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An explosion inside an Idlib arms depot - possibly caused by Russian air strikes - has killed six militants from an Uighur-dominated Islamist rebel group.

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but not without its flaws.

Transfer of sphinxes to Cairo square continues to polarise

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Transfer of sphinxes to Cairo square continues to polarise

Lawyers from a rights group have already filed a lawsuit, arguing that the move jeopardises the priceless artefacts.

Syria clashes kill 48 in highest toll since truce

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Syria clashes kill 48 in highest toll since truce

Clashes in northwest Syria killed 48 regime fighters, rebels and jihadists Sunday in the highest such death toll since the start of a ...

Syria clashes kill 22 in highest toll since truce

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Syria clashes kill 22 in highest toll since truce

At least 22 regime fighters and jihadists were killed in clashes in northwest Syria on Sunday.

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Egypt moves sphinxes to Tahrir Square despite controversy

Egyptian authorities have relocated four ancient sphinxes to Cairo's Tahrir Square, prompting fears that the city's high air pollution could damage the artefacts.

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Idlib residents protest opening of trade link with regime

Protests have broken out in Syria's last rebel-held bastion against the al-Qaeda-linked group that controls the area.

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The Iraq Report: Protest movement revives as lockdown eased

The Iraqi deep state is on full alert, showing demonstrators they will be killed if they continue to ask for change.

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Turkish troops clash with Syria militants after protesters killed

Turkish troops have shot dead five protesters who were blocking the strategic M4 highway in Syria’s Idlib province, provoking a clash with ...

Syria's HTS execute teenager over 'blasphemy' claims

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Syria's HTS execute teenager over 'blasphemy' claims

Mohammed Tano, 19, was executed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham for alleged 'blasphemy', but activists say he had criticised ...

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Syria regime pounds western Aleppo amid continued ceasefire violations

On Thursday, unidentified aircraft targeted munition belonging to Turkey-backed Syrian rebels positioned in the border city of Ras ...

Turkish forces storm protest camp on strategic Syrian highway

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Turkish forces storm protest camp on strategic Syrian highway

Turkish forces have stormed a protest camp aimed at preventing Russian forces patrolling on the strategic M4 highway.

HTS executes four people in Syria's Idlib province

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HTS executes four people in Syria's Idlib province

The Islamist extremist group HTS has executed four people in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province as rebels and the regime clashed on the ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Iran's economy slowly reopens, renowned Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji dies of coronavirus, Lebanese expats continue journey home on return ...

'Father of Iraqi architecture' Rifat Chadirji dies aged 93

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'Father of Iraqi architecture' Rifat Chadirji dies aged 93

The designer of many of Baghdad's most symbolic modern buildings died in London after contracting the coronavirus.

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Iraqi protesters adapt to new reality of coronavirus curfew

A small number of demonstrators are determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic end the anti-government protest movement.

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The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

LGBT Iraqis are fighting for their rights on the frontline of the country's protest movement.

Jean-Pierre Sereni

Can Sisi ride out coronavirus and Egypt's crippled economy?

Comment: While the army continues to tighten its grip on the economy, Egypt is facing new challenges, including a towering debt the collapse of ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

The New Arab collates key points from Chatham House's series of panel discussion entitled 'The Struggle for State' , marking nine years since ...

The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

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The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

As Baghdad tries to get to grips with the coronavirus, Iran-sponsored groups have been blamed by the US and UK for attacks that claimed the ...

Hadani Ditmars

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef navigates the American dream

As Youssef tours the US with his new one man show, based on his life story, his journey into new genres reflects a personal and as well as ...

Egyptian authorities to release 91 'Palacegate' protesters

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Egyptian authorities to release 91 'Palacegate' protesters

Egyptian authorities will release 91 people who were arrested for protesting against President Sisi’s alleged corruption in September, but ...

'They're the virus': Iraq coronavirus outbreak refuels anti-government protests

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'They're the virus': Iraq coronavirus outbreak refuels anti-government protests

Iran's deadly coronavirus outbreak has sparked public panic in neighbouring Iraq, where 19 cases have been confirmed.

Russia, China block UN push for crucial Syria ceasefire

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Russia, China block UN push for crucial Syria ceasefire

Russia and China rejected calls for a ceasefire in Syria at an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

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