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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russia to take control of additional military facilities in Syria from the Assad regime.

Suspected IS militants have killed three members of the Syrian Democratic Forces ‘in a horrible way’ and three members of an Iran-backed militia in a mine explosion in eastern Syria

Russian soldiers <em>bribe</em> officer to be sent to Syria

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Russian soldiers bribe officer to be sent to Syria

Russian Major Nikolai Zekin is facing trial for taking bribes from soldiers in order to send them to Syria, where they can earn high salaries and other benefits.

Lebanon preparing for mass prisoner release amid coronavirus pandemic

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Lebanon preparing for mass prisoner release amid coronavirus pandemic

Lebanese lawmakers will vote on long-awaited legislation that could see the release of thousands of prisoners amid the ongoing coronavirus ...

Palestinian president refuses to accept call from Trump

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Palestinian president refuses to accept call from Trump

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to talk to US President Trump on the phone before the latter meets with Israeli ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Hard times test Assad loyalists' patience

An economic crisis and lack of state support have forced Syrians to take matters into their own hands.

Alessandra Bajec

Iraqi women victim to online sexual blackmail

Iraqi women face a staggering rise in online 'sextortion', a practice known as revenge porn, with Iraqi males exploiting private images on ...

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Hindu students protest appointment of Muslim professor

Discrimination and crimes against Muslims have increased in India since the right-wing Narendra Modi-led government came into power.

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Defying ban, students lead Lebanon protests into fourth week

Lebanon's students have taken to the streets in large numbers to demand better opportunities and an end to mismanagement of their education, ...

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Judit Neurink

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Comment: If Iraq's party system based on religion, ethnicity and endemic clientelism is not addressed, protests will recur and frustration will ...

Ali Bakeer

Turkey-Saudi state of frenemity: One year on Khashoggi's murder

To Turkish officials, the premeditated operation was not only meant to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also to strangle Turkey ...

Stena Impero tanker still held in Iran, says owner

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Stena Impero tanker still held in Iran, says owner

Erick Hanell, president and CEO of the company Stena Bulk, denied that its tanker had left Iran and said it was still waiting for permission to ...

Iran says seized British tanker 'free' to leave

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Iran says seized British tanker 'free' to leave

Iran detained the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker after Gibraltar refused to release its own tanker accused of shipping oil to Syria.

This Egyptian company profits from the blockade of Gaza

Muhammad Shehada

This Egyptian company profits from the blockade of Gaza

Comment: With Gaza under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian siege, an Egyptian company is profiting charges thousands of dollars for 'dignified ...

Israel to '<em>bribe</em> countries to move embassies to Jerusalem'

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Israel to 'bribe countries to move embassies to Jerusalem'

Israel has reportedly prepared a government plan to encourage countries to move their embassies from Tel Aviv To Jerusalem.

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Population of remote refugee camp shrinks under Russian blockade

Just a quarter of the population of the Rukban refugee camp remains. Thousands have fled due to a Russian blockade on aid.

Wilson Dizard

Trump brings his tanks to 4 July imperial infomercial

Comment: The president has turned Washington’s annual 4 July celebration into a Trump-branded rally with his military wares on show, writes ...

Munzoul Assal

The Arab autocracies blocking Sudan's path to democracy

Comment: Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia are working to entrench a brutal military dictatorship in Sudan, writes Munzoul Assal.

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Syrian regime detaining activists in retaken areas: HRW

Human Rights Watch calls on the Syrian government to "immediately release all arbitrarily held detainees" and for host countries not to forcibly ...

Malaysia's 'shopaholic' former first lady faces 20th corruption charge

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Malaysia's 'shopaholic' former first lady faces 20th corruption charge

Rosmah Mansor - widely reviled in Malaysia due to her penchant for lavish overseas shopping sprees - was newly charged with accepting a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysia files charges against Goldman over 1MDB scandal

Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its former employees over the scandal surrounding state fund.

Goldman Sachs could face hefty penalties over Malaysia scandal

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Goldman Sachs could face hefty penalties over Malaysia scandal

Banking firm Goldman Sachs has acknowledged that it could be hit with severe penalties over bribes allegedly made by former senior officials.

Ethiopian Jews are 'ruining the Zionist dream'

CJ Werleman

Ethiopian Jews are 'ruining the Zionist dream'

Comment: Israel aims to create and maintain a state for white Jews only, writes CJ Werleman.

The UNHCR is failing to protect refugees

Mat Nashed

The UNHCR is failing to protect refugees

Comment: Shocking abuses of power undermine attempts to end rampant corruption, writes Mat Nashed.

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