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Arab worlds leading TV channel is used to controversy but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the launch of an English-language channel in 2006 was part of a dramatic global expansion that has led to the […]

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Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East The head of Irans atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said lavish arms purchases by regional actors a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms […]

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Hassan Rouhani questions political legitimacy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after supreme leader embarrassed president at high-profile meeting Tensions are mounting between Irans supreme leader and the countrys president after the latters landslide victory in last months election. video circulating online of that moment shows the audience bursting into laughter while Rouhani smiles uncomfortably. Khamenei continued: […]

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Talk of social change is in the air in Riyadh after King Salman announces Mohammed bin Salman as heir to Saudi throne On the streets of Riyadh, in its shopping malls and public spaces, Saudi Arabias religious police had long been a foreboding presence. They could reach into private lives at will, with powers that […]

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Mohammed bin Nayef replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, 31-year-old in charge of economy and war in Yemen King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ousted his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, confirming the 31-year-old as heir to the kingdom and consolidating his role as a powerful change agent. […]

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As US forces strike Syrian militias backed by Tehran, many fear delegation to the Pentagon and the looming defeat of the Islamic State could fuel a fiercer fire US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and former officials worry could easily […]

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Iranian plans to secure ground routes across Iraq and Syria and being shored up by proxies driving Isis from the region The town of Baaj is deserted and broken. Its streets are blocked by overturned cars, its shops are shuttered and the iron gates of its ravaged homes groan in a scorching wind. Amid the […]

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Save the Children warns rate of infection has tripled in two weeks, fuelled by near-famine conditions and crippled infrastructure The cholera outbreak in Yemen is escalating at an alarming rate, with experts warning that a child is now infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. Grant Pritchard, the charitys director […]

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Talk of the implications of the crisis, and the alleged hacking and fake news that may have fuelled it, is unavoidable in Doha In the stifling heat of a Qatar night two policemen stand in the middle of a Doha city centre interchange, holding up the traffic and preventing pedestrians from crossing. We have to […]

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