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  • Israel-UAE deal
  • Pope on Nile talks
  • Egypt, Greece and Turkey
  • Intellectual revolution?
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MIT Technology Review

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

Some of that evidence is contained in a lawsuit filed last October in California by WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook, alleging that Pegasus manipulated WhatsApp’s infrastructure to infect more than 1,400 cell phones. Investigators at Facebook found more than 100 human rights defenders, journalists, and public figures among the targets, according to court documents. Each call that was picked up, they discovered, sent malicious code through WhatsApp’s infrastructure and caused the recipient’s phone to download spyware from servers owned by NSO. This, WhatsApp argued, was a violation of American law.

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The National

How SMEs in the UAE are staying afloat during Covid-19

Open communication with customers to see how they are coping and be flexible about extending terms, etc

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Responsible Statecraft

How would Iran respond to a successful arms embargo extension?

As we approach the October 18 expiration date of the arms embargo on Iran under U.N. Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, the United States has embarked on a tough and tedious journey towards indefinitely extending the embargo. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has offered the European members of the U.N. Security Council, as well as China and Russia, two options: either adopt a new resolution extending the arms embargo or the U.S. will use the snapback mechanism in the JCPOA to re-impose U.N. sanctions on Tehran.

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Haaretz

Israel’s deal with the UAE spells new conditions for ties with Arab states

The extent and substance of the agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is still unclear. It should be clarified whether the two countries will have full diplomatic relations (as Israel has with Jordan and Egypt), or modest representative offices (as in Morocco, Tunisia and Qatar) along with formalization of existing ties and trade.

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Ahval News

Egypt-Greece deal was necessary to counter Turkish threat | Ahval

From the signing of the Turkey-Libya agreement on maritime boundaries, it was clear that there had to be a response from the Greek side. The fact is that the above memorandum is completely illegal. International maritime law suggests that for there to be an agreement on maritime boundaries between nations they must have either adjacent or opposite coastlines. In the case of Turkey and Libya, their coastlines are 620 kilometres apart, while those of Greece and Libya are less than 300 km apart.

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Associated Press

Pope urges Nile states to continue talks over disputed dam

CAIRO — Pope Francis on Saturday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue talks to resolve their years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has led to sharp regional tensions and fears of military conflict.

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Project Syndicate

Fomenting Intellectual Revolution in the MENA Region

WASHINGTON, DC – Many countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remain stuck in the transition from an administered to a market economy. While some have made more progress than others, all continue to face a wide range of economic and political challenges.

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Daily Sabah

Countries racing for East Med riches, geoeconomic supremacy risk escalating tensions

The region’s future stability depends on constructive dialogue and the will to resolve overlapping claims in the Eastern Mediterranean. Experts warn further competition that would compound existing tensions needs to be held at bay

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Reuters

Israeli investor glee met with Emirati caution after deal on ties

TEL AVIV/DUBAI – From a proposed rail link to the Gulf from the Israeli port of Haifa, to quick-hop direct flights from Tel Aviv, the prospect of formal relations with the United Arab Emirates is stirring excitement in Israel.

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The Telegraph (UK) ($)

Briton in court battle with Saudi royals over fish and chip shop empire

Gary Arnold says he has been left facing financial ruin, a jail sentence and repossession of his home

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