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Afghanistan could receive $12 billion in aid over the next four years.

Hopes of acquiring greater influence in the Eastern Mediterranean are driving competition to gain control of Beirut's port.

'Rock bottom' Lebanon must reform to receive aid: US

The New Arab Staff

'Rock bottom' Lebanon must reform to receive aid: US

A leading US diplomat has given a scathing assessment of Lebanon's leadership.

UN denies responsibility for explosives 'cleared' into Beirut

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UN denies responsibility for explosives 'cleared' into Beirut

The United Nations has denied it allowed a cargo ship carrying 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate into Beirut Port.

US envoy calls for 'transparent, credible' Beirut blast probe

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US envoy calls for 'transparent, credible' Beirut blast probe

US envoy David Hale called for a thorough and transparent investigation into Beirut's massive explosion.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Beirut identifies its dead, judge named to lead probe

As rescue workers uncover remains of firefighters killed in the blast that rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut, a judge was appointed to lead the investigation into the disaster.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion investigation

US Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale made the announcement as he toured the Gemayezeh neighborhood, which was damaged by ...

Narjas Zatat

US envoy David Hale arrives in Beirut for talks

US envoy David Hale arrived in Beirut to discuss the reformation of the government, which resigned following criticism for the way it ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon lawmakers back emergency powers assumed after deadly blast

Lebanon's parliament voted overwhelmingly for a two-week state of emergency, giving the military broad powers to crack down on protests ...

US general sees Baghdad keeping American troops in country

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US general sees Baghdad keeping American troops in country

Commander of US forces Kenneth McKenzie says the Iraqi government will want to keep a US military presence on its territory to fight the Islamic ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime bombs Idlib as Turkey 'neutralizes' Kurdish fighters

The Syrian regime has bombed several areas of Idlib province in violation of a ceasefire as Turkey announced that it had 'neutralized' 20 ...

Lebanon's new PM promises 'government of experts' amid protests

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon's new PM promises 'government of experts' amid protests

Lebanon's sectarian politics flared as Sunni protesters rallied to protest the nomination of Hassan Diab, who has the support of Shia group ...

Lebanon's new PM expects full Western support

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon's new PM expects full Western support

Hassan Diab held a meeting with Hariri on Friday, hours after demonstrators - many of them Hariri supporters - took to the streets to voice ...

Roadblocks across Lebanon as anger rises over new PM

The New Arab & agencies

Roadblocks across Lebanon as anger rises over new PM

The unrest came ahead of a series of planned meetings between Hezbollah-backed Hassan Diab and Sunni political leaders, as well as a visit by US ...

US to name ambassador to Sudan after two decades

The New Arab & agencies

US to name ambassador to Sudan after two decades

The US has praised the reform agenda of Sudan's transitional government, led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The New Arab & agencies

US ends freeze on Lebanon military aid

President Donald Trump's administration it has released $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon that had been quietly frozen for months amid US complaints about the clout of Hezbollah.

The New Arab & agencies

Mystery grows over Lebanon aid hold-up as impeachment looms

Questions are growing over why the Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in military aid to Lebanon, despite being approved ...

The New Arab

White House holding up Lebanon aid, official confirms

David Hale, the top career diplomat at the State Department, acknowledged the freeze as he spoke under oath to lawmakers in the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan factions commit to implementing transition deal: US official

US Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale said he received "very strong pledges of commitment" from both Sudan's military ...

Sudan protesters reject talks after 108 killed in massacre

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan protesters reject talks after 108 killed in massacre

Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday turned down an offer by the ruling military council for talks and demanded justice for a crackdown that ...

The New Arab & agencies

Libyan players set for Italy summit to solve crisis

Analysts say next week's summit in the Sicilian city of Palermo risks being compromised not only by tensions between Libyan factions, but also ...

Nobel laureate V S Naipaul dies at 85

The New Arab & agencies

Nobel laureate V S Naipaul dies at 85

Literary giant V S Naipaul, known for his controversial and divisive views, has died at his home in London.

US-Pakistan relations nosedive following Trump Twitter outburst

The New Arab & agencies

US-Pakistan relations nosedive following Trump Twitter outburst

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to the foreign office following President Donald Trump's tweet about Pakistan only offering "lies and ...

US-Canadian rescue saga: A silver lining for Afghan counter-insurgency?

Naveed Ahmad

US-Canadian rescue saga: A silver lining for Afghan counter-insurgency?

Comment: The United States is looking more to regional allies to help bring about stability in Afghanistan, as can be seen by the Boyle family's ...

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