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Former judge Ebrahim Raisi was the leading rival to the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani in the 2017 election, and long the topic of media speculation for this year's race.

The rockets were launched from near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, Lebanese military and security sources said.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan accuses Azerbaijan of 'subversive infiltration'

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Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan accuses Azerbaijan of 'subversive infiltration'

Armenia's acting PM accused Azerbaijan of 'encroachment' and convened an emergency meeting of his security council.

Sudan PM hopes to settle $60 bn foreign debt

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Sudan PM hopes to settle $60 bn foreign debt

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok hopes Sudan can wipe out its staggering $60 billion foreign debt bill this year.

UN: Iran has enriched uranium to highest purity yet

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UN: Iran has enriched uranium to highest purity yet

Iran has enriched uranium to slightly higher purity than previously thought due to 'fluctuations' in the process, the United Nations' atomic ...

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UN looks to end force on Sudan-South Sudan border

Both Sudan and South Sudan claim ownership of the oil-rich Abyei area. The UN force, known as UNISFA, has been in Abyei since 2011.

Chris Doyle

In The Thick of It: A British minister's experiences

Book Club: The memoir is of high value particularly for those who want to get a taste of how handling Brexit and Trump felt like from the inside.

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The Iraq Report: Anti-Iran protests over Karbala killing

Anti-Iran protests are mounting in a 'prelude to a summer of discontent and violence,' as Iraq is the staging ground for direct talks between ...

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Ahmadinejad will run in presidential race: Iran state TV

Iran opened registration on Tuesday, kicking off the race as uncertainty looms over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

The inside story of the shadowy Emirati-Serbian partnership

Stasa Salacanin

The inside story of the shadowy Emirati-Serbian partnership

Analysis: Political and business relations between Serbia and the United Arab Emirates are marked by opacity and secrecy.

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Who are the main candidates in Iran's presidential elections?

With the registration process for Iran’s election set to last five days, The New Arab provides a brief run-through of names to keep an eye on.

Iran says warned US navy over 'unprofessional behaviour'

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Iran says warned US navy over 'unprofessional behaviour'

The US had earlier said the warning shots were fired after more than a dozen Iranian fast attack boats buzzed close to a US Navy submarine.

How Abu Dhabi uses its influence in the US

Eva Thiebaud

How Abu Dhabi uses its influence in the US

Comment: Long before the 'Abraham Accords', Abu Dhabi was investing in the US and developing an intensive lobbying strategy in Washington. Eva ...

Iran says may extend UN access on nuclear activities

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Iran says may extend UN access on nuclear activities

An agreement reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to expire soon, but Iran could extend it.

How the ‘Zarifgate tapes' exposed Iran’s bitter power struggle

Thomas O. Falk

How the ‘Zarifgate tapes' exposed Iran’s bitter power struggle

In-depth: Leaked tapes of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif touched on the Revolutionary Guard and Qasem Soleimani, revealing deep political rifts.

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Yemenis in Marib gear up for Eid

In Marib, people are continuing to prepare for the end of Ramadan despite ongoing fighting around the city.

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Tunisia begins week of strict coronavirus measures

Mosques, markets and non-essential shops will be closed and gatherings and celebrations banned, as the country battles with a severe Covid-19 ...

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Afghans begin burying dead from bloody school blasts

Dozens of young girls were being buried Sunday at a desolate hilltop cemetery in Kabul after an attack.

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Turkey hits out at 'abominable'Israeli attacks on Palestinians

Turkey took aim at "Israel's abominable attacks" against Palestinians in the occupied holy city of Jerusalem, where dozens have been wounded in ...

Arab League to hold emergency session over Jerusalem violence

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Arab League to hold emergency session over Jerusalem violence

Ongoing Israeli violence and attacks against Palestinians in Jerusalem has prompted officials to call for an emergency Arab League meeting.

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Dozens dead in blast near Afghan girls' school

More than 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack targeting a girls' school in Kabul, authorities said on Saturday.

25 killed in blast near Afghan school: officials

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25 killed in blast near Afghan school: officials

The explosion took place in an area populated largely by the Shia Hazara community.

Congo's leader in Sudan amid Nile dam dispute

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Congo's leader in Sudan amid Nile dam dispute

Khartoum said the talks with the African Union head would address 'regional developments of mutual interest'.

NGO slams German firm's <em>deal</em> with abuse-accused UAE contractor

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NGO slams German firm's deal with abuse-accused UAE contractor

The UAE's Transguard group has been accused of a number of abuses against migrant workers, according to a London-based rights group.

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