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The US has said it will withdrawal all its troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year.

David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, did not specify what kind of punitive actions Lebanese officials could face.

Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years

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Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years

Somalia’s president has signed a bill extending his mandate for a further two years, a move which has been heavily criticised.

Senior US State Department official to visit Beirut

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Senior US State Department official to visit Beirut

The US State Department announced it will send a senior official to voice the administration's "concern" over the worsening situation in Lebanon.

Somalia parliament approves two-year extension to president’s term

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Somalia parliament approves two-year extension to president’s term

Somalia's ongoing political turmoil deepened on Monday as the country's lower house approved a two-year extension to the president's four-year ...

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Activists condemn Iranian academic for wanting to 'purge gays'

Academic and theatre director Ghotboddin Sadegh has come under fire after saying he wants to 'purge' a Tehran district from the LGBTQ+ community.

Emad Moussa

Mansour Abbas: The Islamist politician reshaping Israel's political landscape

Analysis: When elected to the Knesset two years ago, few Israelis knew who Mansour Abbas was. Now the Islamist leader could shape the fate of ...

Faisal Ali

Somalia's political deadlock: Why have elections been delayed?

Analysis: International pressure is growing on Somalia's leaders to hold elections but talks to end the political impasse have repeatedly ...

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Tunisia’s president rejects parliamentary bid to establish constitutional court

The constitution adopted during the country’s democratic transition in 2011 outlines the need for a constitutional court to be set up within a ...

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia's Nile dispute: A looming conflict?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia's Nile dispute: A looming conflict?

Analysis: Ethiopia's contested dam on the Nile has pitted it against both Egypt and Sudan, with a border dispute between Khartoum and Addis ...

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Macron urged to freeze 'doubtful' Lebanese assets

President Emmanuel Macron is being urged to freeze suspect assets held by Lebanese officials in France.

US joins talks aimed at salvaging Iran nuclear deal

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US joins talks aimed at salvaging Iran nuclear deal

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to return to the 2015 agreement, which was supposed to ensure that Iran never developed a military ...

Israeli PM Netanyahu's court corruption battle resumes

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Israeli PM Netanyahu's court corruption battle resumes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fighting for his political life on two fronts: coalition talks, and a corruption trial over claims he ...

US-Iran meeting in Vienna signals new hope for JCPOA

Trita Parsi

US-Iran meeting in Vienna signals new hope for JCPOA

Comment: It's better for the US to return to the JCPOA quickly, as the Iranian elections may cause unhelpful political posturing by Tehran, ...

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Kamal Afzali

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

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'Unconventional' unions needed after vote: President Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin is set to pick a prime minister who can form a government, after another inconclusive Israeli election.

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In stark warning, Egypt leader says Nile water ‘untouchable'

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has warned Ethiopia not to take Egypt’s share of the Nile water when building the giant Renaissance Dam.

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France: 'time has come' to up pressure on Lebanon

The French government said that "the time has come" to increase international pressure on Lebanon's deeply divided political class to form a ...

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Lebanon company hands over radioactive substances to atomic agency

Recently discovered chemical materials in Lebanon sparked concern and fears.

Israel's political stalemate to land at Rivlin's doorstep

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Israel's political stalemate to land at Rivlin's doorstep

President Reuven Rivlin will begin consultations next week with Israel's political rivals in hopes to put together a majority coalition in the ...

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China seeks to protect Iran nuclear deal, defend ties

Beijing said it will protect ties with Tehran, amid reports that large amounts of Iranian oil have been transferred to China.

<em>Deadlock</em> prevails as tallying resumes in Israeli election

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Deadlock prevails as tallying resumes in Israeli election

Tuesday’s vote, the fourth Israeli parliamentary elections in two years, was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu’s fitness to rule while ...

<em>Deadlock</em> once again after Israeli elections

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Deadlock once again after Israeli elections

Israel's fourth general election in two years offered no clear indication on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his rivals could form ...

Lebanon announces third bread price hike in nine months

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Lebanon announces third bread price hike in nine months

Lebanon hiked the price of bread for the third time in nine months, which the government blamed on a plunge in the value of the local currency.

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