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Saudi Arabia launched a "smart hajj" initiative this year, mobilising vast resources for the six-day journey.

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's hajj pilgrimage amid a year-long blockade imposed on the gulf state by a Saudi-led coalition.

Turks destroy iPhones to protest US sanctions

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Turks destroy iPhones to protest US sanctions

In one video , a man collects iPhones from youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag, lays the devices on the ground and pounds them with a sledgehammer.

US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

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US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned the United States would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon ...

Hundreds of Egyptian Hajj pilgrims ‘poisoned’ in Saudi Arabia

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Hundreds of Egyptian Hajj pilgrims ‘poisoned’ in Saudi Arabia

118 pilgrims from Egypt had been struck by an unknown poisoning epidemic in their hotel in Saudi Arabia.

Sam Hamad

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

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Imprisoned Saudi cleric faces 'secret trial' without legal representation

Saudi authorities are prosecuting a prominent detained cleric in a secret trial without legal representation, the cleric's son has said.

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Turkey's Erdogan thanks Qatar emir for $15bn investment pledge

Turkey's president has thanked the Qatari Emir after he pledged $15 billion in investments to invigorate Ankara's economy, prompting a rebound ...

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Qatar emir pledges $15bn to Turkey amid lira crisis

Qatar's emir has pledged to invest $15 billion into the Turkish economy after arriving in Istanbul to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Russia's emerging rapport with Gulf state monarchies

Stasa Salacanin

Russia's emerging rapport with Gulf state monarchies

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are now looking to Russia for security partnerships as well as economic cooperation, writes Stasa Salacanin.

The New Arab

Overthrow govt or lose Hajj, Saudi newspaper tells Qataris

A Saudi paper has demanded Qataris make a choice between support for their government or their religious obligations with attending Hajj.

Taliban hold talks with Uzbek officials on peace, infrastructure

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Taliban hold talks with Uzbek officials on peace, infrastructure

Taliban officials traveled to the Uzbek capital for talks with officials on energy, transportation and peace.

Imran Khan: The changing face of Pakistan's Gulf relations

Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

Imran Khan: The changing face of Pakistan's Gulf relations

Comment: Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan hopes to avoid taking sides in the divisive politics of the Gulf region, but that's no easy ...

Riyadh says Canada dispute not to affect oil sales

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Riyadh says Canada dispute not to affect oil sales

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women's rights activists will not affect the kingdom's oil sales to Canadian ...

Mahmoud Abbas holds talks in Doha with Qatari Emir

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Mahmoud Abbas holds talks in Doha with Qatari Emir

Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Qatar to meet with the country's Emir to discuss the Palestinian issue amid efforts by the US to push for ...

Paul McLoughlin

Oman and Kuwait go gently into Saudi-Canada dispute

Oman became the latest Gulf country to back Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Canada, but used carefully guarded words.

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UAE lodges memo denying racial discrimination against Qataris

The UAE has lodged a memo insisting it did not racially discriminate against Qataris after it joined the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar in ...

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite ...

The New Arab & agencies

Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

The kingdom's first ever hackathon saw men and women programmers hunched over laptops exploring ways to improve the safety of the annual hajj ...

Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

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Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

A visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New York gave Donald Trump's hotel in the city a big boost.

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'You've lost Islam,' Ethiopian PM tells UAE crown prince

Ethiopia's prime minister has recounted an alleged conversation with the UAE's de-facto leader in which he snubbed an offer to be 'taught' by ...

US and Taliban officials discuss demands for peace

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US and Taliban officials discuss demands for peace

A meeting between US and Taliban officials in Qatar have shown 'very positive signals', as both sides seek an end to Afghanistan's ...

'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

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'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

Washington is reviving plans to develop a pan-Arab military force to counter growing Iranian influence, which may also be a step to GCC ...

US envoy meets with Taliban officials in <em>Qatar</em>: report

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US envoy meets with Taliban officials in Qatar: report

The top US envoy for South Asia has met with Taliban officials for peace talks in Qatar, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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