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Regular contender Ghalibaf takes early lead in Iran’s presidential election race

Iran’s election campaign is under way with conservative hopeful Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and the more hardline Saeed Jalili battling with moderate candidate Masoud Pezeshkian to become Iran’s next president, in an election whose outcome is likely to hinge on how many apathetic voters can be persuaded to turn out and how many conservative contenders decide to pull out before polling day on 28 June.

Issue 1188 - 19 June 2024

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Under pressure from US-China rivalry, Gulf middle powers diverge on AI diplomacy

With great power competition rising between the US and China over the development of artificial intelligence, the major Gulf economies are being forced by Washington to pick a side. The UAE appears to have come down firmly in favour of working with American AI firms, while Saudi Arabia has been divesting its American AI investments and striking deals with Chinese rivals.

Issue 1188 - 06 June 2024

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