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Secret talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aiming to end years of hostilities, and bring the brutal war in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths has warned that efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Yemen’s bloody conflict are faltering amid continued fighting between the government and Houthi rebels in Marib province.

Could Saudi-Iran talks finally defuse the region's biggest rivalry?

Giorgio Cafiero

Could Saudi-Iran talks finally defuse the region's biggest rivalry?

Analysis: Few expect major changes in Saudi-Iranian relations any time soon, but recent talks in Iraq signal a potential de-escalation after years of animosity.

Houthis claim bomb-laden drone attack on Saudi airbase

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Houthis claim bomb-laden drone attack on Saudi airbase

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed a drone attack on Saudi Arabia's King Khalid air-base.

Libyan FM insists on Turkish withdrawal amid controversy

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Libyan FM insists on Turkish withdrawal amid controversy

Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush has called for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from her country but a senior Libyan official said this ...

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Saudi, Iranian officials hold direct talks in Baghdad: report

The first round of the talks, which marked the first major negotiations between Riyadh and Tehran since 2016, were held on April 9.

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Saudi executes three soldiers for 'high treason'

Riyadh's defence ministry named the three soldiers as Mohammed bin Ahmed, Shaher bin Issa and Hamoud bin Ibrahim without identifying who they ...

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Muslim leaders battling misconceptions on vaccines, fasting this Ramadan

Top clerics have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine does not invalidate a fast, but local community leaders are working hard to reassure ...

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Sudan agrees to reactivate agreements with Qatar

Relations between Sudan and Qatar appear to be warming since the end of the Gulf blockade earlier this year.

Baby found alive after Egypt building collapse kills 25

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Baby found alive after Egypt building collapse kills 25

A six-month-old infant was found alive in the rubbles of the collapsed building that cost the life of 25 people and injured 26 others.

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Afghan president replaces security ministers in surprise shake-up

In a surprise announcement, Ashraf Ghani dismissed two leading ministers charged with the country's faltering security

Kuwait government drops threat to prosecute lawmakers

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Kuwait government drops threat to prosecute lawmakers

The move comes amid a months-long standoff between Kuwait's publicly-elected MPs and its appointed prime minister.

Kuwait ruling emir flies to US for 'medical checks'

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Kuwait ruling emir flies to US for 'medical checks'

State media has described Sheikh Sabah's trip as involving "usual medical check-ups". Yet given his advance age, questions abound over his ...

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim missile hits Saudi oil facility

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Yemen's Houthi rebels claim missile hits Saudi oil facility

A Houthi military spokesman tweeted an image that matched Aramco's North Jeddah Bulk Plant, saying the rebels had fired a new Quds-2 cruise ...

Three names removed from Khashoggi intelligence report

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Three names removed from Khashoggi intelligence report

The Office for the Director of National Intelligence has said the individuals were 'erroneously' included in the report.

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Saudi crown prince 'approved' Khashoggi murder: US intelligence

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "approved" the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a declassified US intelligence report said.

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Palestinian Raed Salah held in solitary confinement by Israel

Sheikh Raed Salah is being held in solitary confinement by Israel and denied family visits.

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Biden's pledges to 'end' involvement in Yemen 'not enough'

The new US president may have pledged to reduce support to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, but many Yemeni-Americans say it is not enough, writes ...

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US shakes Yemen policy, but long road to peace

Biden's decisions last week mark a reversal of policies by his predecessor Donald Trump, a staunch backer of Saudi Arabia and a fierce opponent ...

<em>Al</em>-Qaeda's leader in Yemen under arrest: UN report

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Al-Qaeda's leader in Yemen under arrest: UN report

The leader of Al-Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate has been under arrest for several months, in what will be seen as a huge breakthrough in the ...

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Libyan election vow must be honoured: UN

The 75 participants at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum have until Friday to select a prime minister and a three-member presidency council ...

Libyans meet in Geneva to select transitional leaders

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Libyans meet in Geneva to select transitional leaders

The 75 participants at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum have until Friday to select a prime minister and a three-member presidency council ...

UN announces candidates for Libya transitional government

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UN announces candidates for Libya transitional government

Participants in the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which kicked off in November, will meet in Switzerland from Monday through ...

Kuwait emir re-appoints Sheikh Sabah <em>Al</em>-<em>Khalid</em> <em>Al</em>-Sabah as premier

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Kuwait emir re-appoints Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah as premier

Kuwait's cabinet and parliament are in a stand-off, leading to the resignation of the government.

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