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US President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of most US troops from Somalia.

President Emmanuel Macron denied infringing upon freedoms in France as he faces criticism over "anti-separatism" efforts and a controversial security bill.

The uses and abuses of how we define antisemitism

Malia Bouattia

The uses and abuses of how we define antisemitism

Comment: The IHRA's definition of antisemitism is being used to attack free speech, repress social justice work and criminalise Palestine liberation, writes Malia Bouattia.

Gulf nations, US signal progress to resolve Qatar crisis

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Gulf nations, US signal progress to resolve Qatar crisis

Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait said progress had been made towards resolving the Gulf crisis.

Trump policies 'allowed Iran to increase nuclear material': Biden

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Trump policies 'allowed Iran to increase nuclear material': Biden

President-elect Joe Biden has signalled he will return the US to a nuclear accord with Iran.

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Saudi Arabia cancels visit by Israeli official to Riyadh

The official who was due to visit Riyadh is thought to have been Mossad chief Yossi Cohen.

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Beirut detains Lebanese-French businessman close to Sarkozy: judicial source

Lebanon has detained a Lebanese-French businessman who was close to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

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US defence bill makes sanctions on Turkey mandatory

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the defence bill.

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Germany wants broader Iran nuclear deal: foreign minister

Germany warned that the 2015 nuclear deal was no longer enough.

Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron'

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Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron'

President Erdogan told reporters that with Macron as its president, France is going through a 'very dangerous period'.

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Qatar 'optimistic' about Gulf crisis solution, foreign minister says

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani expressed optimism over talks, but didn’t specify if a breakthrough is imminent.

Russia and Turkey's complex regional rivalry

Ruslan Trad

Russia and Turkey's complex regional rivalry

Analysis: Conflict dynamics in both Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh are part of a broad field of confrontation between Moscow and Ankara, stretching ...

EU weighs options as Turkey stand-off grinds on

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

EU weighs options as Turkey stand-off grinds on

EU members are considering tougher options against Turkey.

Trump loves to win but keeps losing election lawsuits

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Trump loves to win but keeps losing election lawsuits

For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot.

What is driving Saudi Arabia's apparent rapprochement with Turkey?

Ali Bakeer

What is driving Saudi Arabia's apparent rapprochement with Turkey?

Analysis: Biden's policies towards Riyadh, together with how the UAE responds, will play a major role in determining whether Turkish-Saudi ...

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Jordan, Israel diplomats in rare meeting on Palestinian issue

The rare meeting came days after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas visited Jordan.

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Lebanon extends Covid-19 general mobilisation period until March

Lebanon has extended the general mobilisation period to March 2021 in efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Belgian court to give verdict in Iran diplomat case

The case has caused tensions between Iran and several European countries and shone an uncomfortable light on Tehran's international activities.

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Blocked news sites in Algeria accessible again

Only the Casbah Tribune, founded in 2017 by jailed journalist Khaled Drareni, remained inaccessible without a VPN.

Sisi thanks lame-duck Trump 'for strengthening US-Egypt ties'

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Sisi thanks lame-duck Trump 'for strengthening US-Egypt ties'

Mr Sisi lauded the lame-duck President's "efforts and contributions" toward cementing "friendly ties" between the two countries.

Ramona Wadi

For Palestinians, Secretary Blinken is precious little to celebrate

Comment: Secretary of State Blinken will likely bring an 'acceptable' veneer to US enabling of Israel, but little concrete change, writes Ramona ...

Egypt orders release of rights activists after global pressure

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt orders release of rights activists after global pressure

A security and juridical source told AFP that three staff of a high-profile Egyptian rights group were ordered released by the country's public ...

Australian war crimes report details what Afghans always knew

Emran Feroz

Australian war crimes report details what Afghans always knew

Comment: It shouldn't have taken a report into Australian war crimes to foreground the trauma Afghans have been reporting for years, writes ...

A Saudi-Israeli rapprochement?

Courtney Freer

A Saudi-Israeli rapprochement?

Comment: Courtney Freer appraises the prospects of a Saudi-Israel normalisation deal, or a resolution to the GCC crisis in the last days of the ...

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