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The EU's top two officials voiced concerns over human rights in Turkey, while expressing hope for stronger ties.

In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to get an Iraqi visa on arrival.

Iraqi factions pressure Kurds to surrender Erbil attack findings

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi factions pressure Kurds to surrender Erbil attack findings

The Kurdistan Regional Government claimed that a group belonging to the Iran-backed PMU were behind the deadly rocket attack on Erbil in February.

Unseated Turkey opposition MP appeals to top court

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Unseated Turkey opposition MP appeals to top court

Outspoken pro-Kurdish MP Gergerlioglu has applied to have his seat in parliament reinstated.

Turkish prosecutor asks court to ban pro-<em>Kurdish</em> HDP party

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkish prosecutor asks court to ban pro-Kurdish HDP party

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party is facing disbandment, following calls from a Turkish prosecutor.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'IS brides' open up in Syria camp documentary

Shamima Begum appears in a documentary featuring Western IS wives, which is set to premiere at SXSW.

Zaina Erhaim

Polarisation gnaws at Syria's hopes for reconciliation

Comment: Ideological polarisation in Syria has left no room for nuance, and deprived Syrians of the social fabric necessary for reconciliation, ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

NATO eyes post-Trump reset as Afghanistan call looms

NATO defence ministers meet for their first talks since US President Joe Biden took over from Donald Trump.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: PKK, Iran-backed militias threaten Turkey

Turkey is facing a dual threat from Kurdish militants and Iran-backed militias amid its military operation in northern Iraq.

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost ...

Ali Bakeer

What is driving Saudi Arabia's apparent rapprochement with Turkey?

Analysis: Biden's policies towards Riyadh, together with how the UAE responds, will play a major role in determining whether Turkish-Saudi ...

Syria Insight: Idlib comes under focus after Turkish movements

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Idlib comes under focus after Turkish movements

Syria's Idlib remains a hive of military activity despite a Russian-Turkish ceasefire meant to reduce violence in the densely populated province.

Belgian policeman tried over death of <em>Kurdish</em> toddler

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Belgian policeman tried over death of Kurdish toddler

Mawda was fatally wounded in May 2018 when a policeman opened fire on a van being driven across Belgium by traffickers taking migrants across ...

Nowhere to go: Iraq's camp closures leave thousands destitute

Sofia Nitti

Nowhere to go: Iraq's camp closures leave thousands destitute

In-depth: Iraq has announced the closure of IDP camps across the country. With Covid-19 raging, winter approaching and IS still active, the ...

Russia marks brutal five-year intervention anniversary in Syria war

The New Arab Staff

Russia marks brutal five-year intervention anniversary in Syria war

Russia's intervention in the Syria war has cost thousands of lives.

The New Arab Staff

Kurdish authorities arrest journalist following Iraqi president's 'defamation' accusation

Journalist Bahroz Jaafer has been detained by Iraqi Kurdish authorities after Iraqi President Barham Saleh accused him of 'criminal defamation' over an article in which he criticised the leader

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's Kurdish authorities target media amid social unrest

As social unrest grows in Iraq's Kurdish region, media outlets are facing increasing pressure from authorities for their role in ...

Owais Zaheer

Turkey, US sanctions and the looming S-400 showdown

Tensions over Turkey's S-400 missile system have subsided amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the US Congress remains poised to act.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

The New Arab collates key points from Chatham House's series of panel discussion entitled 'The Struggle for State' , marking nine years since ...

Shamima Begum loses appeal against removal of British citizenship

The New Arab

Shamima Begum loses appeal against removal of British citizenship

Shamima Begum's appeal against the Home Office's decision to strip her of British citizenship has failed.

Stasa Salacanin

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Although Turkey announced the end of their operations in northern Syria late last year, many unknowns still remain, as it is unclear what comes ...

Syria death toll tops 380,000 in almost nine-year war

The New Arab

Syria death toll tops 380,000 in almost nine-year war

The conflict flared after unprecedented anti-government protests in the southern city of Daraa on March 15, 2011.

'White' minus privilege: Census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans

Sarah Essa

'White' minus privilege: Census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans

Comment: By refusing to count us, the US census denies us our share of the whopping $800 billion in funding allocated according to census ...

Protests bring Iraq's muhasasa system to its knees

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

Protests bring Iraq's muhasasa system to its knees

Comment: Iraqis have wholesale rejected a system that fostered corruption and inequality, but a viable alternative is yet to present itself, ...

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