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CBC News

‘Lebanon is finished’: Many Lebanese doubt the country can pull itself out of crisis this time

With shortages of food, electricity, money, and a lack of political will, there is little hope of recovery.

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Editor’s Note:

Lebanon is facing a major economic crisis in the wake of the current pandemic. This article by Margaret Evans highlights the plight of Lebanese people facing shortages of food and electricity.

Associated Press

Iran Says Passenger Plane ‘Harassed’ Over Syria by U.S. Jet

An Iranian passenger plane flying from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday was “harassed” by fighter jets, Iranian state TV reported, saying the plane managed to safely land in the Lebanese capital. A U.S. official later told The Associated Press that an American fighter jet did pass by the Iranian airliner, but at a safe distance.

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Al Monitor

Egypt eyes coronavirus vaccine production

On July 25, Zayed began procedures for assessing the readiness of VACSERA’s plants, to ensure the efficiency of production lines, infrastructure and equipment, and pinpoint and address any requirements or challenges that may occur in the production process.

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Haaretz

Opinion | How coronavirus exposed the moral failure of Gulf states

Forced to beg for food and to fend for themselves, humiliated by xenophobic local news reports, victim of wage theft and at risk of contracting the virus in overcrowded labor camps, migrant workers are the COVID-19 victims the Arab Gulf region does not want the world to see.

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The National

What the West can learn from the Gulf’s Covid-19 fight

We need a global response to the coronavirus pandemic, but not just one made up of the largest western economies.

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Editor’s Note:

Part of Deepnews.ai’s geographic offerings is that they offer a comparison in coronavirus response. Here former MP Alistair Burt writes looking at the UK and Gulf countries.

Gulf News

Need for a new Arab awakening

Arab leaders must join ranks to neutralise militant religious dogma from the societies.

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Daily Sabah

Syrian Turkmen denounce Assad regime oppression, seek Syria’s political stability

Suppressed by the Bashar Assad regime for years, the Syrian Turkmen Assembly raises its voice for a more democratic, just and free Syria, underlining cooperation with Turkey in restoring the territorial integrity and stability of the war-ridden country.

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Associated Press

Yemen’s separatists to give up self-rule, push peace deal

CAIRO – Yemen’s leading separatist group will abandon its aspirations for self-rule to implement a stalled peace deal brokered by Saudi Arabia, it announced early Wednesday in a major step toward closing a dangerous rift between nominal allies in the chaotic proxy war.

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Editor’s Note:

In a major development in Yemen, separatists have indicated that they are willing to accept a peace deal. This piece from the Associated Press assesses the ramifications and expresses hope that the agreement will work.

The Economist ($)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan must learn how to share the Nile river

O, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty and as wide as the Brooklyn Bridge is long. The reservoir behind it is roughly the size of London. Sitting on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile river, the dam is the largest hydro-electric project in Africa. Soon it will produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, more than double Ethiopia’s output today. With a little co-operation between Ethiopia and its downstream neighbours, Egypt and Sudan, the dam could be a boon for the whole region.

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Jerusalem Post

UAE warns Israel that annexation risks losing out on normalization

In the past few years, unprecedented economic and security cooperation between Israel and United Arab Emirates has grown, given the common threat from Iran. At stake are the Israeli diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi housed in the renewable energy agency, along with an informal trade office in Dubai.

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