Iraqi President Barham Salih said yesterday that “pockets” of ISIS threaten to re-emerge across the divided country, and emphasised the role of US and Nato military support in combating extremism. Meanwhile, the Iraqi leader of an ISIS network in Germany was sentenced to jail for 10 and a half years for his role in recruiting youngsters at his mosque to send to Syria. Also, Iraq’s Finance Minister hailed a "sea change" in relations with Saudi Arabia as he welcomed growing trade links between the countries.
The UN described yesterday the growing international anger at Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels for again stalling repairs to a decaying oil tanker that could cause an environmental disaster by spilling its million-barrel load into the Red Sea.
The developer of the Cairo Eye project said construction of the giant Ferris wheel on the small island district of Zamalek would continue, despite an outcry over concerns about the negative effect it would have on traffic, the environment and the site’s heritage.
A two-day high-profile ministerial retreat concluded yesterday with a new National Agenda being formed to help shape the country's developments for the next half century. The Ruler of Dubai said a 'new and clear 50-year vision' for the UAE had been set out to encourage a more agile form of governance and promote sustainable development across economic and social sectors, while cementing the UAE's place on the global stage.
Delegations from Qatar and Egypt met in Kuwait for the first time since the signing of an agreement last month to revitalise regional diplomacy, following a similarly meeting on Monday between Qatar and a UAE delegation. Since the agreement, air and travel links have resumed between Qatar and the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
A procurement process for a driverless metro system linking Bahrain’s new international airport with residential areas will be launched in early March, through a virtual forum that will introduce potential partners to the metro project that aims to be operational by 2027.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a successful surgical procedure to eradicate appendicitis laparoscopically yesterday morning.
Jordanian authorities reimposed coronavirus curfew measures after sharp increases in the past three weeks of infections from the variant first discovered in Britain.
The number of active Covid cases in the UAE has dropped to its lowest level since November.
Israelis are flocking to the shops after the government took steps to reopen the economy after a third lockdown, with “green passports” granting privileges to immunised residents.
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The National reports the return of "sticky bombs" in Afghanistan, becoming the weapon of choice for the Taliban during a campaign of assassinations that swept across country over the past year. The US military revived the term "sticky bomb" after encounters with the remotely detonated device during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The National Editorial teams looks at the fragile future of jobs in the Middle East for the region’s disproportionately young population.
Ahead of the Pope’s visit to Iraq, take a look at around the ancient city of Ur.
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