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Comment: Lebanese and Iraqi demonstrators are picking up the banner of a dignified national identity that has been submerged under the guise of confessional formulas, writes Imad K. Harb.

Saudi's ministry of education says it has destroyed academic literature containing 'Muslim Brotherhood ideas' which it claimed harmed the education in the kingdom.

Saudi women to travel abroad without male guardian

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Saudi women to travel abroad without male guardian

Saudi Arabia is set to allow women aged over-21 to travel abroad without male guardians, following a string of high-profile human rights cases.

Pope calls for 'peace, dialogue' in Sudan after massacre

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Pope calls for 'peace, dialogue' in Sudan after massacre

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence in Sudan, where paramilitary forces have killed at least 117 people over the past week.

Pro-Kurdish party slams Turkey ban on mayors taking office

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Pro-Kurdish party slams Turkey ban on mayors taking office

The Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) asked the Turkish electoral council to 'show respect to the people's will'.

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The Iraq Report: Shia militias begin purges

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the ruthless efforts of powerful factions within the PMF to consolidate power.

The New Arab

Mystery Saddam Hussein memorial plaque found on London bench

The bronze tribute to the Middle East dictator, which appeared on a bench in Wanstead High Street, read: 'In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein ...

Said al-Arabi

Fear of MbS' online enforcer lingers after his sacking

Comment: Saud al-Qahtani, Saudi Arabia's Steve Bannon, was the crown prince's right-hand-man - but his disappearance from the royal court has ...

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Turkey marks second coup anniversary

Turkey marked the second anniversary of a failed coup attempt.

Erdogan decree dismisses tens of thousands of state employees

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Erdogan decree dismisses tens of thousands of state employees

Turkish authorities have called for the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees.

Sam Hamad

Russia's world cup has Syrian blood on its hands

Comment: Russia's World Cup adds to its global panoply of PR, designed to normalise all its actions, including the Syrian genocide, writes Sam ...

The 1988 Iran prison massacre: What happened?

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The 1988 Iran prison massacre: What happened?

Amnesty International and Justice for Iran have revealed that Tehran is destroyed mass graves of those who died during the 1988 prison massacre, ...

How the House of Government helps us understand revolution

Usman Butt

How the House of Government helps us understand revolution

Book review: Yuri Slezkine sheds light on the nature of revolution itself, writes Usman Butt.

Turkey suffers 'dramatic decline' in freedoms after coup: watchdog

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Turkey suffers 'dramatic decline' in freedoms after coup: watchdog

Turkey has been declared "not free" according to a new report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, which put its dramatic decline down to the ...

Turkey reinstates over 1,800 civil servants after post-coup <em>purges</em>

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Turkey reinstates over 1,800 civil servants after post-coup purges

A total of 1,823 civil servants will return to work, including 544 personnel from the education ministry and 204 health ministry staff.

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes Robert Springborg.

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Turkey dismisses more than 2,700 in latest post-coup purges

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's purges continue as 2,700 workers in the public sector are sacked.

Hilary Aked

Why the Israel lobby fears it's losing Labour

Comment: The consolidation of a left-wing, pro-Palestinian leader's power, has been bad news for Israel's supporters in Labour, writes Hilary ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia walks back escalation as dramatic moves backfire

Saudi Arabia’s dramatic moves to counter Iran in the region appear to have backfired, significantly ratcheting up regional tensions and setting ...

Alarming West, Turkey nudges closer to Russia arms deal

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Alarming West, Turkey nudges closer to Russia arms deal

According to Turkish and Russian officials, all preparations have been made for the purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defence system.

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Austria 'bars Turkish minister from attending pro-government rally'

Austria has refused to allow a Turkish minister to attend a rally marking the anniversary of the failed military coup, further straining ...

Turkey Amnesty International head charged over alleged Gulen links

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Turkey Amnesty International head charged over alleged Gulen links

Authorities accuse Taner Kilic of having an encrypted messaging application on his phone in August 2014 called Bylock, which Ankara claims was ...

Turkey seeks 20-year terms for hunger strikers protesting <em>purges</em>

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Turkey seeks 20-year terms for hunger strikers protesting purges

Turkish prosecutors demanded up to 20 years in jail for a hunger striking academic and a teacher protesting their dismissal in a purge after ...

Insurgents' strength or Iraqi weakness? What's sustaining IS?

Sarah Schneider

Insurgents' strength or Iraqi weakness? What's sustaining IS?

Comment: How have Islamic State military capacity and sectarian rivalries undermined tactical success for the Iraqi Army and its allies? asks ...

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