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The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

In-depth: Activists say Italy's $1.2 billion sale of warships to Egypt is a betrayal of murdered student Giuliu Regeni and thousands of Egyptian political prisoners, and vow to sue Rome

Boris Johnson's new-model colonial policy

Arkebe Oqubay

Boris Johnson's new-model colonial policy

Comment: Johnson's decision to put the Department for International Development directly under the control of the foreign ministry is indicative of his contempt for African lives, writes Arkebe Oqubay.

Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

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Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

Donald Trump claimed social networks 'totally silence conservative voices' after Twitter tagged two of his posts propounding his unfounded ...

US Senate threatens sanctions on China over Covid-19 accounting

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US Senate threatens sanctions on China over Covid-19 accounting

US senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would empower President Donald Trump to slap sanctions on China over the coronavirus ...

Paul McLoughlin

Less than zero: The great US oil crash

A price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has seen US oil prices crash.

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US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

The US military launched air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack.

Sumaiyya Naseem

A dystopian vision of Kuwait: Mama Hissa's Mice

Book Club: Mama Hissa's Mice is a story where the personal aligns with the political, making this a timely and important novel.

Imad K. Harb

Lebanon mustn't use Trump's 'deal' to continue mistreating Palestinians

Comment: Lebanon must put solidarity with Palestinians, and their right of return at the heart of efforts to support refugees and resist Trump's ...

Kushner points finger at Palestinian president over deadly violence

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Kushner points finger at Palestinian president over deadly violence

Trump's senior advisor alleged the Palestinian president was 'surprised with how good' Trump's plan was for Palestinians, but called for ...

Muhammad Shehada

Trump's deal is designed to be unacceptable to Palestinians

Comment: From the very beginning, Trump and Kushner's plan was intended to drive Palestinians away, rather than back to the negotiating table, ...

Iran's Mousavi slams Macron for 'Arabian Gulf' blunder

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Iran's Mousavi slams Macron for 'Arabian Gulf' blunder

Just as global nerves appeared to be calming, French President Emmanuel Macron reignited old flames by referring to the body of water using a ...

US official denies Soleimani targeted 'four US embassies'

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US official denies Soleimani targeted 'four US embassies'

US officials appeared to shy away from questions on the scale of the threat posed by a top Iranian commander killed by US forces.

Iran's missile strike against US in Iraq was symbolic

Paul Iddon

Iran's missile strike against US in Iraq was symbolic

In a symbolic move of revenge, Iran fired an estimated ten Fateh-313 missiles at the Ain al-Asad military base in Iraq's Anbar province living ...

Yemen in Focus: Houthis stand by Iranian allies

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Houthis stand by Iranian allies

The Houthis slammed the killing of Qasem Soleimani as a war crime, stating the only appropriate response to the assassination would be to expel ...

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Iranian foreign minister says retaliation for Soleimani’s death 'concluded'

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that Iran’s attack on a US base in Iraq has concluded its reprisal for the death of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani

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More airlines avoiding flying through Iran and Iraq airspace

Commercial airlines on Wednesday rerouted flights crossing the Middle East to avoid possible danger amid escalating tensions between the United ...

Sarah Essa

'White' minus privilege: Census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans

Comment: By refusing to count us, the US census denies us our share of the whopping $800 billion in funding allocated according to census ...

Sarah Khalil

Imprisoned, starved, abused: The plight of Lebanon's domestic workers

'This is Lebanon' is a project founded by a former migrant worker, who seeks an end to labour exploitation of migrant domestic workers in ...

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

Mel Plant

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

Ramona Wadi

A Slap in the Face explores refugee life

Book Club: A Slap in the Face describes the story of an Iraqi refugee seeking a better future while facing perpetual injustice, ...

US House passes Uighur bill urging China sanctions

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US House passes Uighur bill urging China sanctions

The bill could force President Trump to sanction senior Chinese officials and ban US exports to Xinjiang companies linked to the detention or ...

Joint List's Odeh: Netanyahu trying to spark civil war

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Joint List's Odeh: Netanyahu trying to spark civil war

Head of the Palestinian Joint List alliance Ayman Odeh said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to 'spark a civil war' after racist ...

Netanyahu mocks Gantz minority gov with Palestinian alliance

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Netanyahu mocks Gantz minority gov with Palestinian alliance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Benny Gantz in a conference speech if he is really prepared to form a minority government with 'these ...

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