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Comment: As the UAE moves out of Saudi Arabia's shadow, its developing ties with Iran are not as surprising as some might suggest, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Suliman al-Hathalin ,70, was beaten and re-arrested after Israeli forces broke into Umm al-Khair village in southern Hebron.

Iran abducted exiled opponent while in Dubai, family says

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Iran abducted exiled opponent while in Dubai, family says

Jamshid Sharmahd, a member of a militant Iranian opposition group, appears to have been taken from Dubai to Oman and then onwards to Iran.

The UAE's hidden hand in Tunisia's political crisis

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE's hidden hand in Tunisia's political crisis

As Tunisia becomes embroiled in a political crisis, questions are being raised about the UAE's role.

Black waters: Oil spills pollute northeast Syria creeks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Black waters: Oil spills pollute northeast Syria creeks

Oil pollution in Syria has been a growing concern since the 2011 onset of the civil war.

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US presence in Iraq 'cause of insecurity', says Khamenei

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi of Iraq met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital during his first trip abroad since taking office.

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Saudi journalist dies after prison release over unnamed 'disease'

Saleh Al-Shehi, who was detained for his criticism of the Saudi state, was released from prison in May but died shortly after.

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Iraqi Prime Minister to travel to Saudi Arabia, Iran

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran next week in a trip carefully calculated to balance Iraq’s ties ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Will the Caesar Act deter UAE normalisation of Assad?

In-depth: The Syrian regime has become increasingly important to the UAE's geopolitical goals.

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Comment: The STC's takeover of Socotra indicates that the United Arab Emirates has marginalised Saudi Arabia into a weaker position, at least ...

Mel Plant

Hints of rapprochement between rivals Egypt and Turkey, explained

Behind-the-scenes talks indicate warming ties between longtime rivals Egypt and Turkey but Emirati influence over Cairo looks to hamper ...

To protect journalists, move Twitter's UAE office to Tunisia

Yasser Abu Hilala

To protect journalists, move Twitter's UAE office to Tunisia

Comment: To protect Twitter and its users, immediately relocate Twitter's regional office to Tunisia, the only democratic country in the Arab ...

Condemned Iranian spy arrested 'months before' Soleimani assassination

Kamal Afzali

Condemned Iranian spy arrested 'months before' Soleimani assassination

Mahmoud Mousavi Majd had been detained and imprisoned by Iranian authorities months before Soleimani's assassination, the Iranian judiciary's ...

What UAE seeks to gain from the coronavirus crisis

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

What UAE seeks to gain from the coronavirus crisis

Comment: Abu Dhabi is seeking to bolster its international credentials, and thicken the smokescreen of international impunity under ...

US offers $10m reward for information on Hezbollah chief

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US offers $10m reward for information on Hezbollah chief

Mohammed Kawtharani is thought to have taken over the political coordination of pro-Iran paramiliaries, a role formerly conducted by Qasem ...

The New Arab

Iraqi volunteers help needy families during virus crisis

Sensing that relying on authorities would be unwise, young activists, community figures and local religious leaders have come together to try to support those with no income during the curfew.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

An end to protest encampments in Lebanon and Palestine, free consultations from Iraqi doctors, and Iran's death toll rises above 2,500 in ...

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Surgeon in UAE jailed, deported over botched nose job

A surgeon, anaesthetist and assistant have been jailed for a year and then deported after being found responsible for a botched surgery which ...

Gaia Caramazza

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

#IWD2020: From Saudi Arabia to Palestine, women in the Middle East are fighting against gender-based violence and sexual harassment.

UAE, Libya's Haftar sued in US for 'war crimes'

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UAE, Libya's Haftar sued in US for 'war crimes'

Libya's rogue General Khalifa Haftar and his Emirati allies are facing a lawsuit at a US federal court after six Libyan families took legal ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Yemen's oil-rich Shabwah province faces a dangerous power struggle

Tensions are quietly brewing over the geostrategic, resource-rich eastern Shabwah governorate, posing another risk to the country's peace.

Sudan's rapprochement with Israel exposes weakness of democratic transition

Mel Plant

Sudan's rapprochement with Israel exposes weakness of democratic transition

A secretive meeting between Israel's Netanyahu and Sudan's Burhan has put the nature of the country's transitional government under the ...

In Sudan, General Hemedti leads the fray

Gerard Prunier

In Sudan, General Hemedti leads the fray

Comment: In reality, it is Hemedti, the brutal and cunning general who organised the harsh crackdown in Khartoum last June, who wields the real ...

Car bomb attacks target Syrian regime forces in Aleppo

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Car bomb attacks target Syrian regime forces in Aleppo

A source within Hayat Tahrir al-Sham said the group had targeted Iran-backed militias west of Aleppo.

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