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Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan  hold up documents after participating in the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House. Photograph:    Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump hailed a peace agreement between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as “the dawn of a new Middle East”, as he welc(...)

 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a statement to the press outside the Lebanon Tribunal at  The Hague. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

The Hague UN court finding that Salim Ayyash, a mid-level Hezbollah activist, participated in the conspiracy to kill former PM Rafik Hariri and 21 oth(...)

 A statue of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri is seen near the site of the 2005 bombing that killed him  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The guilty verdict against Selim Ayyash and acquittal of three other alleged conspirators in the trial of Hizbullah members charged with the 2005 assa(...)

An injured victim is rushed from the scene of the car bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut in 2005. Photograph: Rorbert Schiller/The New York Times

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will on Tuesday hand down its verdict in the 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at a meeting at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, in January 2016. File photograph: Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign involving the imposition of punitive sanctions on Iran and Syria has backfired by driving both (...)

Russian servicemen marching on Red Square during a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Photograph: Ilya Pitalev/Host photo agency/AFP via Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin has rallied Russian national pride during a huge military parade to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, ahead of (...)

 A TV grab of Rifaat al-Assad, the exiled brother of Syria’s former president Hafez al-Assad, in 2000. Photograph: Arab News Network/AFP via Getty Images

The exiled uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was found guilty on Wednesday of acquiring French property worth millions of euro using funds div(...)

Syrian president Bashar Assad: likely to be particularly concerned about Sweida, a byword for kidnappings, murders and robberies.  Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has fired prime minister Imad Khamis as the country’s war- and sanctions-battered economy continues its downward slid(...)

  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad meets members of the government team tasked with handling the   coronavirus pandemic in the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that the war-ravaged country could face catastrophe if coronavirus cases exceed the capabilities of the de(...)

  Tulsi Gabbard at a campaign event in Lebanon, New Hampshire last month. File photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who campaigned to end “forever wars”, dropped her long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on (...)

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