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Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman purchased the $500 million painting.

Turkey has rejected US reports claiming it had offered several million dollars to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Paul Iddon

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Damascus may now control a rump of Syria, but it still considers Kurdish-held areas 'occupied', writes Paul Iddon.

Ex-Trump aide Flynn 'plotted to kidnap Gulen for Turkey'

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Ex-Trump aide Flynn 'plotted to kidnap Gulen for Turkey'

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn allegedly planned to kidnap Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for Turkey in ...

Saudis seek to ease investor concerns after royal purge

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Saudis seek to ease investor concerns after royal purge

Saudi Arabia's central bank has stepped in to soothe concerns the arrests of high-flying businessman and political heavyweights will ...

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Saudi keeps options open on Aramco IPO​

Saudi Arabia is keeping its options open on the sale of Aramco shares, following reports that the IPO could be limited to the Riyadh stock exchange.

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Turkey sentences Wall Street Journal reporter on 'terror' charge

A row between Ankara-Washington has escalated further after Turkey sentenced a reporter from a major US publication on a terror-related charge.

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US to extend Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

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

Paul Iddon

How long will the US stay in Syria?

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

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 ...

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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 ...

France hunts, kills citizens fighting with IS in Iraq

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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 ...

Gulf states 'offer Israel normalised ties for peace concessions'

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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 ...

<em>The</em> Palestine exception

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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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.

Trump's security advisor caught smuggling gun onto plane

The New Arab

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.

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

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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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