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Qatar to plant 16,000 trees ahead of World Cup

22 February, 2018

The trees are one more cost to the whopping $500 million-a-week Doha is spending on infrastructure projects ahead of the tournament.

Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

22 February, 2018

Iraq is hoping renovated stadiums and a ban on bringing weapons to matches will convince FIFA to lift restrictions on it hosting international competitions on home turf.

Qatar and Chad restore relations amid Gulf crisis

21 February, 2018

Qatar and Chad have re-established ties frozen in August following pressure from the Saudi-led Gulf bloc to isolate the small country.

Bahrain to introduce VAT by end of year

21 February, 2018

Bahrain is set to become the next Gulf state to introduce value-added tax after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as it seeks to move beyond oil revenues.

FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

21 February, 2018

FIFA is concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have politicised football and could soon demand a meeting with footballing officials, Spanish daily Diario AS reported.

Saudi Arabia rejects Qatar proposed EU-style security pact

20 February, 2018

Riyadh's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has rejected a proposal from Doha to create a European Union style security-block.

Uproar after pro-government Saudi journalist urges silencing mosque loudspeakers

19 February, 2018

Heated debate has erupted in Saudi Arabia after a journalist in pro-government newspaper voiced support for silencing mosque loudspeakers, amid accusations he has affronted the Muslim faith.

Kuwait grants dozens of activists bail after parliament storming

19 February, 2018

A judge in Kuwait ordered that politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail.

Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

18 February, 2018

A dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar has simmered down amid signs there is a desire to end the rift, France's special envoy for the Gulf crisis has said.

Saudi-owned channel gives up UK-EU licence over 'biased coverage'

17 February, 2018

Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya has reportedly given up its licence to broadcast in the UK and EU to avoid paying financial penalties over biased coverage.

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