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Exclusive to The Middle East Online – After Abdullah

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With the appointment of both a crown prince and a deputy crown prince, following the death of King Abdullah, major leadership hurdles in Saudi Arabia have been crossed, as Gerald Butt explains.   Only hours after the death of King … Continue reading

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  Iran’s ballistic missiles threaten nuclear deal By Ed Blanche As the crucial negotiators between Iran and US-led powers over Tehran’s reported quest for nuclear weapons move into what looks like their final phase, a critical, but rarely mentioned, element … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . MENA refugee crisis escalates

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Governments and NGOs in the Middle East are having to provide support for no fewer than six million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) resulting from current conflicts – with the figure set to rise, as Gerald Butt reports. International … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials have announced. A statement, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Before the announcement in the early hours of Friday 23/01/2015, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses, which often … Continue reading

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Isis releases hundreds of Yazidis in Iraq after months of ‘abuse and neglect’

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  Kurdish authorities took in the former captives after they were found dumped at a bridge near Irbil. The Isis militant group has released at least 200 elderly, ill or very young members of the Yazidi religious community in a move … Continue reading

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Paris massacres puzzle Western intelligence

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . By Ed Blanche There has been much speculation about whether Al Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) was behind the recent bloodbath in France, triggered by the slaughter of the 12 … Continue reading

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Rouhani faces multiple challenges

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Iranians will discover in the coming weeks whether or not the nuclear crisis has been resolved, a move that would lead to the lifting of sanctions. For the time being, Tehran must  find ways of coping with falling oil prices … Continue reading

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Dangerous fallout from Hizbullah’s Israeli spy scandal By Ed Blanche in Beirut The reported discovery of an Israeli spy cell in the upper echelons of Hizbullah’s much-vaunted security apparatus and the betrayal of a string of operations against the Jewish … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s environmental emergency

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  UN Officer of Humanitarian Affairs John Ging recently described the Syrian conflict as the biggest humanitarian crisis faced by the world. While the outbreak of the war has had devastating consequences on the lives of over three million refugees, analysts … Continue reading

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Will Tunisia’s new brooms sweep clean enough?

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The victory of Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunisia’s first free presidential elections has been widely welcomed. But Islamists and young Arab spring revolutionaries across the region will see the outcome as a further sign of the return of the old … Continue reading

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