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US President Donald Trump has moved ahead with plans to pull out of Afghanistan as he fills the Pentagon with loyalists.

While the eyes of the world were fixed on the US presidential elections, other big changes took place in the country.

Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

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Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

The man was found smuggling Tramadol and marijuana inside a carton of dates.

Virus and war pushes Afghans towards opium farming

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Virus and war pushes Afghans towards opium farming

The coronavirus lockdown in Afghanistan has worsened the pre-existing jobs shortage, to the point where many are turning to lucrative poppy ...

Escaping the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence in Afghanistan

Kamal Afzali

Escaping the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence in Afghanistan

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

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Gunman killed nine homeless drug users in Kabul

In a rare case of premeditated violence against drug users in the country, an unidentified gunman shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital.

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Iran seizes 8.8 tonnes of drugs destined for Europe

Iran is using its role in combatting the drug trade to improve its negotiating position with European powers to alleviate the effects of US ...

Ruby Hamad

Saving Saudi women, but from what?

Comment: If western governments were truly committed to improving women's lives, they'd stop propping up the authoritarian regimes that oppress ...

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Egypt releases British woman jailed for 'smuggling' painkillers

British citizen Laura Plummer is preparing to return to the UK after spending 13 months in an Egyptian prison for possession of a controlled ...

Recording of Khashoggi murder left Saudi official shocked: Erdogan

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Recording of Khashoggi murder left Saudi official shocked: Erdogan

Turkey's president has said the audio recording of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is so "atrocious" that a Saudi intelligence official ...

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Saudi Khashoggi hit squad's luggage contained syringes, scissors: report

Luggage carried by a 15-member Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul included scissors, defibrillators and syringes that may have been used against ...

Khashoggi tape hints at crown prince role in murder

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Khashoggi tape hints at crown prince role in murder

A recording of Jamal Khashoggi's murder has led some to believe the killing was ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Capharnaüm: Tackling child abuse in Lebanon through film

Florence Massena

Capharnaüm: Tackling child abuse in Lebanon through film

From child labour, to physical and emotional abuse, cruelty, early marriage, statelessness and even racism, Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize ...

Pakistan in 'active efforts' to recover abducted Iran troops

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Pakistan in 'active efforts' to recover abducted Iran troops

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Islamabad and briefed him "about the active efforts" to locate ...

Iran troops, intelligence officers 'abducted' on Pakistan border

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Iran troops, intelligence officers 'abducted' on Pakistan border

Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed "terrorist groups that are guided and supported by foreign forces" for the abductions of its members.

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Briton jailed in Egypt for smuggling painkillers loses appeal

Shop assistant Laura Plummer was hoping to convince judges she did not know Tramadol was illegal before taking it into the country.

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10 Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in border clash

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said at least 10 members were killed in an insurgent attack long the border with Iraq.

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Gunmen kill Sunni cleric in southern Iran: state media

Abdolshakour Kord was killed in Khash, in the restive Sistan-Baluchestan province near the Pakistan border.

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Militants kill three Iranian border guards near Pakistani border

Three Iranian border guards were killed in restive Sistan and Baluchestan province near the Pakistani border by militants belonging to an ...

IS militants murder three medical workers in Afghanistan

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IS militants murder three medical workers in Afghanistan

The murders took place in the Islamic State group stronghold province of Nangarhar along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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Six dead in clashes at Iran-Pakistan border

Clashes erupted in the Sistan-Baluchestan border area that has long been plagued by instability and drug smuggling.

Trump plans to tackle drug crisis by executing dealers

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Trump plans to tackle drug crisis by executing dealers

Donald Trump plans to tackle an opioid crisis in the US with tough new anti-drug laws including the death penalty for some dealers.

Thousands of Pakistanis languishing in Saudi jail 'without rights'

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Thousands of Pakistanis languishing in Saudi jail 'without rights'

A joint report by two human rights groups has slammed the treatment of Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia, saying criminal suspects in particular ...

Child killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces Child killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces

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Child killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces

A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul Friday, killing at least one civilian the interior ministry said.

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