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The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence stretches beyond the religious.

Riyad Suleiman was sacked after he criticised the UAE for sending weapons to the southern separatist group on Yemen's Socotra island.

Lebanon’s caretaker PM warns of chaos as currency plunges

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Lebanon’s caretaker PM warns of chaos as currency plunges

Hassan Diab threatened to suspend his duties if that would increase pressure for a new Cabinet to be formed.

UK planning massive aid cuts to Middle East

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UK planning massive aid cuts to Middle East

The plans would drastically slash aid to war-torn and poverty-stricken countries in the Middle East and Africa

Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence

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Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence

Iraq’s prime minister has declared March 6 a National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence in Iraq.

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Sisi visits Khartoum for first time since Sudanese revolution

Sisi's first visit to Sudan since the 2019 revolution aims to revive the two countries' relations, and address tensions with Ethiopia over its Nile dam.

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Turkey's military heads join naval drills off Aegean

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Saturday that Turkey would not give up on its rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Charities blast British aid cut for war-torn Yemen

Britain pledged £87 million for Yemen at an international donors' conference this week, about half the amount it offered last year.

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Taliban says it met US envoy in Qatar

The US envoy to Afghanistan has proposed a grand conference as peace talks continue to stagnate.

Lebanon central bank governor to sue Bloomberg

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Lebanon central bank governor to sue Bloomberg

The statement by the office of Lebanon’s embattled banking chief is not the first instance of a legal threat against a Western media outlet ...

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18 killed as truck crashes into bus outside Cairo

Traffic accidents claim thousands of lives every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record.

Canada calls for Syrian regime to face torture charges

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Canada calls for Syrian regime to face torture charges

Canada has called on the UN to hold the Assad regime accountable for crimes against its own people after a similar request by the Netherlands.

Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

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Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

For Christians, the IS reign dealt a blow to a population already shrinking since the security breakdown and rise of militancy that followed the ...

Iran's Revolutionary Guard says airplane hijacking disrupted

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard says airplane hijacking disrupted

The Guard's announcement did not identify the suspect and only said the hijacker sought to divert the flight to the "southern shores of the ...

Ten killed in Mogadishu blast: police

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Ten killed in Mogadishu blast: police

Al-Shabaab Islamists drove a rickshaw packed with explosives into a popular restaurant in Mogadishu, killing at least ten people and injuring 30 ...

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Thousands hit the streets in fresh Algeria protests

A revived pro-democracy movement has taken root again in the North Africa country.

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Syria Kurds hand children to their Iraqi Yazidi mothers

The children of alleged Islamic State members were handed back to their mothers from Iraq's Yazidi minority.

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Iraqis welcome Pope as 'messenger of unity'

Pope Francis used the imagery of the fabrics that make up a carpet to illustrate how Iraq's single churches, each a thread, make up the ...

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US Senate meets under tight security after extremist threat

The Senate carried on with business as usual on Thursday. Yet worries persisted: the Capitol Police are pushing to extend the stay of the ...

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

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Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but ...

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US denies weighing sanctions against Lebanon Central Bank chief

Anti-corruption expert Gina Chammas criticised the US and international institution for working with corrupt Lebanese officials for over three ...

Ancient how-to guide reveals gruesome new details about mummification

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Ancient how-to guide reveals gruesome new details about mummification

The six-metre-long papyrus is dated to approximately 1450 BC and predates the two other known examples of embalming texts by more than a ...

Amnesty slams Egypt's 'forced disappearance' of family with toddler

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Amnesty slams Egypt's 'forced disappearance' of family with toddler

Amnesty International has called for the release of an Egyptian couple who were detained with their infant son on terrorism charges and have not ...

Pope Francis will take back a piece of Iraq

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Pope Francis will take back a piece of Iraq

Pope Francis said he will take a piece of Iraq with him and he hopes the country will 'heal'

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