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The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilisation projects as it moves to extricate the US from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.

Following the overthrow of Gaddafi, Libya's porous southern border has led to an influx of militants posing an increasing threat to the already highly fractured country, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

Sam Hamad

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

'Oppressing Uighur Muslims prevents Chinese Syria,' says Chinese newspaper

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'Oppressing Uighur Muslims prevents Chinese Syria,' says Chinese newspaper

A Chinese newspaper has justified Bejing's ongoing onslaught against the country's minority Uighur Muslim population, saying the crackdown is ...

3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militant hideout

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3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militant hideout

Gunmen killed three members of Jordan's security forces in a shootout on Saturday during a raid on a "terrorist" cell a day after an officer ...

The New Arab

Gaza: Talks for Israel ceasefire 'in final stages'

Talks mediated by the UN and Egypt over a deal to defuse tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in "advanced stages," according to a Hamas official

Paul McLoughlin

Oman and Kuwait go gently into Saudi-Canada dispute

Oman became the latest Gulf country to back Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Canada, but used carefully guarded words.

Sam Hamad

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Comment: By allowing French aid to be directly distributed by the Russian army, France's president Macron is endorsing Russian hegemony over ...

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite them all ...

Resuming US military aid to Egypt

Rana Allam

Resuming US military aid to Egypt

Comment: The US sees fit to arm Sisi with more aid and weaponry, despite his regime's dismal human rights record and crackdown on civil ...

The New Arab & agencies

Somalia, Eritrea reconcile as change sweeps Horn of Africa

Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed's three-day visit to Asmara coincides with an extraordinary peace process between Eritrea and ...

#Sisi_Leave: Sisi 'saddened' by hashtag demanding he step down

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#Sisi_Leave: Sisi 'saddened' by hashtag demanding he step down

Egypt's President Sisi has complained about a hashtag going viral that demands he steps down over his incompetency.

Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

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Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky called for global assistance to help Syria's economic recovery and the return of refugees on Friday.

'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

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'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

Washington is reviving plans to develop a pan-Arab military force to counter growing Iranian influence, which may also be a step to GCC ...

Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

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Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

Many Syrians who fled war and repression are unwilling to return under Assad’s rule without guarantees they won’t be harassed, detained or ...

Giorgio Cafiero

Instability in Iran and Iraq threatens Kuwait's deep interests

Comment: If Kuwait is to preserve its long-term interests in the region, it must continue to capitalise on its ability to serve as a relatively neutral state, writes Giorgio Cafiero.

Muhammad Shehada

Without Israel's blockade, Gaza would flourish

Comment: Gaza is a resilient and vibrant community that is poised to flourish. It's time to lift the blockade, writes Muhammad Shehada.

The New Arab

Displaced and fearful: How many times must Syrians flee?

Syrians who have already fled their homes for camps in south Syria have again been displaced to Idlib. Many have found respite, but fear for ...

The New Arab & agencies

UAE commends Ethiopia and Eritrea for historic peace deal

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan said the peace agreement is a 'bold and historic step'.

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Ömer Özkizilcik

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Analysis: Many consider the armed opposition defeated and the Syrian uprising dead. But Syria's rebels are keeping faith in their revolution, ...

The New Arab

Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

Tony Blair's consultancy firm is working with the Saudi government, according a report in UK press.

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south Iraq unrest

Karim Traboulsi

Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south Iraq unrest

Unrest in southern Iraq has sparked unease across the border in Kuwait, as bloody protests over poor services and corruption in Basra province ...

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

Sylvain Mercadier

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

In-depth: Assyrians of the Khabbur plain were targeted in the jihadists' assaults, and relied on the support of Kurdish and Arab fighters to ...

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