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Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri takes a selfie with journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Saad Hariri has called for a national unity government after being named Lebanese prime minister, pledging to include all political blocs, even those (...)

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Trump would provide strong leadership if elected president of the US, but was cool toward Clinton, who  criticised his human rights record. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Arabs are wary of US involvement in the Middle East but hope the next president will play a positive role in resolving regional conflicts. Two -thir(...)

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Monday to elect former general Michel Aoun as president, following 2½ years of caretaker government since Mi(...)

A general view of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. A member of the  kingdom’s  royal family has been executed  for the first time in decades after being convicted of shooting another man during a brawl. Photograph: iStock.

Saudi Arabia has executed a member of its royal family for the first time in decades after he was convicted of shooting another during a brawl. Prin(...)

In a word . . . Mayo

Most people think of Mayonnaise as a thick, creamy dressing made of oil, egg yolk, and either vinegar or lemon juice. It is not. Mayonnaise is a dise(...)

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

The war of words between regional religious and political rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia has heated up as more than two million Muslims assembled in the(...)

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Millions of pilgrims have arrived to Mecca ahead of the annual pilgrimage which begins on Saturday. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

“I’m dying. I’m dying. I need water.” Rashid Siddiqui kept hearing those words from his fellow Muslim pilgrims lying mangled on the ground in 118-deg(...)

Yemeni explosives experts from the police department examine  an unexploded rocket fired  during  an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Tahrir Square, in the centre of the capital Sanaa, on Thursday. Photograph:  Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the 18-month Yemen war, nearly doubling the figure previously given by the UN, although actual fatalities c(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Sarah al-Attar (right) competing at the Olympic Games in London. She is one of four female athletes Saudi Arabia is sending to the games in Rio this month. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has appointed a prominent princess to head a new department for women under the kingdom’s General Authority for Sports in a mov(...)

Ten people appeared in court on Monday over the Saudi embassy attack in Tehran, Iran, this year in January. Photograph: Mehdi Ghasemi/Reuters

More than 10 people accused of storming Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January appeared in a Tehran court on Monday, Iranian news agencies repor(...)

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