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How political forces fueled the spread of Iraq protests

  • Regional and local players blamed for spreading violent demonstrations across southern provinces
  • Analysts say that Iran has the most to gain from disrupting oil supplies from Iraq
By SUADAD AL SALHY ·

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Saada tribal leaders demand Saudi-led coalition continue military operations in Yemen

  • Saada does not belong to Houthis, say tribal chiefs
  • Iran accused of trying to drive a wedge between Arab countries using its Houthi proxies
By NOOR NUGALI ·

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Air strikes kill seven civilians in southern Syria: monitor

  • It was not immediately clear whether the strikes were carried out by the regime or its Russian ally
  • More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria’s war since it started in 2011
By AFP ·

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Pilgrimage planning for Hajj season unveiled

  • Chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said the presidency was keen to prepare early for the season this year
  • Al-Sudais said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes pilgrims from all countries of the world and from different sects
By Arab News ·

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Turkey avoids US flak with Patriot missile bid

  • Turkey’s interest in the surface-to-air Patriot defense system grew after civil war broke out in Syria in 2012
  • Still not clear whether Ankara will renounce its recent deal with Moscow to buy the S-400 surface-to-air missile system
By MENEKSE TOKYAY ·

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UK politician convicted of murdering wife after his affair

  • Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the couple’s 45-year marriage had been under strain
  • In an emergency call in December, Searle told police “I’ve just killed my wife”
By AP ·

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Walmart, Microsoft team up to take on Amazon

  • The move is aimed at helping Walmart compete better against Amazon
  • Walmart is already using Microsoft services for some applications
By AFP ·

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Zlatko Dalic and Croatia's World Cup success proves path to glory can start in the Middle East

  • Dalic's success in Russia could pave way for more unknown, hungry managers to coach in the region
  • Croatian's time at Al-Hilal and Al-Ain crucial in his education and development as a coach
By John Duerden ·

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Egypt targets social media with new law

  • Social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets
  • The media council will supervise the law and take action against violations
By Reuters ·