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In-depth: With Palestinian legislative elections fast approaching, Israel has ramped up measures to sabotage the vote.

Iran views US reticence to continue operating in Iraq not only as a sign of weakness but as an opportunity to further cement its hold and power over Iraqi affairs.

Iraqi government approves expansion of Iran-linked Hashd <em>Al</em>-Shaabi militia

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Iraqi government approves expansion of Iran-linked Hashd Al-Shaabi militia

Iraq's government has approved 30,000 new members for the Iran-backed Hashd Al-Shaabi militia.

Palestinians approve 36 groups to run in May vote

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Palestinians approve 36 groups to run in May vote

36 candidate lists, from the dominant factions to individuals and popular figures, have been approved for the Palestinian legislative elections ...

Israeli intelligence chief demanded Palestinian PM Abbas scrap elections

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Israeli intelligence chief demanded Palestinian PM Abbas scrap elections

An Israeli intelligence chief has demanded Abbas cancel upcoming elections if Hamas competes in the vote.

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Jailed Barghouti backs challenge to Palestinian president

Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has endorsed a list of challengers opposing president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement in legislative elections next month.

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Arafat nephew, Barghouti to unite for Palestinian elections: report

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti and dissident Fatah official Nasser Al-Kidwa have agreed to form a united front ...

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Majority of Palestinians want Marwan Barghouti as president: poll

Jailed activist Marwan Barghouti is the top choice for president among Palestinians.

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Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti formally enters election race

Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison, will submit an independent list for upcoming legislative elections.

Palestinians seek international support for Jerusalem elections

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Palestinians seek international support for Jerusalem elections

With Israel failing to publicly confirm that Palestinians in East Jerusalem will be able to vote in this year's elections, Palestinian officials ...

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Hamas launches 'Jerusalem Is Our Promise' election list

Hamas has submitted its candidate list for May's Palestinian elections amid Israeli targeting of its leaders.

Israel arrests Hamas leaders in run-up to Palestinian election

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Israel arrests Hamas leaders in run-up to Palestinian election

Israel on Friday launched a new round of arrests of Hamas leaders in the West Bank, ahead of Palestinian elections scheduled for May.

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

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US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Iraqi officials confirmed they had sent a formal request to Biden's administration for a date to resume strategic talks on bilateral relations ...

Poll: <em>Fatah</em>, Hamas face headwinds ahead of Palestinian vote

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Poll: Fatah, Hamas face headwinds ahead of Palestinian vote

A new poll indicates both Palestinian factions are likely to fall short of a parliamentary majority.

UAE-backed Dahlan 'may run in upcoming Palestinian elections'

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UAE-backed Dahlan 'may run in upcoming Palestinian elections'

UAE-backed Mohamed Dahlan said he may run for presidency in Palestine's upcoming elections.

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Abbas rival accuses president of failing Palestinians

Mohammed Dahlan, an exiled former top Palestinian official, said president Mahmoud Abbas was a failed leader.

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Palestinian factions head to Cairo for national dialogue talks

Palestinian factions head to Cairo for second round of national dialogue amid accusations of political monopoly, in order to discuss the ...

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Jerusalemites to vote in Palestinian elections by post

Concerns have spread among Palestinians that Israel might block this year’s polls in East Jerusalem after the US recognition of the city as ...

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EU halts sanctions against family of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak

The EU announced that it was ending sanctions against the family of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and others.

The disingenuous promise of early elections in Iraq

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The disingenuous promise of early elections in Iraq

Analysis: Mustafa al-Kadhimi is seeking to appease Iraq's protest movement by promising early elections, but politically astute Iraqis ...

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Germany hands suspended sentence to spy worked for Egypt

An Egyptian-born German man has been given a suspended sentence for working as a spy while employed by Angela Merkel's press office.

Palestinian <em>Fatah</em> kicks out senior member ahead of elections

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Palestinian Fatah kicks out senior member ahead of elections

Nasser al-Kidwa, a nephew of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was dismissed after announcing he would form his own electoral list.

Yasser Arafat's nephew clashes with <em>Fatah</em> ahead of elections

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Yasser Arafat's nephew clashes with Fatah ahead of elections

Nasser Al-Qudwa, Yasser Arafat's nephew, refused to attend a meeting led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to address rifts in the ...

Hamas to pick new Gaza chief this week

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Hamas to pick new Gaza chief this week

Hamas is set to elect a new head of their Gaza political branch, a role currently filled by Yahya Sinwar.

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