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The Syrian regime has approved two candidates to run against dictator Bashar Al-Assad in the upcoming elections.

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) took responsibility for the downing of the helicopter gunship during fierce clashes near the town of Momauk

Syria Insight: Assad begins his re-election campaign

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Assad begins his re-election campaign

Syrians will go to the polls in presidential elections next month, although the process of choosing a leader has already been decided.

Biden's first 100 days as US president

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Biden's first 100 days as US president

Analysis: From the economy to vaccinations, Biden has delivered on a number of key campaign promises in his first 100 days, but the greatest ...

Syria court gets 1st applications for presidential vote

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria court gets 1st applications for presidential vote

A Syrian court started receiving applications from presidential hopefuls, the state news agency said, for polls next month expected to keep ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria to hold presidential vote on May 26: speaker

The poll comes amid a crushing economic crisis and the continued effects of a war that has killed at least 388,000 people.

The New Arab Staff

Syrian regime calls voters for 'sham' presidential elections

The vote will be the second presidential election to be held since the Assad regime began its brutal crackdown on protesters a decade ago.

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Greece calls for foreign forces to quit Libya

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called Monday for the pullout of foreign forces from Libya, during a visit to the eastern city of Benghazi.

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Greece urges Libya to cancel maritime deal with Turkey

On a visit to Tripoli this week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called for the cancellation of a Libyan-Turkish deal delineating ...

Companies pursuing Saudi Arabia over unpaid Riyadh metro bills

The New Arab Staff

Companies pursuing Saudi Arabia over unpaid Riyadh metro bills

The payments dispute was reportedly escalated to a diplomatic level last year over payments for the Riyadh metro

Paul Iddon

Why Baghdad's new visa system could emulate Kurdistan's success

In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to ...

Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of LGBTQ+ activists in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of LGBTQ+ activists in Iraq

An Iraqi-Kurdish MP criticised the arrests last week of people 'suspected' of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Sulaimani.

Sudan pays $335 million to victims for terror delisting

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Sudan pays $335 million to victims for terror delisting

Sudan has paid an agreed-upon $335 million to compensate victims of past anti-US attacks as part of a deal for removal from the US terror ...

Mauritania admits Qatar boycott 'a mistake'

The New Arab Staff

Mauritania admits Qatar boycott 'a mistake'

Spokesperson for the Mauritanian government, Sidi Ould Salem, said Nouakchott should never have cut ties with Qatar.

Algeria supreme court orders retrial for prominent journalist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Algeria supreme court orders retrial for prominent journalist

During journalist Khaled Drareni's trial in September, his defence team said there had been "pressure (from the executive) on judges".

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi nationals abroad cannot partake in elections: commission

The decision was taken due to combination of 'technical, financial and health issues linked to the Covid-19 crisis', said Jumana Gailai, a spokesperson for Iraq's electoral commission.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Mauritania re-establishes diplomatic ties with Qatar after four-year freeze

Mauritania re-opened its diplomatic channel to Qatar after a four-year freeze following the Saudi-led freeze.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem

In exchange of being recognised by Israel, Kosovo opened its embassy in Jerusalem despite critics

The New Arab Staff

Palestinians, Turkey slam opening of Czech embassy in Jerusalem

The Czech Republic and Kosovo are the latest countries to open diplomatic missions in contested Jerusalem.

Egypt 'trying to counter Turkish influence' in the Sahel

The New Arab Staff

Egypt 'trying to counter Turkish influence' in the Sahel

Egyptian security officials have paid visits to Niger and Chad in recent months.

The New Arab Staff

Ireland to reopen embassy in Iran by 2023

The reopening is part of the Global Ireland initiative to increase the country's global impact.

How Europe is undermining Biden's Middle East agenda

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 will ...

Iran urges Baghdad to identify perpetrators of anti-US attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 the latest assault ...

Al Qaeda appoints new leader dubbed 'Sword of Revenge'

The New Arab Staff

Al Qaeda appoints new leader dubbed 'Sword of Revenge'

He reportedly took over from al Zawahiri, after rumours that the leader since 2011 died last November.

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