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Lebanon's parliament voted in favour of a sweeping financial audit of state institutions.

France and the UN will host a new conference about aid to Beirut after its devastating blast in August

Policy loopholes in MENA countries 'fail' women's rights

Narjas Zatat

Policy loopholes in MENA countries 'fail' women's rights

A report by Plan International looks at civil society and law reform in the MENA.

Bahraini FM makes 'halal toast' with Israel's president

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Bahraini FM makes 'halal toast' with Israel's president

Bahrain Abdullatif Al-Zayani used a glass of water, instead of champagne, to toast his leader during a trip to Israel.

Forensic audit firm drops Lebanon over missing data: presidency

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Forensic audit firm drops Lebanon over missing data: presidency

A New York-based firm pulled out from the audit after Lebanese authorities failed to hand over essential documents on time.

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Founder of hardline Pakistani Islamist party dies aged 54

The firebrand leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a hardline Pakistani Islamist party, has died.

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Online G-20 summit uninspiring and 'lacks results' amid coronavirus

The G20 Summit, which was held on line due to covid social distancing restrictions left much to be desired, as Saudi Arabia's lacklustre human ...

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G20 host Saudi under fire over human rights

Saudi Arabia, the first Arab state to host a G20 summit, has faced disapproval over its human rights record.

Carmen Geha

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Comment: Women in Lebanon are fighting not just for better representation, but a complete overhaul of a male-dominated system that fosters ...

Algerian media chief jailed for 5 years

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Algerian media chief jailed for 5 years

Anis Rahmani, chief of the Ennahar group, is the latest figure close to the clan of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be handed a heavy ...

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Algeria backs constitutional reforms: final results

The referendum text was passed with 66.8 percent of votes cast, constitutional council president Kamel Fenniche announced on public television.

Bahrain's crown prince appointed new prime minister

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Bahrain's crown prince appointed new prime minister

Bahrain's crown prince was appointed as the country's prime minister following the death of his great uncle, the world's longest-serving prime ...

Riyadh introduces $8 million fine, jail for environmental damage

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Riyadh introduces $8 million fine, jail for environmental damage

Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution announced the tough new measures amid the kingdom's 'Let's Make it Green' environmental drive.

Erdogan vows painful <em>reforms</em> to woo investors

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Erdogan vows painful reforms to woo investors

The Turkish president promised to enact difficult sanctions following the resignation of his son-in-law.

Obituary: Prince Khalifa bin Salman, Bahrain's long-serving prime minister

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Obituary: Prince Khalifa bin Salman, Bahrain's long-serving prime minister

Holding office until his death at 84, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa was one of the world's longest-serving prime ministers.

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Frantic search after medicines vanish from Lebanon shelves

Medicine in Lebanon is going missing, as the country struggles under the weight of covid-19.

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Trump fires defence chief Esper

Trump is also believed to be considering dismissing FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, angered that they did not support his ...

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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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Joe Biden set to roll back controversial Trump policies

The Democratic president-elect plans major changes in immigration, healthcare and climate policy.

Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

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Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

Black, South Asian and a woman: Kamala Harris has made history with her appointment as VP.

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Turkey pays off portion of Somalia's IMF debt

Turkey has wiped out $2.4 million in debts owed by Somalia to the International Monetary Fund.

UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

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UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to ...

Lebanon falling short on women's rights: HRW

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Lebanon falling short on women's rights: HRW

Human Rights Watch has slammed Lebanon for failing to protect women from human rights abuses and not making progress on women's rights.

Lebanon gets more time to meet audit demand

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Lebanon gets more time to meet audit demand

Lebanon has been given three more months to provide data for a forensic audit of the central bank after failing to meet a deadline

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