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AMNESTY demands urgent action on Iraqi torture and death brigades

The Iraqi authorities must urgently investigate reports that fighters wearing Iraqi Federal Police uniforms tortured and extrajudicially executed…

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Editorial

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From the BBC: A fascinating report on Arab women cartoonists

Female Arab cartoonists challenge authority
By Severine Dieudonne & Naomi Scherbel-Ball BBC News
In some Arab countries women still have to…

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Current Affairs

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ALEPPO: The final countdown?

In Russia’s most concentrated bombardment since it inter­vened in Syria’s war in Sep­tember 2015, rebel-held east­ern Aleppo is being reduced…

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Kuwait election results reflect discontent

Opposition groups and individuals made an impressive showing in the National Assembly elections by winning almost half of the 50 seats, with Kuwaiti…

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Turkish jets strike targets in northern Syria

Turkish jets carried out 26 air strikes on 18 Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD),…

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Iranian warships have been deployed to the Gulf of Yemen

Iranian warships deployed in the Gulf of Aden

 

Iran has deployed a fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden, the republic’s naval commander has confirmed. The deployment follows US cruise…

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Regional round-up

Ordinary, working Omanis will not be affected by the tax increases, the government has promised

OMAN: New austerity measures include tax hike on the rich

By Sayyid K. Jaffar

With flaccid world markets, all the oil-rich producers of the Gulf are feeling the financial pinch and making their individual…

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YEMEN’S Houthis claim control of Saudi villages

Yemen’s Houthi militia claim to have seized several villages in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Jizan province, the Houthi-run SABA news agency…

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Tightening the screw

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – It can be hard to breathe in the Domiz refugee camp, 20km southeast of the city, with a mix of burning rubbish and raw…

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Business

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MOROCCO: MULTI BILLION EURO BOOST TO ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Agence Francaise de Dèveloppement (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are…

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TRUMP WIN THROWS A SPANNER IN THE WORKS OF OPEC

With Donald Trump winning the US presidential election, the 14-country oil-producing cartel OPEC may have to battle a sourer outlook for the global…

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EGYPT, JORDAN, MOROCCO & TUNISIA go greener

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia will be among a group of countries to benefit from a  Green Climate Fund allocation of  $378 million to support…

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News and Views

The continuing influx of Syrian refugees has stretched the infrastructure of Amman to breaking point

Jordan stretched to breaking point

A group of international donors have agreed to participate in a financial package to help support Jordan as the continuing influx of refugees from…

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QATAR will restrict alcohol during WORLD CUP 2020

The official in charge of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup plans has said football fans will not be able to buy or consume alcohol on the streets or public…

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Britain’s Arab Spring – how will it impact on the ME region?

Described in some quarters as the British Arab Spring, the vote for for the UK to leave the European Union, Brexit as it is commonly known, has been…

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . NICE: A toxic Islamophobic cocktail

Rhona Wells reports from the Côte d’Azur   

 

The Bastille day events in Nice have changed the region, not for the better and possibly…

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EGYPT: Economic crisis deepens

The Egyptian Central Bank’s failure to manage foreign currency reserves and the government’s in­ability to control inflation or offer innovative…

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Mosaic

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Book review – Power and Glory

Power and Glory
France’s secret wars with Britain and America,1945 – 2016
By R.T.Howard
Published by Biteback Publishing
ISBN…

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016

Architecture of Optimism
Sylvia Smith

From a cemetery to a textile factory, a conference centre to striped water towers, one of the world’s…

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Wagner’s Lohengrin plays the Royal Opera House Muscat

By Rosemary Hector

The work of the great Romantic German composer, poet, librettist, conductor and theatre director, Richard Wagner , a giant in…

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