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Iranian lawyer putting 'life on line' in hunger strike

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Iranian lawyer putting 'life on line' in hunger strike

International concern is growing for the health of prize-winning Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is over three weeks into a hunger strike.

WFP warns 2.2 million more Syrians risk hunger

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WFP warns 2.2 million more Syrians risk hunger

The World Food Programme on Monday warned more than 2 million Syrians risk joining the fast swelling ranks of the hungry and poor in the ...

Lebanon faces darkness as generator owners threaten shut-off

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Lebanon faces darkness as generator owners threaten shut-off

The powerful owners of private generators in Lebanon are demanding the government let them buy fuel at a preferential rate.

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Lebanon judge orders seizure of central bank governor's assets

A Lebanese judge ordered the seizure of the central bank governor's assets and properties as the country grapples with a deepening financial crisis.

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War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

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Lebanon 'must probe' $6 billion of foreign bank transfers

The request came after the former director general of Lebanon's finance ministry, Alain Bifani, alleged that local banks 'smuggled' close to $6 ...

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IMF warns Lebanon of high price of delaying reforms

Lebanon's government has estimated losses at around 241 trillion Lebanese pounds, which amounts to around $69 billion at an exchange rate of ...

Lebanon activists form coalition to defend free speech

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Lebanon activists form coalition to defend free speech

The Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon includes international watchdogs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch along ...

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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Heavy rains and reduced violence in parts of the country this year have led to a much improved harvest.

Top Lebanon retailers on strike as currency plummets

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Top Lebanon retailers on strike as currency plummets

A number of popular retail shops in Lebanon announced temporary closures as the country grapples with its financial crisis.

Hezbollah and the IMF: Rhetoric over practice

Karim Safieddine

Hezbollah and the IMF: Rhetoric over practice

Hezbollah's pro-poor populist rhetoric has often conflicted with its political strategies and proposed economic policies.

Red cross warns of humanitarian crisis in Syria

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Red cross warns of humanitarian crisis in Syria

The ICRC has warned of a serious humanitarian crisis in northeast Syria, as food shortages and electricity cuts makes the situation yet more ...

Sudan inflation soars amid increasing food prices

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Sudan inflation soars amid increasing food prices

More than a year after Sudan was rocked by protests over bread price hikes, inflation in the country rose to 99 percent ...

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9.3 million people food insecure in war-torn Syria: WFP

More than 9 million people are now classed as food insecure in war-torn Syria, the WFP has said.

Alessandra Bajec

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Fuelled by widespread anger at growing economic hardship and corruption, Tripoli is leading the way in Lebanon's new wave of protests.

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

Lebanese defy lockdown for second wave of protests

A second wave of protests is sweeping across Lebanon despite the Covid-19 lockdown, reflecting growing desperation in the country amid dire ...

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Food prices in Syria double in one year

Food prices across Syria have gone up by more than 100% in a single year, as corruption, sanctions, and capital controls in neighbouring Lebanon ...

Sudan signs deal with WFP to import wheat

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Sudan signs deal with WFP to import wheat

The new deal will see Sudan buy and import 200,000 tonnes of wheat from the UN's food agency.

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Iran votes in general election marred by disqualifications

As parliamentary polls opened in Iran, voter turnout may falter due to disappointment among voters.

Iran election expected to herald return of conservatives

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Iran election expected to herald return of conservatives

Iranians vote next week in a crucial parliamentary election that is widely expected to herald the return of conservatives and heap pressure on ...

Rouhani scrambles for 'unity' after plane protests

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Rouhani scrambles for 'unity' after plane protests

Iran's Rouhani has urged for unity after protests rocked the country.

Fresh plane crash protests as Iran makes first arrests

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Fresh plane crash protests as Iran makes first arrests

Iran has struggled to contain the fallout over its handling of the air disaster, after initially dismissing Western claims it was brought down ...

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