A confrontation will probably come in a year or two, when previous policies conceived under Obama have run their course. Trump may feel that he has to show how much tougher he is than his predecessor
They might get the US embassy moved to Jerusalem – but they might also be very worried that Steve Bannon is going to provoke a war with Iran. What did the US government mean, when it said Iran was ‘on notice’ after its recent missile test? Was that a warning of dislike – or war?
The price is well over double the £205,170 that buyers on average spent on their first home in the UK last year
Deals completed last month in the region had a total value of $90.8 billion, the highest volume for any January since 2006
China’s economic relations with the Middle East are on a long-term upward trend. Beijing is the region’s largest foreign business partner, now surpassing the US in oil purchases. In the five years leading up to 2009 trade tripled, reaching $115bn
With oil prices still slumped and unemployment levels high, Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pursuing neoliberal reforms in a make-or-break programme
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has paid visits to Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait in the last three months
When Donald Trump says Obama 'created Isis', he willfully ignores the reality of the Iraq war, as well as what was happening in the rest of the world
As winners and losers emerge in the wartorn Middle East, Patrick Cockburn analyses the prospects for 2017
On arrival in his cell, the Al Jazeera correspondent Mohamed Fahmy discovered that he was imprisoned with men whom he had interviewed only a few months earlier as members of the Morsi government
Turkey is giving priority to fighting the Kurds at home and abroad; getting rid of Assad is well down its political agenda
Washington says it is 'surprised' at PM's criticism as it is in line with the UK's own support for a UN resolution condemning settlement activity in the West Bank
Over 40 civilians executed in one day on terrorism charges in January
'Hamas has made a resolute decision to wage Jihad as the only means to liberate Palestine'
'Such a war would mean the destruction of the Zionist regime,' threatens military head
Our political masters are in league with the Syrian rebels, and for the same reason as the rebels kidnap their victims – money