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Iran and Saudi Arabia cut ties in 2016 but resumed negotiations in Baghdad in April

Protesters set fire to trailers belonging to Iran's consulate in Karbala following the murder of activist Ehab Wazni.

Iraqi reporter seriously wounded day after activist's killing

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Iraqi reporter seriously wounded day after activist's killing

Journalist Ahmed Hassan was shot, in the latest attack against anti-government activists in Iraq.

Taliban declare three-day Afghan ceasefire for Eid holiday

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Taliban declare three-day Afghan ceasefire for Eid holiday

The Taliban declared a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan to mark this week's Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Iraqi activist's killing sparks protests against impunity

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Iraqi activist's killing sparks protests against impunity

A leading Iraqi anti-government activist was killed early Sunday.

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Mosques full while Pakistan's Covid wards at breaking point

Pakistan's mosques are full of worshippers despite a travel ban during Eid and far greater disruption to schools and other areas of life.

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Israeli air strikes hit southern Syria: state media

The southern Syrian province of Quneitra has been hit by Israel airstrikes, the second in two days.

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Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen

Secret talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aiming to end years of hostilities, and bring the brutal war in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion.

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Mother and son buried after Iraq's Baghdad hospital fire

A mother and her son were among the victims of the deadly hospital fire in Baghdad on Saturday night.

Iraqis blame hospital fire on mismanagement and corruption

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Iraqis blame hospital fire on mismanagement and corruption

The fire that broke out in a Baghdad public hospital killed 82 people and injured 110.

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Jihad and jokes? Iraqis aren't laughing

A hidden camera show that fools celebrities into thinking they are being attacked by jihadists has been condemned by viewers as tasteless.

Heavy fighting near Yemen's Marib leaves 96 dead: loyalists

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Heavy fighting near Yemen's Marib leaves 96 dead: loyalists

The rebels see Marib as a strategic prize that will give them more bargaining power in peace talks that Washington says must begin soon.

Pro-Iran factions up the ante in Iraq

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Pro-Iran factions up the ante in Iraq

The drone strike marks "an escalation and a sign that Iran-backed militias will use various weapons to attack their targets."

Pilgrims gather around holy Mecca site as Ramadan begins

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Pilgrims gather around holy Mecca site as Ramadan begins

Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca to mark the commencement of Ramadan.

Iraqi youth see little hope 18 years after Saddam

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Iraqi youth see little hope 18 years after Saddam

Despite the country's oil wealth, the promise of a booming future has remained beyond grasp for most, especially those now coming of age.

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Houthis turn to poetry in Yemen's cultural battle

Zawamil poetry is a popular traditional artform in Yemen but it has also become a weapon of choice for the Houthis.

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Iran arrests 'spies' for Israel, other nations: state TV

The latest arrest of alleged spies for Israel and other nations in Iran follows a similar episode from 2019.

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US offers $10mln for Hezbollah fugitive over Hariri killing

The United States on Monday offered $10 million to find a fugitive Hezbollah suspect who was convicted over the assassination of Lebanon's ...

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Iraq's Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five

Despite Jews having lived in Iraq for around 2,600 years, only four remain in the country after the passing of Dhafer Eliyahu.

Lebanon PM, president trade blame, as government formation delayed

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Lebanon PM, president trade blame, as government formation delayed

Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun failed Monday to agree on a new government line-up after months of ...

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Lebanon's wrangling leaders to meet over government formation

Lebanon's president and prime minister are set to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss the formation of a new government, although the situation ...

Three killed, hundreds hurt celebrating Iran fire festival

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Three killed, hundreds hurt celebrating Iran fire festival

A fire at festival to celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri in Iran has killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

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Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Analysis: Iran-backed militias want to maintain dominance in Sinjar as an access point to Syria, but would they arm the PKK if Turkey launches a ...

Pope thanks Iraqis for visit, saying they deserve peace

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Pope thanks Iraqis for visit, saying they deserve peace

Pope Francis thanked Iraqis for their hospitality during his visit, saying the war-torn country deserves peace.

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