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Years of war, refugee flight has wrecked Middle East economies: IMF report

Years of war, refugee flight has wrecked Middle East economies: IMF report

Middle East economies have plunged into decline in the years of war since the Arab Spring, creating daunting economic and development challenges, according to an IMF report released on Friday.

 

No Arab Spring in Zimbabwe: Mugabe warns protesters

Zimbabwe`s President Robert Mugabe on Friday warned that the Arab Spring style of protests would fall flat in Zimbabwe after police fired teargas and beat up protesters staging the latest of a string of highly charged demonstrations.

When Indians asked Baghdadi on how to join ISIS

When Indians asked Baghdadi on how to join ISIS

The reason why Iyad El-Baghdadi was queried regarding ISIS was that he shares his surname with Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Tunisia says dozens of jihadists arrested in latest raids

In a deadly confrontation that erupted during one of the raids in the Tataouine governorate, four policemen were killed when a militant detonated his explosives belt after a firefight erupted.

10 key dates in Syria`s war

10 key dates in Syria`s war

Syria`s civil war erupted in 2011 when government forces turned their weapons on protesters demanding political change.
 

Internet freedom falls for fifth year in row: Survey

Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as more governments stepped up electronic surveillance and clamped down on dissidents using blogs or social media, a survey showed today.

US State Dept publishes 6K more pages of Hillary Clinton emails

The US State Department has released on 6,300 additional pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, covering a period when US forces killed Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring rocked American diplomacy.

Morocco`s ruling Islamists win regional polls

Morocco`s Islamists came first in regional elections seen as a test of their popularity after nearly four years in power, but trailed the liberal opposition in municipal polls, results showed Saturday.

'US intel agencies misjudged Arab Spring, impact on al Qaeda'

US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.

Pending Formula One race spurs renewed Shiite protests in Bahrain

Pending Formula One race spurs renewed Shiite protests in Bahrain

The Formula One race set for Sunday in Bahrain drew protests on Friday as activists accused the Gulf kingdom of again staging the annual event to paper over human rights abuses, four years after being forced to cancel it during Arab Spring uprisings. 

Oman jails rights activist who wrote letter to Barack Obama

An Omani court jailed a prominent activist for three years on Sunday for a range of offences including undermining the state, a charge a newspaper said was related to an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about human rights in the country.

Tunisia lawmakers approve landmark government

Tunisia's parliament on Thursday approved a coalition government led by the secular Nidaa Tounes party and including its Islamist rivals, following landmark elections in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Tunisia looks to cap off revolution with presidential vote

Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.

Opposition boycott overshadows Bahrain election

Voting began on Saturday in Bahrain`s first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the polls in the tiny Gulf monarchy.

Presidential campaign gets under way in Tunisia

Campaigning opened Saturday for a presidential election in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with secularist Beji Caid Essebsi seen as the frontrunner after his party won milestone parliamentary polls.

Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country`s 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

Tunisia begins landmark election race

Campaigning officially got underway on Saturday for Tunisian Parliamentary Elections seen as a milestone in efforts to establish a democratic foothold in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Bahrain upholds 10 year jail term for journalist

A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld a controversial 10-year-jail term against a photojournalist convicted over his presence at a 2012 attack on a police station.

World in turmoil, but not because of Obama, says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday agreed that "the world is in turmoil" but that is "not the fault of President Barack Obama".

Saudi shouts support for Egypt`s new anti-Islamist leader

As new Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares for his inauguration on Sunday, his most powerful Arab ally is deploying both threats and promises to ensure the Arab Spring cannot upset a new anti-Islamist front in the Middle East.