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U.N. Says Libya Talks in Egypt Pave Way for More Dialogue

Two days of talks between representatives of Libya's rival administrations that took place in Egypt this week were "positive" and pave the way for further face-to-face discussions, the U.N. said.

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Pentagon Chief Signs 10-Year Deal with Tunisia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a 10-year military cooperation deal with Tunis Wednesday during his first stop on a regional tour, hailing U.S.-Tunisia collaboration over the conflict in neighboring Libya.

The past decade has seen growing cooperation between the Pentagon and Tunisia, particularly on counter-terror training and securing the North African country's long border with Libya, where jihadist groups operate and world powers back rival sides in a complex war.

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Kuwait's Late Emir Buried after Successor Sworn in

Kuwait's late ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, an acclaimed diplomat and mediator, was laid to rest on Wednesday, shortly after his half-brother was sworn in as the new emir.

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Iraq Says 'Not Happy' with 'Dangerous' U.S. Pullout Threat

Baghdad is "not happy" with a "dangerous" threat by Washington to pull its troops and diplomats out of Iraq, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said Wednesday.

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UAE Announces Candidacy for UN Security Council Seat

The United Arab Emirates has announced its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2022-2023 term, state media said.

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Kuwait Swears in New Emir after Death of Ruler

Kuwait on Wednesday swore in its new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, after the death of his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah, who died in the US at the age of 91.  

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Israel Passes Law to Limit Protests during 'Virus Emergency'

Israel's parliament approved a law early Wednesday restricting demonstrations as part of a coronavirus-related state of emergency, that critics say is aimed at silencing protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Death of Kuwait Ruler Sheikh Sabah Draws Outpour of Grief

The death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region's political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday.

As news of his death broke, condolence messages streamed in from leaders across the region and beyond. As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional body of Arab Gulf states, Kuwait has often charted its own course, pushing for diplomacy to resolve a bitter dispute between Qatar and other Arab states that continues to this day.

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Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah, Dies at Age 91

Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, regarded as the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. 

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UAE Sets Sights on the Moon

The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday it will launch an unmanned rover to the moon by 2024 as it seeks to expand its space sector.

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