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The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence stretches beyond the religious.

For Christians, the IS reign dealt a blow to a population already shrinking since the security breakdown and rise of militancy that followed the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Trump eyes return to spotlight at conservative conference

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Trump eyes return to spotlight at conservative conference

Donald Trump returns to the political stage, determined to reassert his dominance over a Republican Party that is out of power.

Venezuela 'swaps' jet fuel for Iran's gasoline

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Venezuela 'swaps' jet fuel for Iran's gasoline

Iran is allegedly receiving jet duel from Venezuela in exchange for gasoline as part of a 'swap deal' concocted by both countries’ oil firms, ...

Why activists are still sceptical of Iraq's political elites

Sofia Nitti

Why activists are still sceptical of Iraq's political elites

In-depth: With elections on the horizon, activists and mainstream parties have been discussing possible alliances. But many in Iraq's protest ...

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US judge dismisses 'terrorism' case against Turkish state bank

Some 876 plaintiffs, either victims or families of victims of an unspecified attack by an Iran-linked group, brought the case against Halkbank.

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Morocco's ex-con YouTubers in the spotlight

Former inmate of Morocco’s prisons have taken to YouTube to share their stories of life in prison and warn against a life of crime.

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Dubai restaurant serves up 'world's most expensive' 23-karat biryani

The dish - costing a whopping $270 - has been touted as the world's most expensive biryani.

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Maduro sent letter to Iran's leader accrediting US fugitive

A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran's supreme leader, according to a ...

Capitol rioters sought to 'capture and assassinate' lawmakers: prosecutors

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Capitol rioters sought to 'capture and assassinate' lawmakers: prosecutors

"Strong evidence... supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States ...

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US to block cotton from China's Xinjiang region

The US government will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from China's Xinjiang region over Beijing's treatment of the country's Uighur ...

Algerian ex-PM admits selling <em>gold</em> bars on black market

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Algerian ex-PM admits selling gold bars on black market

Former Algerian premier Ahmed Ouyahia received gold bars from Gulf donors then sold them on the black market, the official APS news ...

Questions haunt Iran's downing of Ukrainian plane

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Questions haunt Iran's downing of Ukrainian plane

For the families of those who lost loved ones on Flight PS752, a lack of transparency and accountability is making the grieving process even ...

Ousted Algeria leader's 'secret child' loses appeal against jail

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Ousted Algeria leader's 'secret child' loses appeal against jail

Zoulikha Nachinache was found guilty of money laundering, influence peddling, squandering public funds and illicit transfer of foreign currency ...

UAE-based business helps Venezuela 'evade' US oil sanctions: report

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UAE-based business helps Venezuela 'evade' US oil sanctions: report

The accusations against a business based in one of Washington’s principal political allies runs counter to the sanctions enacted by the US ...

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Israel, Turkey relations 'on the verge of breakthrough': report

Bilateral talks and full diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel could be restored by March, Turkish presidential adviser on foreign affairs, Mesut Casin, reportedly said.

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Turkey reports major $6 billion gold discovery

Turkish authorities on Tuesday reported a major gold discovery thought to be valued at around $6 billion.

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Q&A: Ilhan Omar awaits more productive US foreign policy

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar talks to Negar Mortazavi about her hopes for the Biden administration's foreign policy, and takes stock of the damage ...

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Egyptian bodybuilder crowned Mr Olympia 2020

Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay was crowned Mr Olmypia, winning a $400,000 cheque and becoming the second Arab in history to be recognised as the ...

Erdogan donates Islamic calligraphy to Hagia Sophia

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Erdogan donates Islamic calligraphy to Hagia Sophia

The calligraphic plaque features verses 159 and 160 from the Al-Imran chapter of the Quran.

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Qatar to join European qualifying for 2022 World Cup

Qatar will likely be placed in Group A, featuring Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Serbia and Azerbaijan.

2,500-year-old coffins discovered in Egypt's Saqqara

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2,500-year-old coffins discovered in Egypt's Saqqara

At least 100 coffins, some of which hosting mummies, were discovered in Egypt's Saqqara region, authorities confirmed.

Iman Jodeh makes history as Colorado's first Muslim lawmaker

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Iman Jodeh makes history as Colorado's first Muslim lawmaker

Iman Jodeh, Colorado's first Muslim state representative, reflects on what inspired her to run for office and how she plans to be a voice for ...

Lebanon to introduce digital currency

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Lebanon to introduce digital currency

Lebanon has become the latest country to introduce a new digital currency.

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