U.S. President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping walk in the gardens at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, Calif. on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.
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The Sunnylands Statement has set a powerful signal for COP28, however, it also highlights that more must be done in Dubai to define what it means to achieve ‘net zero.’
The Socotra Dragon Tree,
Dracaena cinnabari, is one of the archipelago’s unique species.
Long a well-kept secret, the archipelago of Socotra is one of the most biodiverse on earth. But the Emirates have other plans for its main island, with which it has long cultivated ties.
The summit is being held in Expo City Dubai, UAE.
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A COP regular worries about a conflicted host and a lack of trust.
Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, CEO of the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company, will be leading the COP28 United Nations climate conference.
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An analysis of past UN conference presidencies suggests the 2023 summit’s agenda would do more to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2023.
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A decade of de-escalation among Gulf states could be at risk if Israel-Hamas violence spills across region. And that could threaten Saudi plans to transform the kingdom.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2023.
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Is the much-heralded Israel-Saudi peace deal now dead? And how is Iran likely to respond? An expert in Middle Eastern politics explains
A Houthi fighter patrols an area during Yemen’s civil war.
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Yemen’s brutal civil war has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. But a recent Beijing-brokered rapprochement between two regional powers could unlock a path to peace.
The Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu where a 30-hour Al-Shabaab siege left 21 people dead in August 2022.
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Al-Shabaab’s evolution over nearly two decades has been centred around three major goals.
Ajay, right, and Atul Gupta are on the run from the law in South Africa. Their sibling Rajesh is wanted on fraud and money laundering along with Atul.
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A judicial commission has found that the Guptas orchestrated massive corruption and the capture of the South African state, with the help of their friend, former president Jacob Zuma.
The World Bank’s ease of doing business index incentives countries to do whatever they can to improve their ranking.
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Allegations that World Bank officials manipulated country rankings in its much-used ease of doing business index highlight a deeper problem with these types of rankings.
Australia has issued many permits for exporting military goods to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both of whom are heavily involved in the Yemen civil war.
Human rights groups are calling on Australia to ban arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, following the lead of the Biden administration.
All smiles: but were the Abraham Accords a betrayal of Palestine?
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The Abraham Accords peace deal was supposed to herald a new era for the Middle East. Yet the fault-lines remain as deep as ever.
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Anyone who wants to market to ‘Zoomers’ needs to do their research first.
China’s Tianwen-1 blasts off.
If China succeeds, it will be the first country ever to visit and land on Mars on its first try.
An artist’s illustration of the aeroshell containing NASA’s Perseverance rover guiding itself towards the surface of Mars.
Plus what protesters in Belarus want to happen next. Episode 1 of The Conversation’s new weekly podcast.
Empty chairs: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE boycotted the 2017 meeting of the Gulf Cooperation council over their dispute with Qatar.
Underlying issues which led to the three-year dispute have not been resolved.
Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel.
Sports diplomacy has eased relationships between nations before – here’s how it could help Israel, Bahrain and the UAE as they enter into new peace accords.
Rohit Sharma will captain the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after winning the tournament in 2019.
Originally scheduled for March, the IPL 2020 kicks off in the UAE on September 19 with tight coronavirus restrictions.
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‘Beta testing’ of bold ideas is rare in foreign affairs, but the UAE and Bahrain have provided just such a test case for the Saudis in their own push to normalise relations with Israel.
Turkey’s Oruç Reis vessel has been carrying out seismic work in contested waters.
With France on manoeuvres and Germany struggling to play peacemaker, Turkish-Greek relations are close to 1974 lows.