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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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Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Thousands of Ethiopians gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa as the government announced the completion of the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). While Egypt is relieved by the quick ending of the filling, joined by Sudan, it still calls to reach a final trilateral agreement with Ethiopia on the operation of the dam. 

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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. 
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Saudi Arabia proposes peace initiative for Yemen

Saudi Arabia proposes peace initiative for Yemen

In line with the regional and international efforts to bring peace to Yemen, Saudi Arabia’ foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, announced yesterday an initiative to end the war in Yemen. The initiative comes at a tense time for the Saudis as the Houthis upscale their attacks on vital energy and logistics infrastructure in the Kingdom. In Yemen itself, no side is winning in the multiple front lines across Yemen and the ramifications on the populations could not be worse.
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The death penalty remains a big issue in EU-Bahrain relations

The death penalty remains a big issue in EU-Bahrain relations

The European Parliament recently adopted a toughly worded resolution on the human rights situation in Bahrain focusing in particular on the cases of death row inmates and human rights defenders. The resolution exposed the dilemmas in Europe as the EU seeks closer relations with the Gulf states, but where concerns about the human rights situation in the region remain high.