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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump, Bahrain foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan wave from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they participated in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognise Israel, in Washington on Tuesday.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/ AFP via Getty Images

It is difficult to see more than a US presidential election campaign stunt in Tuesday’s much-hyped White House signing of recognition deals between th(...)

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(...)

‘It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet,’ says Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India. Photograph: iStock

The chief executive of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has warned that not enough Covid-19 vaccines will be available for everyone in the wor(...)

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(...)

 EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and  entourage: There is dismay that London has dragged the intractable Northern Irish issue back into the talks. Photograph: Neil Hall

It was widely expected in Brussels that Britain would up the ante ahead of this week’s round of talks with the European Union. Declarations about sove(...)

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh via Getty

A Saudi court has issued final verdicts in the case of killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after his family announced pardons that spared(...)

US special adviser Jared Kushner speaks next to US national security adviser Robert O’Brien following the arrival in Abu Dhabi of the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Senior US and Israeli officials landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday on a historic trip to finalise a pact marking open relations betwee(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: This week’s  visit to Lebanon will be about “pressure and engagement”. Photograph:  Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency

French president Emmanuel Macron will return to Beirut on Monday for the second time in less than a month, to urge the country’s discredited political(...)

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(...)

Health officials disinfect streets around Sarang Jeil Church in Seongbuk, Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

More than 21.77 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and at least 770,091 have died from the (...)

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