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Hariri resignation could backfire on Saudi

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:32:06 GMT

All around the Lebanese capital of Beirut, posters of Prime Minister Saad Hariri have gone up proclaiming "Kulna ma'ak" -- "We are all with you." They don't seem to be an endorsement of Hariri as a politician; rather, they appear to be an expression of solidarity with man whom the Lebanese believe is in "captivity" in Saudi Arabia. It's a rare moment in Lebanon when country comes before sect.(image)

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Arab League: Hezbollah is 'terrorist' group

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:17:46 GMT

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran's growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the Arab League to condemn Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, as a "terrorist organization."(image)

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Turkish capital bans LGBT events

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:23 GMT

The governor of Turkey's capital, Ankara, has banned all public events relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, citing fears they could "provoke hatred and hostility."(image)

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Iraqi forces retake town of Rawa from ISIS

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:07:25 GMT

Iraqi forces have retaken the town of Rawa from ISIS, one of the militant group's last footholds in the country.(image)

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Russia vetoes Syria chemical weapons probe

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:13:03 GMT

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Thursday that would have renewed a mandate for the independent group investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria.(image)

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#MeToo plays out live on air in Israel

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:32:49 GMT

Oshrat Kotler sat behind the anchor desk, unable to calm her pounding heart. Her breaths came in staccato gasps. After 25 years spent presenting the news on camera, Kotler found she could hardly control her nerves.(image)

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Opinion: US-Russia partnership on Syria is limited

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:24:10 GMT

The limits of just what the United States and Russia can do together in Syria came into full view this Thursday. And it provided yet another reality check to those who say the United States and Russia can find common ground from which to push forward when it comes to ending the civil war in Syria.(image)

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Trump frustrates US allies on Iran deal

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:02:06 GMT

US allies campaigning hard in the halls of Congress to preserve the Iran nuclear deal are finding the process frustrating and confounding.(image)

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Zakaria: Trump's risky Saudi bet

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:45:26 GMT

The Saudi strategy does not seem to be working. The war in Yemen has turned into a disaster, creating a failed state on Saudi Arabia's border that is seething with anger against Riyadh. Qatar has not surrendered and doesn't seem likely to anytime soon. So far, the Shiites in Lebanon have acted responsibly, refusing to take the bait and plunge the country into civil war. But everywhere in the Middle East, tensions are rising, sectarianism is gaining ground and, with a couple of miscalculations or accidents, things could spiral out of control. With Trump so firmly supporting the Saudi strategy, the United States could find itself dragged further into the deepening Middle East morass.(image)

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Iraq-Iran survivors struggle after deadly quake

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:18 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled Tuesday to the areas worst hit by Sunday's devastating earthquake, where some residents say they are struggling to cope without basic necessities.(image)

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Woman survives Iran jail by writing poetry

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:31:16 GMT

The sun had already set when the woman with long gray hair descended the steps to the same prison gate she had passed through all those years ago.(image)

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Weightlifter auctions Olympic gold for quake victims

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:01:13 GMT

Iran's Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of Sunday's earthquake which left at least 452 people dead in Iran and Iraq.(image)

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Swiss journalists detained in Abu Dhabi

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:21:54 GMT

Two Swiss journalists were detained while covering the opening of the Abu Dhabi Louvre in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, according to a statement by Swiss public broadcaster RTS.(image)

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Mass graves from ISIS executions found

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:38:36 GMT

Mass graves containing the remains of civilians executed by ISIS have been found in the disputed Iraqi province of Kirkuk, Iraqi authorities told reporters on Saturday.(image)

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Saudi to ease Yemen blockade amid outcry

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:25:31 GMT

Saudi Arabia is set to ease its blockade on Yemen's ports to allow humanitarian shipments to enter the war-torn country.(image)

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Kheder's musical revolution in Saudi

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:03:35 GMT

Qusai Kheder wants to create a musical revolution in Saudi Arabia.(image)

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How a Raqqa family survived ISIS rule

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:23:28 GMT

Najah al-Hamid ripped open her black abaya, almost hysterical in her relief as she and her children threw themselves at the feet of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-majority militia that expelled ISIS from Raqqa. (image)

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Mysterious 'void' in Great Pyramid of Giza

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:34:48 GMT

Mystery is no stranger to the Great Pyramid of Giza. For centuries, scientists and archaeologists have probed inside the largest and oldest of Egypt's famed pyramids.(image)

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Banksy's art hotel opens doors in Bethlehem

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:20:13 GMT

It bills itself as the hotel with the worst view in the world. And it doesn't disappoint.(image)

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What makes the Arab world laugh?

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:25:44 GMT

Manal Awad and Fadi Al Shehri are two stand-up comedians who are laughing through conflict. CNN meet up with them at the Yas Mall Arab Comedy Festival.(image)

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DiCaprio as a Persian poet? Sure, says Maz Jobrani

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:03:57 GMT

The Iranian-American comedian calls for more diversity in Hollywood -- something he's also written about in "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV."(image)

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UK chose war 'before diplomacy' was exhausted

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:35:16 GMT

CNN's Becky Anderson dissects the findings of the Chilcot report with former U.S. Central Command adviser Ali Khedery and journalist Faisal Al Yafai.(image)

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Aspiring star killed by ISIS

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:08:34 GMT

Iraq is mourning the death of "Adel Euro" who was killed in a Baghdad suicide blast on Sunday. At least 250 people lost their lives in the same attack.(image)

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Arabs can't stop talking about this TV show

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:54:31 GMT

From terrorism to sectarian divides, "Seflie" is the most-watched television program in Saudi Arabia and tackles tough issues facing the Middle East.(image)

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Car bomb attacks hit shopping districts in Baghdad

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:49:19 GMT

Twin car bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed more than 120 people. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.(image)

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