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Yossi Cohen took a secret trip to Egypt to discuss West Bank annexation.

Abdullah Abdullah, who heads a council representing the government, said a lull in violence triggered by a surprise ceasefire offered by the Taliban has set the tone for launching discussions.

Lebanon arrests Sudanese attempting to 'illegally cross' Israeli border

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Lebanon arrests Sudanese attempting to 'illegally cross' Israeli border

A group of Sudanese men were caught trying to enter Israel through its border with Lebanon, authorities said, the latest in a growing number of attempted crossings.

Digital diplomacy could reshape politics in the Middle East

Paul McLoughlin

Digital diplomacy could reshape politics in the Middle East

Could digital diplomacy be the answer to inequality and war in the Middle East?

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

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Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attack' since ceasefire

The first deadly assault since the end of a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan led to the deaths of seven Afghan security force members.

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No new reports of fighting despite Afghan ceasefire ending

Afghanistan's government has appealed to the Taliban to extend a ceasefire, which has now held for over three days, only the second pause in ...

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Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners

The ceasefire, only the second of its kind in the 19-year-old conflict, has raised hopes of an extended truce between the Taliban and Afghan ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

France and Turkey's growing rivalry in the Middle East

France views Turkey's foreign policy stance as a threat to its own economic and geopolitical interests.

Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

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Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

The Taliban on Sunday began a ceasefire to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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 ...

Afghan president vows to quicken release of Taliban prisoners

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Afghan president vows to quicken release of Taliban prisoners

The release of Taliban prisoners will be accelerated, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday.

Key Biden adviser offers little hope for Palestinians

Mitchell Plitnick

Key Biden adviser offers little hope for Palestinians

Comment: Biden and his adviser Blinken are insisting that Palestinians accept the Israeli view, writes Mitchell Plitnick.

A house divided: The battle for Yemen's south

Stasa Salacanin

A house divided: The battle for Yemen's south

A bid by separatists to assert control over southern Yemen has pushed the country closer to fragmentation.

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile <em>peace</em> process

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

The Covid-19 pandemic and a spike in violence threaten to jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

A weakened Haftar isn't the end of Libya's woes

Comment: In Libya, rogue General Haftar may be weakened, but his foreign backers will still act to prevent a stable, democratic government emerge, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

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Vatican expresses ‘concern’ regarding Israeli West Bank annexation plans

The Vatican says it is concerned over Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank following a meeting between its chief foreign policy ...

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Taliban leader affirms commitment to peace deal with US

The leader of the Taliban says that his group is committed to a peace deal signed in February with the US, amid increasing violence ...

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UN: Rise in civilian deaths by Taliban, Afghan forces

The UN report blamed the Taliban for killing 208 civilians last month and also said that operations by Afghan forces in April had killed 172 ...

Car bomb kills nine Afghan intelligence officials

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Car bomb kills nine Afghan intelligence officials

At least 40 other security personnel were wounded in the attack, with eight in critical condition.

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Afghanistan rivals end months-long feud with power-sharing deal

A power-sharing deal in Afghanistan has brought to an end months of feuding between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

EU takes on Israel over 'illegal' West Bank annexations

The New Arab

EU takes on Israel over 'illegal' West Bank annexations

In a bid to fend off an international diplomatic clash, European countries are attempting to stop Israel from illegally annexing the West Bank.

US says Taliban honouring commitment to Afghanistan <em>peace</em> deal

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US says Taliban honouring commitment to Afghanistan peace deal

US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad says the Taliban have been fulfilling their commitments not to attack US forces under a recently signed deal, ...

EU to pressure Israel to ditch West Bank annexation

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EU to pressure Israel to ditch West Bank annexation

The European Union will begin a diplomatic push to try to dissuade the new Israeli governments from annexing large areas of the occupied ...

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