Israel’s retaliatory air strike in Syria sends signal of aggressive post-Trump stance

Israel says it retaliated for explosives planted in the Golan Heights, with three Syrian military personnel reportedly killed

Bahrain delegation arrives in Israel to broaden co-operation

Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani is to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo

Iran threatens ‘crushing’ response to any US attacks on nuclear sites

Trump discussed possibility of attacking Iranian nuclear sites, according to a  report

These are hurdles Joe Biden faces regarding Iran nuclear deal

During Biden's campaign he vowed to get on the phone with allies on ‘day one’ to begin rebuilding strained ties

Bomb blast in Saudi Arabia injures several people

The explosion struck a cemetery targeting a World War 1 remembrance ceremony hosted by French and other Western diplomats

World’s longest serving prime minister dies

Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa was in power for nearly 50 years

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat dies at 65

Erekat played various roles in the Palestinian movement, serving as a top aide to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, and a legislator and cabinet minister

At least 22 killed as gunmen storm Kabul University

Islamic State claims second attack on students in Afghanistan in just over a week

Benjamin Netanyahu applies Covid shock treatment as election looms

Early 2021 poll is a possibility ifthe prime minister tries to reverse perception of inaction

Israeli wine will soon be available in Dubai

Kosher wine from SA is already sold in the UAE but this will be the first Israeli-made wine in the Gulf state

Lebanon’s Saad Hariri returns to power a year after protests

Hariri received a parliamentary mandate to form his fourth government, but his return is unpopular with tens of thousands of Lebanese

Oman to introduce 5% VAT

Cash-strapped sultanate follows the lead of its Gulf neighbours

Saudi Arabia may not be able to rely on Aramco dividend after 2021, says Moody’s

The Saudi government, which owns 98% of Aramco, uses the $75bn dividend to plug its budget deficit, but oil prices are way down

Afghan president wants Taliban to help fight Islamic State

Ashraf Ghani wants Taliban fighters to integrate into the country’s armed forces help to take on both IS and Al-Qaeda in the region

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

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