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The severed relationship between Banque du Liban and foreign correspondent banks will make it tough for Lebanon to transfer foreign payments and purchase basic goods from abroad.

Analysis: Ethiopia's contested dam on the Nile has pitted it against both Egypt and Sudan, with a border dispute between Khartoum and Addis Ababa further complicating strained relations.

EU pact reiterates shared commitment to keeping refugees out

Tommaso Segantini

EU pact reiterates shared commitment to keeping refugees out

Comment: The EU says it wants to help refugees, but the new pact reflects the same mindset of deterrence and dissuasion, focusing on border controls and returns, writes Tommaso Segantini.

Polisario demands UN seat, blasts France and Spain

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Polisario demands UN seat, blasts France and Spain

Western Sahara's foreign minister criticises France and Spain for its position towards the territory's wanted independence.

Egyptian media mocked over Suez 'back to normal' reports

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian media mocked over Suez 'back to normal' reports

The fake stories came amid fruitless attempts to unblock the canal.

Nizar Hassan

As Lebanon's politicians stall, its people suffer hopelessly

Comment: Lebanon's political class displays a tolerance for stalling that contrasts strikingly with the sense of urgency that the situation demands, writes Nizar Hassan.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US envoy in Kabul to revive peace process

US special Zalmay Khalilzad envoy is in Afghanistan in order to talk about the US troops withdrawal and revive the stalling peace ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Regime walk-out leads to new 'constitution crisis'

For some the constitutional talks were a last hope in ending the Syrian war peacefully. For others, it was another attempt by the regime to ...

The New Arab Staff

US Senate votes to keep embassy in Jerusalem

The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to maintain the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, with only three senators including Bernie Sanders ...

Lebanon 'still reeling' six months after Beirut blast: IRC

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon 'still reeling' six months after Beirut blast: IRC

Hunger, unemployment, and violence are widespread in Lebanon, six months after the deadly Beirut blast.

The New Arab Staff

'No justice' six months after horrific Beirut blast: HRW

The stalled Lebanese investigation into the Beirut blast has been riddled with serious problems, HRW has reported.

Fifth round of Syrian constitutional talks end without progress

The New Arab Staff

Fifth round of Syrian constitutional talks end without progress

The fifth round of Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings ends on Friday, as complaints about the regime's attitude persist.

New round of talks on Syria's constitution begins

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

New round of talks on Syria's constitution begins

A new round of UN-sponsored talks to write a constitution for war-torn Syria has begun in Geneva, amid accusations that the Assad regime is ...

Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced dates for the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years.

Afghan journalist-turned official killed in targeted Kabul bomb attack

The New Arab Staff

Afghan journalist-turned official killed in targeted Kabul bomb attack

A bomb attack in Kabul targeted Afghan journalist-turned security official Zia Wadan on Sunday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Kabul talks in Doha, government accuses Taliban of stalling

The Afghanistan government has accused the Taliban of deliberately stalling peace talks.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden says Trump Pentagon stalling transition, creating security risks

US President-elect Joe Biden has said that Donald Trump’s recent appointees at the Pentagon were stalling and refusing to provide ...

The New Arab Staff

Three killed amid alarming rise in murders among Palestinian-Israelis

Three Palestinian-Israeli relatives have been shot dead in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyya, bringing the total number of murders in the ...

Horriya Marzouk

Obama's memoir and the Arab Spring

Barack Obama's recollection of his early White House years reopens the debate about the former US president's controversial Middle East policy.

Iran announces highest daily coronavirus virus death toll

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran announces highest daily coronavirus virus death toll

Iran reached a new single-day record on coronavirus fatalities for the second day in a row, with 272 people confirmed dead and more than 4,200 ...

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

How looming US elections could derail Afghan peace talks

Significant challenges remain to ensure long-awaited intra-Afghan peace talks produce a breakthrough in the decades-long conflict.

Snapback: The last gasp of Trump's failed Iran strategy

Ryan Costello

Snapback: The last gasp of Trump's failed Iran strategy

Comment: The Trump administration's effort to trigger the 'snapback' mechanism puts US isolation and the failure of its 'maximum pressure' ...

Egypt and Ethiopia's Nile dam: Waiting for disaster?

Amr Salahi

Egypt and Ethiopia's Nile dam: Waiting for disaster?

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan are negotiating over the Grand Renaissance Dam again, but talks are shrouded by opacity and fears of drought and ...

UAE-Israeli alliance: Quid pro quo for Trump’s re-election campaign

Ernest Khoury

UAE-Israeli alliance: Quid pro quo for Trump’s re-election campaign

Despite denying secret relations with Israel for decades, the UAE has now officially normalised ties but the timing benefits US President Donald ...

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