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‘I can have breakfast without thinking much about it. For others, breakfast is the first problem of the day. Those bad headlines tell us how very lucky we are.’ Photograph: iStock

The morning routine usually starts at some ungodly hour, with Daughter Number Four bouncing into the room to announce that she’s had a big sleep. I st(...)

 Emirati forces – trained recruits of the Yemeni army – perform combat training in Yemen in 2017. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

The United Arab Emirates is cutting troop numbers in Yemen and shifting from a “military-first strategy” to a “peace-first strategy” for the war-devas(...)

Trinity College’s library. The university’s Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies was announced on Monday.

Trinity College Dublin has refused to reveal how much money is being donated by the Al Maktoum Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for Mi(...)

British prime minister Theresa May during a press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Photograph: EPA

Theresa May has raised concerns about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the humanitarian cost of the conflict in Yemen during a face-to-face meeting w(...)

A session of parliament proceeds in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. Photograph: Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/Reuters

US national security adviser John Bolton denounced Iran as a source of “belligerence and aggression in the Middle East” as he urged the country to ent(...)

 Hessah Alajaji in her car hours before Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers official lifted, in Riyadh on  June 24th, 2018. Photograph: Tasneem Alsultan/The New York Times

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived u(...)

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The shooting down of a US surveillance drone by Iran this week and America’s equivocal response opens a new front in the increasingly tense standoff b(...)

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photographs: Mohammed al-Shaikh/Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

As the killers waited for the victim, the Saudi postmortem specialist reassured them that dismembering the body would “be easy”. “Joints will be sep(...)

A handout photo made available by Iran’s official state TV (IRIB) allegedly shows the crude oil tanker Front Altair on fire in the Gulf of Oman, June 13th 2019. Photograph: IRIB/EPA

Two oil tankers were severely damaged by attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that sparked a 4 per cent surge in crude prices and put the energy in(...)

A combination of file pictures  shows the 10 declared contenders in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Top row:  Boris Johson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid. Bottom row:  Matt Hancock, Mark Harper, Esther McVey, Rory Stewart,  Andrea Leadsom.  Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty Images

Next door in Britain there’s a fevered contest under way for leadership of the Tory Party and thus Britain. The right-wing Tory Party once presented i(...)

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