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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST Transformer or just another autocrat?

By Guest Columnist Mona Al Ghussein.
In a series of breath taking actions Mohammad bin Salman bin Abulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has…

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Current Affairs

Mahmoud Abbass

Abbass calls for Arab action at UN

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next…

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Saudi defence official arrested on bribery charge

Saudi Arabia has arrested a defence ministry official on charges of receiving a SAR1m ($267,000) bribe and abusing his position, the SPA state news…

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YEMEN: “Human catastrophe” imminent

Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels, according to reports from the…

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Gulf bail out for Jordan

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an…

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Regional round-up

Rafik H

Beirut street name honours alleged assasin

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political…

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Tunisians are prone to overload their vehicles thus obscuring their view of other road users, resulting in danger, and all too frequently death

Tunisia tackles road death shame

Facing an alarming number of traffic accidents, the Tunisian government is working with civil society organisations on awareness campaigns to promote…

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Saudi beekeeper goes viral

A Saudi beekeeper has become an internet celebrity after images showing him standing covered in a swarm of thousands of bees went viral on social…

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The Port of Beirut

EBRD supports Lebanese trade drive

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the Lebanese private sector by providing a financial package of US$ 100…

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Abu Dhabi’s Ghadan 21 initiative receives Dh50bn boost

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced more details of a Dhs50bn ($13.61bn) stimulus plan announced earlier this…

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Dubai visitor figures record minimal in first half 2018

Dubai saw relatively little growth in overnight international tourist visitors in the first half of the year, according to figures from the…

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News and Views


Iraqi leadership selection process in chaos

The process of naming the Iraq’s parliamentary speaker, as well as the country’s president and the prime minister, has been marred by disputes,…

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Egypt & Cyprus sign pipeline deal


Egypt and Cyprus have signed an agreement which will pave the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural…

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Erdogan has warned the US president

Erdogan warns off Trump

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US that sanctions would not force Ankara to “step back” after Donald Trump threatened to punish…

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Al-Qaeda targets foreign firms in Sahel states

Terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), currently operating in the Sahel and Sahara, have started to issue new…

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uae nuclear

UAE’s nuclear start up delayed

The start-up of the Arab world’s first nuclear reactor – in the UAE – has been delayed and operations are now scheduled to begin between the…

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Arab poet imprisoned as Israeli authorities continue crackdown

An Arab poet has been jailed for inciting violence and supporting a group banned as a terrorist organisation based on her online posts. Dareen…

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Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State

Politics and Society in the Qaboos State
By Marc Valeri
Published by Hurst & Co
ISBN 9781849044851
Price £18.99 Paperback
When Sultan…

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God Save the Queen v2

Same tragedy, different perspective

By Karen Dabrowska
The Pop Art Exodus in The P21 Gallery, an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle…

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