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Qatar's latest purchase of military and commercial aircraft could help Qatar make more use of its planes after its operations were disrupted by a blockade from four Arab nations.

Comment: President Sisi's rule may not be on the brink of collapse, but its recent handling of Ahmed Shafiq shows the foundations are cracking, writes Sam Hamad.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip GCC summit'

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip GCC summit'

The rulers of the blockading nations all sent representatives to the summit meeting in Kuwait, while the Emir of Qatar attended in person.

GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

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GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

A summit of the GCC will convene Tuesday, but hopes for ending the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar during the meet are undermined by an annoucement ...

Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit despite Saudi row

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Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit despite Saudi row

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend the annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state in Kuwait on 5 and 6 December, his ...

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UAE 'preventing Shafiq from leaving' to challenge Sisi

The former Egyptian prime minister has told media he has been banned from leaving the Emirates after announcing his intention to run against Egypt's President Sisi.

Ruqaya Izzidien

Trumps tweets prove it's open season on Muslims

Comment: Trump's tweets represent a clear trend of the right wing's selective outrage that has been boosted by his presidency, writes Ruqaya ...

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Exclusive: Riyadh agrees to attend Gulf summit in Kuwait

The summit comes at a delicate time after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all cut ties with Qatar in June.

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'Bomb Al Jazeera,' says Dubai's head of security

“The alliance must bomb the machine for terrorism… the channel of IS, al-Qaeda and al-Nusra front, Al ...

Israel's assault on Palestinian children: Will US Congress act?

Usaid Siddiqui

Israel's assault on Palestinian children: Will US Congress act?

Comment: A new US bill aims to prevent American funding from supporting the detention of Palestinian children - but it has yet to pass through ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq launches operation to clear IS holdouts from desert

Iraqi forces have launched a major operation targeting the last vestiges of the Islamic State group in sparsely populated wastelands between the ...

Saudi coalition blacklists Islamist groups, individuals in Qatar boycott

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Saudi coalition blacklists Islamist groups, individuals in Qatar boycott

A Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar added 11 more individuals and two other entities including a prominent group of Islamic scholars to their ...

Quizzing schoolgirls in hijab highlights Ofsted's false morality

Ruqaya Izzidien

Quizzing schoolgirls in hijab highlights Ofsted's false morality

Comment: Ofsted's move is not about equality for Muslim girls, but policing brown bodies; ensuring we can control Muslims in Britain, writes ...

Iraqi forces capture last IS-held town in the country

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Iraqi forces capture last IS-held town in the country

Iraqi forces retook the last town still held by IS, as the militants' self-proclaimed 'caliphate' faces collapse on both sides of the border ...

Egypt allows imprisoned ex-president medical check-ups

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Egypt allows imprisoned ex-president medical check-ups

Egyptian authorities have reportedly allowed the imprisoned former Egyptian president to have a medical examination every month after years of ...

James M. Dorsey

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the country's future, writes James M. Dorsey.

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Media freedom 'stamped out' as Bahrain jails more journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sounded the alarm on the restriction of free speech in Bahrain after the arbitrary conviction of a blogger ...

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Qatar blames Saudi-led boc for 'dissolution' of GCC

Qatar's foreign minister has warned a boycott of Doha by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab states could lead to the breakup of the GCC.

The many missed-steaks of halal slaughter

Ruqaya Izzidien

The many missed-steaks of halal slaughter

Comment: Halal abattoirs are cruel - they require cattle and poultry to be alive at the time of killing...

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Yemen's Houthi rebels offer Saudi princes asylum following purge

Yemen's Houthi rebels who are engaged in armed conflict with Riyadh has said it would give refuge to any Saudi princes looking to escape the ...

Qatar calls for talks to end Gulf crisis

The New Arab

Qatar calls for talks to end Gulf crisis

Qatar has called to end a nearly five month old political and economic blockade of the tiny Gulf state by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries.

The War on Terror and the lessons not learned

Usaid Siddiqui

The War on Terror and the lessons not learned

Comment: Washington has a structural inability to learn from history, writes Usaid Siddiqui.

US approves $1 billion Qatar arms deal amid blockade

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US approves $1 billion Qatar arms deal amid blockade

The United States on Wednesday approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar's F-15 fighter jets amid an ongoing blockade of the country by a ...

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