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Mel Plant


Behind-the-scenes talks indicate warming ties between longtime rivals Egypt and Turkey but Emirati influence over Cairo looks to hamper negotiations.

17 June, 2020

Iran, Israel and Turkey have all seen cases surge after coronavirus lockdown measures were eased in an attempt to kickstart the economy.

16 June, 2020

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide last week.

16 June, 2020

The shortcomings of Libya's healthcare system go beyond the conflict, and are rooted in deep-seated corruption.

31 March, 2020

A secretive meeting between Israel's Netanyahu and Sudan's Burhan has put the nature of the country's transitional government under the spotlight.

05 February, 2020

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

20 December, 2019

Women continue to face extreme violence throughout the region, whether from former partners or while protesting on the streets.

25 November, 2019

Investigation: Desperate for foreign cash, the Egyptian regime has cooked up a plan to revive the tourist mecca of Sharm el-Sheikh by building a wall around the city.

25 October, 2019

Turkey threatens to split apart families with the decision to force unregistered Syrian refugees out of Istanbul. Why have tensions with Syrians risen so high?

20 August, 2019

In-depth: For the first time in 24 years, Turkey's AKP lost control of Istanbul. Now, the battle is happening all over again.

18 June, 2019