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Bahrain has joined other Gulf states its ramping up its military spending, as it looks to buy arms from rival arms manufacturers, the US and Russia.

The threat to Qatari banks' funding and liquidity, triggered by withdrawals of foreign deposits amid a Saudi-led boycott of Doha, appears to be fading, Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday.

Malaysia rolls out red carpet for Qatari Emir

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Malaysia rolls out red carpet for Qatari Emir

Sheikh Tamim is scheduled to meet Malaysia's prime minister and king, followed by a state banquet at the palace, in his second trip abroad since the Gulf crisis began.

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

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UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

Qatar's former deputy prime minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of plotting to invade Doha with an army of mercenaries.

Hosting of World Cup 'non-negotiable': Qatar responds to UAE

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Hosting of World Cup 'non-negotiable': Qatar responds to UAE

Qatar has strongly criticised Emirati officials for questioning Doha's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament "is not up ...

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UAE issues new threat to Qatar 2022 World Cup

Another attack has been launched on Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup, with UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash saying 'Doha should review its record'.

Sam Hamad

Jeremy Corbyn's silence on Syria is hypocritical

Comment: Jeremy Corbyn believes one cannot be selective on human rights issues - which makes his position on Syria all the more troubling, ...

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Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

Dubai security official Dhahi Khalfan has courted controversy again after telling Doha a Saudi-UAE blockade on Qatar will end if it gives up ...

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Qatar denies Saudi-led blockade will 'risk' 2022 World Cup

Qatar has dismissed a report which alleged an 'increasing political risk' that the 2022 World Cup in Doha will not go ahead due to a siege by ...

Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief warns Trump against new sanctions

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief warns Trump against new sanctions

Iran's Republican Guards Corps chief General Mohammed Ali Jafari said warned Washington that altering the status quo between the two hostile ...

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US halts Gulf military exercises over Qatar crisis

The United States has halted some military exercises with Gulf allies in a bid to end the months-long blockade of Qatar by a Saudi-led coalition.

One-year sentence for Bahraini man who battered Syrian ex-wife

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One-year sentence for Bahraini man who battered Syrian ex-wife

A man has been jailed for one year after shocking footage was released of brutal injuries he had caused to his ex-wife.

Bahraini Shia pair jailed, made stateless over Iran ties

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Bahraini Shia pair jailed, made stateless over Iran ties

Bahrain sentenced two nationals to jail terms and stripped them of their citizenship on Wednesday over alleged ties to neighbouring ...

Saudis arrest Qatari, 21 others for 'inciting public feelings'

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Saudis arrest Qatari, 21 others for 'inciting public feelings'

Saudi Arabia has arrested 22 people, including a Qatari national, for "inciting public feelings" on social media, authorities said on Wednesday, ...

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab & agencies

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Long known as tax havens, Gulf states are seeking to revitalise their oil-dependent economies, with the UAE introducing a "sin tax" on Sunday ahead of implementing VAT in January.

Gehad Quisay

Mother of Nations, but not of all Egyptians

Comment: New articles to be added to Egyptian citizenship law give the military regime the final say over the Egyptian-ness of its citizens, ...

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Egyptian 'I hate Israel' singer takes jibe at Qatar

One of Egypt's most famous singers has tried to rally support for a Saudi-led boycott of Qatar by releasing a song targeting the emirate's ...

Marc Owen Jones

Geneva to London: How Bahrain dodges human rights accountability

Comment: Bahrain has established a pseudo-civil society to help it gain credibility on the international stage and avoid accountability ...

UN delegation to visit Qatar to examine blockade impact

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UN delegation to visit Qatar to examine blockade impact

A UN delegation will visit Qatar to report on the impact of a blockade imposed by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries.

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Qatar Airways announces $2bn Boeing plane order

Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than $2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline's ...

Thousands pack Doha streets to welcome Qatar emir home

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Thousands pack Doha streets to welcome Qatar emir home

Qatar's Emir Tamim al-Thani returned home from the UN General Assembly on Sunday evening, where he was received by thousands of his countrymen ...

Indian scholar 'asked to leave' Oman after anti-Saudi speech

Paul McLoughlin

Indian scholar 'asked to leave' Oman after anti-Saudi speech

An Indian scholar has been asked to leave Oman, after making a speech at a local sharia college that criticised Saudi foreign policy.

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Amar Diwakar

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes ...

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