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Protests have been held in Deir az-Zour against the brutal rule of Iranian-led militias, coinciding with tense times between Tehran and Riyadh.

In a move sure to escalate tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, a judge in Beirut has accepted a lawsuit against Saudi Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer Sabhan

Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

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Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

Saudi diplomacy is not having a good day and the kingdom’s bullish 32-year-old crown prince is seen as the driving force behind the foreign policy blunders.

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic visit Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic visit

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Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic visit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church in a historic visit overshadowed by an unfolding ...

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Mona Alami

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Comment: Hizballah has enjoyed increased leverage in Lebanese and regional politics, but the prospect of a destabilised Lebanon means it must ...

Henri Mamarbachi

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Comment: The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri is the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, writes Henri Mamarbachi.

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Lebanese despair as Beirut 'declares war' on Riyadh

Lebanon has declared war on Saudi Arabia, a Saudi official claimed days after the kingdom strong-armed Lebanese PM Hariri to resign amid reports ...

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Egypt's Sisi says not right time to challenge Hizballah

Egypt's president has urged for calm in the region as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have flared, saying it is not the right time to ...

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'Detained Hariri' flown to Abu Dhabi to meet MBZ

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is reportedly being held under house arrest, is heading to Abu Dhabi to meet with Crown Prince ...

Lebanon no longer immune to tensions over Hizballah

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon no longer immune to tensions over Hizballah

Analysis: With Hariri sidelined, Lebanon's Hizballah-controlled government has collapsed, temporarily abating desires for a punitive war against ...

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Bahrain orders nationals to leave Lebanon 'immediately'

Bahrain on Sunday urged its citizens to avoid travelling to Lebanon and advised those already in the country to leave immediately for their ...

'Western intelligence' warned Hariri of assassination plot

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'Western intelligence' warned Hariri of assassination plot

Lebanon is still left in a state of confusion following Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's surprise resignation this week, although debate rages ...

Top Saudi official meets US-backed militias in Syria’s Raqqa

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Top Saudi official meets US-backed militias in Syria’s Raqqa

A high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country’s ...

Iraqi Shia cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

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Iraqi Shia cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

Influential Iraqi-Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is on a rare visit to the UAE, after receiving an official invitation two weeks after he travelled ...

Leading Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr heads to Riyadh

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Leading Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr heads to Riyadh

An outspoken Iraqi Shia cleric will visit Saudi Arabia meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after receiving an official invitation ...

Paul Iddon

It's high time for a restoration of Iraq-Saudi relations

Comment: Baghdad could be a mediator between Riyadh and Tehran, helping to reduce tensions across the Middle East, writes Paul Iddon.

Alain Gresh

Saudi Arabia mired in quicksand of the Middle East

The long read: Two years after acceding to the throne, King Salman faces mounting challenges; both regional and domestic, and questions around ...

Joe Macaron

How will Lebanon fit into Trump's foreign policy?

Comment: When it comes to Trump's foreign policy and Lebanon, much of it will hinge on how US relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran will evolve, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Iraq reassigned over death threats

Saudi Arabia and Iraq's troubled relations continues, as Riyadh's ambassador to Baghdad is reassigned after a diplomatic row erupted over his ...

Saudi's Iraq ambassador denies cousin killed fighting for IS

The New Arab

Saudi's Iraq ambassador denies cousin killed fighting for IS

The Saudi ambassador to Iraq Thamer al-Sabhan has denied reports that his cousin was recently killed in Iraq while fighting ...

The New Arab

#Trending: Saudi Twitter rallies behind embattled Baghdad ambassador

Saudi social media has rallied behind Riyadh's ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, after Iraqi authorities recently ...

Iraq asks Riyadh to replace 'meddlesome' ambassador in Baghdad

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Iraq asks Riyadh to replace 'meddlesome' ambassador in Baghdad

The Iraqi foreign ministry has sent an official request to Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador to Baghdad after the envoy made remarks about ...

Iraq summons Saudi ambassador over criticism of Iran-backed militias

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Iraq summons Saudi ambassador over criticism of Iran-backed militias

Iraqi-Saudi relations soured on Sunday as Baghdad handed Riyadh's envoy a letter of protest, after he made comments criticising the country's ...

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