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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.

Hizballah officially entered the Syrian war in 2013 on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Iran and Russia.

Barack Obama, 'lackey' of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Alain Gresh

Barack Obama, 'lackey' of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Book review: NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick's book is a revealing look at an ill-informed and bitterly divided Obama administration in the aftermath of Egypt's Arab Spring, writes Alain Gresh.

Gaza protests escalate after <em>deal</em> to ease blockade fails

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Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails

An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was reached in August after one of the biggest flare-ups in violence between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war.

Thousands return to north Syria after Russia-Turkey <em>deal</em>

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Thousands return to north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

The UN had warned that an all-out assault on the province where three million people live would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe and one of ...

Uri Levy

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

Ruby Hamad

The absent Arab

Comment: On screen, Arabs have either been absent or portrayed as villains, suggesting we are either terrible people, or we just don't exist, ...

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Time limits on Russia-Turkey deal confirm Idlib offensive fears

An offensive on Idlib province appears to be a question of when not if, according to details of the draft released today.

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Cyprus, Egypt to sign deal for offshore gas pipeline

Egypt's oil minister said the deal was a "win-win" for not only the two countries, but also for Europe's energy security.

UN gives cautious backing to Turkey-Russia <em>deal</em> on Idlib

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UN gives cautious backing to Turkey-Russia deal on Idlib

While the UN's Syria envoy saw the deal as "crisis averted", the UN aid chief warned it could simply postpone military action.

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Mass power outages as Libya rivals clash near capital

Fighting between rival militias in the capital of Tripoli flared up again on Tuesday, causing mass power outages across the country.

Greece to evacuate 2,000 refugees in overcrowded Lesbos camp

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Greece to evacuate 2,000 refugees in overcrowded Lesbos camp

The news comes a day after a major NGO slammed conditions at the camp, noting overflowing sewage and reports of children attempting suicide.

In Syria, Russia using peace to prepare for war

Sam Hamad

In Syria, Russia using peace to prepare for war

Comment: Russia's commitment to the 'buffer zone' in Idlib has little to do with any genuine will to avoid humanitarian catastrophe, writes Sam ...

Putin softens tone on Israel over downed Syria plane

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Putin softens tone on Israel over downed Syria plane

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that "tragic accidental circumstances" led to the downing of a Russian warplane by the Assad ...

Could the Russia-Turkey <em>deal</em> avert disaster in Idlib?

Imogen Lambert

Could the Russia-Turkey deal avert disaster in Idlib?

Analysis: The deal has bought more time for international diplomacy, but Syrians remain wary - and who could blame them?

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Syria's warring parties welcome Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib

More than 500,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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Qatar ex-PM says Saudi backing Israel to please Trump

Qatar's former prime minister has said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have backed Israel in the Middle East peace process to gain ...

The New Arab & agencies

OPEC calls for unity as US sanctions hit Iran

Oil cartel OPEC has called on producers to show unity, amid US sanctions on Iran.

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'Suicide attempts' on Greek migrant island as arrivals spike

Suicide attempts have become common in overcrowded refugee camps in Lesbos.

Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

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Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

Russia and Turkey have come to a deal on Idlib, north Syria, where Russia was expected to support a regime offensive.

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Amnesty International urges Spain to suspend Saudi arms sale

The rights group urged Madrid on Monday to suspend the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia or risk finding itself complicit in ...

US withdrawal from nuclear <em>deal</em> 'travesty', 'reckless': Iran

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US withdrawal from nuclear deal 'travesty', 'reckless': Iran

The head of Iran's nuclear agency made the remarks in Vienna at the annual International Atomic Energy conference.

Palestine president to visit France, Ireland amid US pressure

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Palestine president to visit France, Ireland amid US pressure

The president of the Palestinian Authority will visit France and Ireland next weekend ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Trump sanctions bite as Europe-Iran flights grounded

Alex Macheras

Trump sanctions bite as Europe-Iran flights grounded

Air France and British Airways announced that they will halt flights to Tehran in September citing 'low profitability' as the US re-imposed ...

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