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The Senate carried on with business as usual on Thursday. Yet worries persisted: the Capitol Police are pushing to extend the stay of the National Guard protecting Congress through May.

The pope is defying the pandemic and renewed security fears to make a "long-awaited" trip to comfort one of the world's oldest Christian communities, while deepening his dialogue with Muslims.

Who are Libya's new leaders?

Jalel Harchaoui

Who are Libya's new leaders?

The long read: Jalel Harchaoui dissects the fluid alliances and histories behind the new characters on Libya's political scene, as the country tries to chart its new course.

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's ...

US Capitol 'breach' leads House to scrap Thursday session

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US Capitol 'breach' leads House to scrap Thursday session

Threats of a possible "breach" of the US Capitol led to the House of Representatives changing its voting plans.

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Defiant Sarkozy on offensive after graft conviction

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy fervently rejected his three-year sentence for corruption.

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Iraq executes 3 'terrorism' convicts: local officials

Iraq on Wednesday hanged three men convicted on 'terrorism' in Nasiriyah prison in Dhi Qar province, the only detention centre in the country ...

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Libya government urges UN experts to publish corruption claims

Libya's interim government called on UN experts to publish a report containing allegations of vote-buying during UN-led peace talks.

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French anti-Islamophobia alliance calls for nationwide protests

The Front Against Islamophobia in France has called for nationwide demonstrations against the passing of the anti-extremist bill.

Is Barghouti the best hope for a free Palestine?

Emad Moussa

Is Barghouti the best hope for a free Palestine?

Comment: For the disillusioned and the frustrated, Barghouti's presidency seems like an attractive option. But the staying power of his ...

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French ex-president Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

The sentence includes two years suspended, which means it is unlikely Sarkozy will physically go to prison.

Five Palestinian factions ally with Fatah in upcoming elections

The New Arab Staff

Five Palestinian factions ally with Fatah in upcoming elections

The Palestinian Democratic Union, the Palestinian Liberation Front, the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, the Arab Liberation Front and the ...

Rival rallies due in Armenia as crisis deepens

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Rival rallies due in Armenia as crisis deepens

Opponents and supporters of PM Pashinyan, who has faced fierce criticism since he signed a Moscow-brokered peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh, ...

Riots in Algeria following jailing of activist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Riots in Algeria following jailing of activist

Protesters burnt tyres and blocked several roads in Ouargla after a court in the town convicted Ameur Guerrache to seven-years in prison.

Trump eyes return to spotlight at conservative conference

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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.

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Bribes for votes at UN-led Libya talks: expert panel

UN experts found that during the Tunisia talks, two participants offered bribes of between $150,000 to $200,000 to at least three LPDF participants if they voted for Dbeibah as PM.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

59 Algerian pro-democracy activists released from jail: ministry

Dozens of pro-democracy activists were released from jail, Algeria's justice ministry confirmed on Saturday.

The New Arab Staff

Somalia’s opposition postpones protest over election delay

Pressure on the Somali government had been mounting after the failure to hold elections on February 8 due to a disagreement on how to carry out ...

Malia Bouattia

Algeria's Hirak proves it never went away

Comment: Algeria's protesters returned to the streets this week, proving they haven't been weakened by the hiatus caused by the pandemic, or ...

Libya's new PM to unveil team of transition

Libya's new PM to unveil team of transition

It faces the daunting challenge of addressing the grievances of ordinary Libyans, hit by a dire economic crisis, soaring unemployment, wretched ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Prominent Algerian journalist's appeal postponed until March

Arrested on charges of "inciting an unarmed gathering" and "endangering national unity" after covering Hirak demonstrations, the 40-year-old was ...

Biden overturns Trump ban on green card applicants

The New Arab Staff

Biden overturns Trump ban on green card applicants

The ban prevented family members from joining their loved ones in the US.

Nuclear issue key as Iran readies for Rouhani replacement

Nuclear issue key as Iran readies for Rouhani replacement

"Rouhani has every interest in a diplomatic victory to polish the end of his mandate."

Has Biden fallen at the first hurdle with Sisi?

Sam Hamad

Has Biden fallen at the first hurdle with Sisi?

Comment: Biden's huge and no-strings attached arms deal with Egypt suggests that his tough campaign rhetoric on Sisi might have been little more ...

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