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Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen kills more than 70 and wounds hundreds

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UAE has promised to respond after drone attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels

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People enjoy drinks at a restaurant overlooking the Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019. The country is loosening its liquor laws and other restrictions. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Why United Arab Emirates is relaxing laws on sex, marriage, liquor, vapes and more

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The UAE attempts to overhaul harsh criminal and financial laws

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Many in Iraq regard women riding bikes as promiscuous. Some women see it as activism

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Migrants aiming to cross into Poland camp near the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 17. Maxim Guchek/BelTA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians say Belarus deported them even though they're wanted by Assad's regime

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Why elections in Libya have been delayed

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The war-torn Iraqi city of Ramadi is enjoying an investment boom

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As water levels dropped in the marshlands this summer, the marsh water became too salty for the water buffalo to drink. Mootaz Sami for NPR hide caption

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In Iraq's famed marshlands, climate change is upending a way of life

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Iraq can only cultivate about half of the farmland it usually does due to drought

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How newly elected Alaa al-Rikabi wants to reform Iraq

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Many Iraqi voters are disillusioned, and the low election turnout makes that clear

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Early results in Iraq show record low election turnout

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Iraqi reform activists risk their lives to protest

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Iraq's voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament

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