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Eastern Syria has been viewed as under Iran's sphere of interest, but the resource-rich region remains a lucrative area for Russia too.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he discussed the region's coronavirus outbreaks and other issues with his Emirati counterpart in rare talks held via a videoconference call.

How the West lost influence in Libya's war

Stasa Salacanin

How the West lost influence in Libya's war

Libya's conflict has exposed deep divides within the EU and Nato, leaving non-Western powers to fill the vacuum.

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some insights into the ...

Armenia and Azerbaijan: a decades-long and volatile <em>rivalry</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Armenia and Azerbaijan: a decades-long and volatile rivalry

Armenia and Azerbaijan are two republics that have been locked in decades of fighting.

Adnan Tabatabai

Back to square one, as the JCPOA turns five

Comment: Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal has done huge damage to the prospect of any similar future agreement. It's vital we act to salvage it, writes Adnan Tabatabai.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Russia and China veto aid to rebel-held Syria

Reducing aid deliveries to just one crossing point would cut essential supplies to one million people, the head of International Rescue ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Will the Caesar Act deter UAE normalisation of Assad?

In-depth: The Syrian regime has become increasingly important to the UAE's geopolitical goals.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Comment: The STC's takeover of Socotra indicates that the United Arab Emirates has marginalised Saudi Arabia into a weaker position, at least ...

HTS clashes with new jihadi formation in Idlib province

The New Arab Staff

HTS clashes with new jihadi formation in Idlib province

HTS have clashed with jihadi groups such as Hurras Al-Din in Idlib.

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

Divide and survive: Ethiopia balances Gulf, Turkey ties

Ethiopia is the most coveted target of the ongoing scramble for the Horn of Africa.

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Comment: Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from its Ottoman past to fuel its rivalry with Turkey, whipping up jingoistic sentiments, ...

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

Kamal Afzali

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need ...

Yemen's UAE-backed STC 'in secret talks with Israel': report

The New Arab Staff

Yemen's UAE-backed STC 'in secret talks with Israel': report

The Southern Transitional Council has been in secret talks with Israel, a report has claimed.

After Haftar: What's next in Libya's conflict?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

After Haftar: What's next in Libya's conflict?

Khalifa Haftar's campaign to seize Tripoli has failed. The response of international actors is now key to reaching a viable political solution.

Eva J. Koulouriotis

Greek-Italian maritime deal sends clear message to Turkey

The Greek-Italian maritime deal comes amid a Mediterranean power struggle sparked by events in Libya's war.

Mel Plant

Hints of rapprochement between rivals Egypt and Turkey, explained

Behind-the-scenes talks indicate warming ties between longtime rivals Egypt and Turkey but Emirati influence over Cairo looks to hamper ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey conducts ‘show of force’ drill in Libyan waters

The Turkish navy has conducted an air and naval exercise in the sea off Libya, in what state news agency Anadolu calls a ‘show of force’ amid ...

Sabena Siddiqui

US puts the brakes on burgeoning Israel-China ties

Israel's blossoming ties with China are being scrutinised by the US as tensions grow between Washington and Beijing.

UAE official declares Israel an opportunity, not an enemy

The New Arab Staff

UAE official declares Israel an opportunity, not an enemy

In an op-ed published by Israel's top newspaper, the UAE's ambassador to the US said Israel cannot expect normalisation with Arab states while ...

The New Arab Staff

Libya militia leader Haftar 'lost millions' to western mercenaries

Libya's rogue general has reportedly lost over $55 million to western mercenaries and businessmen in purchased war apparatus that never turned ...

Turkey passes controversial bill granting increased powers to 'nightwatchmen'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey passes controversial bill granting increased powers to 'nightwatchmen'

A new law granting 'nightwatchmen', who patrol neighbourhoods to report crimes and disturbances, almost the same powers as police, with critics ...

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The New Arab Staff

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The influential religious body's statement about the Ottoman conquest comes amid fierce debate around the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a ...

Turkey sentences journalist over state media criticism

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey sentences journalist over state media criticism

A journalist has been arrested and sentenced to a year in prison for criticising the state news agency on social media.

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