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Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen kills more than 70 and wounds hundreds

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen have intensified and this week took a heavy toll. Aid groups say 70 people being held in detention by Houthi rebels were killed in an attack.

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UAE has promised to respond after drone attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels

Monday, January 17, 2022

Explosions in Abu Dhabi killed three people near fuel trucks. Houthi rebels claim they've struck the United Arab Emirates for its fight against them in Yemen and the UAE promises to respond.

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Why United Arab Emirates is relaxing laws on sex, marriage, liquor, vapes and more

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The UAE is overhauling laws on an array of business, cultural and social norms. On paper, it makes the emirate one of the region's most progressive countries, but critics say the reality is complex.

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The UAE attempts to overhaul harsh criminal and financial laws

Monday, January 10, 2022

The United Arab Emirates has been criticized for human rights violations but is now overhauling its laws to ease up on some social and economic restrictions.

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Many in Iraq regard women riding bikes as promiscuous. Some women see it as activism

Friday, January 07, 2022

For some women in Iraq, learning to ride bikes is a way of finding freedom from confining social restrictions.

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Syrians say Belarus deported them even though they're wanted by Assad's regime

Friday, December 24, 2021

After luring asylum-seekers to the EU as a political stunt, Belarus has now sent people back to the dangerous place they were escaping, rights groups and migrants tell NPR.

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Why elections in Libya have been delayed

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Libya's plans to hold national elections are in doubt as the country breaks down into regions controlled by local faction leaders — including the son of the former dictator.

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The war-torn Iraqi city of Ramadi is enjoying an investment boom

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

After years of war, Ramadi has come back to be one of the safer parts of the country and a magnet for investment. Two new hospitals have been built and two new universities are being developed.

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In Iraq's famed marshlands, climate change is upending a way of life

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Drought and extreme heat that scientists link to climate change are altering the UNESCO-protected marshlands. Iraq's average annual temperatures are increasing at nearly double the rate of Earth's.

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Iraq can only cultivate about half of the farmland it usually does due to drought

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Drought in Iraq means the country is only able to grow less than half its usual produce and is forcing mass migration from rural communities.

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How newly elected Alaa al-Rikabi wants to reform Iraq

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Following last week's elections, an Iraqi reformer finds himself in the parliament now - and talks about his plans to fight corruption and brave the dangers that brings.

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Many Iraqi voters are disillusioned, and the low election turnout makes that clear

Monday, October 11, 2021

As the results of the Iraq election are compiled, its clear that turnout was much lower than expected, with many Iraqis disillusioned about the prospects for political reform.

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Early results in Iraq show record low election turnout

Monday, October 11, 2021

Most Iraqis don't expect Sunday's parliamentary elections will bring much change to a leaderships blamed for corruption and mismanagement, but some voters still thought it was important to be counted.

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Iraqi reform activists risk their lives to protest

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Two activist friends talk about their efforts to protest for reform in Iraq — despite intimidation and attacks from powerful parties that will likely come out on top in Sunday's elections.

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Iraq's voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament

Saturday, October 09, 2021

With the current parties in power expected to dominate results again, many Iraqis say they see no reason to vote.

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Iraqi protesters helped spur new elections. But many doubt their votes will matter

Friday, October 08, 2021

The current parties in power — many backed by militias involved in deadly attacks on protesters — are poised to dominate parliamentary elections scheduled to take place Sunday. Here's what to know.

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Iraqis will vote for a new parliament on Sunday

Friday, October 08, 2021

While some new voices have emerged in the campaigning, it looks like the usual parties will win. One underdog candidate got some voters on her side when she resolved a sewer problem in a Baghdad slum.

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Iraqis split on whether upcoming elections can bring meaningful change

Thursday, October 07, 2021

The election in Iraq that anti-government protestors gave their lives calling for is this weekend — but it might not lead to the changes people want.

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Syrian Government Takes Opposition Town After Weeks Of Siege

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The fall of a Syrian opposition town to the government this week after a siege and threats of air strikes serves as a reminder that the civil war continues.

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Lebanon's Unique Terrain Is Helping Hikers Connect With Nature, History And Culture

Monday, September 06, 2021

With areas of Lebanon mired in power cuts and a historic economic crisis, some are getting into the mountains where hiking has started to gain popularity.

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