Middle East and north Africa

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Democrats’ Ilhan Omar defence weakened by party’s own attacks over Israel
Party’s criticism of Omar’s Israel position has greased the path for Republicans to oust her from the foreign affairs committee

Chris McGreal

05, Feb, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Turkey’s two-faced ‘sultan’ is no friend of the west. It’s time to play hardball
President Erdoğan’s increasingly hostile stance towards Nato and democratic principles can no longer go unpunished

Simon Tisdall

05, Feb, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Baby among nine dead from cold and thirst on boat in Mediterranean
Survivors tell Italian authorities vessel carrying about 50 people lost its way trying to cross from Tunisia

Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

03, Feb, 2023 @5:42 PM

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Netanyahu is an existential threat to Israel. He can be resisted – but only with Palestinian support | Jonathan Freedland
The Israeli prime minister’s latest power grab should prompt his opponents to turn to an unlikely ally, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland

03, Feb, 2023 @4:26 PM

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UAE oil company employees given roles in office hosting Cop28
Exclusive: at least 12 officials at body hosting Cop28 appear to have come straight from fossil fuel industry

Ben Stockton and Lawrence Carter

03, Feb, 2023 @12:36 PM

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Inside Villa Somalia: 72 hours with the president of ‘the most dangerous country in the world’
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says the county’s factions can find peace, political Islam need not be violent and democracy can grow. Here’s his exclusive interview with the Observer

Tom Gardner in Mogadishu

03, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Film-maker Jafar Panahi begins hunger strike in Iranian prison
Panahi says he will not eat until he is released, after lawyer successfully challenged his detention

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

02, Feb, 2023 @12:52 PM

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Thursday briefing: Israel and Palestine are on the verge of a new escalation in violence – this is how we got here
In today’s newsletter: Attacks on Palestinians and Israelis have risen in recent months, and heightened political tensions – will the crisis escalate yet further?

Archie Bland

02, Feb, 2023 @6:55 AM

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Rate of executions in Saudi Arabia almost doubles under Mohammed bin Salman
Last six years among bloodiest in kingdom’s modern history despite push to modernise

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

01, Feb, 2023 @7:11 PM

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The Guardian view on violence in Israel-Palestine: the risk of a third intifada | Editorial
Editorial: Domestic political failures require others to step up, but tepid calls for calm from the US are not remotely sufficient


31, Jan, 2023 @7:15 PM

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Antony Blinken ends Middle East tour with no breakthrough
US secretary of state says it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to find way to end recent violence

Oliver Holmes

31, Jan, 2023 @4:46 PM

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Campaigners seek to overturn Liz Truss’s resumption of Saudi arms sales
Lawyers will argue the then trade secretary ignored Saudi air force’s bombing of civilians in Yemen

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

31, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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