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Death count rising in Yemen's contested Bab al-Mandab strait

16 January, 2017

On Sunday pro-Houthi media outlets reported that the Iran-affiliated group had carried out a successful special operation in Taiz province that had left 40 Saudi-affiliated troops dead or injured.

Is Russia set to train Libyan strongman Haftar's troops?

16 January, 2017

Moscow is set to send military experts to Tobruk, Libya, to train forces loyal to the former Gaddafi ally, reports by Radio France International have claimed.

Lindsay Lohan hints at Islam conversion after Instagram purge

14 January, 2017

"Alaikum salam," was all Lohan left for her more than five million followers on Instagram - the response to the standard greeting among Muslims: As-salam alaikum.

UN Libya envoy rules out foreign military intervention

10 January, 2017

In an interview with The New Arab, Martin Kobler says the only way to solve the crisis in the country was through negotiations between rival Libyan armed forces and groups.

UAE orders removal of 'Persian Gulf' from school textbook

10 January, 2017

The UAE has ordered the removal from a textbook of the term "Persian Gulf" for the waterway that is the subject of a bitter naming dispute with Iran.

Galas and goodbyes: This week in Middle East football

09 January, 2017

Blog: Riyad Mahrez named African footballer of the year, Queiroz leaves Iran's national side and Lebanon's superstar packing his bags for Isfahan. Plus the return of a Syrian hero?

UAE build 'Zayed residential city' on Yemen's Socotra island

09 January, 2017

The UAE is constructing a new residential city on the stunning Socotra island, but questions continue to be raised about Abu Dhabi's presence on the Yemeni islands.

18 killed in Yemeni forces assault on rebel positions

07 January, 2017

A government assault on the coastal district of Dhubab in Yemen left seven soldiers and 11 rebels dead on Saturday, according to loyalist military sources.

Saudi Arabia mired in quicksand of the Middle East

05 January, 2017

The long read: Two years after acceding to the throne, King Salman faces mounting challenges; both regional and domestic, and questions around his succession remain unanswered, writes Alain Gresh.

UAE warns against travel to Turkey

03 January, 2017

The UAE has warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey following an attack on Istanbul nightclub, as tourism professionals march towards the scene in a show of solidarity.

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