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Last week Lebanon signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas in a pair of offshore zones, including one that its southern neighbour Israel says belongs to it.

Tensions between the two countries have been building in recent months, with Israel fearing that Iran is trying to establish a permanent presence in Syria.

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James Dorsey.

Tillerson demands 'Iranian-backed militias withdraw from Syria'

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Tillerson demands 'Iranian-backed militias withdraw from Syria'

The US diplomat voiced his concern over Iran's military presence in Syria, citing the recent confrontation between Israel and Iran as an ...

Syria 'repels' Israeli spy plane: state media

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Syria 'repels' Israeli spy plane: state media

Syria on Wednesday repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, state media reported, days after an Israeli fighter ...

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Bahrainis launch protests, marking 7th anniversary of uprising

Mass Shia-led protests marked Bahrain between 2011-2014, and included calls for an end to the Al Khalifa ruling family.

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Tillerson: Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process

Despite its designation as a 'terrorist group', Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process, and the Trump administration must 'acknowledge ...

Rojbin Muslim

Meeting the militias: 'Kurdish Volunteers' assemble to oust PMF

In-depth: Iraqi Kurdistan is a fractured landscape of rival armed groups drawn together in the loosest of alliances, writes Rojbin Muslim.

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Qassem Soleimani: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

Shia Iran's most notorious general Qassem Soleimani has lashed out at his country's arch-rival Sunni Saudi Arabia, saying it has sold ...

Assad almost stepped down from power, says Iran official

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Assad almost stepped down from power, says Iran official

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly planned to step down from power and abandon his Damascus palace but was dissuaded from quitting by ...

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Lebanon judge orders Quran memorisation in insulting Christianity case

A Lebanese judge has been hailed for handing down an ingenuitive punishment to three young Muslim men who were on trial for contempt for ...

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Karim Traboulsi

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Badly injured, depressed and ill, the leader of the largely decimated Islamic State group, once the world's most formidable terror organisation, ...

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after airstrikes

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Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after airstrikes

Israel has reiterated its refusal to accept Iranian military domination in Syria after an Israeli war-plane was shot down.

Iraq anime fans flock to Baghdad convention

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Iraq anime fans flock to Baghdad convention

Anime fanatics in war-torn Iraq have flocked to the country's annual festival celebrating Japanese animation and comic book culture.

Will Europe ban weapons to countries fighting in Yemen?

Stasa Salacanin

Will Europe ban weapons to countries fighting in Yemen?

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will no longer receive weapons from Germany and Norway, and many are wondering whether other European nations ...

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Iran rejects Bahrain claims of collusion in pipeline blast

An oil pipeline between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was destroyed last November. Manama has accused Iran of blowing up the pipeline, a claim Tehran strongly rejects.

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The Iraq Report: IS 'caliph' excluded from 'most-wanted' list

This week in Iraq: The government releases a list of its most-wanted fugitives, while Iraq’s southern city of Basra becomes a hub for organised ...

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The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

This week in Iraq: The US has admitted that Islamic State is far from being defeated while the Iraqi interior ministry claimed that IS leader's ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

Analysis: Determination to derail Kurdish statehood aspirations led to the emergence of a newfound Ankara-Baghdad-Tehran alliance, but this ...

Iran accused of training Bahrain-Saudi oil pipeline attack militants

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Iran accused of training Bahrain-Saudi oil pipeline attack militants

Bahrain has accused four suspects of being trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard to carry out an alleged bomb attack on the island's oil ...

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Hundreds of families with IS members 'forced into camps'

Over 200 families have been forcefully evicted from their homes by Iraqi forces, due to their family links with IS, in a move HRW condemned as a ...

US starts Iraq withdrawal after defeat of Islamic State

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US starts Iraq withdrawal after defeat of Islamic State

One senior Iraqi official said 60 percent of all American troops currently in the country will be withdrawn, according to the initial agreement ...

'Israel is very nice': Bahraini royal visits Tel Aviv

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'Israel is very nice': Bahraini royal visits Tel Aviv

A Bahraini prince has visited Tel Aviv and met with an Israeli minister, in the latest sign the Gulf state could normalise relations with Israel.

Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

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Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

Bahrain has deported eight people to war-torn Iraq after revoking their citizenship and making them stateless, Human Rights Watch said on ...

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