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US President's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner seen during the opening of the US Embassy in Occupied Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Menahem Kahana, AFP/File Photo)
May 23, 2018 - 11:43 GMT
Qatari money may soon be offered to Jared Kushner’s family company, an offer which could save it from disaster. But if the Kushners take it, then the already-tainted political career of Jared Kushner will come under further scrutiny. For one of the youngest members of the Trump team, Kushner carries a remarkable amount of compromising political baggage. And his opponents are unlikely to let him accumulate more without a fight.
A supporter holds a scarf with image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during pre-election rally in Sarajevo, May 20, 2018.  Erdogan holds today the only election rally outside Turkey ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. Sarajevo was chosen after several EU countries, including Germany, banned such rallies. (Oliver Bunic, AFP/File Photo) 
May 22, 2018 - 11:49 GMT
Hostility towards Syrian refugees in Turkey has spiked as campaigning for a snap election is getting underway. This has left Syrians in fear of backlash during the campaign itself, and of what may happen afterwards. At the centre of it all, the sitting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now engaged in a tricky balancing act.
Donald Trump on April 10 revealed his historic summit with Kim Jong Un -- the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader -- will take place in Singapore on June 12. KIM Sue-han / AFP
May 21, 2018 - 10:59 GMT
The moment he announced his withdrawal from JCPOA, Trump made clear that he was hoping to repeat his “deal making” approach to North Korea, this time with Iran. It wasn't a particularly subtle allusion.
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May 15, 2018 - 13:46 GMT
On 9th May, two alleged jihadist cells were caught in a joint operation by the Counter-Terrorism and Financial Crime divisions of the Italian police. They are believed to be fundraising for the Al-Nusra Front.
Europe only has bad options. But the two signatories to the JCPOA that Trump has had the most reservations about, Russia and China, are a different story. /AFP
May 14, 2018 - 14:21 GMT
United States-European relations are in peril because of the deep difference over the Iran nuclear deal which the Trump Administration has just rejected. The implications are indeed vast and the western alliance has just opened doors to Russia and China which it may not be able to close.
Zaina Erhaim vs. Maram Susli. Two very different views on Syria and the world. (Al Bawaba)
May 07, 2018 - 12:03 GMT
Almost all media organizations, not only the established “mainstream” media but also alternative and independent outlets, are now bogged down in the same partisan split.
Elections in the Democratic Party of the United States are, it seems, not too dissimilar to elections in the Middle East after all. /Shutterstock
May 01, 2018 - 11:19 GMT
House Democrat Nancy Pelosi comments "I don't see anything inappropriate" after audio leaks of pressure being applied to a candidate to drop out of the Colorado congressional primary race.
The question is why someone like Professor Edalat, who is ostensibly supportive of  the current government, would be a target for detention? (Youtube)
April 30, 2018 - 14:09 GMT
On the face of it, Professor Abbas Edalat is an odd choice for arrest in Iran by the Revolutionary Guard, whose custody he is now believed to be in.
April 29, 2018 - 11:33 GMT
What they were witnessing was an elaborate protest in the form of theatre by a courageous group of activists, fronted by the Baghdad Women’s Association. The protest play was against an obscure section of the Iraqi penal code known as Article 398. This is the clause that allows a rapist to escape imprisonment or other punishment so long as he marries his victim.
Emmanuel Macron three-day cordial visit to the White House might nearly not be enough to get Trump to change his mind over Iran's nuclear deal which he could end up scrapping by 12 May. Ludovic Marin/AFP
April 29, 2018 - 09:13 GMT
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal overseen by President Obama in 2015, is looking shakier than ever, and Trump is the reason. Throughout his Presidential campaign, Trump vowed to scrap the deal, insisting that it was not tough enough on Iran. The JCPOA is not, however, an exclusively American deal. The signatories to it are Iran and the Permanent Five (P5) members of the UN Security Council - America, Russia, China, Britain and France, as well as Germany, and with the close cooperation of the European Union.
Durov’s defence of user privacy was praised by privacy activists including Edward Snowden, although it did little good for the app. /AFP
April 26, 2018 - 12:39 GMT
Iranian officials have long mistrusted Telegram. It can serve as both a conventional messaging app, but users can also create channels that give them a one-way communication platform.
It's a tumultuous day for Armenia, given that the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide occurs amidst the shock resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan. / AFP / Vano SHLAMOV
April 24, 2018 - 15:55 GMT
It is a truly tumultuous day for Armenia, given that the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide will be the second most important piece of news emerging from the country today. The shock resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan after eleven days of protest marks relief for many
Trump's Twitter activity has been described in The Atlantic as a form of “asymmetric warfare” on the media. /AFP
April 24, 2018 - 14:19 GMT
For observers of world politics, Twitter is no longer a place to switch off. Politicians are increasingly foraying into social media, even onto more casual platforms for engagement such as Instagram. But Twitter is where statements that need to get out quickly are made. It is where debate is at its most vicious, and most reductive.
A long way from Etihad /AFP
April 22, 2018 - 11:21 GMT
Despite Qatari denial of the story, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain instigated a blockade of Qatar, on the grounds that the Qataris were supporting terrorist groups. A number of other neighbouring nations then severed or downgraded their relations with Qatar.
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April 18, 2018 - 12:01 GMT
Prime Minister Theresa May’s authorisation of strikes on Saturday against chemical weapons facilities in Syria run by the Assad regime has triggered sharp divisions across British politics.
Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during a press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017 /AFP
April 16, 2018 - 15:25 GMT
The Syrian conflict has put Jordan’s diplomatic skills to a grueling test, and it remains to be seen whether that strategy will work forever. This is particularly questionable now that the west has shown it is willing to strike Assad when it comes to chemical weapons. As a reliable western ally, but one that must also remain on good terms with Damascus if it is to survive itself, Jordan’s ability to independently hedge its allegiances is going to be stretched further than ever.