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Comment: Sisi has all but extinguished Egyptian dissent. Whether a new US president can force him into reforms he doesn't want to make remains to be seen, writes Sam Hamad.

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.

Wary EU eyes improved Turkey ties

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Wary EU eyes improved Turkey ties

The EU and Turkey pushed to mend strained ties as Ankara's foreign minister visited Brussels.

Twitter blocks Chinese embassy account over Uighur tweet

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Twitter blocks Chinese embassy account over Uighur tweet

Twitter has blocked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US after its post about Uighur women.

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MidEast experts explore challenges facing Biden in new book

'Biden and The Middle East: A Challenging Road Ahead' was launched online on Tuesday,

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Turkey on charm offensive to ease tensions with EU

Mevlut Cavusoglu and Josep Borrell have met to discuss Turkey's EU membership and issues related to the eastern Mediterranean.

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US-UAE arms deal approved as Trump leaves office

The sale of 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones was promised to the UAE when it agreed to normalise relations with Israel in August.

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Oman heir joins youthful Gulf royals

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

Trump's 'time ran out' for Mauritania, Indonesia normalisation deals

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Trump's 'time ran out' for Mauritania, Indonesia normalisation deals

The two Muslim-majority nations were 'next in line' to normalise ties with Israel, two senior officials said this week.

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Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

To avoid the US sanctions imposed on Iran, traders are crossing the border into neighbouring Iraq to sell their wares.

'Snail's pace' peace talks due to Taliban: Afghan government

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'Snail's pace' peace talks due to Taliban: Afghan government

Afghan authorities criticised the Taliban for failing to actively participate in peace talks.

China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials for violating 'sovereignty'

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China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials for violating 'sovereignty'

China announced sanctions on more than two dozen officials and members of former president Donald Trump's cabinet.

What Biden's presidency means for the Horn of Africa

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

What Biden's presidency means for the Horn of Africa

Analysis: Biden may have no choice but to make difficult decisions against the backdrop of Ethiopia's civil war, the Nile Dam dispute, as well ...

Trump leaves White House, skipping Biden inauguration

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Trump leaves White House, skipping Biden inauguration

Donald Trump has left the White House, breaking with tradition as he finally leaves Washington.

Eva J. Koulouriotis

How Gulf reconciliation could impact the Eastern Mediterranean

Analysis: Fault lines in the Gulf crisis have long played out in the Eastern Mediterranean, but that could be set to change.

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Trump pardons 73 people, including Steve Bannon

On his last day in office, Trump pardoned several people including controversial former aide Steve Bannon.

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Iran hits Trump with last-minute sanctions

Iran imposed sanctions on outgoing US President Donald Trump and several of his top aides and advisers.

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Qatar says its foreign policy remains principled, sovereign

Qatar's principle-based foreign policy on supporting the people of the region remains unchanged, Doha's Foreign ...

UK 'seriously concerned' by Israeli expansion in West Bank

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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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Qatar calls for Gulf-Iran talks to ease regional tensions

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani called for dialogue with Iran just weeks after ending the dispute ...

EU's Borrell says 'possible war crimes' in Ethiopia's Tigray

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EU's Borrell says 'possible war crimes' in Ethiopia's Tigray

The EU's foreign policy chief said that "possible war crimes" have been reported in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

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Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on China, Iran and Cuba in a last-minute push aimed at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

Islamic State's resurgence is Syria is going unnoticed

Sam Hamad

Islamic State's resurgence is Syria is going unnoticed

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems ...

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