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Anti-Iran protests are mounting in a 'prelude to a summer of discontent and violence,' as Iraq is the staging ground for direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Mehdi Sobhani was reportedly appointed based on the suggestion of Tehran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed a delegation which arrived in Syria on Thursday.

How Abu Dhabi uses its influence in the US

Eva Thiebaud

How Abu Dhabi uses its influence in the US

Comment: Long before the 'Abraham Accords', Abu Dhabi was investing in the US and developing an intensive lobbying strategy in Washington. Eva Thiebaud discusses a new report by Colin Powers.

How the ‘Zarifgate tapes' exposed Iran’s bitter <em>power</em> struggle

Thomas O. Falk

How the ‘Zarifgate tapes' exposed Iran’s bitter power struggle

In-depth: Leaked tapes of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif touched on the Revolutionary Guard and Qasem Soleimani, revealing deep political rifts.

Israel 'not a country, but a terrorist base': Khamenei

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel 'not a country, but a terrorist base': Khamenei

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comments in televised remarks marking Quds Day.

The New Arab Staff

Saudi-Iran discussions occurred ‘more than once’ in Iraq

Recent discussions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were not the first instance of talks between the two countries in Iraq, Iraqi President Barham Salih has said.

The New Arab Staff

Swiss diplomat falls to death in Iranian capital Tehran

Switzerland's number-two diplomat in Iran fell to her death from a residential tower in the north of Tehran.

The New Arab Staff

Iranian conservatives call for Zarif's execution following audio-leak

Following the leak of an audio recording in which Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif criticised the power of assassinated commander ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran welcomes Saudi change of tone, sees 'new chapter'

Iran's foreign ministry said Tehran welcomes the change of tone from Saudi Arabia on Thursday, after reports this month revealed secret talks ...

How warming Egypt-Turkey ties could impact the Middle East

Eva J. Koulouriotis

How warming Egypt-Turkey ties could impact the Middle East

Analysis: The beginning of a new chapter in Egypt-Turkey relations could also pave the way for changes in the wider region.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shakeup in Iran’s presidential office after leaked tape

Changes have been made by President Hassan Rouhani following a leaked conversation featuring the Iranian foreign minister.

Saudi prince strikes conciliatory tone with rival Iran

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi prince strikes conciliatory tone with rival Iran

In a television interview broadcast late Tuesday, the de facto Saudi ruler said that 'all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with ...

The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

Many Iraqis say the fire is yet another example of the state's corruption and mismanagement leading to the death and misfortune of civilians.

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 ...

Iran's FM: Soleimani's Revolutionary Guards tried dictating foreign policy

The New Arab Staff

Iran's FM: Soleimani's Revolutionary Guards tried dictating foreign policy

A leaked interview with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif depicts the Revolutionary Guard Corps as the puppet masters in Iran's political ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Drone attack' blamed for Iran tanker fire off Syria

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an Iranian tanker was targeted in an assault off Syria's coast.

The New Arab Staff

Iraq to build nuclear reactors with Russian, French help

A meeting with Russian officials resulted in a memorandum of understanding that will expedite the construction of the three reactors.

Hossein Derakhshan

What's keeping Iranians on Clubhouse all night long?

Comment: For Iranians tired of one-dimensional 'likes', persistent trolls, and absent audiences, Clubhouse has fostered a new kind of more ...

Thomas O. Falk

Israel and Iran's escalating shadow war at sea

Analysis: Israel and Iran have been engaged in a covert war for years. Now ships are coming under attack at sea.

Can Saudi Arabia's fanciful climate plan actually work?

Courtney Freer

Can Saudi Arabia's fanciful climate plan actually work?

Comment: Saudi Arabia's ability to comply with its own green goals may remain elusive, but its rhetorical commitment to renewable energy is ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shook southwestern Iran, leaving at least one person injured.

US lawmakers seek to stop Saudi Arabia acquiring nukes

The New Arab Staff

US lawmakers seek to stop Saudi Arabia acquiring nukes

The Democratic lawmakers say they want to 'extinguish any future Middle East arms race'.

Sudan denies plans to send delegation to Israel

The New Arab Staff

Sudan denies plans to send delegation to Israel

Khartoum established ties with Israel last year but there has been a lot of opposition to normalisation among the Sudanese public

Can Saudi Arabia and Pakistan mend frayed ties?

Sabena Siddiqui

Can Saudi Arabia and Pakistan mend frayed ties?

Analysis: Amid new geopolitical shifts and realignments in the region, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan appear to be pursuing a reset in relations.

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