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The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that two of its nationals are being held in Iran but gave no other details.

Michael and Peter Taylor are wanted in Japan, on allegations that they helped Carlos Ghosn flee the country in a box.

Syria Insight: Syria's collapsing economy threatens Assad's rule

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Syria's collapsing economy threatens Assad's rule

The Syrian economy has not looked in a worse position for decades with few options for the bankrupt regime.

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

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First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid ...

Saudi busts <em>drug</em> <em>smuggling</em> ring using Mate packets

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Saudi busts drug smuggling ring using Mate packets

Saudi Arabia says it has seized 44.7 million amphetamine pills smuggled in Mate packets.

Mel Plant

Egypt is building a concrete wall around Sharm el-Sheikh

Investigation: Desperate for foreign cash, the Egyptian regime has cooked up a plan to revive the tourist mecca of Sharm el-Sheikh by building a wall around the city.

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Two more Rohingya killed over murder of Bangladeshi politician

Bangladesh is on edge as the refugee Rohingya community has been accused of murdering a politician from the ruling party's youth wing.

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Iraqi Shia militia leader busted in drug swoop

Hamza al-Shammari, a prominent figure among Shia militia leaders in Iraq was stabbed in the back by militia group Hashd al-Shaabi and caught in ...

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Greece seizes massive drugs haul shipped from Syria

Greek authorities have seized what they described as the world's largest single haul of super-charged amphetamine Captagon pills from Syria ...

Lebanon arrests <em>drug</em> baron <em>smuggling</em> captagon to Gulf states

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Lebanon arrests drug baron smuggling captagon to Gulf states

Lebanon's police on Wednesday said they arrested a 'prominent' drug trafficking baron suspected of smuggling large shipments ...

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100,000 drug pills found on Mecca-bound Saudi pilgrimage buses

Saudi customs officials captured more than 100,000 illegal pills on board buses transporting pilgrims to Mecca for the Umrah pilgrimage.

Top 5 Arabic TV series to watch this Ramadan

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Top 5 Arabic TV series to watch this Ramadan

Ramadan is when star-studded dramas take over television screens in Arab households across the region. The New Arab brings you the top five ...

Injured Syrian refugee faces 27 years in Greek prison

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Injured Syrian refugee faces 27 years in Greek prison

A Syrian refugee detained in Greece is facing a 27 year prison sentence for 'smuggling'. He says he was just trying to seek medical ...

Opioid crisis comes to war-scarred, blockaded Gaza Strip

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Opioid crisis comes to war-scarred, blockaded Gaza Strip

The Israeli-Egyptian blockade, high unemployment among university graduates and never-ending conflict with Israel are driving a widespread ...

Trump's wall protest creates US' longest government shutdown

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Trump's wall protest creates US' longest government shutdown

Trump's determination to build a wall on the Mexican border, which has become symbolic of his administration's xenophobia, has created the US' ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisians struggle as life-saving medicine shortage hits country

Since the start of this year, at least 300 different drugs are either unavailable or becoming scarcer in Tunisia's pharmacies and hospitals as the country's strategic stock of medicine shrinks.

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UK Navy makes record narcotics bust in the Gulf

Britain's Royal Navy said Thursday it had seized ten tonnes of hash worth tens of millions of pounds, in a record bust in the Gulf.

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Jordan border guards kill four trying to enter kingdom

Four people were killed while trying to enter Jordan, the country's army said.

Laura Cesaretti and Fazelminallah Qazizai

Democracy at any cost in Afghanistan

Abdul Raziq Achakzai was a warlord whose men terrorised the people of Kandahar, but kept the Taliban at bay, report Fazelminallah Qazizai and ...

Hamas sets ablaze one million pills, hashish

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Hamas sets ablaze one million pills, hashish

Hamas authorities in the besieged Gaza Strip have burned illegal drugs in its annual sweep on Monday.

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Dozens of Moroccan migrants rescued at sea

Morocco's navy rescued 37 of its citizens off the country's coast on Wednesday, as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the ...

Morocco probes use of speedboats by people smugglers

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Morocco probes use of speedboats by people smugglers

Moroccan authorities are probing the phenomenon of people smugglers using high power speedboats, as favoured by drug traffickers, to ...

Riyadh releases Egyptian '<em>drug</em>-mule granny' after 4 month ordeal

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Riyadh releases Egyptian 'drug-mule granny' after 4 month ordeal

An Egyptian grandmother, who was duped into smuggling drugs while attempting to perform the lesser pilgrimage to Mecca, will return ...

Dubai real estate a money-laundering haven, new report finds

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Dubai real estate a money-laundering haven, new report finds

War profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real-estate market as a ...

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