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The IMF has urged Middle Eastern and North African countries to speed up the pace of economic reform as coronavirus and low oil prices take their toll.

Oman's most senior Islamic scholar took aim at increasing courting of 'enemy states' by Arabs, in an apparent reference to recent normalisation with Israel.

Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic relations after normalisation deal

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Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic relations after normalisation deal

Israel and Bahrain have officially signed a deal establishing diplomatic relations, as well as seven memorandums of understanding in fields ranging from civil aviation to agriculture.

Netanyahu to visit Bahrain, UAE next week: report

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Netanyahu to visit Bahrain, UAE next week: report

According to reports, the Israeli Prime Minister is set to make his first official trips to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain next week.

Israeli delegation in Bahrain to start diplomatic, commercial relations

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Israeli delegation in Bahrain to start diplomatic, commercial relations

Senior Israeli delegates are due to meet with Bahraini and American officials to sign diplomatic and commercial deals with the gulf state.

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'Hello you': Controversial Israeli-UAE duet song a 'YouTube hit'

A catchy Emirati-Israeli duet song has recently become popular, but the comments section shows many are visiting the link to express disapproval.

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Iran announces its coronavirus death toll passes 30,000 killed

Iran has one of the highest rates of covid-19 in the Middle East as the country struggles under the pressure of the pandemic.

Mobashra Tazamal

Dismantling the counterterror narrative is long overdue

Comment: The language and logic of counter-terrorism established by the US has been used to justify a devastating spectrum of Muslim persecution ...

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US sailors helped Iran-flagged vessel in distress: coalition

An American destroyer rescued an Iranian flagged vessel in distress, despite both countries being sworn enemies.

'Impunity reigns' one year after Lebanon protests: Amnesty

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'Impunity reigns' one year after Lebanon protests: Amnesty

Amnesty International has urged Lebanese authorities to end harassment of activists and journalists, as well as the use of force against ...

Victoria Schneider

The Lebanese board game fighting corruption with humour

'Wasta', a new board game inspired by anti-government protests, takes aim at Lebanon's broken political system.

UN coordinator urges Israel to end post-normalisation settlement building

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UN coordinator urges Israel to end post-normalisation settlement building

'Settlement construction is illegal under international law and is one of the major obstacles to peace,' the UN coordinator said.

Israeli settlement approvals hit record high

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Israeli settlement approvals hit record high

The Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now has reported that approvals for settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under ...

Joe Biden says his administration would 'honour Muslim contributions'

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Joe Biden says his administration would 'honour Muslim contributions'

The Democratic presidential candidate has also vowed to repeal Trump's so-called 'Muslim ban' on his first day he is elected.

Gulf states using Covid-19 pandemic to ramp-up repression: Amnesty

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Gulf states using Covid-19 pandemic to ramp-up repression: Amnesty

Gulf states are using the Covid-19 pandemic to clampdown on online expression.

Jan-Peter Westad

Gone but not forgotten: The fight for Syria's disappeared

As the war draws on in Syria, the fight to remember those missing becomes increasingly difficult. But Wafa Ali Mustafa remains determined to campaign for justice.

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Iranian militias re-name Syrian streets names after Khomeini, Solemani

Iranian militias in eastern Syria are changing the names of local streets in a 'provocative and sectarian' way in an effort to forcibly alter ...

Sam Hamad

Would Biden really stop writing blank cheques for Egypt?

Comment: Only a Biden administration would be capable of holding Sisi's regime accountable. But whether it would is another matter, writes Sam ...

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Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting widens

Azerbaijan conducted attacks inside Armenia as the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh continues to escalate.

Iran hits new coronavirus records, curbs travel

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Iran hits new coronavirus records, curbs travel

Iran announced temporary travel restrictions on five major cities as the country reached new single-day records in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

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Jordanians outraged after kidnapped boy found amputated, tortured

The kidnapping and torture of a 16-year-old boy has sparked outrage in Jordan after a video showed the moments he was found with amputated hands ...

Iran coronavirus death toll hits record high

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Iran coronavirus death toll hits record high

Iran marked its highest single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus.

Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since normalisation

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Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since normalisation

Israel has approved its first illegal West Bank settler home since normalising relations with the UAE and Bahrain.

Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute: Normalisation or technical talks?

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Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute: Normalisation or technical talks?

In-depth: For the first time in 30 years, Lebanon and Israel will hold talks to resolve the disputed maritime border between the two countries.

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