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Morocco has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2026 World Cup, but face a challenge from a US-Canada-Mexico super-bloc who want to bring football back to America.

Qatar on Saturday took further action with international organizations over the Saudi-led blockade, sending a letter to the UN chief and filing a complaint over threats to down civilian airliners.

<em>Qatar</em> dismisses 'illegal' demand for cutting Turkey defence ties

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Qatar dismisses 'illegal' demand for cutting Turkey defence ties

Qatar's ambassador to Turkey rejects Gulf states' demands regarding Doha's military ties to Ankara, saying that no dialogue about Qatar's sovereignty will be entertained.

Arab foreign ministers back US meditation in Israel-Palestine conflict

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Arab foreign ministers back US meditation in Israel-Palestine conflict

Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers on said they would support US=led mediation efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ...

Did Saudi Arabia threaten to shoot down Qatari airliners?

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Did Saudi Arabia threaten to shoot down Qatari airliners?

A Saudi video simulating Saudi warplanes shooting down Qatari civilian airplanes is causing international uproar.

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UAE 'pumps millions' into Gaza in boost to Dahlan

The UAE will provide $15 million per month to the Gaza Strip in the latest show of support for its ally Mohammad Dahlan.

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UAE's Washington ambassador Otaiba: Saudi leaders are crazy

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has mocked Saudi Arabia as "f***in coo coo!" in the latest series of emails to be leaked from ...

Giorgio Cafiero

Kuwait's Korean conundrum

Comment: Kuwait finds itself in a difficult position, hoping to preserve its close alliance with Washington while still maintaining diplomatic ...

Imad K. Harb

To resolve the GCC crisis, keep Trump away

Comment: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must insist on his independence in addressing the stalemate in the Gulf crisis, writes Imad K. Harb.

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

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Easing tensions? Saudi Arabia 'allows permit-free Hajj to Qataris'

King Salman issues decree offering concessions to Qatari pilgrims following talks between Saudi crown prince and Qatari royal.

Bahrain state TV accuses <em>Qatar</em> of leading anti-government protests

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Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of leading anti-government protests

Bahrain state TV aired a report on Wednesday claiming Qatar was behind popular 2011 anti-government protests, in the latest attack on ...

The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

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The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

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Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

More than two months into the Saudi-led blockade, Qatar remains largely unfazed and is expected to withstand years of sanctions, ...

Saudi Arabia's ultimate betrayal of the Syrian revolution

Sam Hamad

Saudi Arabia's ultimate betrayal of the Syrian revolution

Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical ...

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Germany releases Egypt opposition journalist after brief detention

An Egyptian opposition journalist has been released by German authorities after they briefly detained him based on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by the Egyptian regime.

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Turkey sends fresh 'blockade busting' ship to Qatar

Turkey is set to send another cargo ship filled with food supplies to Qatar to help break an economic blockade imposed on the Gulf ...

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'Lot of time' needed to rebuild GCC trust: Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister said it will take a 'lot of time' to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries as the regional diplomatic ...

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Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission in the latest step towards closer ties between the two neighbouring countries.

Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-<em>Qatar</em> bloc'

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Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc'

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha led by ...

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World Championships 2017: Qatar's Barshim takes high jump gold

The Arab world's top athletes had a successful fortnight at this year's World Athletics Championships held in London, ending with a gold medal ...

UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

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UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

Afghan mediator says Saudi and Emirati accusations against Qatar over the Taliban are misplaced, given the two countries' earlier ...

<em>Qatar</em> demands Riyadh lift 'oppressive restrictions' on hajj pilgrims

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Qatar demands Riyadh lift 'oppressive restrictions' on hajj pilgrims

Qatar has called on Saudi Arabia to end unjust restrictions imposed of Qataris wishing to perform the hajj pilgrimage next month.

Baghdad moves to halt broadcasts of Iraq's 'Daily Show'

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Baghdad moves to halt broadcasts of Iraq's 'Daily Show'

Iraqi authorities have moved to halt broadcasts of a widely popular political satire programme in the latest attempt to tighten control over the ...

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