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Syria's Assad has announced a new central bank chief amid a collapsing economy.

Faten Ali Nahar, a 50-year-old Damascus resident, has nominated herself in an election which is certain to be won by President Bashar Al- Assad.

Chad's president Deby dies after fighting rebels on battlefield

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Chad's president Deby dies after fighting rebels on battlefield

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army said in a shock announcement.

Egyptian journalist 'disappears' after being deported from Jordan

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Egyptian journalist 'disappears' after being deported from Jordan

The family of Hassan Al-Banna, a reporter for Al-Sharq newspaper who spent over two years in administrative detention in Egypt, has expressed ...

Saudi anti-corruption agency launches new <em>crackdown</em> on ministry officials

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Saudi anti-corruption agency launches new crackdown on ministry officials

New cases mentioned by Nazaha involve staff employed by the several government ministries and regional directorates.

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Egyptian cleric Qaradawi tests positive for Covid-19

The news came on the Doha-based cleric's official twitter account. He is reportedly in a good condition and receiving medical care.

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Syrian regime calls voters for 'sham' presidential elections

The vote will be the second presidential election to be held since the Assad regime began its brutal crackdown on protesters a decade ...

Mansour Omari

Assad's Syria will never be safe for Syrians

Comment: Denmark is well aware of the dangerous reality of Assad's Syria. Instead of an inhumane social policy, it should examine its own links ...

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Cuban leader Raul Castro stepping down

Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down as first secretary of Cuba.

Jordanian woman convicted for insulting king 'receives royal call'

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Jordanian woman convicted for insulting king 'receives royal call'

A Jordanian woman's conviction for insulting King Abdullah has sent shockwaves in Jordan.

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Egypt frees journalist couple

Egypt has released two journalists who have been help in prison for 18 months on charges of belonging to a terrorist group.

Myanmar's young demand their future

Achim Steiner

Myanmar's young demand their future

Comment: Myanmar's younger generation knows what it's like to enjoy better prospects and freedoms. The generals must return Myanmar to the ...

How Turkish law empowers abusers and denies women justice

Deniz Yuksel

How Turkish law empowers abusers and denies women justice

Comment: A toxic mix of pervasive misogyny and policies that roll back essential baseline protections has seen the state of women's rights in ...

Iran vows to enrich uranium to 60%

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Iran vows to enrich uranium to 60%

The announcement has been confirmed by the UN's nuclear watchdog and comes after an explosion knocked out power at Iran's main nuclear facility.

Egypt frees journalist Khaled Dawoud

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Egypt frees journalist Khaled Dawoud

Egypt has freed prominent dissident journalist and politician Khaled Dawoud after more than 18 months in detention.

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EU sanctions 8 Iranian security officials over 2019 crackdown

The EU on Monday added eight Iranian security officials to a sanctions blacklist over a 2019 protest crackdown.

William Christou

Everyone is talking about Jordan - except Jordanian journalists

In-depth: Whatever happened - a coup, sedition, or an overzealous royal family seeking to stamp out internal opposition - one thing is clear: ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Aung San Suu Kyi has been hit with a new criminal charge under section 25 of the natural disaster management law.

Saudi executes three soldiers for 'high treason'

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Saudi executes three soldiers for 'high treason'

Riyadh's defence ministry named the three soldiers as Mohammed bin Ahmed, Shaher bin Issa and Hamoud bin Ibrahim without identifying who they ...

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Veteran ruler Guelleh re-elected Djibouti president for fifth term

73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 ...

Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

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Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

Some 215,000 citizens are registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen to pose little ...

Jordan denies former royal court chief left country

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Jordan denies former royal court chief left country

Jordanian state news agency Petra confirmed Bassem Awadallah remains in custody, dismissing rumours that the former head of the royal court had ...

Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life: state media

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Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life: state media

Mahmoud Ezzat, a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to life in an Egyptian prison on terror charges.

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