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As the Gulf-crisis drags into a second month, a four-country boycott of Qatar is raising questions about whether American businesses that follow suit could run afoul of US anti-boycott laws.

Saudi Arabia has executed four people convinced of terrorism in the Shia majority eastern province of Qatif, the interior ministry has said.

G20 concludes with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

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G20 concludes with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

To preserve unity within the club, leaders make concessions to Donald Trump on Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever.

Attempts to confine Iran will only increase US isolation

Imad K. Harb

Attempts to confine Iran will only increase US isolation

Comment: The United States government is likely to stand alone in countering Iran's development of missile technology, writes Imad K. Harb

Syria, Iran, and <em>North</em> <em>Korea</em> overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake

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Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shook hands as they met for the first time Friday at a G20 summit marred by protests and rifts between America ...

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Iran seeks cooperation with North Korea after missile test

Iran is looking to bolster its ties with North Korea - on the same day Pyongyang claimed it successfully tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching US mainland.

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Report: CIA boss' secret talks with Syrian spy chief

New report reveals how CIA chief Mike Pompeo's effort to secure an American hostage collapsed after Washington accused Damascus of carrying out ...

Yousef Khalil

No, The Handmaid's Tale isn't a warning about Muslims

Comment: Conservatives' criticism of The Handmaid's Tale reflects their lack of introspection, and a blinkered understanding of Islam, writes ...

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US Senator warns Trump of 'ineffective' Iran sanctions

US Senator Rand Paul warned President Donald Trump against sanctioning Iran, as he called for a more pragmatic strategy.

US mulls more sanctions as Iran unveils ballistic-missile facility

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US mulls more sanctions as Iran unveils ballistic-missile facility

The US will review licenses required by plane makers to sell to Iran in a bid to step up sanctions against Tehran and Damascus.

Karim Traboulsi

#Wannacry: Ransomware attack wave could come to Middle East

Companies and government agencies across MENA are on high alert as a virus that takes over vulnerable computers spreads worldwide.

Global drama and duelling arias herald politics' opera season

Hadani Ditmars

Global drama and duelling arias herald politics' opera season

Blog: Opera buffa, the comedy of yesteryear, may yet shine a spotlight on today's political farces, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Russia seeks US coordination in Syria ceasefire efforts

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Russia seeks US coordination in Syria ceasefire efforts

Putin spoke with US President Trump on Tuesday to push a plan to create security zones in Syria as opposition groups set to meet in Astana to ...

‘Baghdaddy’: New York turns Iraq war into musical

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‘Baghdaddy’: New York turns Iraq war into musical

“Baghdaddy” tells the true story of an Iraqi defector, code-named Curveball, whose claims about weapons of mass destruction became justification ...

Hamas thanks <em>North</em> <em>Korea</em> for lashing out at Israel

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Hamas thanks North Korea for lashing out at Israel

A senior Hamas official has thanked North Korea after Pyongyang lashed out at Israel, labelling it a "curse on the Middle ...

Taufiq Wan

Blair returns to politics to 'get hands dirty' again

The former British prime minister says he will 'get his hands dirty' in a bid to fight against Britain's exit from the European Union.

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Israel 'occupying curse on Middle East', says North Korea

North Korea has lashed out at Israel, labeling the US ally a 'curse on the Middle East' and an 'occupying force' after ...

Robert Cusack

The Middle East: Where press freedom goes to die

A new report on media freedom has shown the Middle East to be the worst region in the world for journalists, with a median position of 145 out ...

The New Arab & agencies

US could revise 'failed' Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has branded a nuclear deal with Tehran 'a failure', saying the agreement will just delay the inevitable ...

The organisation ridding the world of chemical weapons

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The organisation ridding the world of chemical weapons

Explainer: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is in a difficult position, with its scientists and experts ...

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Saudi Arabia executes three people for heroin smuggling

Three Pakistani nationals were executed in Saudi Arabia on Sunday after being convicted of smuggling heroin into the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Assad's allies rush to defend him despite chemical atrocity

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Assad's allies rush to defend him despite chemical atrocity

The Russian and Iranian army chiefs vowed Saturday to keep fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad in Syria against rebels they brand as "terrorists"

Israel accuses UN of pro-Palestinian bias at anti-BDS gathering

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Israel accuses UN of pro-Palestinian bias at anti-BDS gathering

Israel has been angered by recent UN criticism of its continued settlement building and treatment of Palestinians, has cut UN funding, and found ...

Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

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Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

Iran's sanctions target US firms that provide arms and equipment to Israel "for use against the Palestinians", state news agency IRNA said on ...

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