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A drawdown of American diplomacy and the withdrawal of US land forces could instead herald enhanced military involvement in Iraq using air assets and drones.

Comment: Lebanon must let go of the symbolism of last year's revolution and accept its current uncertainty in order to create new hope in this dark moment, writes Carmen Geha.

UN Yemen envoy condemns deadly clashes in Hodeida

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UN Yemen envoy condemns deadly clashes in Hodeida

Clashes have flared up between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and government forces south of the port in Hodeida.

UN says Iran must free political prisoners amid pandemic

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UN says Iran must free political prisoners amid pandemic

The UN Human Rights Council has called on Iran to immediately free political prisoners as the coronavirus pandemic continues, expressing deep ...

Iran police urged to crack down on 'loose hijab'

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Iran police urged to crack down on 'loose hijab'

Similar statements by Iran's clerics in 2014 were thought have sparked a wave of acid attacks on women whose hijab fell bellow ...

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Iraqi father faces militia as he seeks missing son

Jasb’s father has been searching for justice that has run repeatedly against one major obstacle: the increasing helplessness of Iraq’s government in the face of powerful, Iranian-backed Shiite

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Pro-Iran faction targets US forces stationed at Erbil airport

Pro-Iran paramilitary network Hashed al-Shaabi has been accused of firing rockets at US forces stationed at Erbil airport.

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Iraq ‘not happy’ with ‘dangerous’ US pullout threat

Iraq has expressed dissatisfaction with a US threat to pull out its diplomats and troops from the country in response to rocket attacks by ...

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Iraq to establish special force to protect Green Zone

Baghdad is reportedly planning to set up a special force to protect foreign missions in the capital amid fears of a major attack on the US ...

Jailed Iran rights lawyer ends hunger strike

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Jailed Iran rights lawyer ends hunger strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh, 57, announced she was going on hunger strike last month to demand the release of political prisoners and focus attention on ...

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Hunger striking Iranian human rights lawyer back in prison

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was sent to hospital after going on hunger strike for 40 days to demand the release of political ...

Jailed <em>Iranian</em> rights lawyer hospitalised amid hunger strike

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Jailed Iranian rights lawyer hospitalised amid hunger strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh was transferred to a hospital in north Tehran from the notorious Evin Prison on Saturday.

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab <em>women</em>

Sarah Khalil

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women

The New Arab speaks to Roisin Tapponi, the founder of the Habibi Collective project, about the digital archiving of films made by women ...

Turkey 'will not deport' <em>Iranian</em> anti-hijab activist: officials

Gaia Caramazza

Turkey 'will not deport' Iranian anti-hijab activist: officials

Reports claimed the Turkish government promised it will not deport Shariatmadari, and that her detention was simply due to problems with her ...

<em>Iranian</em> lawyer putting 'life on line' in hunger strike

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Iranian lawyer putting 'life on line' in hunger strike

International concern is growing for the health of prize-winning Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is over three weeks into a hunger ...

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Iranian musician arrested for collaborating with female artists

An Iranian musician will stand trial for working with female artists, including one who lives in the Netherlands.

Mohammed Shiaa

Basra killings expose Iraq's deadly web of corruption

An alleged cover-up of the killing of local activists in Basra reveals how a corrupt political network in southern Iraq is ready to do anything ...

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Iranian man who beheaded teenage daughter gets nine-year sentence

Rana Dashti, the victim's mother, has said the legal outcome has caused "fear and panic" for her family.

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Iranian women speak out after alleged rapist arrest

Iran's VP has called on the judiciary to"forcefully confront" rapists after an online campaign sparked a wave of women to come forward ...

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Comment: Reham Yacoub's assassination is evidence of an increasingly restricted space for free speech and protest in Iraq, write Taif Alkhudary ...

Sahar Esfandiari

Inside Iraq's first independent film festival

Iraq's first independent film festival aims to take back control of tired narratives of the country and showcase emerging and established talent ...

The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

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The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

While Iraqi authorities continue to criticise Turkish military operations, their protestations of sovereignty have fallen on deaf ears.

Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

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Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

Lebanese authorities had raised the alarm on the dangerous stockpile of explosive material at Beirut's port at least 10 times prior to the ...

Australia: British-Australian academic held in Iran prison 'is well'

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Australia: British-Australian academic held in Iran prison 'is well'

Imprisoned academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is doing 'well' after being moved to Iran's 'worst prison' for women, Australia's ambassador to ...

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