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Lebanese woman with a national flag painted on her face taking part in a rally in Beirut on October 20th on the fourth day of demonstrations against tax increases and corruption. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP

Lebanon’s government approved an emergency package of reforms on Monday in response to five days of unprecedented mass protests against state mismanag(...)

Relatives attend the private burial  of former French president Jacques Chirac at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of French people demonstrated their affection for Jacques Chirac, the former president who died on September 26th at the age of 86, by queui(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused the authorities of holding them in solitary confinement, sexual assault and administering beatings and electric shocks. Photograph: Reuters

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist has rejected an offer that would see her freed in return for agreeing to sign and record a statement saying (...)

 The US government has imposed sanctions on three top Hizbullah leaders over reported connection with Iran’s revolutionary guards. Photograph: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

US sanctions imposed on Iran are targeting Syrians and Lebanese as well as Iranians, while Iraqis struggle under US political pressure. Washington’s g(...)

Aftermath of an overnight rocket attack, on the Libyan capital of Tripoli on April 17th. Khalifa Haftar has launched an offensive to take the city. Photograph:  Mahmud Turkia/AFP

The US presidential veto of bipartisan congressional legislation to end US participation in the Yemen war could embolden the rulers of Saudi Arabia an(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘Palestine was – and shall remain – on the side of Saudi Arabia.’ Photograph:  Abbas Momani / AFP

Arab governments have, belatedly, rallied round Riyadh over the disappearance and presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while visiting t(...)

Supporters of Lebanon’s Hizbullah and Amal celebrate results in Marjayoun: some fear, particularly in south Lebanon, that Israel may carry out a new campaign to eliminate Hizbullah. Photography: Aziz Taher

Less than half of Lebanon’s 3.6 million registered voters turned out on Sunday in the country’s first parliamentary election in nine turbulent years. (...)

Supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party carry  party flags and  shout slogans during the Lebanese parliamentary elections  in the town of Moukhtara, at Chouf district in Mount Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Cars and motor bikes festooned with fluttering yellow and green flags charge along the main drag of the “capital of the resistance,” the south Lebane(...)

 Election posters  on buildings in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods of Tripoli in  northern Lebanon. Photograph: Getty Images

Lebanese go the polls on Sunday in their first parliamentary election in nine years, well aware that their ballots will not alter the political map of(...)

An anti-corruption drive started by Saudi Arabia’s defence minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman has led to more than  200  arrests.  Photograph: Getty

Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri, who also holds Irish citizenship, has been released from detention in Saudi Arabia after being caught up in th(...)

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