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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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Analysis: In the Middle East, the Biden presidency will impact five key areas

Analysis: In the Middle East, the Biden presidency will impact five key areas

The demise of the Trump administration and the return of Joe Biden to the White House, this time as president, will have more consequences than usual, with immediate changes expected in both the style and substance of leadership. The incoming administration will have a full in-tray of issues that need to be dealt with urgently. When it comes to the Gulf region and the wider Middle East, there will be five areas where important changes are likely.
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Iran looms large on Biden's Middle East agenda

Iran looms large on Biden's Middle East agenda

A new nuclear deal could address Iran’s aggressive policies in the Middle East, Antony Blinken the Secretary of State designate told his senate confirmation hearings on Tuesday. Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the administration of President-elect Joe Biden would seek a “longer and stronger deal.”

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Deadly attack on Aden airport

Deadly attack on Aden airport

Dramatic video footage captured the moment the rockets impacted the airport, short of their suspected target of the plane carrying members of Yemen's cabinet. Loud blasts and gunfire were heard at the airport shortly after the plane arrived, witnesses said.
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Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan sign groundbreaking agreements for renewable energy projects in the Caspian Sea worth $300 million

Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan sign groundbreaking agreements for renewable energy projects in the Caspian Sea worth $300 million

The Saudi leading energy company, ACWA Power, will develop Azerbaijan’s first wind power development in collaboration with local entities, in three deals that could herald further joint energy projects between the two countries.
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Dubai marches ahead despite pandemic setbacks

Dubai marches ahead despite pandemic setbacks

Emphasising its resilience as the leading economic hub in the Gulf, the Emirate of Dubai on Sunday (27 December) unveiled a growth-oriented 2021 budget that seeks to accelerate the pace of economic recovery, strengthen social benefits and enhance infrastructure. Dubai seeks a quick bounce back in 2021 after the setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic
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Saudi Arabia reflects on its role as "elder sister" within GCC

Saudi Arabia reflects on its role as "elder sister" within GCC

The next summit of the leaders of the six GCC countries is expected to be held in Saudi Arabia in the first week of January 2021. The GCC has been in crisis since a rift emerged between Qatar and three other members - Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain. Thanks to Kuwait mediation it is hoped the rift can be healed ahead of the summit, allowing the GCC to resume its work.
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Al-Azhar proscribes membership in the Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Azhar proscribes membership in the Muslim Brotherhood

“It is clear to the public what these groups have done in distorting some texts, cutting them out of their context, and using them to achieve personal goals or interests and corrupting the land,” al-Azhar said in a fatwa. “Membership in these extremist groups is considered forbidden by Shariah.”