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Protests sparked by rising fuel prices, started in the towns of Zhanaozen and Aktau in western Kazakhstan on January 2 and spread rapidly across the country.
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Analysis: Sudden and large-scale protests in Kazakhstan have led many to draw comparisons with the Arab Spring revolutions. But autocrats have shored-up power since then, and Russia and China have vested interests in the status quo.
A man rides a bicycle past the national flag made up of 100,000 carnations at Wuling Square September 25, 2007 in Hangzhou, China
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Analysis: China's Belt and Road Initiative has provided the capital for infrastructure projects across the less developed world, but once the projects are done, local governments are often left in Beijing's debt.
Israeli settlements
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Analysis: With house demolitions reaching record highs, the Bennett government has also advanced settlement plans which would be a death blow to the already slim prospects for a two-state solution.
Sudan protests
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Analysis: Dictators and despots across the Middle East have benefited from the myth of authoritarian stability, which many Western governments fully embrace.
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As Syria enters its eleventh year of war there appears little hope for the situation to improve in 2022. The New Arab spoke with four Syria experts about the issues Syria might face in the coming year.
Yemen war -- AFP
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Analysis: As violence intensifies and peace efforts falter, Yemen's conflict seems set to escalate in 2022.
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after witnessed a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 22, 2019.
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Analysis: With the US and China engaged in a power struggle in the Persian Gulf, the UAE is trying to find a delicate balance between the two rival powers while asserting its independence.
A Syrian boy stands with a toy-gun in front of a bullet-riddled wall in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on April 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy
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Analysis: Looking ahead to 2022, it is safe to assume that the UAE will continue working to bring Syria back into the region's diplomatic fold. However, not all in the GCC favour renormalising ties.
illustration - Palestinian Christian figures
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Analysis: Palestinian Christians have played a key role in Palestinian history, participating in shaping national identity and culture. While some names are widely known, others deserve more recognition.
A sticker celebrating the friendship between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan seen on a truck in Baku
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Analysis: It's not all about military cooperation, arms sales, trade, and economics. Diplomacy and soft power are also significant in Ankara, Baku, and Islamabad's trilateral ties.