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Mattis says US has no plans to seize Iraqi oil

US defence secretary on Baghdad visit rows back on Trump comments

Moscow resets outlook as disorder reigns in Washington

The west looks fragile but Vladimir Putin’s Russia may be unable to step up to a leading global role

Iran calls for truce in Yemen

Rouhani seeks to defuse tensions in Middle East flashpoint

Trump’s bellicosity is tricky to turn into action

The meeting with Netanyahu will put the focus on the president’s Mideast policy

Assad says US welcome to join ‘fight against terrorism’

Syrian president rejects Trump’s proposals for safe zones

Abu Dhabi Skyline

Expats take flight as Abu Dhabi cuts costs

Austerity driven by low oil price prompts high-earning foreigners to quit the emirate

Turkey’s strategic direction is in play in Syria

Erdogan is trapped between wooing presidents Putin and Trump

US says Israel settlement plan ‘may not be helpful’

Comments mark Trump administration’s first public response to West Bank construction

A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9 2016 (left); and US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (right)

US puts Iran ‘on notice’ after missile test

President Trump signals tougher line with Tehran

Tehran building collapse exposes Iran power struggle

Political rivals seize on death of 16 firefighters in Tehran trade centre tragedy

Israel begins evacuation of Amona settler outpost

Approval given to build 3,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank 

Donald Trump’s travel ban is gift to jihadis

The US risks repeating the errors of 2003

Syrian refugees’ dreams in tatters after Trump ban

Applicants face uncertainty after US resettlement programmes suspended

Iran missile firing puts Trump strategy to test

US mission to UN requests urgent consultations at security council

Corruption on the rise in Gulf countries

West Bank to be test case for Trump’s Israel policy

Ma’ale Adumim residents believe new US president will not stand in way of growth

Renegade Libya general fuels fear of new strife

Haftar’s push for territory threatens to open way for jihadis and stall oil output

Putin creates ‘alternative facts’ for Trump

The Kremlin’s moves on Syria are about seeking superpower parity with the US

Egypt champions fight against hepatitis C epidemic

Two-year-old programme treats 1m patients following outbreak sparked by dirty needles

Isis destroys parts of amphitheatre in Palmyra

Historic structures reportedly blown up by militants at Unesco world heritage site