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Muqtada al-Sadr’s visit to to the Gulf was triggered after the Shia cleric publicly denounced Bashar al-Assad and Baghdad's Iranian allies, Emirati press agencies said.

Blair office 'received UAE money' while Middle East envoying

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Blair office 'received UAE money' while Middle East envoying

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under fire for allegedly mixing work with a Middle East peace envoy mission.

Iraq's Sadr meets <em>Abu</em> <em>Dhabi</em> crown prince in UAE

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Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

Iraqi Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, where the two discussed regional ...

Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with Iran: Iraq minister

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Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with Iran: Iraq minister

Iraq’s Interior Minister, Qassim al-Araji revealed on Sunday that he had been assigned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to mediate between ...

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Iraqi Shia cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

Influential Iraqi-Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is on a rare visit to the UAE, after receiving an official invitation two weeks after he travelled to Saudi Arabia.

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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 eagerness to ...

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UAE ambassador admits Taliban embassy claims 'half-right'

The UAE's Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba confessed that plans to host a Taliban embassy in Abu Dhabi were ...

Courtney Freer and Giorgio Cafiero

Is the Bahraini Muslim Brotherhood's 'special status' over?

Comment: Bahrain's government, under pressure from its Sunni Arab allies, may be drastically changing its attitude towards the Muslim ...

UAE and US-backed Yemeni troops capture al-Qaeda town

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UAE and US-backed Yemeni troops capture al-Qaeda town

UAE-backed troops have captured an oil-rich area in Yemen from al-Qaeda militants, adding further strain on the jihadi group.

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Anger at UAE royals' portraits at Yemen military base

A photograph showing the portraits of UAE rulers at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Mokha, Taiz province has caused angry reactions ...

Leaked UAE ambassador emails reveal hostility to Qatar, Turkey

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Leaked UAE ambassador emails reveal hostility to Qatar, Turkey

Leaked emails of the UAE's ambassador to Washington have revealed the Gulf state's hostility to neighbour Qatar and its close ally Turkey.

UAE thwarting US peace efforts in Yemen, Libya: report

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UAE thwarting US peace efforts in Yemen, Libya: report

The UAE has been undermining the United States' peace efforts in Yemen and Libya, straining relations between the two allies, The Washington ...

Prolonged Qatar blockade has serious ramifications for wider region

Paul Iddon

Prolonged Qatar blockade has serious ramifications for wider region

Analysis: The entrenchment of regional divisions could have far-reaching consequences beyond the Gulf, notes Paul Iddon.

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya: Is France paving the way to Haftar's return?

Comment: To Italy's dismay, France has taken a leading role in Libya. But suspicions persist over whether President Macron is capable of being ...

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UAE ambassador claims to 'back secularism' while wooing Taliban

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has come under fire for saying a Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar want to see secularism take rise in the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabia unemployment continues to rise, testing reform plans

Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate is a full percentage point above where it stood last year when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced his ...

Patrick Haimzadeh

After Gaddafi: Why is Libya still in crisis?

Analysis: Foreign interference favouring one faction or another is stopping Libyans from creating their own political destiny, writes Patrick ...

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Yemenis demand release of detainees in UAE-run 'torture prisons'

In the UAE prison network, detainees are allegedly placed on a 'grill' in which the victim is tied to a spit and turned over a circle of fire

Dahlan 'set up UAE-backed terrorist training camp in Sinai'

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Dahlan 'set up UAE-backed terrorist training camp in Sinai'

Exiled former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan has reportedly set up a terrorist training camp in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to carry out attacks in ...

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Rival Libyan leaders 'committed' to ceasefire and elections

Rival Libyan leaders Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar who are to attend French-brokered talks on Tuesday are committed to a ceasefire and ...

Saudi religious police chief found dead in mysterious circumstances

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Saudi religious police chief found dead in mysterious circumstances

A provincial head of Saudi Arabia's religious police has died in mysterious circumstances, prompting an investigation into the incident, local ...

Gaza border 'will reopen' under controversial Hamas-Dahlan deal

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Gaza border 'will reopen' under controversial Hamas-Dahlan deal

Former Fatah strongman Dahlan has for the first time revealed details of a power-sharing deal with former arch rivals Hamas, saying the Gaza ...

Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

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Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

Libya's conflicting political factions are expected to meet for talks in Paris on Tuesday, reports suggest.

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