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The first of the four nuclear reactors at the Barakah plant had been due to come online in late 2017, but was delayed several times.

Comment: For too long, government disdain for citizens' rights and needs has generated daily humiliation, degradation and helplessness among ordinary Arab citizens, writes Rami Khouri.

Saudi, UAE media fail to report anti-Sisi Egypt protests

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Saudi, UAE media fail to report anti-Sisi Egypt protests

Sisi allies in the Gulf refused to report protests that erupted across Egypt on Friday, in the latest bid to dismiss the pro-democracy movement in the country.

Libya slams UAE for hosting 'hostile' Haftar presser

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Libya slams UAE for hosting 'hostile' Haftar presser

Libya’s internationally recognised government has denounced the 'hostile position' of the UAE after the Gulf country hosted a press conference ...

Xavi's final game: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Xavi's final game: This week in Middle East football

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

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Brazilian footballer converts to Islam after years in Saudi

Sergio Ricardo spent years playing for clubs in the Middle East, notably in Saudi Arabia, and on Wednesday converted to Islam in the company of former El-Ittihad star Mohammad Suwaid.

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.

Uri Levy

Lebanese football team refuses to play in Palestine

Lebanon's Nejmeh refused to enter the occupied West Bank, forfeiting its match to Hilal al-Quds, as derbies played out across the region.

Uri Levy

Even Algerian football fans protested against Bouteflika

Across Algeria, fans showed the football community cannot remain indifferent to politics and social events, chanting against Bouteflika's ...

Zarif resignation: Another demonstration of Iranian footballers' political power?

Uri Levy

Zarif resignation: Another demonstration of Iranian footballers' political power?

Javad Zarif came under attack earlier this month, after Esteghlal Tehran's right-back and Iranian national team defender Voria Ghafouri took to ...

Uri Levy

Iranian rivalry erupts: This week in Middle East football

As many as 100,000 fans crowded into the Tabriz stadium to enjoy one of the biggest derbies of Iran's league, reports Uri Levy.

UAE superclub Al-Ain shock at football's Club World Cup

Uri Levy

UAE superclub Al-Ain shock at football's Club World Cup

The Emirati champions have been on a winning streak at the world's top club tournament, reports Uri Levy.

Egypt's Al-Ahly to sign 'Gazan Messi', Mahmoud al-Salami

Uri Levy

Egypt's Al-Ahly to sign 'Gazan Messi', Mahmoud al-Salami

Al-Ahly Cairo beat arch-rivals Zamalek to sign the Palestinian starlet Mahmoud al-Salami.

Ending the silverware drought: This week's Middle East football

Uri Levy

Ending the silverware drought: This week's Middle East football

As Sharjah FC continues to chase their first trophy since 2003, Saudi side Ittihad Jeddah continues to disappoint fans despite a ...

Persepolis emerge victorious in Middle East football clash

Uri Levy

Persepolis emerge victorious in Middle East football clash

Blog: Tehran's Persepolis drew with Doha's Al-Sadd in the Asian Champions League, sending them through on aggregate to the coveted finals.

Uri Levy

Netanyahu and Ahed: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The Israeli leader described al-Ahed FC as a missile silo for Hizballah - but how is Lebanon's biggest club connected with the Shia movement?

Uri Levy

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

Uri Levy

Football comes home: This week in Middle East football

A Saudi cup clash took part in London this weekend, with some interesting talking points for fans of the kingdom's two biggest clubs.

Uri Levy

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

How can a brand new Egyptian team be in the same spending leagues as AC Milan, Marseille, Porto and a host of Chinese clubs? Meet Pyramids FC...

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Spain v Morocco

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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 ...

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Russia v Egypt

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Russia v Egypt

Don't miss a moment as Egypt vie to break Arab teams' losing streak at Russia2018. Refresh this page to get up-to-the-minute updates

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Iran v Morocco

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.

The great guide to Middle East World Cup teams

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.

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