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The committee normally gathers every three months but the WHO brought the meeting forward to discuss the mutations.

Comment: Social media played an important role in the Arab uprisings, but over the last decade, authoritarian regimes have embraced this technology for their repressive agendas, writes Marc Owen Jones.

The teachers were right all along

Malia Bouattia

The teachers were right all along

Comment: The government's refusal to listen to the National Education Union's advice on how to protect schools and students is nothing but a criminal display of incompetence, writes Malia Bouattia.

Morocco 'committed to opening Israel embassy': report

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Morocco 'committed to opening Israel embassy': report

The Israel-Morocco accord agreed late last year fell short of pledges to open embassies.

Saudi says full ties restored between Qatar, embargo nations

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Saudi says full ties restored between Qatar, embargo nations

Saudi Arabia concluded the GCC Summit by confirming that the embargo between Qatar has been lifted.

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Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration with Qatar

Leaders signed a new declaration with Saudi Arabia today in steps towards repairing broken ties.

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Saudi's MbS says Gulf states sign 'solidarity deal'

This news of a 'solidarity' comes as Gulf countries gather in Saudi Arabia for GCC Summit talks.

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Trump administration rejects UN budget over Israel, Iran

The US ambassador cited concerns, shared by Israel, that the budget for would fund an anniversary event for a 2001 anti-racism conference held ...

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Arrests after arson attack at camp in Lebanon

The fire on Saturday night tore through the tented shelters of some 75 families near the town of Bhanine in the north Lebanon Miniyeh region, ...

Libya's Haftar urges troops 'drive out' Turkish forces

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Libya's Haftar urges troops 'drive out' Turkish forces

Khalifa Haftar has called on his fighters to 'drive out' Turkish forces backing Libya's UN-recognised government

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Pope: Pray for children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Pope Francis touched on the plight of children caught up by war, singling out victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq in his Christmas speech.

Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO chief

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Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO chief

The World Health Organization's chief urged people to stay safe during the festive period in his Christmas Day speech.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

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Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Iraqi Christians woke up to Christmas cards from their Muslim neighbours in a heartfelt exchange of love and solidarity.

Tunisia says no intention of normalising with Israel

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Tunisia says no intention of normalising with Israel

Tunisia's foreign ministry said it refuses to normalise relations with Israel.

Indonesia could get 'billions' for normalising ties with Israel

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Indonesia could get 'billions' for normalising ties with Israel

Indonesian Muslim groups and pro-Palestine NGOs have slammed the prospect of normalising ties with Israel.

Negar Mortazavi

Q&A: Ilhan Omar awaits more productive US foreign policy

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar talks to Negar Mortazavi about her hopes for the Biden administration's foreign policy, and takes stock of the damage done over the last four years.

Malia Bouattia

Algeria's sleeping revolution is reignited

Comment: Some said the Arab Spring would never reach Algeria, but as the people cheered on the regional protests, their own revolution was ...

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

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Rashida Tlaib joins panel discussion on fight against anti-Semitism

Jewish Voices for Peace held an online panel discussion amid a backlash on past comments from some members about Israel.

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

Alessandra Bajec

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

In-depth: With economic woes exacerbated by Covid-19 and the KRG's heavy-handed response to public anger, protests are expected to re-emerge in ...

Hiba Rahim

Palestinian teen's murder underscores the joint struggle with BLM

Comment: For Palestinians and US communities of colour, racism is the enabler of violence and oppression. We must unite in our resistance to ...

How Morocco-Israel normalisation could push Algeria closer to Russia

Giorgio Cafiero

How Morocco-Israel normalisation could push Algeria closer to Russia

Analysis: Threatened by Arab-Israeli normalisation deals and US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, Algeria's ties to ...

Israel ties 'not on agenda' for Tunisia: PM

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Israel ties 'not on agenda' for Tunisia: PM

Despite Tunisia's 'respect' for Morocco's decision, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said the question of establishing relations with Israel was ...

Morocco's police disperse protest against ties with Israel

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Morocco's police disperse protest against ties with Israel

Protesters, who wanted to show solidarity with the Palestinians, were pushed away from the capital's parliament building by dozens of ...

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