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Protesters have accused Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of stalling reforms he promised to carry out and taken to the streets over the past two days despite a coronavirus lockdown

Despite a global pandemic, artists in the Middle East are finding new ways to express themselves.

Gheyzanieh: Where oil flows, but drinking water does not

Kourosh Ziabari

Gheyzanieh: Where oil flows, but drinking water does not

Comment: For too long, Iran's leaders have neglected the oil-rich Khuzestan region, which provides an economic lifeline to the country, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

Iraqis seek herbal remedies amid feared second coronavirus wave

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Iraqis seek herbal remedies amid feared second coronavirus wave

Since the start of Iraq’s Covid-19 outbreak, locals have been flocking to alternative pharmacies in search of more natural remedies.

Lebanese activists release 'protest guide' for US demonstrators

Sarah Khalil

Lebanese activists release 'protest guide' for US demonstrators

A 'protest guide' created by Lebanese activists has been shared online, detailing ways in which demonstrators in the US can adequately equip ...

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Police probe 'false testimony' in case against Netanyahu's wife

Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli premier, is accused of abusing her staff, as well as excessive spending and the misuse of state funds.

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UN forced to cut Yemen aid despite coronavirus pandemic

Yemenis need aid now more than ever as the coronavirus rips through the country.

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Iran hardliner addresses parliament as newly elected speaker

The former IRGC commander decried what we called authorities’ waning "social capital", due to the departure from the “ideals of the revolution".

Judit Neurink

Bankrupt Kurdistan is no longer 'the other Iraq'

Comment: The Kurdistan region of Iraq has hit rock bottom. What was once a promising 'other Iraq' is now a politically and financially bankrupt ...

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by ...

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Lebanon adopts law to lift banking secrecy for officials

Activists have criticised a last-minute change in the law that prevents judges from independently ordering a disclosure.

Surrealist painter captures Iraq's descent into the abyss

Nazli Tarzi

Surrealist painter captures Iraq's descent into the abyss

Inside Karrar Sattar's work lives a distinctive darkness and haunting sadness that echoes the lived experiences of the nation at large.

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

Oil price crash plunges Iraqi Kurdistan into crisis

Sofia Nitti

Oil price crash plunges Iraqi Kurdistan into crisis

A crash in oil prices has plunged Iraqi Kurdistan into economic crisis, with Baghdad's budget cuts adding to the region's financial woes.

Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

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Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

A former mayor of Tehran linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been elected as parliament speaker.

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Sudan says three jailed Bashir aides have virus

Three former senior aides to ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir have caught the novel coronavirus in prison.

Karim Safieddine

Hezbollah and the IMF: Rhetoric over practice

Hezbollah's pro-poor populist rhetoric has often conflicted with its political strategies and proposed economic policies.

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised ...

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Iran has spent $30bn propping up Assad regime: report

Iran has spent $20-30 billion in aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the money must be paid back, an Iranian lawmaker has claimed.

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

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Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

Suspected suicides or escape attempts of foreign household workers have become a frequent occurrence in Lebanon, with local reports recording at ...

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Netanyahu calls Sudanese leader in latest move towards normalisation

Fresh from inaugurating his new government, Israel's PM called Sudan's leader to wish him a happy Eid, three months after the pair agreed to ...

WATCH: Gunmen set fire to Iraqi paramilitary group's headquarters

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WATCH: Gunmen set fire to Iraqi paramilitary group's headquarters

The offices of Iranian-backed paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq were set ablaze over the weekend, as Iraq witnesses bubbling tensions between ...

Israel's Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' <em>corruption</em> charges as trial begins

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Israel's Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' corruption charges as trial begins

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on Sunday forced to appear before the court for his first hearing on corruption charges.

Iranian fuel shipment reaches Venezuelan waters

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Iranian fuel shipment reaches Venezuelan waters

Iranian fuel and oil products entered Venezuelan waters on Saturday, despite growing concerns by the US.

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