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Rival Libya leaders meet for first time since May, PM OKs 2019 vote

13 Nov 2018

PALERMO, Italy Libya's two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months at a conference hosted by Italy on Tuesday and the prime minister endorsed a United Nations plan for an election next year.

Exclusive: U.N. envoy wants Libya election by June after Libyans decide format

12 Nov 2018

PALERMO, Italy The U.N. envoy for Libya hopes another attempt to hold an election will take place by June after he scrapped a December plan, but said Libyans should first use a national conference in early 2019 to decide on the poll's format.

How good is Lebanese cannabis? Scientists seek herbal remedies

23 Aug 2018

BYBLOS, Lebanon Locked away safely in an academic's study in Lebanon is a plant that researchers hope to transform from one of the country's most notorious exports into a lucrative pharmaceutical.

Flurry of Syrian death notices shows fate of government detainees

01 Aug 2018

BEIRUT For six years Amina al-Khoulani hoped her brothers Majd and Abdelsattar were alive, albeit cut off in a Syrian government prison after their arrest early in Syria's war. | Video

Artist captures war as seen by children - toys included

10 Jul 2018

BEIRUT/DEBAGA CAMP, Iraq U.S. photographer Brian McCarty wants you to see the horrors of war, but through the eyes of a child. | Video

Saudi woman designs abayas for freer lifestyles

29 Jun 2018

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia When Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving ended on Sunday, fashion designer Eman Joharjy and her friends drove to Jeddah's seafront where they exchanged their car for bicycles. | Video

Some Saudi men still bristle at women driving

24 Jun 2018

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Amid the celebratory end of Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving on Sunday, some men expressed quiet disapproval of a change they fear will undermine the kingdom's deeply conservative Muslim identity.

Some Saudi men still bristle at women driving

24 Jun 2018

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Amid the celebratory end of Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving on Sunday, some men expressed quiet disapproval of a change they fear will undermine the kingdom's deeply conservative Muslim identity.

In Mosul, young volunteers help bring city back to life

28 May 2018

MOSUL, Iraq A group of Iraqi university students have found a cause in the ruins of Mosul. | Video

Mourning Arabs fly Palestinian flags as Israel marks Independence Day

19 Apr 2018

ATLIT, Israel/BEIRUT Waving Palestinian flags and wearing T-shirts proclaiming Jerusalem to be "the eternal capital of Palestine," thousands of Israel's Arab minority turned out on Thursday for a rally to commemorate a war lost 70 years ago.

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