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Gulf states on track with renewable energy investments

  • The Gulf states that are concerned with economic transformation are beginning to focus on diversification, with the development of robust infrastructure for renewable energy. As urban developments and populations expand across the Gulf region, the demand for electricity is growing rapidly and t...
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Macron must cede some power if he is to save French democracy

  • In 1958, Charles de Gaulle heaved himself out of retirement to bring France’s fractured politics under control. With it, the French people, who overwhelmingly voted for his constitutional changes, ushered in the markedly presidential Fifth Republic. This system, often compared to a monarchy d...
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Pipeline dispute exposes Iraqi-Turkish tensions

  • A year since Ankara stopped important repairs and operations on the Iraq-Turkiye oil pipeline, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil last week accused foreign oil companies with a presence in Iraqi Kurdistan of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs. Less than a month after the Association of the Petroleum Ind...
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Climate change has the region both in drought and flooded

  • The opposite ends of the Arab world are experiencing two extreme weather conditions simultaneously: while the UAE and Oman in the east recover from last week’s unprecedented rain and flash floods, Morocco in the west is experiencing its sixth continuous year of drought. Flooding killed at lea...
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UK aims to tighten diplomatic noose around Russia

  • Allied against Napoleon, enemies during the Crimean War, rivals in Central Asia during the Great Game in the late 19th century and then forced to unite to defeat Nazism, UK-Russian relations have long been tumultuous. The two countries, who also share a history of intense espionage activit...
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Russia’s worrying involvement in Iran’s nuclear program

  • The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant — the site of Iran’s first commercial nuclear reactor — is once again at the center of questions about the nature of the regime’s nuclear plans. (AP Photo)  Quietly, in southwestern Iran, something is taking place that risks des...
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US withdrawal adds more fuel to Syria conflict

  • A convoy of US military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria. (AFP)  For years, Syria enjoyed an eerie serenity as its people lived in fear of being picked up by one of the country’s four com...
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Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ spending spree is inadequate

  • Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, Britain, June 30, 2020. (Reuters) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced £5 billion ($6.2 billion) in pledges for infrastructure building. His much-hy...
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Peace may remain elusive despite Afghanistan talks

  • Abdul Ghani Baradar, leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Doha, Qatar, Feb. 29, 2020. (Reuters) As Afghan leaders this month descended on the plush confines of one of Doha’s leading hotels, many were surprised as long-term f...
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Macron set to sharpen diplomatic focus after busy 2020

  • French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut after the port explosion, Lebanon, August 6, 2020. (Reuters) Amid the unprecedented uncertainty in global affairs of the last year, the marked rebirth of French diplomacy — through a series of frenzied overseas efforts — has been a strik...
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