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  • Are Iran drones turning the tide of Sudan civil war?

    A year into Sudan’s civil war, Iranian-made armed drones have helped the army turn the tide of the conflict, halting the progress of the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Force and regaining territory around the capital, a senior army source told Reuters. Six Iranian sources, regional officials and diplomats – who,...

  • What military support does the US provide Israel?

    The humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza has prompted calls for Washington to put conditions on the billions of dollars in military funding and other assistance it provides to Israel, which has received more US foreign aid since World War Two than any other country. The following are details of US support...

  • FACTBOX - What we know so far about the seven aid workers killed in Gaza by Israel

    An Israeli airstrike on an aid convoy in Gaza on Monday killed seven workers from the Charity, World Central Kitchen, including citizens of Australia, Britain and Poland. Israel said it mistakenly killed the air workers and promised a full investigation. Here is what we know about those killed. Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha –...

  • Iran has many options for retaliation against Israel, but all are risky

    Iran faces a dilemma following an Israeli attack on its consulate in Syria: how should it retaliate without sparking a wider conflict that Middle East analysts say Tehran doesn’t appear to want? Monday’s air strike, which killed two Iranian generals and five military advisers at Iran’s embassy compound in Damascus,...

  • Gulf Arab states test waters with Iraq investment

    In Baghdad’s Green Zone, a heavily fortified legacy from Iraq’s war-torn years, the glitzy Qatar-financed Rixos Hotel is taking shape, highlighting growing investment interest from Gulf Arab states. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani hopes to host Gulf Arab monarchs and other Middle Eastern emissaries in...

  • Egypt's Sisi: Authoritarian leader with penchant for bridges

    Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has been criticised as a despot for crushing opposition lingering from a brief period of democracy, while winning praise from supporters for boosting security and driving an army-led infrastructure binge. The former General began a third term on Tuesday after sweeping a 10 December election, overshadowed by...

  • A war crime? Israeli soldiers play with Gaza women's underwear in online posts

    Israeli soldiers have been posting photos and videos of themselves toying with lingerie found in Palestinian homes, creating a dissonant visual record of the war in Gaza as a looming famine intensifies world scrutiny of Israel’s offensive. In one video, an Israeli soldier sits in an armchair in a room...

  • Destruction, lawlessness and red tape hobble aid as Gazans go hungry

    In mid-March, a line of trucks stretched for 3 kilometres along a desert road near a crossing point from Israel into the Gaza Strip. On the same day, another line of trucks, some 1.5 kilometres long, sometimes two or three across, was backed up near a crossing from Egypt...

  • As famine looms in Gaza, children are getting weak and losing their ability to move

    Six-year-old Fadi Al-Zant is acutely malnourished, his ribs protruding under leathery skin, his eyes sunken as he lays in bed at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, where famine is bearing down. Fadi’s spindly legs can no longer support him enough to walk. Photographs of Fadi from before the war...

  • Biden-Netanyahu rift raises questions about US arms to Israel

    A deepening rift between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Gaza red lines has set up a potential showdown between the two leaders and raised questions about whether Washington might restrict military aid if Israel goes ahead with a ground offensive in the south...

  • Mother's voicemail at her graveside marks painful Ramadan for Gaza son

    Marking the first day of Ramadan alone among the graves of his loved ones at a cemetery in Gaza, Ibrahim Hassouna listened to a voicemail message his mother left him before she was killed in Israel’s military offensive on the Palestinian territory. Normally a time of religious devotion and joyful...

  • Arab songs about Gaza put spotlight on Palestinian issues

    From pathos to praise of Hamas, songs written by musicians across the Middle East in response to Israel’s offensive in Gaza are putting the Palestinian issue back at the forefront of Arab popular culture. The music mixes defiance, helplessness and anger over the Israeli onslaught. In Cairo, the popular Egyptian...

  • Who is Mohammad Mustafa - the man who could be the next Palestinian PM?

    Mohammad Mustafa, who is expected to become prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, is one of the leading Palestinian business figures and a rare ally of PA head, Mahmoud Abbas, who has overseen Gaza reconstruction under Hamas rule. A US-educated economist, he once ran the Palestinian telecoms company, Paltel, and,...

  • Climate change confined to mere annex in draft WTO deal

    The World Trade Organisation’s chief is on a mission to put climate change at the heart of its work as part of an effort she is leading to get the watchdog to square up to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. But at a biennial WTO meeting in Abu Dhabi, where...

  • Climate change confined to mere annex in draft WTO deal

    The World Trade Organisation’s chief is on a mission to put climate change at the heart of its work as part of an effort she is leading to get the watchdog to square up to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. But at a biennial WTO meeting in Abu Dhabi, where...

  • Gaza tailors adapt to wartime needs, making nappies instead of bridal gowns

    Two stylised images of women wearing glamorous wedding dresses adorn the front of a tailoring workshop in Rafah, but the workers inside have switched to making baby’s nappies, one of the many necessities that have become impossible to find in wartime Gaza. With most of Gaza’s 2.3 million people displaced...

  • Displaced Gaza doctor offers free medical help for children from his tent

    The long queue of anxious parents waiting outside paediatrician Rajaa Okasha’s tent shows how badly his voluntary services are needed after four months of an Israel assault on Gaza that has been especially hard for children. Working all day under canvas on the sandy ground with hardly any medicine available,...

  • What are US troops doing in the Middle East and where are they?

    Three US soldiers were killed and dozens more were wounded on Sunday when a drone hit a military outpost in Jordan known as Tower 22. The outpost is just one of many bases that the US maintains in the Middle East. What are US troops doing in the Middle East,...

  • Reactions to World Court ruling on Israel war in Gaza

    The World Court on Friday ordered Israel to take action to prevent acts of genocide as it wages war against Hamas in Gaza, and do more to help civilians, but it stopped short of calling for an immediate ceasefire as requested by South Africa. The following are reactions to the ruling by...

  • What does the Red Sea disruption mean for Europe's economy?

    Weeks of attacks by the Houthis on vessels in the Red Sea have disrupted shipping in the Suez Canal, the fastest sea route between Asia and Europe carrying 12 per cent of global container traffic For the European economy, already skirting a mild recession as it tries to shake off...

  • Battle of Khan Yunis threatens biggest hospital still working in Gaza

    Israeli forces advancing into the southern Gaza Strip’s main city pounded areas near the biggest hospital still functioning in the enclave on Thursday, sending patients and residents fleeing a battle they feared would lay the city to waste. The heaviest battle of the year, so far, was under way in...

  • FACTBOX - Reaction to South Africa's UN Court case against Israel's war in Gaza

    South Africa accused Israel, on Thursday, of subjecting Palestinians to genocidal acts at the opening of hearings at the top UN Court on a case the country brought against the devastating Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Israel says the case is baseless. The following are reactions to the proceedings that began at the International...

  • Saudi Arabia: new civil laws aim to boost investment, but caution lingers

    For private equity investor Imad Ghandour, changes in Saudi Arabia’s laws are prompting a rethink and his firm may buy, for the first time, minority stakes in the kingdom’s companies, Reuters has reported. It is exactly the effect that the country’s leaders are aiming for as they seek to...

  • What is the genocide case against Israel at the top UN court?

    The International Court of Justice will hold hearings this week on a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza war and seeking an emergency suspension of its military offensive. The ICJ is also called the World Court; it is the highest UN legal body,...