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This week we focus on the impact of a potential US move to designate the Houthis as "terrorists".

Comment: Maradona was a hero not just to football fans, but Palestinians, leftists and people across the Global South alike, writes Sam Hamad. May he rest in peace.

Tony Blinken: the good, the bad, and potentially ugly

Daniel Larison

Tony Blinken: the good, the bad, and potentially ugly

Comment: Blinken will repair the damage done to international treaties and relationships, but when it comes to questions of military intervention, his record is much less reassuring, writes Daniel

A gateway to Africa: Russia's naval base in Sudan

Stasa Salacanin

A gateway to Africa: Russia's naval base in Sudan

Analysis: Moscow's new naval base in Sudan heralds Russia's return to the geopolitical map of Africa.

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

Sam Hamad

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade ...

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Saudi pilot killed in Yemen was trained in UK

The UK has played a key role in arming and training the Saudi air force.

Rami G. Khouri

Six Middle East realities Biden can't afford to ignore

Comment: For there to be any real progress in our region, Biden must grasp how we reached this situation, and how we get out of it, writes Rami ...

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31 Russian children evacuated from Syria

Children aged two to 16 were flown to Moscow from Syria on Friday as part of Russian efforts to evacuate its minor nationals from the war-torn ...

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Yemen seeks Interpol arrest warrants for Houthi leaders

Yemen's internationally recognised government is seeking to issue arrest warrants for Houthi leaders, the ministry of foreign affairs said on ...

Clock ticking, Trump looks set to hasten Afghanistan pullout

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Clock ticking, Trump looks set to hasten Afghanistan pullout

US President Donald Trump has moved ahead with plans to pull out of Afghanistan as he fills the Pentagon with loyalists.

The New Arab Staff

Algeria's constitution amended to allow intervention in Libya

Algeria's constitution has long retained that the country must protect its border from foreign attacks but cannot intervene in foreign wars.

With Trump out, Turkey worries about Biden

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

With Trump out, Turkey worries about Biden

The two countries are at loggerheads over the US support of a Kurdish militia in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

US court summoned Lebanon ex-FM over kidnapping, torture case

The New Arab Staff

US court summoned Lebanon ex-FM over kidnapping, torture case

A Lebanese-American couple is seeking justice through US courts for kidnapping and torture under the alleged direction of Gebran Bassil.

Biden victory will not change Syria policy: US envoy

The New Arab Staff

Biden victory will not change Syria policy: US envoy

There will be no divergence of US policy regarding Syria, even under a Joe Biden presidency, a US envoy said.

Biden will remain tough on Syria's Assad, adviser says

The New Arab Staff

Biden will remain tough on Syria's Assad, adviser says

Syria reconstruction will be conditional on the regime making considerable political reforms, Biden has said.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Crammed into camps, displaced Syrians fear spread of coronavirus

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced by conflict into overcrowded, unsanitary refugee camps where social distancing is impossible are terrified of the spread of coronavirus.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 2)

In-depth: Five years have passed since Russia's intervention in Syria's war began.

The New Arab Staff

OPCW 'whistleblower' may have suppressed Syria chemical attack evidence

A recently uncovered letter from the OPCW to former employee Brendan Whelan has cast serious doubts on his claims that a 2018 chemical weapons ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Russia strikes kill 78 rebels in Syria

Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in ...

Yemen in Focus: New Houthi ambassador signals Iran's intentions

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: New Houthi ambassador signals Iran's intentions

This week we focus on Iran's new ambassador to the Houthis in the rebel-held capital.

Charles W. Dunne

US foreign policy in the 2020 elections

Comment: Differences in Middle East foreign policy between Trump and Biden show two very different visions of America’s place in the world, ...

What Biden could mean for the Middle East

Stasa Salacanin

What Biden could mean for the Middle East

Analysis: With Joe Biden leading in the polls for US presidential elections, a victory for the Democratic candidate could have major policy ...

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

The UN's Libya envoy said she was "quite optimistic" about a prospective ceasefire.

US elections and the Eastern Mediterranean tinderbox

Eva J. Koulouriotis

US elections and the Eastern Mediterranean tinderbox

Analysis: The road to a solution between Athens and Ankara is shorter if it does not pass through Washington.

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