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Kurds accuse Gulf states of funding terror

Islamic State is still receiving significant financial support from Arab sympathisers outside Iraq and Syria, enabling it to expand its war effort,…

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Current Affairs

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva

US & IRAN: A dangerous fait accompli?

The U.S. looks set to present its allies with a dangerous fait accompli on Iran’s nuclear program. The joint statement by Secretary of State Kerry…

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Netanyahu’s Iran nuclear claims discredited by Mossad

Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by…

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Russia hits out at US for fuelling fires of discontent in the Middle East

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) has accused the United States of plunging the Middle East into chaos and fueling the rise of…

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Divisions between Arab states impede the fight against ISIS

 The diplomatic spat that emerged between Egypt and Qatar following this week’s Arab League meeting is only the latest example of the political…

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Regional round-up


Yemen instability puts US counterterrorism efforts at risk — Pentagon

The United States has admitted that “there’s no question” its counterterrorism efforts in Yemen “have been affected” by the country’s political…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Oman prepares for change

One of the Middle East’s longest serving and best loved leaders is in failing health, leading to much speculation that, at the very least, Sultan…

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Kuwait cracks down on cyber activists

Kuwait authorities have detained several online activists for comments deemed offensive to Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, activists said on…

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EBRD approves first country strategy for Morocco

The Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved its first country strategy for Morocco, which…

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Oil Flows Resume at Libya’s Largest Field

Libya’s largest oil field and a key oil port have been brought back online, though attacks by Islamic extremists have continued elsewhere in the…

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Qatar awards new Doha metro contracts

Qatar Rail has awarded the turnkey contract for rolling stock and railway systems on Phase 1 of the Doha metro to a consortium is led by Mitsubishi…

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News and Views


Emir of Qatar speaks out

In an op-ed in The New York Times, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has written:

The Middle East is experiencing perilous times. The…

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Egypt Increases Tax On Cigarettes By 50 Percent

In the midst of a surging wave of amendments undertaken by president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, sales taxes on cigarettes are facing their third increase…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online. . . Tackling the enemy within

By Pat Lancaster in Muscat
The Middle East region is going through some of its worst times in contemporary history.  The Palestinians have suffered…

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Luxury attracts worldwide tourists to Oman


Oman has become a must-see destination on the itinerary of world travellers, it embodies all that is beautiful about the Middle East…

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