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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he discussed the region's coronavirus outbreaks and other issues with his Emirati counterpart in rare talks held via a videoconference call.

Saudi Arabia has placed Sheikh Abdul Majid Al-Zindani, an influential Yemeni cleric, with ties to the Islamist Islah party, under house arrest in Mecca.

<em>Saudi</em> <em>cleric</em> ridiculed after tweeting 'erotic' poem after prayers

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Saudi cleric ridiculed after tweeting 'erotic' poem after prayers

Adil Al-Kalbani, former imam Mecca's Great Mosque, tweeted an 'erotic' poem about a woman biting her lip and eating berries.

Missile hit near convoy of ex-Lebanon PM Hariri: report

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Missile hit near convoy of ex-Lebanon PM Hariri: report

Hariri's office confirmed the report, saying it was "generally correct".

<em>Saudi</em> 'forced' 3 Iranian boats to leave waters

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Saudi 'forced' 3 Iranian boats to leave waters

Saudi state media said it forced Iranian ships to retreat from its waters.

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The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

Iraqi Shia militias are beginning to show signs of discontent as Iran's economy is ravaged by US sanctions and Covid-19.

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Saudi cleric says combatting anti-Semitism a 'religious obligation'

Saudi cleric Mohammad al-Issa, who heads the Saudi-funded Muslim World League, called the fight against anti-Jewish ...

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Disappearance of suspected Saudi spy mastermind Al-Asaker arouses suspicion

Saudi dissidents are speculating about the fate of MbS aide Badr al-Asaker, who fell from grace last year following reports he ...

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HTS seeks 'moderate rebrand' to secure seat in negotiations

The secretive leader of the jihadist group HTS has undertaken an intense public relations campaign in Idlib, revealing his true identity and ...

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand <em>Saudi</em> 'reparations'

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by ...

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In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

Traditional celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing many to ...

Salman al-Awdah heard from <em>Saudi</em> prison for first time

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Salman al-Awdah heard from Saudi prison for first time

Jailed Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah spoke with his mother and daughter from inside a Saudi prison, his relatives have ...

<em>Saudi</em> Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

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Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

Saudi Arabia has installed self-sterilisation gates at the entrances of Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

Egypt arrests group for 'making mock Umrah in Alexandria'

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Egypt arrests group for 'making mock Umrah in Alexandria'

Videos that emerged on social media on Friday showed dozens of Egyptians circling the streets of Alexandria with a model of the holy Kaaba, ...

<em>Saudi</em> Arabia's record-shattering executions are mass murder

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Saudi Arabia's record-shattering executions are mass murder

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent execution spree makes the regime deadlier than ever, but don't expect Trump to hear any criticism from ...

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Saudi women expose sexual harassers on Twitter

Women in Saudi Arabia are posting sexual harassment testimonies on Twitter under pseudonyms in 'brave move,' HRW says

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

A subdued Easter in Jerusalem, virtual wedding services and the Gulf's reckless deportations of migrant workers in today's coronavirus roundup.

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Saudi refuses to return bodies of executed Shia Muslims

More than 80 members of Saudi Arabia's Shia Muslim community have been executed since 2016. None of their bodies have been handed over ...

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Saudi imposes 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities

Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat ...

Riyadh imposes stricter lockdown as 140 new cases confirmed

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Riyadh imposes stricter lockdown as 140 new cases confirmed

The Saudi Health Ministry has announced 140 new cases and four deaths from coronavirus, as a new curfew took effect in seven districts ...

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Wives can refuse sexual advances from husbands: Saudi cleric

The promising suggestion offers a glimmer of hope for Saudi Arabia’s religious authorities, whose ranks are dominated by proponents of ...

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Every aspect of public and commercial life has felt the full force spread of COVID-19, and the Middle East is no exception.

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

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Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions ...

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