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A recap of key developments in the case of the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafic Hariri.

Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty - with a pandemic on top of that.

Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

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Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

Iraqi General Mahdi Gharawi, who was accused of desertion and treason for allowing IS to take over Mosul in 2014, was released from prison to the shock of many Iraqis.

The Iraq Report: Support for Iran evaporates

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The Iraq Report: Support for Iran evaporates

As temperatures soar in Iraq, violence against protesters returns despite promises of reconciliation by the new PM, while Iran's role in the ...

The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

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The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

Iraq has found itself caught in a delicate balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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Lebanon's economic collapse could threaten Israel's security: Israeli general

Israeli commander Amir Baram said the crisis in Lebanon could impact Israel.

Jim Muir

Lebanon: Adrift in stormy seas

Comment: With its currency in free-fall, half the population plunged into poverty, and IMF talks in disarray, Lebanon appears to be lurching ...

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German woman kidnapped in Baghdad

Hella Mewis, who ran arts programmes in the Iraqi capital, was "kidnapped" on Monday as police officers watched, a security source said.

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

Without accountability, al-Hashimi's assassination will not be the last

Hayder Al-Shakeri

Without accountability, al-Hashimi's assassination will not be the last

Comment: Al-Hashimi was working towards a robust and inclusive Iraqi state. His assassination must not be met with impunity. What comes next is ...

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Protests erupt in Lebanon over US army commander's visit

Hezbollah supporters gathered on the road leading to Beirut International Airport to protest US CentCom chief Kenneth McKenzie's visit to ...

Iraq mourns Hashemi, vows to pursue his killers

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Iraq mourns Hashemi, vows to pursue his killers

National and international figures mourned the killing of Hisham al-Hashemi, who was gunned down on Monday in capital city of Baghdad.

Iraqi researcher on militant groups Hisham al-Hashemi killed

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Iraqi researcher on militant groups Hisham al-Hashemi killed

Jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, an Iraqi ...

Lebanese activist, cleric face charges of ‘contact with Israel’

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Lebanese activist, cleric face charges of ‘contact with Israel’

Amnesty have condemned the military prosecution of an activist charged with spying for Israel, as a Shia cleric opposed to Hezbollah ...

Iraqi Kurdistan could emerge as Turkey-UAE proxy battleground

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Iraqi Kurdistan could emerge as Turkey-UAE proxy battleground

Turkey has launched two operations against Kurdish militants this week, raising fears of northern Iraq becoming a proxy battleground between ...

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New Iraqi PM to kick off first foreign tour

Iraq's new Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is planning his first foreign tour.

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Lebanon prime minister blames political opponents for protests

Lebanon's Prime Minster Hassan Diab has blamed unnamed political opponents for the country's financial crisis and civil unrest.

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Lebanon to inject dollars as currency plunge revives protests

After a crisis meeting on Friday, President Michel Aoun announced Lebanon's central bank will begin "feeding dollars into the market" in an ...

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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.

Lebanese government holds emergency meeting after raging <em>protests</em>

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Lebanese government holds emergency meeting after raging protests

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has chaired an emergency meeting of the government after a night of raging protests against an ...

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Iraq's Sadr urges US withdraws 'occupying' forces

Just hours after four American soldiers were wounded in an attack on a military base in Baghdad, Iraq's popular Shia cleric urged the ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Egyptian actress Ragaa Al-Geddawy in a stable condition after receiving a plasma blood treatment for coronavirus and a ...

Lebanon de-escalates sectarian clashes after tense night

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Lebanon de-escalates sectarian clashes after tense night

Dozens were injured in overnight riots in Lebanon, while the Army said clashes 'had endangered national unity'.

Scores injured as Lebanese protesters clash with police, Hezbollah

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Scores injured as Lebanese protesters clash with police, Hezbollah

Hundreds of people have protested in downtown Beirut against Lebanon’s continuing economic crisis, clashing with police and Hezbollah supporters

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