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David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, did not specify what kind of punitive actions Lebanese officials could face.

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

US envoy presses Lebanon leaders to form govt

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US envoy presses Lebanon leaders to form govt

David Hale has urged Lebanon’s leaders to form a government and help stabilise the crippled economy.

Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years

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Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years

Somalia’s president has signed a bill extending his mandate for a further two years, a move which has been heavily criticised.

Foreign firms vie to rebuild ravaged Beirut port

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Foreign firms vie to rebuild ravaged Beirut port

Devastation wrought by the port explosion in Beirut, which killed more than 200 people, has sparked a commercial and geopolitical contest ...

Achim Steiner

Myanmar's young demand their future

Comment: Myanmar's younger generation knows what it's like to enjoy better prospects and freedoms. The generals must return Myanmar to the country they want and deserve, writes Achim Steiner.

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Senior US State Department official to visit Beirut

The US State Department announced it will send a senior official to voice the administration's "concern" over the worsening situation in Lebanon.

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Mideast 'early inoculators' to recover by 2022: IMF

The International Monetary Fund raised its 2021 MENA growth forecast because of early inoculation of the vaccine, while saying inequalities are ...

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Minors in Saudi Arabia face execution despite announced reforms

Despite Saudi authorities promising reforms in 2020, people who committed crimes as minors still face execution.

Lebanon provides 'updated' data for central bank audit

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Lebanon provides 'updated' data for central bank audit

Auditors have been given new information to help them with their forensic audit of the Bank of Lebanon, which is required to secure funding.

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German firms unveil lavish post-blast Beirut port plan

A plan to rebuild the Beirut port area that was devastated by an explosion has been presented by a German delegation.

Biden administration pledges $235m in 'critical' aid to Palestinians

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Biden administration pledges $235m in 'critical' aid to Palestinians

The Biden administration's pledge of $235 million in aid to the Palestinians comes at a 'critical moment' amid the pandemic.

Biden resumes Palestinian aid, urges two-state solution

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Biden resumes Palestinian aid, urges two-state solution

US President Joe Biden restored aid to the Palestinians to a tune of $235 million, as he promised to press for a two-state solution.

Jordan king to address nation on palace turmoil

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Jordan king to address nation on palace turmoil

After the dramatic events involving Prince Hamzah, the king of Jordan has announced that he will make an address.

Covid-19: A year of repression in the Middle East

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Covid-19: A year of repression in the Middle East

In-depth: Amnesty International's annual report for 2020/21 reveals the scope of the abuses Middle Eastern governments perpetrated while the ...

Annelle Sheline

Jordan's crackdown on dissent

Comment: Feeling threatened by protests, high unemployment, and a dismal economy, King Abdullah may see this as a useful excuse to clamp down on any criticism, writes Annelle Sheline.

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Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 20 years

Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and given a 20 year travel ban for allegedly running an anonymous social media ...

Paul Iddon

Why Baghdad's new visa system could emulate Kurdistan's success

In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign ...

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Jordan's Abdullah turns to family mediation on palace turmoil

Jordan's King Abdullah II agreed to enter mediation to heal a rift within the royal family, the palace said, after his half-brother Prince ...

Putin approves legislation allowing him to stay in power

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Putin approves legislation allowing him to stay in power

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his seal of approval to constitutional reforms which could allow him to stay in office until ...

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Jordan king's half-brother accused in plot to 'destabilise' kingdom

Multiple suspects, including the king's half-brother Prince Hamzah, have been arrested for an alleged coup attempt in Jordan.

Key dates in Jordan's history

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Key dates in Jordan's history

Since its independence in 1946, Jordan has been through major events that defined its History.

EU hails US dropping of ICC sanctions

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EU hails US dropping of ICC sanctions

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU stands together with all partners of the ICC against "attempts at obstructing ...

Saudi arrested as juvenile faces execution despite <em>reforms</em>: HRW

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Saudi arrested as juvenile faces execution despite reforms: HRW

"In sentencing a child to die while ignoring torture allegations, the Saudi court made a mockery of the country’s alleged 'reforms'," ...

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