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To avoid the US sanctions imposed on Iran, traders are crossing the border into neighbouring Iraq to sell their wares.

World leaders extended their congratulations to US President Joe Biden.

<em>Iraq</em> grants $20bn construction projects to Chinese companies

The New Arab Staff

Iraq grants $20bn construction projects to Chinese companies

Iraq has granted $20 billion worth of construction projects to a consortium of Chinese companies, according to local media reports.

Oman to see fastest economic growth in MENA region

The New Arab Staff

Oman to see fastest economic growth in MENA region

Oman is set to be one of the countries to see the swiftest economic recovery from the Covid-19 epidemic.

Iran, Israel and Turkey in a post-Arab Spring region

Stasa Salacanin

Iran, Israel and Turkey in a post-Arab Spring region

Analysis: Non-Arab powers have emerged as new regional centres of influence in the Middle East's changing geopolitical map.

The New Arab Staff

In pictures: The Middle East bids farewell to 2020

Here's our look at how the region said farewell to a year of change and challenges.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel open to German efforts to expand Iran deal

Israel's ambassador to Berlin, Jeremy Issacharoff, said he welcomed more active involvement of Germany in Middle East diplomacy.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems ...

The New Arab Staff

Few feel life has improved since Arab Spring: poll

A new poll suggests many believe inequality has grown worse since the pro-freedom uprisings broke out a decade ago.

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part II

Rami G. Khouri

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part II

Comment: Reflecting on a decade of Arab uprisings, Rami Khouri takes stock of a protest movement on hold, as Arab states and citizens enter ...

Rami G. Khouri

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part I

Comment: Rami Khouri reflects on a decade of Arab uprisings that saw unprecedented protest and the slow birth of a new Arab citizen, but also ...

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

Alessandra Bajec

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

In-depth: With economic woes exacerbated by Covid-19 and the KRG's heavy-handed response to public anger, protests are expected to re-emerge in ...

A decade of upheaval, lost hopes after Arab Spring

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

A decade of upheaval, lost hopes after Arab Spring

From a time after 2011, the surge towards the dreams of the Arab Spring seemed irreversible. Now they are further than ever.

Iraqis shed masks as economic pain overshadows virus fear

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqis shed masks as economic pain overshadows virus fear

In a war-scarred country burdened by rising job losses and deepening poverty, a majority of citizens seem to have shrugged off the global public ...

Jordan announces 'promising' natural gas find

The New Arab Staff

Jordan announces 'promising' natural gas find

Jordanian officials have long pinned their hopes on finding major gas reserves at the field, which is located along the kingdom's eastern border ...

Steffen Hertog

The case for an Arabian Universal Basic Income

Comment: While a generous UBI remains unaffordable in western countries, in MENA oil states it could offer a way to reform welfare and an inflated public sector, writes Steffen Hertog.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

China, Iraq set to ink multi-billion dollar bailout deal

The contract will run for five years, with the successful bidder paying up-front for the first year's supply of oil.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Yemen ‘on edge of precipice’: UNICEF

Yemen, which plunged into chaos and civil war after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels captured the capital in 2014, may be the most challenging area ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

OPEC+ strike deal for lower production hike from January

The OPEC+ grouping have announced a raise in production of 500,000 barrels per day (bpd).

OPEC+ seeks compromise on output cut extension

The New Arab Staff

OPEC+ seeks compromise on output cut extension

Producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, disagree on whether to extend oil production cuts into next year.

Giorgio Cafiero

Fakhrizadeh's assassination: A new obstacle for US-Iran diplomacy

Analysis: The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will make it harder for Joe Biden to bring Washington and Tehran to a new understanding.

Why suicide is on the rise among Iraqi youths

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Mohammed Qasim

Why suicide is on the rise among Iraqi youths

Young Iraqis are being driven to despair as dire economic conditions exacerbate a growing mental health crisis.

OPEC+ calls last-minute talks ahead of planned oil increase

The New Arab Staff

OPEC+ calls last-minute talks ahead of planned oil increase

Saudi Arabia and Russia called an informal meeting of OPEC+ ministers, which is likely to delay a planned oil production increase, just days ...

Erdogan pushes tough foreign policy despite economic pain

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Erdogan pushes tough foreign policy despite economic pain

Erdogan's increasingly hawkish foreign policy is rankling Western allies and scaring away investors

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