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Mohammed bin Salman (AFP/FILE)
October 17, 2018 - 12:09 GMT
Will Mohammed bin Salman be replaced as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?
An interview with
October 17, 2018 - 08:40 GMT
As a prominent analyst that has been in the field for over two decades: Did analysts truly believe that the Jerusalem deal would happen, or was it simply a campaign pledge?
TIP Propaganda (TIP)
October 14, 2018 - 14:52 GMT
This isolated set of jihadi fighters' resistance may invite Syrian and Russian forces to storm into Idlib, jumpstarting the offensive to retake the territory.
The Interpol Logo (AFP)
October 14, 2018 - 10:46 GMT
The arrest and resignation of Interpol director Meng Hongwei in China last week has put the spotlight back on international policing service Interpol. But what exactly does this organisation do, and can it fulfil its purpose despite critical weaknesses?
Maryam Rajavi (AFP/FILE)
October 11, 2018 - 12:55 GMT
The MEK is an elusive group. But Massoud Khoadandeh, who helped run the group's smuggling, spying, and security operations, tells Al Bawaba of its inner-workings and its eventual decline into an inward looking, reclusive cult.
Dolkun Isa speaks at a Uyghur rally (World Uyghur Congress)
October 11, 2018 - 12:39 GMT
Dolkun Isa's life has been marred by anti-Uyghur policies, but that has only strengthened his resolve to show the world China's abuses against his people.
Meng Hongwei (AFP/FILE)
October 09, 2018 - 14:58 GMT
What happens when China secretly detains an international leader? Apparently nothing.
An Iranian officer displays packages of seized Afghan-made drugs (AFP)
October 09, 2018 - 14:43 GMT
Iran is a hotspot in the global flow of illegal drugs, and there is a worrying growth in the involvement of Iranian and Iraqi militias in the drug trade. As sanctions tighten, the appeal of drug trafficking will increase, as will the security problems that go with it.
 local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra, in Iraq /AFP
October 08, 2018 - 10:39 GMT
Al-Shakarchi: What are your opinions on the shutting down of the consulate in Basrah last week and what were the specific threats that led to the closing?
Protesters gather in Istanbul to demand the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi (AFP/OZAN KOSE)
October 07, 2018 - 14:00 GMT
“Western allies should condemn this thuggish, illegal behavior and investors should take notice that any semblance of respect for basic rights and the rule of law in Saudi Arabia is a fiction,” Human Rights Watch
Angela Merkel lays a wreath in commemoration of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem Memorial in Israel on October 4th 2018 (AFP)
October 07, 2018 - 12:25 GMT
Comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a two-day visit to Jerusalem have been interpreted by Israeli media as a statement of support for Israel's political right. But what did her comments really mean?
Tirana, Albania
October 04, 2018 - 10:50 GMT
Is the MEK a terrorist group, a cult, freedom fighters, or a propaganda machine? Its former top spy, revealing everything about the group's inner-workings, says it is more like a ghost.
A Yemeni woman holds onto YER (AFP/FILE)
October 03, 2018 - 11:57 GMT
"Al Bawaba, using rough tallies from U.N. agency figures, estimates that over 100,000 have died since the war began, ten times that of the official figure."
A file photo of a drone (AFP)
October 02, 2018 - 09:55 GMT
Drone strikes have up until now been sold to the public on their "precision" capability - their ability to take out a dangerous target while minimising the risk to both soldiers and civilians. But if this was ever true, it certainly isn't any more.
(ISIS propaganda)
October 01, 2018 - 12:32 GMT
Assad may be shipping in ISIS fighters to Idlib in order to restart the assault on the region.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks next to European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015 (AFP)
September 27, 2018 - 13:43 GMT
On Monday, a new EU initiative was unveiled to evade American sanctions against Iran to try and save the nuclear deal. Russia and China have lent their support. It's called a Special Protection Vehicle. But what is it, can it work, and will it be enough to save the Iranian economy?