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Middle East #2

  • Tackling domestic violence
  • Egypt and Sudan end talks
  • Secret oil deal in Syria
  • Chinese influence in Oman
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The National

Domestic violence is the ‘shadow pandemic’ we need to fix

For women, the economic collapse in several countries is likely to make matters worse.

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Washington Post

Former Saudi intelligence officer accuses prince of ordering his assassination

A former top Saudi intelligence officer and close US intelligence ally has accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of targeting him for assassination and taking his children hostage because he has knowledge of damaging secrets about the prince’s rise to power.

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For Iraqi mothers-to-be, hospitals are pandemic no-go zones

Iraqi midwife Umm Mariam used to help bring three babies into the world per day. But with mothers-to-be avoiding pandemic-hit hospitals, she now delivers twice that number in her makeshift home clinic.

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Times of Israel

Early morning airstrike said to hit Iranian-backed militias in Syria

Syrian war monitor cites sources saying several casualties, damage caused after aircraft spend four hours pounding Imam Ali base, other areas in Deir Ezzor, on border with Iraq.

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Oil Price

Oman Counters Chinese Influence With Two New Energy Megaprojects

Like many Middle Eastern countries in the catastrophic aftermath of Saudi Arabia’s latest oil price war folly against the U.S. shale sector, Oman has been left in the position of having to decide whether to risk becoming a client state of China or to attempt to extricate itself from the financial hole that the Saudis dug for it on its own.

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Former Army Delta Force officer, US ambassador sign secretive contract to develop Syrian oil fields

The Trump administration has approved the first-ever deal for an American firm to develop and modernize oil fields in northeast Syria under control of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

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COVID-19 drive-thru testing rollout blurs lines between public, private sectors

Ahmed al-Geidi, the technical director of Prime Speed Medical, which offers a drive-through coronavirus testing service, says the company’s prospects look bright.

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Al Jazeera

Thirty years on, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait still haunts region

While Kuwait largely recovered from the first Gulf War, many believe invasion opened door to decades of devastation.

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The Conversation

Football and politics: when Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

With African football on hold and the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s plenty of nostalgia to go around. But memories of the Algeria’s biggest football wins can offer more than just nostalgia. The 2019 Afcon win in Egypt also offers insights into how governments co-opt the game.

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The National

Egypt and Sudan pull out of Grand Ethiopian Rennaisance Dam talks

The latest round of talks were on their third day when Sudan and Egypt exited.

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