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73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 percent of the presidential vote.

As of Friday evening, Italian Premier Draghi had not apologised publicly or issued a retraction.

How Biden failed his own litmus test on Egypt

Sam Hamad

How Biden failed his own litmus test on Egypt

Comment: The Sisi regime will take Biden's exoneration of Beblawi as a sign that the new administration is willing to informally green light its human rights abuses, writes Sam Hamad.

Former Iraqi <em>PM</em> faces French lawsuit over protester killings

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Former Iraqi PM faces French lawsuit over protester killings

Five Iraqi families have brought a lawsuit in France against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, alleging that he was responsible for the killing ...

Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

Some 215,000 citizens are registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen to pose little ...

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Italian PM calls Turkey's Erdogan 'dictator' following sofagate scandal

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Turkey's President Recep Tayyib Erdogan a dictator amid tensions over the so-called 'sofagate' scandal.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UAE's Mohammed bin Zayed backs new Libyan government

Mohammed bin Zayed received Libya's interim PM on Wednesday, with official media reporting that he backs the new unity government.

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Tunisia tightens anti-Covid measures

Tunisia announced additional restrictions to curb Covid-19 amid a rise in infections.

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Activists say Pakistan PM blames women's dress for rape

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was criticised for suggesting the veil can contain sexual assault.

Jordanian deputy <em>PM</em> says coup ‘contained’ as discontent grows

The New Arab Staff

Jordanian deputy PM says coup ‘contained’ as discontent grows

Jordan's deputy PM says that Saturday's attempted coup is 'contained' but discontent is growing over censorship and allegations against ...

The New Arab Staff

Biden administration says torture-accused Egypt ex-PM 'had diplomatic immunity'

Plaintiff Mohamed Soltan said the US State Department has 'erred in its interpretation of the law'.

Protesters divided over Netanyahu amid corruption trial

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Protesters divided over Netanyahu amid corruption trial

Much as in Israel's recent elections, protesters outside the courtroom where PM Netanyahu is on trial are divided over their country's ...

Malaysia's ex-<em>PM</em> Najib Razak starts appeal of corruption conviction

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Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak starts appeal of corruption conviction

Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak was convicted on multi-million dollar corruption charges last year. Now, he launches his appeal against a ...

Israeli <em>PM</em> Netanyahu's court corruption battle resumes

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Israeli PM Netanyahu's court corruption battle resumes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fighting for his political life on two fronts: coalition talks, and a corruption trial over claims he ...

Child among dead in attack on Mogadishu tea shop

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Child among dead in attack on Mogadishu tea shop

An attack on a tea shop in the Somali capital left at least five civilians dead on Saturday, including a child.

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Officer killed in US Capitol car-ramming attack

An attack at the US Capitol has left one police officer dead, as well as the attack, who was shot by police.

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March of the mummies: Egypt readies for pharaohs' parade

Cairo is to host a parade of mummified ancient kings and queens, as they travel to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

The New Arab Staff

Israel 'delaying' visas to EU delegation for Palestinian elections

The EU have accused Israel of not granting visas to election delegates who will observe the upcoming Palestinian elections in May.

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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.

Iraq <em>PM</em> soothes security concern on Saudi visit

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Iraq PM soothes security concern on Saudi visit

In a long-awaited meeting, the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince hosted the Iraqi PM in talks surrounding the kingdom's security, as well as ...

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Iraq PM seeks closer trade ties on Saudi visit

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi has met with Mohammed bin Salman to discuss closer ties and cooperation.

Iraqi <em>PM</em> forms supreme committee to resurrect Mosul

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi PM forms supreme committee to resurrect Mosul

Mosul was destroyed by IS. Now, almost four years after the city's re-capture by Iraqi government forces the city remains derelict.

Traditional manousheh leaves tables in poverty-hit Lebanon

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Traditional manousheh leaves tables in poverty-hit Lebanon

The economic crisis in Lebanon is now affecting the most basic items in the country, including the famed manousheh.

Gaza sees spike in coronavirus cases

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Gaza sees spike in coronavirus cases

Thousands of people in Gaza have been infected with the coronavirus, increasing pressure on local hospitals.

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