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 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(...)

 Election posters  on buildings in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods of Tripoli in  northern Lebanon. Photograph: Getty Images

Lebanese go the polls on Sunday in their first parliamentary election in nine years, well aware that their ballots will not alter the political map of(...)

 Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters at his home at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, after returning from Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who had recently announced his resignation, said he would temporarily refrain from stepping down from office at the behest of the country’s president. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri’s return to Beirut on independence day is ironic as current external interventions in the country’s affairs have d(...)

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron will receive Michel Aoun, the president of Lebanon, for a three-day state visit starting on Monday that is charged with hist(...)

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 (...)

Newly elected Lebanese president Michel Aoun reviews the honour guards upon arrival to the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, on Monday. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Michel Aoun, a former artillery officer who more than a quarter century ago ran from a Syrian aerial bombardment in his pyjamas, was elected president(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Angered over Beirut’s failure to condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and meet key Saudi political demands, Riyadh has cancelled a $4 bill(...)

Druze men from the village of Buqatat carry a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad during a rally in support of the Syrian regime at the weekend. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

When Arab Spring protests against autocratic governments erupted in 2011, the common causes in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, the countries most aff(...)

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was told to ‘step aside’ by US president Barack Obama in 2011. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian crisis might have been resolved in 2011 if US president Barack Obama had not declared on August 18th that year that his Syrian counterpart (...)

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