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Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional cooperation, writes James Dorsey.

Just when you thought Palestinian football couldn't get more complicated, enter the national team's new Bolivian manager, Julio Baldivieso, who has created a whirlwind during his first months in charge.

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Sheeffah Shiraz

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Report: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma by sharing stories to help others.

Qatar wants talks on feasibility of 48-team World Cup

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Qatar wants talks on feasibility of 48-team World Cup

The country's infrastructure is already stretched thin as it builds eight stadiums to become the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA ...

No solution to Qatar crisis at Arab Summit: Riyadh

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No solution to Qatar crisis at Arab Summit: Riyadh

The upcoming meeting of Arab League states will not discuss the ongoing Saudi-led blockade on Qatar, Riyadh's foreign minister said on Thursday.

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UK warplanes to provide security for Qatar World Cup

British-made Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, Britain's ambassador in Doha has said.

A Yemeni journalist

Saudi-led coalition cannot deny Yemen ground forces

Analysis: The Saudi-led coalition's ground forces are present across several Yemen provinces, and make it seem as though parts of the country ...

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Qatar economy, World Cup work progressing despite blockade

Doha's economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, despite a land, air and sea blockade on the Gulf state, its finance minister said.

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Is Bitcoin halal? Islamic scholars wade into cryptocurrency debate

The validity of cryptocurrencies will be scrutinised by leading Islamic finance scholars during an annual Sharia conference in Bahrain ...

Saudi Arabia threatens to make Qatar 'an island'

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Saudi Arabia threatens to make Qatar 'an island'

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a canal along its land border with Qatar to make the emirate an island, a Saudi newspaper has claimed.

Alex Macheras

How Riyadh is using airspace as a geopolitical weapon

Analysis: Having granted permission for flights to Israel to use its politicised airspace, Riyadh's exclusion of Qatar takes on renewed severity ...

Qatar Emir to meet Trump, hoping to end crisis

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Qatar Emir to meet Trump, hoping to end crisis

The Emir of Qatar will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House next week, hoping to end a spat that has riven the Gulf.

Britain opens military base in <em>Bahrain</em>

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Britain opens military base in Bahrain

The new British hub makes it easier for the Royal Navy to conduct longer-term deployments in the Gulf and will offer engineering and logistical ...

Former Qatari leader criticises Saudi crown prince's Israel remarks

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Former Qatari leader criticises Saudi crown prince's Israel remarks

Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani said in a series of tweets on Wednesday that Gulf states have become a 'laughing stock' that make statements to please ...

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

James M. Dorsey

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

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Bahrain bars Danish MP from meeting jailed activist

Danish MP Lars Aslan Rasmussen was denied entry into Bahrain, authorities said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Blockade-hit Qatar invited to Arab Summit in Saudi Arabia

Qatar is yet to decide on its level of participation after receiving an invitation to the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia, Doha's foreign ...

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Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

The new field would in theory dwarf the Bahrain Field, the country's only other oil field, which contains several hundred million ...

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Trump urges Saudi Arabia to restore ties with Qatar

US President Donald Trump urged both Riyadh and Doha to end the Qatar crisis months after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed ...

<em>Bahrain</em> accuses shuttered bank of busting Iran sanctions

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Bahrain accuses shuttered bank of busting Iran sanctions

A Bahraini-Iranian bank, which closed in 2015, has been accused by Manama of being a 'Trojan horse' to allow Tehran to circumvent international ...

Emile Nakhleh

Inauspicious anniversaries and lessons unlearned

Comment: Since, 9/11, the Iraq War and the Arab Spring, Washington has failed to reset its relations with the Middle East, writes Emile Nakhleh.

<em>Bahrain</em> makes biggest oil find in its history

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Bahrain makes biggest oil find in its history

Bahrain has discovered the largest oil and gas reserves since 1932, with a big boost for the island state that has lacked the resources ...

<em>Bahrain</em> jails five people over critical tweets

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Bahrain jails five people over critical tweets

Bahrain has jailed five people over critical tweets, as the Gulf state further clamps down on opposition in the country.

Qatar takes <em>Bahrain</em> to UN over 'serious' airspace violation

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Qatar takes Bahrain to UN over 'serious' airspace violation

Blockade-hit Qatar has accused Bahrain of violating its airspace and has reported the incident to the UN's aviation authority.

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