Staking out the next round
There is quiet optimism in the wake of Yasser Arafat's meeting last week with President Clinton. But the optimism is confined solely to the leaders. Graham Usher writes from Jerusalem
Little more than a photo-op
Jordan's King Abdullah cut short his first official visit to Israel this week -- an indication that relations between the two countries are not in very good shape. Lola Keilani reports from Amman
|What about the Syrians?
As the deadline for Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon draws near, Syria's military presence in the country is increasingly being put to question. Ranwa Yehia, in Beirut, reports
With the Lebanese parliamentary elections due this summer, prominent businessman Fouad Al-Makhzoumi has been tipped as a possible rising star. Rasha Saad interviewed him during his recent visit to Cairo
|A genuine rapprochement?
Iraqi-Syrian ties are taking on a new face, but true normalisation needs more than the readying of a pipeline, writes Salah Hemeid
|Wielding 'the hammer of revolution'
Iran's political maelstrom is intensifying, with the press at the eye of the storm. Azadeh Moaveni follows the manoeuvring from Tehran
One fell swoop
Sudan's president has decided to hold presidential elections in October in a bid to oust a former ally, writes Mohamed Khaled
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