Opposition to Bahrain's monarchy has set up shop in Iraq and criticism within Iraq of Bahrain's crackdown on dissidents hasn't gone down well in Manama. The perceived interference in Bahraini affairs could set Iraq on a collision course with the GCC.
Fear of Iranian expansion brings Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt closer to Israel, pushing the Palestinian cause to the back burner.
The National Radical Camp (ONR), a group with roots stretching back to an anti-Semitic pre-World War II movement, vows to use the same route and timing of the state parade for their controversial annual independence day march.
The European Union takes Poland to the bloc's top court to stop alleged breaches of the independence of the country's supreme court.
President Andrzej Duda announces Supreme Court chief Malgorzata Gersdorf will retire on July 4, but she insists she will come to work as usual.
The European Commission says a move to reduce the age at which Poland's Supreme Court judges must retire will undermine judicial independence, breaching the country's obligations under EU law.
President Lech Kaczynski was among 96 people who died in the crash in Smolensk, western Russia in 2010. Some Poles, including the governing PiS party led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, believe it was not an accident.
Poland's right-wing government says the law is needed to protect the reputation of its citizens and make sure they are recognised as victims not perpetrators of Nazi aggression during World War Two.
Relations between Poland's governing conservative party PiS and the EU Council President have been tense over court reforms.
The goal of the contest was to “change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute,” contest co-founder says.
Since coming to power, the ruling party has not only increased government influence over the courts but has also brought prosecutors and state media under direct government control and introduced restrictions on public gatherings.
Tensions between Warsaw and the EU have been growing over what Brussels sees as a growing threat, not just to democratic standards in Poland but across the 28-nation bloc.
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