Kuwait mourns loss of emir Sheikh Sabah aged 91

Successor Sheikh Nawaf faces growing budget deficit in the oil-dependent nation and a changing regional political landscape

Hezbollah arms depot explodes in south Lebanon, source says

Security sources say there have been several injuries, without giving figures

Israel resumes strict lockdown as Covid second wave surges

Tens of thousands of Israelis are expected to defy the lockdown despite sharp rise in infections

Blaze at Beirut port mostly contained but alarms residents

Authorities say no-one has been injured but residents, still in shock from August’s blast, blame Lebanon’s leaders due to their ‘gross negligence’

Saudi court sets aside death sentence for Khashoggi killers

Eight defendants jailed for between seven and 20 years for death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Dubai gears up efforts to lure wealthy retirees

Middle East business hub faces flight of expatriates amid an economic downturn

Macron tells Lebanese leaders to implement changes or face sanctions

French President Emmanuel Macron says political leaders have agreed to form a government of experts in the next two weeks

Saudi king removes commander in Yemen over corruption claims

The removal of more Saudi royals and defence officials comes amid a political crackdown

Iran’s Khamenei says UAE has ‘betrayed’ the Muslim world with Israel deal

Supreme leader says UAE allowed Israel ‘to have a foothold in the region and forgot Palestine’ by normalising ties

Lebanon names new prime minister under pressure from France

Mustapha Adib wants an immediate start to reforms and an agreement with the IMF

Physical damage from Beirut blast could rocket to $4.6bn

In addition to the damage caused to homes, hospitals, schools, and streets, the blast forced many businesses to close

Iranian musician under house arrest for allowing women to dance in his videos

Mehdi Rajabian was arrested following media reports that his latest project will include women singing and dancing — both of which can be deemed immoral under ...

Saudi Arabia reforms death sentences for minors

The order will be applied retroactively and eligible death row prisoners will be resentenced under a law for juvenile offenders

Beirut at tipping point in mental health crisis

Health workers warn of a national emergency  after the huge explosion on top of the coronavirus pandemic

Iran seizes UAE ship and its crew after clash at sea

Iran says the move is in retaliation for UAE guards killing two Iranian fishermen and seizing their boat

From the ashes of Beirut, a museum is in the making

A private keeper of artefacts hopes to preserve the city’s glorious architectural history

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