Scientists race to find a treatment, crews scrub everything from money to buses, and quarantines are being enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fights the spread of the coronavirus.
With Saudi Arabia and the UAE increasingly using the GCC for their own ends, other Gulf countries are considering going a separate way.
The Zionist state treats Arab-Israelis as second-class citizens but woos Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Sudan, who have been reciprocating positively.
There is not a single extremist Israeli position which the US has not adopted or embraced in its so-called 'peace plan'.
The drastic realignment of international alliances leaves vulnerable Muslims with few powerful friends.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab states are facing criticism for disregarding Palestinian aspirations and allowing the US to draft a partisan deal on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
"Deal of shame", "aggressive", "the conspiracy", "nonsense" – Palestinians react with fury as US President Trump reveals the controversial map which gives Israel everything it has been demanding.
The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late last year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the US, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.
Iran has promised revenge for the killing of top military commander Qassem Soleimani. The Islamic Republic’s response will be carefully calculated, but could lead to spiralling violence.
Expect the Gulf crisis to continue well into 2020, even if Saudi-Qatar relations thaw.
The Saudi-led bloc has shown signs that it wants to ease pressure on Qatar after nearly three years of a blockade against Doha.
The recent wave of uprisings across the Middle East represents a continuation of the revolutionary process that began in 2011, and while they all have regional and local contexts, they do share a common thread.
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