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 Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on an official visit to Paris in  April, 2018. (Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s failure to secure membership of the UN human rights council is a rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a social reformer who is a(...)

From left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel; US president Donald Trump; foreign ministers  Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani,   Bahrain, and   Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,  UAE, during a signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords at the White House.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The new agreements signed by the Emirates and Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel involve a range of ties but are different from the peace trea(...)

Composite image of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Photographs: Abir Sultan and Mandel Ngan via Getty Images

Bahrain on Friday joined the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to normalise relations with Israel, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran, b(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo meeting  with Bahrain’s crown prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in Manama this week. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

The US suffered a major foreign policy defeat this week when allied Arab governments declined to normalise relations with Israel following agreement b(...)

Saudi foreign minister prince Faisal bin Farhan reiterated Saudi characterisations of Israel’s  settlement construction in the West Bank as ‘illegitimate’. Photograph: John MacDougall - Pool/Getty

Saudi Arabia has said it would not establish relations with Israel until after it reaches a peace accord with the Palestinians. The announcement amou(...)

Michael Gilmore: “I love and miss Ireland  . . .but I work in real estate and Saudi Arabia is developing the biggest and the best projects in the world, so it’s the right place for me now.”

A random decision during a night out to move to Dubai in 2013 kickstarted Michael Gilmore’s successful career in executive recruitment in the Middle E(...)

The Southern Transitional Council has also pledged to honour a ceasefire with government forces. File photograph: Getty

Yemen’s separatists have abandoned self-rule, agreed to implement a stalled peace deal with the Saudi-sponsored government, and acceded to joining for(...)

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s separatist Southern Transitional Council  in the southern Abyan province this week. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The UN has warned that millions of Yemeni children are at risk of starvation because of “huge” shortfalls in humanitarian funding at a time that the c(...)

Faithful in protective masks attend Friday prayers during Ramadan at a mosque in Gaza City on Friday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Rarely, if ever, in the 1,400-year history of the faith have Islam’s three holiest mosques in Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem closed simultaneously durin(...)

Children on  a mini truck with a Joker cutout as the Covid-19 pandemic rages in Sanaa. Photograph: Yahya Arhab

Yemen’s desperate battle to contain the coronavirus intensifies as contagion spreads throughout the south of the country and takes hold in the north. (...)

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