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France is stepping up efforts to convince US President Donald Trump not to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting ways to prolong the landmark agreement signed in 2015.

Qatar to buy 24 fighter jets from the UK

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Qatar to buy 24 fighter jets from the UK

Qatar has agreed to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain, Doha's defence secretary said on Sunday, the emirate's second major military purchase since the beginning of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

Kuwait to expel Pyongyang <em>ambassador</em> following US-North Korea tensions

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Kuwait to expel Pyongyang ambassador following US-North Korea tensions

Kuwait has given North Korea's a week to leave the country and restrict visas to the hundreds of workers in the country.

London anti-Qatar conference headlined by pro-Israel anti-Iran hawks

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London anti-Qatar conference headlined by pro-Israel anti-Iran hawks

A conference in London calling for a "bloodless coup" in Qatar is being headlined by a motley crew of right-wing advocates for war with Iran.

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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 landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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Bin Zayed suspected to 'open channels between Washington, Moscow'

Mohammed bin Zayed may have facilitated back-channel lines of communication between Washington and Moscow in a secret meeting with ...

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US-backed Syria force to begin Deir az-Zor offensive

Syrian Democratic Forces will announce the start of a campaign in Deir az-Zor province on Saturday, where regime fighters are also battling IS.

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Qatar pledges $30 million to help Texas' Harvey victims

Qatar's ambassador to the US announced on Thursday his country will donate $30 million to help people in Texas recover from hurricane ...

Kuwait's Emir to discuss Qatar-blockade with Trump in <em>Washington</em>

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Kuwait's Emir to discuss Qatar-blockade with Trump in Washington

Kuwait's Emir, who has been leading mediation efforts to solve the Qatar rift, will meet with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.

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Haley: US 'has grounds' to revoke Iran nuclear deal

US ambassador to the UN hints that the US Congress may be given the final say over whether Washington scraps the Iran nuclear ...

Leaked emails reveal UAE ambassador's hyper-sexual 'double life'

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Leaked emails reveal UAE ambassador's hyper-sexual 'double life'

Al-Otaiba reportedly hired $10,000-a-night prostitutes and considered fake 'sex contracts' for underage girls, making them declare they were ...

Hawk Bolton makes public plan to scrap Iran deal

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Hawk Bolton makes public plan to scrap Iran deal

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton has made a public appeal to Donald Trump after ally Steve Bannon's sacking, urging him to ...

Egypt 'must meet six conditions' to resume US aid

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Egypt 'must meet six conditions' to resume US aid

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi must meet six conditions set by the United States to ensure the resumption of financial aid to Cairo, ...

US says UN Lebanon commander 'blind' to Hizballah arms

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US says UN Lebanon commander 'blind' to Hizballah arms

The commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon is turning a blind eye to Hizballah weapons smuggling, the US ambassador Nikki ...

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Qatar interested in S-400 missile deal with Russia

The Qatari defence minister confirmed the interest in buying S-400 missiles from Russia, the same missiles recently sold to its allies, Iran and Turkey.

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UAE's Washington ambassador Otaiba: Saudi leaders are crazy

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has mocked Saudi Arabia as "f***in coo coo!" in the latest series of emails ...

Robert Springborg

The end of American empire, and beginning of what?

Comment: As the US' imperial might in the Middle East declines, and Russia and China's stars rise, what does the Middle East's future hold? asks ...

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Cash crisis exposes Yemeni rift with UAE

Yemen's Central Bank says the Saudi-led coalition is 'strangling' the economy by preventing planes from flying in newly-minted cash, reflecting ...

To resolve the GCC crisis, keep Trump away

Imad K. Harb

To resolve the GCC crisis, keep Trump away

Comment: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must insist on his independence in addressing the stalemate in the Gulf crisis, writes Imad K. Harb.

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US gives Lebanon combat vehicles ahead of anti-IS offensive

The Us has handed over to the Lebanese army eight Bradley Fighting Vehicles, part of a total of 32 that will be delivered over the coming months

UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

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UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

Afghan mediator says Saudi and Emirati accusations against Qatar over the Taliban are misplaced, given the two countries' earlier eagerness to ...

Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

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Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

Al Jazeera says it 'deplores' an Israeli decision to ban the pan-Arab broadcaster from the country.

Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

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Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following ...

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