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Hezbollah's pro-poor populist rhetoric has often conflicted with its political strategies and proposed economic policies.

Mohamed Ali, the dissident construction contractor whose videos exposing President Sisi’s corruption shocked Egypt, has announced that he will publish a new video after a four month silence.

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Courtney Freer

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its grandiose Vision 2030 looks uncertain, writes Courtney Freer.

Saudi Vision 2030 takes $8bn cut as <em>austerity</em> bites

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Saudi Vision 2030 takes $8bn cut as austerity bites

Saudi Arabia's much-hyped modernisation programme has taken a substantial funding cut as the kingdom's finances suffer from the ...

Saudi Aramco posts 25 percent slump in profits

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Saudi Aramco posts 25 percent slump in profits

The world's largest listed firm posted a net profit of 62.5 billion riyals ($16.66 billion) in the three months to March, compared to $22.2 ...

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Oil rebounds in Asia after Saudi Arabia output cut

Oil rebounded in Asian trade Tuesday, buoyed by Saudi Arabia's decision to cut output more than it had pledged as the virus-hit world economy cautiously emerges from lockdown

Courtney Freer

Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Iran sees new spike in coronavirus cases, Lebanese troops at a military court have caught Covid-19, while economies have been battered from the ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran re-opening mosques, free flights for healthcare workers, Gulf states reaching out to Israel, a new lockdown for Lebanon ...

Saudi slashes another million barrels from daily oil output

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Saudi slashes another million barrels from daily oil output

The Kingdom has asked oil giant Aramco to cut its output by an additional one million barrels per day, starting in June.

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Saudi markets reel after tripling of VAT

Monday’s austerity measures are valued at around 100 billion royals ($26.6 billion).

Saudi triples VAT, suspends handouts in virus-led <em>austerity</em> drive

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Saudi triples VAT, suspends handouts in virus-led austerity drive

Saudi Arabia's finance minister said the kingdom will triple its Value Added Tax and halt monthly handout payments to citizens in new ...

Iraq protests erupt after formation of new al-Kadhimi government

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Iraq protests erupt after formation of new al-Kadhimi government

Iraqis flocked to the streets on Sunday, just hours after a new government was formed.

Iraq's new government reaches out to October protesters

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Iraq's new government reaches out to October protesters

Iraq's new government has promised to release protesters detained during mass protests in October.

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Alessandra Bajec

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Fuelled by widespread anger at growing economic hardship and corruption, Tripoli is leading the way in Lebanon's new wave of protests.

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Oil prices, coronavirus could lead to Saudi austerity drive

Saudis may have to tighten their belts as low oil prices and coronavirus lockdowns hit.

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Lebanon's economic collapse: What happened?

How did Lebanon become one of the most indebted countries in the world? What's the plan out of this quagmire, and how likely is it to work?

Sebastian Castelier

Will Oman preserve the political imagery of Sultan Qaboos?

For half a century, Omanis have lived under the spell of a rich and carefully tailored political imagery displayed in public spaces.

Malia Bouattia

BAME coronavirus inquiry will lack trust of a community

Comment: Trevor Phillips' role in the coronavirus BAME inquiry undermines trust from a community most in need of support, writes Malia Bouattia.

Egypt seeks aid package from IMF amid coronavirus downturn

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Egypt seeks aid package from IMF amid coronavirus downturn

Egypt is negotiating a loan from the IMF in order to counter the severe impact of the virus pandemic on the economy, in particular the tourism ...

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Sudan police 'fire teargas at Bashir supporters'

Sudanese police are targeting supporters of ousted president Omar al-Bashir with teargas

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Emirates Airline is conducting rapid coronavirus testing for passengers, Israel arrests 'anti-Palestinian' extremist settlers who escaped ...

Sudan police fire teargas at Bashir supporters

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Sudan police fire teargas at Bashir supporters

The protesters rallied in defiance of a ban on large gatherings to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus is killing NHS workers. Their deaths were preventable

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Coronavirus is killing NHS workers. Their deaths were preventable

Comment: The NHS is the UK's biggest BAME employer, and the deaths of many of its frontline workers could have been prevented, writes rapper and ...

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