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The Trump administration is poised to extend sanctions relief to Iran, avoiding imminent action that could implode the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Analysis: The Pentagon has invested significant resources in northern Syria, and doesn't seem to be in a rush to leave, notes Paul Iddon.

Will France stand up to Trump on Iran?

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Will France stand up to Trump on Iran?

Comment: France's significant economic interests in Iran and Macron's relations with Trump mean he is uniquely placed to encourage Trump to safeguard the nuclear deal, writes Esfandyar Batmanghelidj.

UAE ambassador to Washington 'linked to multi-billion fraud scandal'

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UAE ambassador to Washington 'linked to multi-billion fraud scandal'

Documents show companies connected to the UAE ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba received $66 million allegedly ...

Saudi-UAE demands challenge <em>the</em> fundamentals of international relations

James M. Dorsey

Saudi-UAE demands challenge the fundamentals of international relations

Comment: The Saudi-UAE list of demands would effectively place Qatar under guardianship, and undermine the principle of ...

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France hunts, kills citizens fighting with IS in Iraq

French forces have enlisted Iraqi counter terrorism combatants to secretly hunt and kill French nationals who have joined senior ranks of Islamic State, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Gulf states 'offer Israel normalised ties for peace concessions'

Gulf States reportedly have made an unprecedented offer to normalise ties with Israel, proposing a series of economic and political gestures in ...

David Palumbo-Liu

The Palestine exception

Comment: One of the world's most important academic organisations has a choice: Uphold academic freedom, or provide cover for Israel's ...

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#FreeTurkeyMedia: Artists, journalists rally for imprisoned Turkish journalists

A new #FreeTurkeyMedia campaign was launched online to place pressure on Turkish authorities detaining hundreds of journalists without reason.

Journalists rally against press clampdown in Turkey

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Journalists rally against press clampdown in Turkey

Journalists and opposition lawmakers gather in Istanbul to protest the continued detention of over a hundred members of the ...

Robert Cusack

Trump wants Israel, Arabs to buddy up against Iran

Washington is pushing for a new military coalition of Sunni Arab nations, involving intelligence sharing with Israel, in a move against ...

Heart-warming Turkish cat film 'Kedi' heads to <em>the</em> US

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Heart-warming Turkish cat film 'Kedi' heads to the US

Ceyda Torun's 'Kedi' teaches lessons in life, love and living together through the lives of seven of Istanbul's streetwise felines.

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

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US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

Trump has not laid out any detailed new strategy for Afghanistan in his first weeks in office, but during the campaign, he reluctantly ...

Obama's legacy of failures in <em>the</em> Middle East

Nehad Ismail

Obama's legacy of failures in the Middle East

Blog: Despite optimistic beginnings, Obama left office with a legacy of failures in the Middle East and the loss of American ...

Trump's security adviser caught smuggling gun onto plane

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Trump's security adviser caught smuggling gun onto plane

Sebastian von Gorka may face up to a year in jail after he was caught trying to smuggle a handgun onto a plane at Washington airport.

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Trump's security advisor caught smuggling gun onto plane

Sebastian von Gorka may face up to a year in jail after he was caught trying to smuggle a handgun onto a plane at Washington airport.

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'Ban Americans' call as Trump threatens delicate Iraq-US ties

An Iraqi parliamentary committee has called for Americans to be banned from entering the country in response to Trump's travel ban, as ...

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Trump's top adviser Bannon: Both anti-Semite and pro-Israel?

Profile: Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, continues to stir controversy, as the former CEO of alt-right website Breitbart has ...

Waqas Mirza

Obama's parting gift targets Muslim American communities

Comment: Muslim groups doing the dirty work of law enforcement agencies haven't sold out for funding. They sold out years ago, writes ...

Trump's top adviser Bannon: Both anti-Semite and pro-Israel?

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Trump's top adviser Bannon: Both anti-Semite and pro-Israel?

Profile: Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, continues to stir controversy, as the former CEO of alt-right website Breitbart has ...

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President-elect Trump to 'reset Russia relations' with Iceland summit

Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin will hold a summit in Iceland to strengthen ties between Washington and the Kremlin in ...

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

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Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

US sanctions against Russia could be scrapped after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the controversial incoming leader ...

Syrian star turned pizza boy dreams of Hollywood ending

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Syrian star turned pizza boy dreams of Hollywood ending

A Syrian star of popular soap Bab al-Hara is hoping to regain some of his former glory in Hollywood.

WSJ says Turkey detained reporter for three days

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WSJ says Turkey detained reporter for three days

Turkey detained a staff journalist for The Wall Street Journal for almost three days without access to a ...

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