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China and Gulf states pledge to ‘inject new impetus’ into talks on free trade agreement (Sean Mathews, Middle East Eye)

Beijing and Gulf states say they are committed to reviving long-dormant talks aimed at reaching a free trade agreement, as they look to strengthen ties and deepen economic cooperation in the face of strained relations with the West. China and Gulf states pledge to ‘inject new impetus’ into talks on free trade agreement | Middle East […]

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Turkey: Opposition parties see hope in Erdogan’s lira crisis, but many hurdles remain (Alex MacDonald, Middle East Eye)

Two decades ago, a crippling economic crisis and a fractured political establishment unable to cope led to the ousting of Turkey’s old guard and the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Turkey: Opposition parties see hope in Erdogan’s lira crisis, but many hurdles remain | Middle East Eye

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How the Palestinian Authority became a prisoner of its own illusions (Hani al-Masri, Middle East Eye)

A recent meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has sparked an intense public outcry, deepening Palestinian divisions and pushing the prospect of unity even further beyond our reach. How the Palestinian Authority became a prisoner of its own illusions | Middle East Eye

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Turkey and Armenia to hold talks on restoring ties next week (Middle East Eye)

The special envoys of Turkey and Armenia are expected to meet in the Russian capital next week as the two countries take steps towards normalising ties, the foreign ministries of both countries have announced. Turkey and Armenia to hold talks on restoring ties next week | Middle East Eye

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Rights group calls on Olympic committee to ensure no links to forced Uighur labour (Middle East Eye)

A Uighur human rights group has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to explain what steps it has taken to ensure that official apparel for next month’s Beijing Winter Games was not made using forced labour. Rights group calls on Olympic committee to ensure no links to forced Uighur labour | Middle East Eye

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UK nationality and borders bill: ‘Banishment’ powers slammed by Lords (Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye)

Proposed legislation which would grant the UK government powers to secretly deprive dual nationals of their British citizenship would allow people to be “dumped like waste”, the House of Lords heard on Wednesday. UK nationality and borders bill: ‘Banishment’ powers slammed by Lords | Middle East Eye

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Two Palestinians killed in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank (Middle East Eye)

Two Palestinians were killed in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, with one man shot dead by the Israeli army at the entrance to the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, and another man reportedly run over by a settler west of Ramallah. Two Palestinians killed in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank […]

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Gantz’s meeting with Abbas marks latest move in his role of serving Israel’s security elite (Shir Hever, Middle East Eye)

The meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which took place last week in Gantz’s private home, has been covered intensively in the press, because it was the first formal meeting between Abbas and an Israeli official in Israel in 11 years. The meeting was heavily criticised by the Israeli right wing. Minister of […]

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US will get three conflicts for the price of one if it allows Israel to attack Iran (David Hearst, Middle East Eye)

The talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018, have reached a critical phase. They are already into their eighth round and the gaps between the negotiating parties are showing no signs of narrowing. Iran’s European interlocutors – the US delegation remains in a hotel across the road – want a quick […]

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Yemen war: The oil fields of Shabwa have become the new battleground (Middle East Eye)

With its highly prized oil fields, the coastal province of Shabwa in Yemen’s south has moved centre-stage in the ongoing war in recent months. The country’s third-biggest province has largely stayed out of the spotlight during the course of the conflict, as major battles raged elsewhere. But after a bitter dispute erupted in Shabwa between fighters backed by […]

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Yemen: Thousands displaced after Houthis advance on Hodeida (Middle East Eye)

Thousands of Yemenis have been displaced after Houthi forces advanced on the strategic port of Hodeida on Friday, the United Nations said. The Iran-aligned movement group seized a large area in Hodeida after forces loyal to the Yemeni government suddenly withdrew from the city’s main port in the west, the UN said. Yemen: Thousands displaced […]

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US to partner with Israel to combat ransomware attacks (Middle East Eye)

The United States will partner with Israel to combat ransomware, the Treasury Department announced on Sunday, with the two countries launching a joint task force to address cybersecurity. The task force will develop a memorandum of understanding supporting information sharing related to the financial sector, including cybersecurity regulations and threat intelligence, the department said. US to partner with Israel to […]