Iran streets

Millions of mourners dressed in black were seen gathered in Ahvaz in a live broadcast on state television.

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Trump threatens to strike Iranian targets if Tehran retaliates

Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the US will strike 52 sites in Iran 'very fast and very hard' if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets.

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Iraqi forces urged to stay away from US bases

Pro-Iran factions ramped up pressure on US installations across Iraq on Saturday with missiles and warnings to Iraqi troops.

Missiles hit Green Zone, Iraq base housing US troops

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Missiles hit Green Zone, Iraq base housing US troops

In Baghdad, mortar rounds on Saturday evening hit the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US embassy is based, security sources said.

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US slaps sanctions on Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions on three Iraqi paramilitary leaders over a deadly crackdown on protests.

Hundreds protest in Syrian regime-controlled Daraa after ex-rebels killed

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Hundreds protest in Syrian regime-controlled Daraa after ex-rebels killed

Hundreds of people have protested against the Assad regime after two former Syrian rebels were shot dead in Daraa, which has been under regime ...

Joint List's Odeh: Netanyahu trying to spark civil war

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Joint List's Odeh: Netanyahu trying to spark civil war

Head of the Palestinian Joint List alliance Ayman Odeh said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to 'spark a civil war' after racist ...

Netanyahu mocks Gantz minority gov with Palestinian alliance

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Netanyahu mocks Gantz minority gov with Palestinian alliance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Benny Gantz in a conference speech if he is really prepared to form a minority government with 'these ...

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