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Stories under this heading cover the Gulf and the Red Sea regions, including the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and the countries bordering the Red Sea.

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US to cut troops in the Gulf, says WSJ

US to cut troops in the Gulf, says WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US President, Joe Biden, has directed the Pentagon to cut troops present in the Gulf. The move appears to be an early step in the efforts towards a realignment of US presence away from the Middle East.
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Russian newspaper says the new Iran-China agreement also covers sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence

Russian newspaper says the new Iran-China agreement also covers sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence

China and Iran have signed a deal on comprehensive co-operation for the next 25 years. The details of the agreement have not been revealed but the Russian newspaper Izvestya says it is known that it will cover not only such areas as economy and culture, but also sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence.
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Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Efforts to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have stalled. Axios reports that Iran has rejected a US proposal that includes steps to release Iranian funds in South Korea in exchange for Iran backing down on some steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear deal, including reducing uranium enrichment.
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Sudan signs deal with rebel group on establishing a secular state

Sudan signs deal with rebel group on establishing a secular state

Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement-North Sector (SPLM-N)  on Sunday (28 March) signed a declaration of principles envisaging the establishment of a secular state. The document calls for the respect of diversity, for forming a unified army, for the redistribution of wealth and power, and for the adoption of a federal system.
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Golden parade for Egyptian mummies

Golden parade for Egyptian mummies

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, partially opened in 2017, is set to receive 22 mummies from the Egyptian Museum. Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced that a parade will take place on 3 April as the mummies are transferred from El Tahrir, in the city centre, to Fustat, part of Old Cairo, where the new museum is located.