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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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Books for peace in Darfur

Books for peace in Darfur

A new book donation and distribution in Darfur aims to consolidate peace and contribute to post-conflict recovery in Sudan. Estella Gaetano, novelist and storyteller from South Sudan launched the initiative called "Make a difference with a book."
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Yemen swerves between war and peace amid a humanitarian catastrophe

Yemen swerves between war and peace amid a humanitarian catastrophe

The rebel Houthi Movement has rejected a US peace proposal that was part of the incoming Biden administration new strategy for the region. The EU remains engaged with the Yemeni issue and also on Friday High Representative Josep Borrell spoke with the Yemeni foreign minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak.
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 World Bank supports Egypt's railway safety

World Bank supports Egypt's railway safety

The World Banks approved this week a US$440 million loan to support Egypt's initiative for railway safety and service. The Railway Improvement and Safety for Egypt (RISE) will utilise the fund along with other financial support from the Egyptian National Railways (ENR).
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Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has wrapped up his tour of three Gulf countries after meeting his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. In various press appearances with his local counterparts Lavrov appeared upbeat on the future of relations between Russia and the Gulf countries, but there was not much detail as to how this can happen in substance.
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Russians at the door

Russians at the door

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov visits UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week intending to assert his country's claim to a role in regional affairs. 18 months ago, Moscow unveiled its updated "Russian Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf region". It envisages a collective mechanism of response to challenges and threats with the participation of regional states, including Iran and all Arab countries.
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Opinion: In US–Iran relations, compromise is both possible and probable

Opinion: In US–Iran relations, compromise is both possible and probable

Iranian hardliners are mostly rational political actors who are not ready to sacrifice Iran's security, and their own power, for the sake of ideological animosity towards the US or Israel, argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed. Even if a hardliner wins next June’s presidential election in Iran compromise with the US on the nuclear file is not only possible, but probable. This will be in the interest of both the US and Iran, as well as the entire Middle East region.
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Poetry of love in ancient Egypt

Poetry of love in ancient Egypt

Poetry about love was an important cultural element in ancient Egypt. There are many poetry examples that have received the attention of international poets such as Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and others who transferred ancient Egyptian love poems to modern European languages. Meanwhile, the Egyptian ministries of education and culture focused more on other eras such as the Mamluk or Fatimid period. 
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"If God is the God of peace – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to wage war in His Name."

"If God is the God of peace – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to wage war in His Name."

On his third and last day of his historic visit to Iraq, the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis on Sunday morning, arrived at the Hosh al-Bieaa centre in Mosul where he prayed, amidst the ruins of war and along with the people of Iraq, for all the victims of war in the country and throughout the Middle East.