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Marking International Women's Day, Amnesty highlights the plight of women throughout the MENA, who struggle with added pressures deriving from the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence stretches beyond the religious.

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

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Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but others doubt it will improve their lives

Woman's trial in Norway insight into life under IS

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Woman's trial in Norway insight into life under IS

The trial - the first in Norway of a woman accused of joining IS - has put the spotlight on the role women ...

Yazidi leader blasts pro-Iran, Kurdish militia in Sinjar

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Yazidi leader blasts pro-Iran, Kurdish militia in Sinjar

The presence of the militias to counter a Turkish offensive against the PKK in Sinjar has prompted fears of a new ...

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Syria camp for IS relatives records 31 murders

At least 31 killings have rocked a camp holding Islamic State group relatives in Syria since early January.

Eldar Mamedov

How Europe is undermining Biden's Middle East agenda

Comment: France, UK and Germany are undermining US efforts to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. If this impasse is not resolved soon, it ...

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11 million jobs lost in MENA over Covid-19: report

Covid-19 is playing havoc with economic institutions in the MENA region, resulting in record job losses and a sharp increase in ...

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The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's ...

Iran urges Baghdad to identify perpetrators of anti-US attacks

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Iran urges Baghdad to identify perpetrators of anti-US attacks

Iran urged Baghdad to identify the perpetrators of rocket attacks targeting US interests in Iraq on Saturday, just days after ...

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Air strike in Syria a warning to Iran: Biden

President Joe Biden said Iran should view a US air strike in eastern Syria as a warning.

4 protesters killed in clashes with <em>Iraq</em> security forces

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4 protesters killed in clashes with Iraq security forces

Clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators in the city of Nasiriyah left four protesters dead.

Syria slams deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias

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Syria slams deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias

Syria criticised a deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias as a bad omen from President Joe Biden's administration.

US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

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US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

The US military launched an airstrike on facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria, the Pentagon said.

Three southern Iraqi protesters dead amid after deadly crackdown

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Three southern Iraqi protesters dead amid after deadly crackdown

Three protesters are said to have been killed and 73 injured in heavy clashes with security forces in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah.

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Iran promises response to Ukraine plane crash 'ambiguities'

Authorities in Tehran said a detailed response will be provided to address accusations by a UN expert over Tehran's accidental downing last year of a Ukrainian passenger jet.

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Biden to 'downgrade' anti-IS envoy role in US reshuffle

The reshuffle is seen as another sign the Biden government is refocusing on other areas of the world.

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Iraq Rocket strikes on US 'message from Iran’

Rockets fired by groups loyal to Iran are being viewed as a message to the US and an attempt to get leverage.

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Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US

After years of fractious ties between the NATO allies, Turkey's president said he wants to establish a "win-win" relationship with ...

Rockets target Iraqi airbase hours after deadly IS clashes

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Rockets target Iraqi airbase hours after deadly IS clashes

Iraq's Al-Balad airbase was targeted with at least four rockets on Saturday, just hours after clashes between Islamic State militants and Iraqi ...

Alessandra Bajec

Ten years on, Syrian children remain without education

A decade-long conflict has adversely impacted on an already under-resourced education system under strain, and stolen the lives of a ...

Greece accused of downplaying lead risk in refugee camp

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Greece accused of downplaying lead risk in refugee camp

Human Rights Watch has accused Greece of neglecting concerns about lead poisoning at a new camp for refugees in Lesbos and failing to ...

Algeria hands death penalty to jihadist in beheading trial

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Algeria hands death penalty to jihadist in beheading trial

A jihadist was sentenced to death for the 2014 kidnapping and beheading of French mountaineer Herve Gourdel in Algeria.

NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in <em>Iraq</em>

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NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in Iraq

NATO said it hadn't made a final decision on its future in Afghanistan, but decided to expand its Iraq mission.

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