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Jordan's best-known businessman Sabih al-Masri and head of the influential Arab Bank has been held in Saudi Arabia, allegedly over King Abdullah vocal anti-Israel stance following the US' Jerusalem move.

Donald Trump has told congress on US efforts to secure multi-billion dollar reactor projects in Saudi Arabia, but did not reveal if loosening uranium enrichment rules.

Turkey launches first driverless metro line in Istanbul

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Turkey launches first driverless metro line in Istanbul

Turkey launches its first driverless metro line on Friday, an eagerly awaited project expected to relieve congestion in a traffic-choked area of Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia, UAE team up to 'create Bitcoin-rival cryptocurrency'

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Saudi Arabia, UAE team up to 'create Bitcoin-rival cryptocurrency'

The two Gulf countries are in the early stages of developing a digital currency to be used between banks. However the announcement comes as a ...

Netanyahu being questioned for seventh time over corruption

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Netanyahu being questioned for seventh time over corruption

A new testimony from an Australian billionaire puts Netanyahu back in questioning over allegations he accepted extravagant gifts in return for ...

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Gaza restaurant offers North Koreans discounts... but no takers

Though Gaza restaurant owner Raba knows there are no North Koreans in the besieged enclave, he hopes they will come someday, perhaps after joining other foreign aid workers.

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Saudi Arabia might enrich uranium in US nuclear deal

A US nuclear company might Russian and Chinese sidestep rivals looking to build reactors in Saudi Arabia, by offering uranium refinement if ...

Sonia Boulos

The UN and EU must do more for Jerusalem

Comment: The lacklustre international response to President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem imperils international law and the institutions ...

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

Egypt revives plans for new desert capital

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Egypt revives plans for new desert capital

Plans for a new Egyptian capital were first announced in March 2015 and it has been touted as a solution to overcrowding, pollution and rising ...

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Rare protest in Kuwait after Trump Jerusalem move

Kuwaitis abided by the state's strict protesting laws to show their defiance against US President Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as ...

Jordan's plan for high-tech desert city met with scepticism

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Jordan's plan for high-tech desert city met with scepticism

A new desert metropolis to be built by Jordan has been met with skepticism by urban planners, who argue it is more efficient to improve existing ...

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese arms will only ...

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

Ylenia Gostoli

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

In-depth: While Israel is increasing the amount of waste it produces and recycles, it is doing so at the expense of Palestinians, according to a ...

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

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Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians protesting Trump's Jerusalem embassy move

Israeli forces assaulted several hundred protesters with tear gas at a checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah as they protested Trump's decision, which they say is an 'aggression' on Palestinians.

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Canada embassy 'to remain in Tel Aviv'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear on Thursday that Canada's embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv.

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Israel stands alone to praise Trump after controversial move

Israel's prime minister lavished praise on US President Donald Trump on Thursday for his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ...

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France shuts down 'halal' supermarket and Muslims are angry

The business owner Soulemane Yalcin was forced to shut down his supermarket and pay the council €4000 ($4725) in legal fees.

Trump's gambit harmful, but not fatal for Palestinian Jerusalem

Steven Salaita

Trump's gambit harmful, but not fatal for Palestinian Jerusalem

Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli is a provocation signaling even greater conciliation to Zionist expansionism, but the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Women in rural Tunisia mix hot sauce with business

Tunisian women earn a living by producing, selling and even exporting Harissa, the spicy hot pepper paste notorious in the North African Maghreb ...

Middle East airlines profits 'set to double' in 2018

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Middle East airlines profits 'set to double' in 2018

Middle East airlines are set to see their profits double next year despite challenges including low oil revenues, regional conflicts and US ...

Sophia the 'Saudi' robot calls for women's rights

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Sophia the 'Saudi' robot calls for women's rights

A humanoid named Sophia who was granted Saudi citizenship last month, says she wants to fight for women's rights according to her creator.

Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

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Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Tuesday most of the people detained in alleged anti-corruption campaign last month have agreed to ...

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