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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told French President Emmanuel Macron he wants their countries to cooperate to fight terrorism.

This week Spanish football legend Xavi Hernandez said farewell to the game as a player, ending his first chapter with Qatar's Al-Sadd.

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

Uri Levy

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

With football seasons in the Middle East coming to a close, there have been some unpredictable ends to league battles.

Middle East Football: Bounedjah makes it to the top

Uri Levy

Middle East Football: Bounedjah makes it to the top

It's not every season a Middle Eastern player grabs top spot in the worldwide scorers' chart, but in the past weekend, Al-Sadd’s Algerian ...

Turkish police blockade protesting mothers

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish police blockade protesting mothers

The 'Saturday Mothers' who were blockaded by Turkish police have gathered almost every week since 1995.

The New Arab

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Spain v Morocco

Don't miss a moment in Russia2018 as Spain and Morocco battle it out in Group B. Keep refreshing this page for updates.

The New Arab

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Wonder Wednesday

Three matches in one day - don't miss all the action from Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain at Russia 2018. Keep refreshing ...

The New Arab

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Iran v Morocco

Minute-by-minute updates from Iran and Morocco's opening game in their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaigns.

Uri Levy

The great guide to Middle East World Cup teams

Five Middle East and North African national teams will play in Russia 2018, the most Middle Eastern World Cup ever.

Salah's plane sailing: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Salah's plane sailing: This week in Middle East football

Let's hope the row over using Salah's image on an Egyptian jet doesn't derail his season.

Uri Levy

Arabs leading Africa: This week in Middle Eastern football

Blog: All four teams in the continent's top club competition are from north African nations, writes Uri Levy.

Turkey's former international goalkeeper caught in Ankara's anti-Gulen dragnet

The New Arab

Turkey's former international goalkeeper caught in Ankara's anti-Gulen dragnet

Turkey former international goalkeeper Omer Catkic has become the latest sports star to be swept up in Turkey's far-reaching anti-Gulenist purge.

Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

As football seasons in the Middle East draw to a close, tensions were high as teams played in the Arab world's own El Clasicos bringing tears ...

Balls and brawls: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Balls and brawls: This week in Middle East football

Blog: A return to club football after the international break brings Al-Ahli's first trophy of the season, and chaos in Amman, writes Uri Levy.

Europa League preview: Turkish giants face Israel's Be'er Sheva

Uri Levy

Europa League preview: Turkish giants face Israel's Be'er Sheva

In the most Middle Eastern match-up in the Europa League's history, Besiktas fans are heading to the town where the Ottomans made their last ...

Uri Levy

Triumphs and tyranny: this week's Arab football action

One of the most surprising moments in Arab football took place this week, when a rebellious Egyptian midfielder received a phone call from the army.

Ahmet Insel

Turkey's Erdogan leaps headlong into purges and war

Comment: Political commentator Ahmet Insel reflects on July's aborted coup against Erdogan’s government, and the escalating tensions behind ...

The New Arab

Bromance flourishes in Turkey: Erdogan ally appointed prime minister

Binali Yildirim, who has always been a loyal supporter of Turkish President Erdogan, was appointed to the nation's number two job on Thursday.

The New Arab

Istanbul football derby cancelled following Turkish intelligence warning

Turkey's biggest football derby - Fenerbahce v Galatasaray - has been called off with authorities citing 'security concerns' one day ...

Kurdish MPs resign in protest from Turkish government

AAAJ and agencies

Kurdish MPs resign in protest from Turkish government

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu replaced two Kurdish lawmakers who resigned from the interim government on Tuesday in protest at the ongoing campaign ...

Mat Nashed

Curtailing Erdogan's campaign for absolute power

Comment: Those who mobilised two years ago to defend Gezi Park can make themselves heard in the upcoming elections and stop Erdogan acquiring ...

Turkey's compulsory Ottoman course causes controversy

Cagri Ozdemir

Turkey's compulsory Ottoman course causes controversy

Officials call for the universal teaching of 'Old Turkish' but public opinion is divided and opposition says it is another attempt at Islamising ...

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