Washington Post /
The high price of feminism in the ‘new’ Saudi Arabia

A 28-year-old facing a heavy prison sentence was forcibly returned to the country in March. 

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How Moqtada al-Sadr went from anti-American outlaw to potential kingmaker in Iraq

The onetime rabble-rouser may now choose Iraq’s next leader.

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Israelis kill more than 50 Palestinians in Gaza protests, health officials say

Another 2,700 were reportedly injured in the clashes, making it the bloodiest day since the 2014 Israel-Gaza war.

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Under banner of peace, U.S. opens embassy in Jerusalem. Sixty miles away, dozens of Palestinians are killed.

President Trump, in a video message, pledged support for Middle East peace efforts but did not offer any new outreach. 

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Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr takes surprise lead in Iraq’s election as prime minister falters

Fewer than 45 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, despite predictions that the recent defeat of the Islamic State would lead to a surge in ...

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Iraqi election seen as a contest between Iran’s challenger and America’s incumbent

Hadi al-Ameri has fought for and most recently commanded a militia armed and trained by Iran.

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Well-known Egyptian blogger arrested

Egypt's security forces arrested well-known blogger and activist Wael Abbas in the early hours of Wednesday, his sister Rasha Abbas told CNN.

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He's treated thousands. The surgeon who keeps returning to Gaza

Abu-Sitta first went to Gaza as a medical student in the 1980s. He has returned several times to treat the injured there.

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Jerusalem and Gaza -- A world apart

Israelis and Palestinians live next to each other, but couldn't be farther apart. At no time is that on clearer, starker display than this week.

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Tension across Gaza, Mideast: What we know

The US officially relocated its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Gaza-Israeli border.

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As votes come in, Iraqi PM's hold on power looks shaky

Votes are being counted after Iraq's weekend parliamentary election, and at first glance it appears that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's coalition ...

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Mohamed ElBaradei Fast Facts

Read Fast Facts about Mohamed ElBaradei on CNN and learn more about the former director general of the IAEA and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Dozens die in Gaza as US Embassy opens

Dozens of people have been killed in protests in Gaza as the US embassy opens in Jerusalem. Follow here for the latest.

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Iran's Nuclear Capabilities Fast Facts

Read CNN's Fast Facts on Iran's nuclear capabilities.

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Saudis Toughen Crackdown, Blunting Good Publicity Over Letting Women Drive

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to ensure the reform is seen as his idea, not a concession to activists or the West.

BBC News /
Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says European powers mustmake up for the US exit from the agreement.

NY Times /
As Sisi Silences Critics, Hopes Fade that Egypt’s Crackdown Will Ease

Egyptian security officials raided the home of a well-known activist early Wednesday, the latest arrest in a wave of post-election repression.

NY Times /
The Interpreter: Deep in the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology

Iran’s long-range missile program was thought to be dormant, but researchers see evidence that it may have resumed.

BBC News /
Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger 'arrested'

Police raided Wael Abbas's home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded, his lawyer says.

BBC News /
Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists

Eleven people are now being held, activists say, just weeks before a ban on women driving is lifted.

CNN /
Saudi Arabia arrests female activists weeks before lifting of driving ban

Weeks before Saudi Arabia is due to lift a ban on female drivers, authorities in the kingdom have detained four of the women who campaigned for the right to get behind the wheel.

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Populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's coalition wins Iraq's election

Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won Iraq's parliamentary election, the election commission announced late Friday.

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Hamas claims 50 of its members died in Monday's clashes in Gaza

A senior member of Hamas' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza ...

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Rare drone footage shows Yemen frontline city in ruins

CNN gains access to the Yemeni city of Taiz, a proxy war frontline that has been devastated by years of fighting.

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The Gazan leading a popular uprising against Israel

Ahmad Abu Artema, a 33-year-old writer and activist, has mobilized tens of thousands of Gazans to protest in recent weeks.

Washington Post /
In harsh Saudi crackdown, famous feminists are branded as ‘traitors’

Friday’s detentions came just weeks before the ban on female drivers is set to be lifted.   

Washington Post /
As criticism of Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

The inauguration event of the Guatemalan Embassy has less pomp than Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy. But it has added to the tension. 

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As Ivanka and Jared join embassy party in Jerusalem, Gaza braces for violence 

The Israeli military is bracing for attempts to breach the fence during demonstrations.

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