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Biden sends a message to Iran, but with a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer

February 26, 2021

In the protracted effort to see who will blink first between Tehran and the Biden administration, Thursday's strikes in Syria are but a tiny insect floating into both their gazes. It's not going to change much, but is a reminder they may need to close their eyes eventually.

Princess Latifa urges UK police to investigate her sister's kidnapping 21 years ago

February 25, 2021

Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has sent a letter to police in the UK asking them to investigate the alleged kidnapping of her older sister, Princess Shamsa, from Britain in 2000.​​

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

February 24, 2021

A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a first-ever trial of people linked to the government in Damascus.

Dubai gives a glimpse inside its Expo Sustainability Pavilion

February 23, 2021

Dubai's Expo 2020 will be held in October, and the Sustainability Pavilion will be a centerpiece of the event.

Concerns grow for Yemeni journalist jailed for 'doing his job'

February 22, 2021

Rights groups are calling for the release of jailed Yemeni journalist Adel al-Hasani after news of his more than five-month detention broke earlier this month.

Oil spill leads Israel to close beaches as it faces one of its 'most severe ecological disasters'

February 22, 2021

Israeli authorities are trying to locate the source of a suspected oil spill that has been described as one of the most severe ecological disasters to hit the country, threatening wildlife, forcing beaches to close and prompting a mass cleanup.

Iran reaches deal with global nuclear watchdog for inspections over the next 3 months

February 22, 2021

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has struck a deal with Iran that will give its inspectors continued access to verify and monitor nuclear activity in the country for the next three months, potentially laying the ground work for Washington and Tehran to kick-start nuclear talks.

What's behind Biden's snub of the Saudi Crown Prince

February 17, 2021

In a region where respect, or the lack of it, is as powerful as a physical punch, Biden just landed a sharp jab on the jaw of Saudi Arabia's heir apparent.

Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

February 16, 2021

The daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler, who attempted to flee abroad in 2018, has appeared in secret recordings claiming she is being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.

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