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A banner depicting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Douma: Unless Syria recovers, millions of Syrian refugees will stay in host countries. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have begun to normalise relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the aim of reducing Iran(...)

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is greeted by Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family and is now under UN protection in Thailand, has been sustained through the “terri(...)

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent to the ailing King Salman, has enjoyed almost unlimited power in the kingdom. Photograph:  Fayez Nireldine/ AFP

For most of the Middle East and North Africa, 2018 was somewhat less volatile than the past several years. The upheavals of recent years – in particul(...)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubei. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal (...)

Shots are fired from a vehicle during heavy fighting between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Hodeidah, Yemen. Image: Arab 24/via Reuters

Yemen’s Red Sea Hodeidah port and neighbouring city were quiet on Tuesday, although a ceasefire that came into effect at midnight was violated for sev(...)

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaking at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London, on September 29th last. Photograph: Middle East Monitor via Reuters

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers “I can’t breathe” during his final moments in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, CNN reported on(...)

 UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths greets Yemeni delegates at the opening press conference on UN-sponsored peace talks for Yemen in Rimbo, Sweden. Photograph: Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/via Reuters

Yemen’s warring sides agreed to free thousands of prisoners on Thursday, in what a UN mediator called a hopeful start to the first peace talks in year(...)

Wounded Houthi fighters wait to be evacuated from the Sana’a International Airport ahead of upcoming peace talks, in Sana’a, Yemen on December 3rd Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen’s Houthi group is expected to travel to Sweden as early as Monday for peace talks after the Saudi-led coalition approved the evacuation of some (...)

Yemeni pro-government forces tanks near Mukalla airport, southwest Yemen. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen’s warring parties suggested on Thursday that they would attend UN-sponsored peace talks expected to be held in Sweden next week as western count(...)

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, speaks to members of the media following a briefing on the murder of US-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US politicians have sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The country’(...)

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