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US leaders remain ready to negotiate with their Iranian counterparts but Tehran is still refusing President Donald Trump's overture to do so, a senior US official said Wednesday.

Comment: The Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen has only brought death and calamity, writes Imad K. Harb.

Sudan's newly-appointed finance minister rejects post: SUNA

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Sudan's newly-appointed finance minister rejects post: SUNA

Abdullah Hamduk, who was the former executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, passed on the finance minister on Saturday.

Trump cannot erase the Palestinian right to return

James J. Zogby

Trump cannot erase the Palestinian right to return

Comment: In threatening to take the Palestinian right of return off the table, Trump is aligning himself with some of Israel's worst human ...

Sudan ruling party reveals new, smaller cabinet

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Sudan ruling party reveals new, smaller cabinet

Sudan has unveiled a new 21-member cabinet just days after President Omar al-Bashir sacked the previous government.

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Palestine support no longer 'political suicide' for US progressives

Comment: Democratic candidates have had to temper their message on Palestine, but their success is testament to a shift in the debate, writes Tamara Kharroub.

Rami Almeghari

Palestinians in Gaza react to huge US aid cuts

Exclusive: Gazans react to Washington's decision to halt funds for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

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US 'certifies' UAE-Saudi 'efforts' in reducing Yemen civilian deaths

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he has 'certified' that the Saudi-led coalition is making efforts to reduce civilian ...

The New Arab & agencies

US mulls sanctions on China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

Sanctions reportedly being sought by lawmakers would target Chinese companies involved in building detention camps and creating surveillance ...

Bashir to sack Sudan cabinet as economic crisis grows

The New Arab & agencies

Bashir to sack Sudan cabinet as economic crisis grows

President Omar al-Bashir is replacing his entire cabinet as economic crisis escalates in Sudan.

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Golan Heights to remain Israeli 'forever', US ambassador says

Netanyahu raised the issue of recognising Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights in his first White House meeting with US President ...

Trump denies claims he wanted to assassinate Syria's Assad

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Trump denies claims he wanted to assassinate Syria's Assad

A new book claims that Trump told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that he wanted to have Assad killed after he carried out a chemical attack last ...

<em>US</em> re-routes $300m in military support to Pakistan

The New Arab & agencies

US re-routes $300m in military support to Pakistan

The US has accused Pakistan of ignoring or even collaborating with groups which attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border.

Donald Trump: Gunrunner for hire

William Hartung

Donald Trump: Gunrunner for hire

Comment: The US administration going all out in selling the most dangerous weapons to the most dangerous people, writes William ...

Paul Iddon

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

US lawmakers urge sanctions over China's Muslim internment camps

China has denied allegations that one million of its mostly Muslim Uighur minority are being held in internment camps.

Mitchell Plitnick

On Israel-Palestine, three new congresswomen bring some hope

Comment: Newly elected Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar now have a unique chance to help broaden the debate in Congress, writes Mitchell ...

Sam Hamad

John McCain, an unlikely friend to Syrians in Washington

Comment: While he was no progressive, John McCain was one of the few voices speaking up for democratic change in Syria and Egypt, writes Sam ...

Syrians mourn 'stalwart ally' in <em>US</em> <em>Congress</em> John McCain

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Syrians mourn 'stalwart ally' in US Congress John McCain

Pro-opposition Syrians have sent their condolences to the family of departed US Senator John McCain, due to his strong support for ...

The New Arab & agencies

US 'not discussing recognition' of Israel's Golan Heights occupation

Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed it in 1981, in a move not recognised by the international community.

Erik Prince's plan to privatise the war in Afghanistan

CJ Werleman

Erik Prince's plan to privatise the war in Afghanistan

Comment: Former Blackwater chief Erik Prince is back, and trying convince Trump to privatise military operations in Afghanistan, writes CJ ...

<em>US</em> to stay in Iraq 'as long as needed'

The New Arab & agencies

US to stay in Iraq 'as long as needed'

A military spokesman added the number of US troops could go down once more NATO troops deploy to help train the Iraqi army.

Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by <em>US</em>

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Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by US

The two NATO members are at odds over Turkey's detention of an American pastor, which has triggered a trade row and sent the local currency the ...

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