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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on China, Iran and Cuba in a last-minute push aimed at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

The move reflects outgoing President Donald Trump's flurry of last minute pressure on Beijing as his days in office wind down.

UAE pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent

The New Arab Staff

UAE pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent

The ruler of Dubai has submitted an ambitious plan to cut the UAE’s emission by a quarter by 2030 and implement a host of cleaner energy alternatives.

US blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over Iranian petrochemicals sale

The New Arab Staff

US blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over Iranian petrochemicals sale

The US has blacklisted four companies that they have accused of being involved in the movement of Iranian petrochemicals.

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 ...

Guma El-Gamaty

Libyan oil flows resume, along with a revenues feud

Comment: A resolution to Libya's enduring conflict will require resolving how oil revenues are distributed, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

Dario Sabaghi

Haftar's capture of Italian fishermen sparks diplomatic storm

In-depth: Haftar's forces have detained a crew of Sicilian fishermen for over 90 days, igniting a diplomatic stand-off with Italy.

The New Arab Staff

British-Iraqi appointed as UK Covid-19 vaccine minister

Nadhim Zahawi, an Iraqi-born MP of Kurdish origin, will be in charge of the vaccine rollout in the UK.

Nour Odeh

How US blackmail pushed Sudan to normalise Israel ties

Analysis: The normalisation deal between Sudan and Israel was the result of political and financial extortion by the Trump administration.

US solidifies sanctions against Iran <em>oil</em> before election

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US solidifies sanctions against Iran oil before election

Trump's administration slapped fresh sanctions on Iran's oil sector including over sales to Syria and Venezuela, reducing Joe Biden's ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Libya resumes oil exports from key terminals

Conflict-strewn Libya sits atop Africa's largest proven crude oil reserves.

Prospects of US mediation in the Lebanon-Israel border talks

Joe Macaron

Prospects of US mediation in the Lebanon-Israel border talks

Comment: As Israel and Lebanon begin landmark maritime border talks, Joe Macaron takes an in-depth look at the players and issues involved in ...

Is Turkey's new gas discovery a game changer?

Ali Bakeer and André Rodrigues Rocha

Is Turkey's new gas discovery a game changer?

While the discovery of Black Sea natural gas is highly significant both economically and politically, it may not reap the rewards that Turkey ...

What does Fayez al-Sarraj's resignation mean for Libya?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

What does Fayez al-Sarraj's resignation mean for Libya?

The surprise decision to step down by the end of October has prompted speculation about the fate of Libya's conflict.

EU sanctions three companies for violating Libya arms embargo

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

EU sanctions three companies for violating Libya arms embargo

The EU has imposed sanctions on three companies who have allegedly violated the Libya arms embargo, one of them Turkish, amid concerns that the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Libya PM opposed to oil deal with Haftar: official

The deal to start pumping Libyan oil again appears to have been spearheaded by the deputy prime minister, Ahmed Matiq.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Haftar agrees to lift Libya oil blockade with conditions

Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said the command of his forces had 'put aside all military and political considerations' to respond to the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US says Haftar agrees to lift Libya oil blockade

The US Embassy said it was encouraged by "an apparent sovereign Libyan agreement" to enable Libya’s National Oil Corporation ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey in energy exploration talks with Libya: official

Turkey is in talks with Libya's UN-backed government to explore potential oil and gas reserves both onshore and offshore in the eastern ...

The geopolitical race to rebuild Beirut's port

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The geopolitical race to rebuild Beirut's port

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

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery

Alcohol sales have long served as a major barometer of the economy of Dubai, a top travel destination in the UAE.

Saudi Aramco profits dive 73% following <em>oil</em> price slump

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Aramco profits dive 73% following oil price slump

Saudi Arabia's national oil company has announced a huge quarterly loss in profits, due to low oil prices ...

Turkey slams US-approved <em>oil</em> deal with Syrian Kurds

The New Arab Staff

Turkey slams US-approved oil deal with Syrian Kurds

Turkey has criticised an oil deal between a US firm and Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria.

Iran abducted exiled opponent while in Dubai, family says

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Iran abducted exiled opponent while in Dubai, family says

Jamshid Sharmahd, a member of a militant Iranian opposition group, appears to have been taken from Dubai to Oman and then onwards to Iran.

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