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Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, says UN Chief (Arab News)

  • At start of conference devoted to a nuclear-free Middle East, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on all parties to work to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • Expansion of existing nuclear-free zones around the world would lead to more robust disarmament and non-proliferation norms, he added

Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, says UN Chief (arabnews.com)

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Middle East

UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East (UN News)

The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality.

UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East   | | UN News

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Middle East North Africa

The Optics of Women in the Workforce (Loujain Alhathloul, Arab Gulf State Institute in Washington)

There is a recent culture of promoting women’s workforce participation in the Middle East and North Africa, but looking solely at the data misses some of the broader discussion on women’s empowerment.

AGSIW | The Optics of Women in the Workforce

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Counter-drone tech at Dubai Airshow reflects UAE’s interest in the capability (Agnes Helou, Defense News)

Although not as abundant as drones, countermeasures against the unmanned systems are certainly prevalent at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, which is taking place Nov. 14-18.

Two counter-drone systems showcased at the event reflect the United Arab Emirates’ interest in such technology: U.S.-based Fortem Technologies displayed its SkyDome, which is already operational in the Gulf country; and Emirati company International Golden Group showed off the Israeli system Skylock, which underwent testing in the UAE.

Counter-drone tech at Dubai Airshow reflects UAE’s interest in the capability (defensenews.com)

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Middle East

Qatar, Egypt agree to supply fuel and building materials to Gaza (Al Jazeera)

Qatar and Egypt have signed agreements to supply fuel and basic building materials to the Gaza Strip, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The announcement was made in Oslo by Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, during a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestinians.

Qatar, Egypt agree to supply fuel and building materials to Gaza | Gaza News | Al Jazeera

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China Middle East

China’s L-15 advanced jet trainer showcased at Dubai Airshow, reflecting nation’s attention to Middle East arms market (Cui Fandi, Global Times)

China displayed its L-15 advanced jet trainer at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday along with other Chinese arms products, the first time that the Chinese military aviation sector has systematically exhibited its products in a large comprehensive international airshow outside the country since the COVID-19 pandemic.

China’s L-15 advanced jet trainer showcased at Dubai Airshow, reflecting nation’s attention to Middle East arms market – Global Times

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Belarus Middle East Turkey

Airlines Move To Limit Flow Of Migrants To Belarus Amid Looming Crisis (RFE RL)

Several airlines have announced they will limit access to flights between Turkey and Minsk to stem the flow of migrants from the Middle East who are headed to the EU-Belarus border, where thousands are stranded in near-freezing temperatures and aid groups are warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

Belarus’s state-owned airline Belavia, Turkish Airlines, and Iraqi Airlines all said on November 12 that they would take measures to prevent migrants from trying to head toward Belarus and then onward to the European Union.

Airlines Move To Limit Flow Of Migrants To Belarus Amid Looming Crisis (rferl.org)

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Belarusian airline stops flying Middle East citizens from Turkey (Al Jazeera)

Belarusian state-owned airline Belavia has said it will stop allowing citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen to board flights from Turkey to Belarus at the request of Turkish authorities.

“In line with a decision by the … Turkish authorities, citizens of Iraq, Syria, Yemen will not be accepted for transportation on flights from Turkey to Belarus from 12.11.2021,” Belavia said on Friday, in a statement on its website.

Belarusian airline stops flying Middle East citizens from Turkey | Migration News | Al Jazeera

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Middle East USA

COP26: US military ‘one of the biggest polluters in the Middle East’ (Umar A Farooq, Middle East Eye)

The Middle East has become one of the world’s most climate change-affected regions, with severe droughts, devastating wildfires, massive floods and pollution affecting millions of lives and making some areas nearly unliveable.

Greenhouse gas emissions – a major cause of global warming – have tripled globally over the past three decades, with the Middle East and North Africa region, which stretches from Morocco to Iran, warming by twice the global average, with a rise of four degrees Celsius.

COP26: US military ‘one of the biggest polluters in the Middle East’ | Middle East Eye

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