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Oman's Dhi Yazan bin Haitham was announced as the heir apparent, following Sultan Qaboos' death at the age of 79.

The Saudi government's Human Rights Commission (HRC) said it documented 27 executions in 2020, an 85 percent decrease from the previous year.

UK Imams to reassure worshippers about Covid-19 vaccines

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UK Imams to reassure worshippers about Covid-19 vaccines

A coordinated Friday sermon from UK imams comes amid concerns South Asian communities are particularly at risk from fake news and conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Jordan's King Abdullah gets Covid-19 jab

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Jordan's King Abdullah gets Covid-19 jab

Jordan's King Abdullah and some of his family members have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus

Oman sultan names heir among major constitutional changes

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Oman sultan names heir among major constitutional changes

Oman Sultan Haithem has named his son as her heir, among a long list of changes to the constitution.

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Oman gets its first crown prince under new laws

Oman's sultan announced on Monday a constitutional shakeup that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how parliament will work.

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Questions haunt Iran's downing of Ukrainian plane

For the families of those who lost loved ones on Flight PS752, a lack of transparency and accountability is making the grieving process even ...

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Iraq experts working to defuse mine on oil tanker

Iraq's naval forces were making "a great effort to accomplish the mission" safely, said Iraq's Security Media Cell, which is affiliated with the ...

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'Suspicious object' found on oil tanker off Iraq

Sailors feared the discovery of a limpet mine on the MT Pola, involved in transferring oil to a vessel owned by a shipping company traded in the ...

British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU

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British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU

On the eve of the new year, British lawmakers finally agreed on a Brexit deal.

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Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

A partially suspended sentence will allow Loujain al-Hathloul's release within months, relatives said.

Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist al-Hathloul

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Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist al-Hathloul

Human rights groups have condemned the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years in prison as “cruel” and ...

Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

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Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Activists see Loujain al-Hathloul as an "incredible fierce and resolute" champion of women's rights who represented the kingdom's modern ...

Netanyahu invites Moroccan king to visit Israel

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Netanyahu invites Moroccan king to visit Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Moroccan King Mohammed VI to visit Israel following a "friendly" telephone call.

Kuwaitis lambast appointment of all-male parliamentary committee for women

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Kuwaitis lambast appointment of all-male parliamentary committee for women

News of the appointment of three Islamists to a committee for women's rights was roundly criticised by Kuwaiti social media users, including ...

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Israel and the UAE capitalise as Trump era ends

Analysis: Fearing a reversal of policies under the Biden administration, Israel and the UAE are exploiting the last days of Trump's presidency to shore up a new geopolitical reality.

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Over 50,000 Israelis visited UAE since travel agreement: report

Tens of thousands of Israeli tourists flocked to the UAE in just two weeks, a report said, driving a tourism boom in the Gulf country.

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Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

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US puts pro-Iran Bahrain group on 'terror list'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saraya al-Mukhtar had reportedly been funded by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and plotted attacks against US ...

Morocco's police disperse protest against ties with Israel

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Morocco's police disperse protest against ties with Israel

Protesters, who wanted to show solidarity with the Palestinians, were pushed away from the capital's parliament building by dozens of riot ...

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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 ...

Israeli football fans clash over UAE investment

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Israeli football fans clash over UAE investment

The UAE's investment in Israeli football team Beitar Jerusalem led to divisions among the team's notoriously anti-Arab fanbase.

Moroccan political parties walk a tightrope on Sahara, normalisation

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Moroccan political parties walk a tightrope on Sahara, normalisation

President Donald Trump's bombshell announcement that Tel Aviv and Rabat will normalise ties has divided Morocco.

US negotiating Morocco drone sale following Israel deal: report

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US negotiating Morocco drone sale following Israel deal: report

The US is negotiating the sale of drones to Morocco, unnamed government sources say.

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