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Abbass calls for Arab action at UN

Mahmoud Abbass

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next week to discuss prospects for peace. The meeting, to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly … Continue reading

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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 agency bass confirmed. “The official sought to facilitate irregular procedures for the disbursement of financial dues … Continue reading

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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 area. The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas … Continue reading

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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 economic crisis following anti-austerity protests. The package, announced at a summit of the four nations in the … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Can Sisi keep his promises?

Can President Sisi make good on his promises?

Despite presidential promises for a more open and transparent society, fears for the future of democracy in Egypt were further exacerbated when a gathering of dozens of politicians, writers and human rights activists were attacked  by unknown assailants at the … Continue reading

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Palestinian death toll tops 100, Israeli wounded 3


Israel has attacked militant sites in Gaza with jet fighters, after what its authorities claim has been the heaviest barrage of mortar and home-made rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave in years. The Israeli army said fighter jet air strikes … Continue reading

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Trump pulls the plug on nuclear deal with Iran


US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it “decaying and rotten”, he said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”. Going against advice from European allies, he said he would … Continue reading

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Washington Post reveals new evidence in Qatari hostage affair


A fascinating account by Washington Times reporter Joby Warrick, featured in the paper today (28.04.18), appears to cast new light over ongoing fracas between Qatar and some of its GCC neighbours, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The row between … Continue reading

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Trump demands Gulf reconciliation ASAP


In a recent telephone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, President Donald Trump is believed to have demanded that the kingdom and its Arab partners quickly end an almost year-long dispute with Qatar that has left US allies in the … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Which way will the wind blow in Sisi’s new realm?


The re-election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as Egypt’s president raised fears about the future of partisan politics in the country. Criticisms linger over the way that almost all Egyptian members of parliament endorsed Sisi, which led to a tepid electoral … Continue reading

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