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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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Friends and rivals meet in Baghdad amidst a changing regional dynamic

Friends and rivals meet in Baghdad amidst a changing regional dynamic

The Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, held in the Iraqi capital on Saturday (28 August) brought many regional countries together including those who are usually at odds with each other. The conference was co-hosted by Iraq and France and was the first large gathering of Arab leaders in Baghdad since 2012. 
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Slow progress in Yemen despite "rare international consensus"

Slow progress in Yemen despite "rare international consensus"

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths warned on Monday (23 August) at a Security Council session that 5 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called the Houthis to accept a ceasefire without pre-conditions. 
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 More turmoil in Ethiopia

More turmoil in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia's Tigray region fighting has resumed between government forces and the local Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) forces. On Friday (13 August), government forces took control of Maychew and Ambalagie, which are both strategic towns in the southern part of Tigray. The government forces are reportedly also planning to advance towards the region's capital, Mekelle.
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Skirmishes in Yemen's Hodeidah

Skirmishes in Yemen's Hodeidah

Several fighters from both the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement were killed on Sunday (15 August) as clashes renewed on the Yemeni western province of Hodeidah. The province is the focus of the Stockholm agreement signed in 2018 and established a ceasefire in the province.
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Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

“The Council of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted people to the ICC,” the Sudanese foreign minister, Mariam Al-Mahdi, said on Wednesday (11 August), according to the official SUNA news agency. This was announced during her meeting with the new chief prosecutor of the Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, who is visiting Sudan's capital, Khartoum, this week.
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Escalation likely in Tigray as TPLF refuses to back down

Escalation likely in Tigray as TPLF refuses to back down

The conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is likely to escalate towards a new battle as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) refuses to withdraw fighters from areas they captured in recent weeks. In response, the government warned that it could deploy the full force of its defensive capabilities against the Tigray region.