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One year after the US pull out of the agreement, Iran has informed the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia of its decision to put an end to “some commitments ” agreed to in the nuclear deal signed in Vienna in 2015. The Iranian announcement comes in a climate of exacerbated tension with the United States. The Pentagon has announced dispatching several B-52 bombers in the Gulf region,

Bahrain’s prime minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has called Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The phone conversation, described as a rare contact between Qatar and some of its neighbouring countries, took place amid a boycott of the gas-rich nation led by a Saudi coalition. According to Bahrain News Agency, the conversation was “restricted to exchanging congratulations on the advent of…

The Kouninef brothers were arrested on Monday and are being held in temporary custody awaiting trial for corruption. Authorities in Algeria have cracked down on a growing corruption problem, arresting three billionaire brothers as part of an anti-corruption drive. Al Jazeera reports that the Kouninef brothers were arrested on Monday and are being held in temporary custody awaiting trial. Steps were taken on Wednesday to extend the pre-trial detention of the brothers – business associates…

The National Museum of Qatar opening event and the Fashion Trust Arabia prize pulled in big international names. A star-studded line up descended upon Qatar last week for two important events – the Fashion Trust Arabia prize and the opening event for the new National Museum of Qatar. Victoria Beckham was joined by supermodel Naomi Campbell, designer Diane von Furstenberg and Carla Bruni, with her husband, former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, at the inaugural…

Kurdish forces supported by the international coalition have taken over much of the village of Baghouz, the last stronghold of the jihadists. ISIS fighters have set up an overcrowded ragged camp packed with more than a thousand terrorists, according to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. On Tuesday night, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the surrender of nearly 2,000 people from the group’s last holdout in Syria, of which hundreds of militant fighters…

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was the catalyst behind Endeavor’s decision to sever ties with Saudi Arabia. Talent agency Endeavor has returned a US$400 million investment from Saudi Arabia that was intended to power the company’s growth and diversify the kingdom’s cultural economy. Sources tell The New York Times that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was the catalyst behind Endeavor’s decision to sever ties with Saudi Arabia. Endeavor – also the parent company of WME,…

Mahmoud Abu Zeid was released on Monday after spending nearly six years in prison for covering a violent crackdown on protesters in Egypt. An award-winning Egyptian photojournalist who covered a violent crackdown on protesters in the country has been released from prison. According to AFP, Mahmoud Abu Zeid was released on Monday after spending nearly six years in prison. “He was released at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) from the Al-Haram police station (near the Giza…

Princess Reema bint Bandar will replace Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia has appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar as the country’s first female ambassador. The former business executive and philanthropist who has lived in the United States for more than two decades will be the next ambassador to Washington. According to The Washington Post, her appointment is the latest sign of the kingdom’s effort to rehabilitate…

Despite Bouteflika being confined to a wheelchair and hardly able to function, the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) has pushed the president forward for a fifth term. Outrage has been waged in Algeria following President Abdelaziz Bouteflika running for re-election in the upcoming presidential election campaign. Despite the 81-year-old being confined to a wheelchair and hardly able to function, the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) has pushed Bouteflika forward for a fifth term in office.…

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani called on international powers to be more inclusive in their approach to the region. Qatar’s deputy prime minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has highlighted that the Middle East’s polarised and repressive politics will lead to more instability in the region. According to The Guardian, al-Thani – also the country’s foreign minister – urged countries to take steps to reform and calm tensions across the Middle East. The politician – also a…