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Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has suggested that Saudi Arabia’s policy shifts in the context of a friendlier US administration could lay the groundwork for dialogue between Tehran and Riyadh.

Iran has been watching the US elections closely, with Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th president of the United States.

Why designating Yemen's Houthis as terrorists is a mistake

Stasa Salacanin

Why designating Yemen's Houthis as terrorists is a mistake

Analysis: Designating the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organisation could choke humanitarian supplies to Yemen and torpedo diplomatic efforts for peace.

The eternal promise of the Arab Spring

Mohamed ElBaradei

The eternal promise of the Arab Spring

Comment: The ideals of the Arab Spring remain out of reach for many. But the quest for freedom, though long and uneven, is inevitable and ...

Iran's Rouhani hails departure of 'tyrant' Trump

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran's Rouhani hails departure of 'tyrant' Trump

The leader of Iran welcomes the end of Trump's presidency.

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UK 'seriously concerned' by Israeli expansion in West Bank

The UK said Israeli expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank is a 'serious concern'

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Israel approves settler homes in occupied West Bank

A settlement watchdog said that approving the 780 new settler homes, most of them deep in the West Bank, put Israel on a "collision ...

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Oman to see fastest economic growth in MENA region

Oman is set to be one of the countries to see the swiftest economic recovery from the Covid-19 epidemic.

Giorgio Cafiero

Where does Gulf reconciliation leave the UAE?

Analysis: While the GCC summit constituted a historic breakthrough, it merely addressed a symptom of the Gulf crisis without resolving its root ...

Pompeo to accuse Iran of Al-Qaeda links

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Pompeo to accuse Iran of Al-Qaeda links

Pompeo has fired a long list of warnings to Iran, as he sees out his final days as Secretary of State.

Mohammed Harun Arsalai and Tara Ansari Esfahani

How Europe's inhumane border is keeping refugees in Africa

Comment: Europe's 'externalisation' policies have essentially pushed its borders deep into Africa, write Tara Ansari Esfahani and ...

Biden taps William Burns as CIA chief

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Biden taps William Burns as CIA chief

William Burns had been considered a likely candidate to lead the State Department under President-elect Joe Biden, given his ...

Iran to expel nuclear inspectors 'unless sanctions are lifted'

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Iran to expel nuclear inspectors 'unless sanctions are lifted'

Iran will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors unless US sanctions are lifted by a Feb. 21 deadline set by the hardline-dominated ...

UN envoy arrives in Aden after deadly airport blast

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UN envoy arrives in Aden after deadly airport blast

Special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived at Aden airport, where he expressed his condolences and emphasised the need for a solution to the ...

Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Democrats Senate control

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Democrats Senate control

Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats, and with them, the US Senate majority.

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Raphael Warnock becomes first Black senator in Georgia state

Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history

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Malaysian villagers escape floods on excavator as 28,000 evacuated

The number of Malaysian villagers forced from their homes by floods rose to more than 28,000 with at least four dead.

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Challenges plague new Afghan peace talks

Afghan negotiators are having a challenging time with the peace process.

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Syrians forced into extortionate bribes to contact imprisoned relatives

Families of imprisoned Syrians are forced to pay huge amounts to contact their imprisoned relatives, according to the Association of Detainees ...

Trump's Blackwater pardons 'an affront to justice': UN experts

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Trump's Blackwater pardons 'an affront to justice': UN experts

The UN has criticised a US decision to pardon contractors involved in the killing of Iraqi citizens.

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Owner confronts Israeli team's racist past in interview

Moshe Hogeg said the team already is trying to recruit an Arab player.

Kuwait's key reformer dies at 72

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Kuwait's key reformer dies at 72

The KUNA state-run news agency did not specify how Sheikh Nasser died.

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers flown home from Lebanon

The New Arab Staff

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers flown home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Lebanon's most vulnerable migrant domestic workers have been repatriated with funds raised by local charities, but thousands more ...

Yemen in Focus: Women's group demands participation in government

The New Arab Staff

Yemen in Focus: Women's group demands participation in government

This week we focus on a women's movement that calls for the right to political participation.

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