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Comment: Egypt's newly created senate is will have no legislative power, and is just a method of expanding the regime's system of loyalty and patronage, writes Sam Hamad.

Comment: Not content with an already severely restricted public sphere, Sisi has moved to bring this 1,000-year-old Egyptian centre of learning and scholarship under his control, writes Sam Hamad.

Egyptian judge who drafted anti-torture law dismissed from <em>council</em>

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Egyptian judge who drafted anti-torture law dismissed from council

Veteran Judge Asim Abdul Jabbar had been set to resume membership of the seven-member council in 2021, before his name was suddenly dropped off the list.

Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

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Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

A former mayor of Tehran linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been elected as parliament speaker.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to fast over ...

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Iranian ex-ambassador becomes seventh official to die from coronavirus

Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iran’s foreign minister, has died aged 68 from the novel coronavirus, which has spread to over 4700 Iranian citizens including many high-level politicians and officials.

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US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates

The officials targeted ahead of Friday's vote include Ahmad Jannati, a 92-year-old cleric who, according to the Treasury Department, oversaw the ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

Iranians endure biting sanctions and a brutal crackdown

Comment: The real losers of the US sanctions are ordinary Iranian people, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

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Khamenei says enemy 'repelled' in Iran as uprising grows

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the enemy had been 'repelled' as an uprising continues to grow.

Three killed as Iran unrest continues amid internet blackout

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Three killed as Iran unrest continues amid internet blackout

At least five people are confirmed to have been killed in nationwide protests that erupted Friday after it was announced the price of petrol ...

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Iran's Khamenei backs petrol price hike that sparked protests

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed 'hooligans' for damaging property and said 'all the centres of the world's wickedness against us have cheered' the ...

Algeria judges launch open-ended strike ahead of election

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Algeria judges launch open-ended strike ahead of election

Algerian judges and prosecutors began an open-ended strike to demand the independence of the judiciary after a massive reshuffle that ...

Sudan makes history as woman appointed country's top judge

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Sudan makes history as woman appointed country's top judge

Neemat Abdullah Kheir was appointed as chief of the judiciary by the 11-member ruling sovereign council, becoming the first ...

Sudan protesters call for independent <em>judiciary</em>

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Sudan protesters call for independent judiciary

The military had previously blocked the opposition's candidates for chief justice and attorney general.

REVEALED: Sudan's first post-Bashir cabinet with four women ministers

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REVEALED: Sudan's first post-Bashir cabinet with four women ministers

Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is reportedly due to announce the transitional cabinet on Thursday evening.

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Fears over Egyptian judiciary's independence arise after Sisi appointments

The independence of the Egyptian judicary is now at risk after the presidency appointed top judges for the first time in Egypt's modern history.

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisian voters defiant despite terror attacks and president's ill-health

Tunisians remain resilient ahead of the elections despite the latest setbacks in the country, with many indicating that the terrorist attacks ...

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Nizar Zakka arrives in Lebanon after Iran jailing

Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015 on charges of spying, arrived on a private plane accompanied by the chief of Lebanon's General Security ...

Sam Hamad

Sisi's pantomime referendum

Comment: The armed forces' role as the ruling force of the tyrannical state is now official, writes Sam Hamad.

Sudan government urges international community to back military <em>council</em>

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Sudan government urges international community to back military council

Sudan's foreign ministry on Sunday urged the international community to back the country's new military council, which took power on ...

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Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Iraq's judiciary said the owners of a ferry that capsized in Mosul killing 100 people have been arrested.

Mourning begins for powerful Iran cleric Shahroudi

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Mourning begins for powerful Iran cleric Shahroudi

Iranians have gathered to mourn the death of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

Powerful Iran cleric Shahroudi dies aged 70

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Powerful Iran cleric Shahroudi dies aged 70

Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a grand ayatollah who headed Iran's judiciary during fierce crackdowns on dissidents, journalists and ...

Iran Guardian <em>Council</em> rejects UN convention against terror financing

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Iran Guardian Council rejects UN convention against terror financing

Iran's Guardian Council has rejected a bill that would have resulted in the Islamic Republic joining the UN convention against terror ...

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