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Like the Castro family in Cuba and North Korea’s Kim dynasty, the Assads have attached their name to their country the way few non-monarchical rulers have done.

A unnamed senior western diplomat told Reuters it was 'clear' whether the former World Bank economist would meet officials from the militant group.

Eight killed in attack targeting Afghan governor

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Eight killed in attack targeting Afghan governor

At least 8 people were killed and dozens more wounded when an attacker rammed his explosives-filled vehicle into a governor's convoy in Afghanistan.

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the ...

Naming Qatar a major non-NATO ally

Giorgio Cafiero

Naming Qatar a major non-NATO ally

Analysis: The move would be a huge boost to the US-Qatar partnership and another reminder of how the blockade has failed to drive a wedge ...

Narjas Zatat

US reproaches UAE for failing to 'normalise' with Qatar

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking urged Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to end their blockade on Qatar.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Fears over 'under the radar' coronavirus epidemic

Areas outside Syrian regime control remain at a major disadvantage in battling Covid-19, with fears that the coronavirus could be more ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Saudi Arabia's faltering divide and rule strategy in Yemen

While seeking to keep Yemen weak and divided, yet with no real long-term plan for its political future, Saudi Arabia has inadvertently limited ...

Abdulaziz Kilani

Has Jordan distanced itself from Saudi Arabia?

Despite attempting to maintain relations with its regional neighbours, Jordan appears to have significant differences with Saudi Arabia and ...

Iran's Zarif to visit Macron in France

The New Arab

Iran's Zarif to visit Macron in France

Iran's foreign minister will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and France's top diplomat on Friday.

The New Arab

UAE to grant Modi award amid brutal Kashmir crackdown

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to receive the UAE's highest civilian award while visiting the Gulf later this week.

Mohammad Bin Salman’s waning influence

Emile Nakhleh

Mohammad Bin Salman’s waning influence

Comment: MbS's star is dimming and his influence is waning as his allies in the UAE seem to abandon him and Washington loses patience with his ...

The UAE and Iran's Maritime <em>Talks</em>

Giorgio Cafiero and Khalid al-Jaber

The UAE and Iran's Maritime Talks

Comment: The UAE is seeking dialogue with Iran to better manage the risks of a major conflict erupting in the Arabian Gulf, write Giorgio ...

Qatari Emir's timely visit to Washington

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Qatari Emir's timely visit to Washington

Comment: The opportunity for political progress in Afghanistan and the possibility of diplomatic mediation with Iran make Sheikh Tamim's visit a ...

First Japan PM lands in Tehran in 41 years

The New Arab & agencies

First Japan PM lands in Tehran in 41 years

The first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran in 41 years was expected to go straight into talks with President Hassan Rouhani and ...

The New Arab & agencies

King Salman urges international effort against Iran

Saudi Arabia's monarch on Thursday opened an emergency gathering of Arab leaders with a call for a concerted effort to stop Iranian 'interference' in the Middle East.

The New Arab & agencies

US State Secretary Pompeo kicks off Middle East tour

The US Secretary of State has begun a tour of Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon, in an attempt to rally anti-Iran support and signal backing ...

A Yemeni journalist

Few hopes of reaching peace in Yemen

Analysis: The United Nations is looking to adopt another approach to bring the Yemen crisis to an end after a number of failed attempts in 2018.

The New Arab & agencies

Yemen's Houthis boycott meeting with UN-led truce monitors

Houthi rebel negotiator Mohammad Abdel-Salam accused the chief of the joint committee tasked with overseeing a truce in Hodeida of steering from ...

Top Yemen brass dies after Houthi drone strike

The New Arab & agencies

Top Yemen brass dies after Houthi drone strike

Intelligence Brigadier General Saleh Tamah, who was wounded on Thursday in a strike on a military parade in al-Anad air base, died on Sunday.

The New Arab & agencies

Tehran slams Warsaw for plans to host 'anti-Iran summit'

Iran's foreign ministry summoned Poland's top diplomat in the country to protest its decision to host what it called an "anti-Iranian" summit, a ...

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce

The New Arab

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce

Artillery and machine-gun exchanges rocked the southern part of Hodeida in early morning before tapering off later in day, the correspondent ...

Pompeo arrives in Bahrain to begin anti-Iran Gulf tour

The New Arab & agencies

Pompeo arrives in Bahrain to begin anti-Iran Gulf tour

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday, the first leg of a tour of Gulf monarchies which Washington says are 'critical' ...

UN seeks 'substantial progress' in Yemen before more <em>talks</em>

The New Arab & agencies

UN seeks 'substantial progress' in Yemen before more talks

UN envoy Martin Griffiths briefed the Security Council after new talks in the region including meetings with Houthi rebel leaders, and ...

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