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    • BreakingRights Groups Concerned Egypt's Military Using Counterterrorism to Target Dissidents
      As Egypt is cracking down on militants across the country, particularly in the country’s Sinai region, some experts and rights groups have voiced concerns that the country’s security forces are using counterterror measures to target dis…
      - 2 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 4:35am -
    • BreakingMigrants in Lebanon Seek to Break Stereotypes with New Radio Show
      Since arriving in Lebanon, Sudanese migrant worker Abdallah Afandi has been turned away from beach resorts, mistaken for a cleaner and prevented from renting an apartment - all because of the color of his skin.Now he is hoping to challenge the "rac…
      - 4 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 2:30am -
    • BreakingTunisia Approves Illegal Enrichment Law to Strengthen Anti-Corruption Fight
      The Tunisian parliament on Tuesday approved a law to combat illicit enrichment, a step designed to strengthen the government's fight against widespread corruption in the country.Since the 2011 uprising, Tunisia has been held up by Western partners…
      - 5 hours ago, 18 Jul 18, 1:40am -
    • BreakingMigrants in Libya Face Rising Threat From 'Stronger' Gangs, Traffickers
      Migrants in Libya face the greatest danger in years of being trafficked, exploited or enslaved by armed groups and criminal gangs — which are becoming stronger — as Europe clamps down on migration, the United Nations and analysts said T…
      - 8 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 10:37pm -
    • BreakingIran Files Lawsuit in International Court Over US Sanctions
      Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington's decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said Tuesday.…
      - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:25pm -
    • BreakingIraqi Police Disperse Protesters Outside Zubair Oilfield as Unrest Grows
      Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra on Tuesday as unrest across southern cities over poor basic services gathered pace.Since demonstrations be…
      - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:18pm -
    • BreakingProposed Legislation Stokes New Crackdown as Emergency Rule Ending in Turkey
      A state of emergency imposed in Turkey following a failed coup two years ago this week is set to end in the coming days. But there are concerns that the government will maintain draconian measures under a different guise.Justice Minister Abdulhamit…
      - 10 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 8:45pm -
    • BreakingEgypt Names First Five State Companies to Float Shares Under Privatization Plan
      Egypt on Tuesday announced the names of the first five state companies that will offer shares this year as part of a plan to boost public finances through minority offerings on the Cairo exchange.The companies are Alexandria Mineral Oils Company, E…
      - 12 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 7:08pm -
    • Egypt Targets Social Media With New Law
      Egypt’s parliament has passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalize journalists held to be publishing fake news.Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers…
      - 14 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 4:27pm -
    • Israel Warns Syrians Away From Frontier as Assad Closes In
      Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces.Tens of thousand…
      - 16 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 2:21pm -
    • Activists Hail Lebanon Ruling that Could Protect Gay Rights
      Lebanese activists have celebrated a court ruling they say paves the way towards decriminalizing homosexuality in the small Middle Eastern country.On Thursday, a Lebanese appeals court upheld the 2017 acquittal of nine people prosecuted over being…
      - 16 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 2:19pm -
    • Israel Places New Limitations on Cargo Crossing Into Gaza
      Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Is…
      - 17 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 1:45pm -
    • In Parched Afghanistan, Drought Sharpens Water Dispute with Iran
      Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan's Helmand River, but the country lacks the infras…
      - 1 day ago, 17 Jul 18, 4:28am -
    • Can Russia Curb Iran's Growing Influence in Syria? 
      As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad consolidates his power over territories regained from Syrian rebel groups with the help of Iran and Russia, some experts charge that Iranian-backed proxies have started to go beyond their original mandate, which mi…
      - 1 day ago, 17 Jul 18, 1:45am -
    • Syrian Government Forces Seize Strategic Hill Facing Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights
      Syrian state media says forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad have taken control of the strategic Tel al-Haara hill that overlooks the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, as they continue their offensive against rebel positions in the southwest of th…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 9:20pm -
    • UN Envoy Says Reforms Needed to Resume Libyan Oil Production
      The U.N. envoy for Libya said Monday he fears the recent agreement to resume oil production in the conflict-torn country will not hold unless two issues are speedily tackled — distribution of wealth and “endemic plundering of resources.…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 8:47pm -
    • Lebanon President: US Pullout From Iran Deal Will Hurt Middle East
      Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday the U.S. withdrawal from world powers' 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran would have negative consequences for Middle East stability.Aoun, a Maronite Christian politician, is a political ally of Lebanon's…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 7:51pm -
    • Saudi Aviation Academy to Train First Women Pilots
      A flight school in Saudi Arabia is opening its doors for women, following the end of a decades-long driving ban in the deeply conservative Muslim country where many social restrictions are easing.Oxford Aviation Academy, a leading trainer and crew…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 7:42pm -
    • Egyptian Lawmakers OK Controversial Bills on Citizenship, Military Immunity, Media
      Egypt's parliament passed a series of controversial bills Monday, including one that offers citizenship to foreigners who deposit around $400,000 in a local bank.The bill allows foreigners who make a deposit of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds ($…
      - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 5:17pm -
    • Iraqis Demand Change as Protests Run into Second Week
      Protests in Iraq continued into their second week Monday following days of clashes that left six people dead, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the spotlight.Months after Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group, atten…
      - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 3:02pm -