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Iraq is hoping renovated stadiums and a ban on bringing weapons to matches will convince FIFA to lift restrictions on it hosting international competitions on home turf.

Qatar and Chad have re-established ties frozen in August following pressure from the Saudi-led Gulf bloc to isolate the small country.

<em>Bahrain</em> to introduce VAT by end of year

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Bahrain to introduce VAT by end of year

Bahrain is set to become the next Gulf state to introduce value-added tax after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as it seeks to move beyond oil revenues.

<em>Bahrain</em> activist Nabeel Rajab given five more years jail

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Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab given five more years jail

Nabeel Rajab has been sentenced for five more years in jail, continuing Bahrain's crackdown on government critics.

FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

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FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

FIFA is concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have politicised football and could soon demand a meeting with footballing ...

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Saudi Arabia rejects Qatar proposed EU-style security pact

Riyadh's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has rejected a proposal from Doha to create a European Union style security-block.

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Kuwait grants dozens of activists bail after parliament storming

A judge in Kuwait ordered that politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail.

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Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

A dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar has simmered down amid signs there is a desire to end the rift, France's special envoy for the Gulf ...

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Saudi-owned channel gives up UK-EU licence over 'biased coverage'

Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya has reportedly given up its licence to broadcast in the UK and EU to avoid paying financial penalties over ...

Camels stranded in Saudi Arabia to return home

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Camels stranded in Saudi Arabia to return home

Thousands of camels stranded in Saudi Arabia will begin to be repatriated back to Qatar via Kuwait, local media have reported.

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Qatar's Emir calls for new EU-style Arab security pact

Emir Thani called the months-long blockade of Qatar "futile", and said it was time for regional states to put their differences aside.

US senator ends block on arms sales to GCC

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US senator ends block on arms sales to GCC

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he will end the arms sales block which was a bid to pressure the Gulf states to find a solution to the ...

Bahrainis launch protests, marking 7th anniversary of uprising

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Bahrainis launch protests, marking 7th anniversary of uprising

Mass Shia-led protests marked Bahrain between 2011-2014, and included calls for an end to the Al Khalifa ruling family.

Tillerson kicks off 'difficult tour' of tense Middle East

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Tillerson kicks off 'difficult tour' of tense Middle East

Flying into Egypt on Sunday, the US Secretary of State has started a five-nation tour in the Middle East, amid heightened tensions and unease ...

Iran rejects <em>Bahrain</em> claims of collusion in pipeline blast

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Iran rejects Bahrain claims of collusion in pipeline blast

An oil pipeline between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was destroyed last November. Manama has accused Iran of blowing up the pipeline, a ...

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The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

This week in Iraq: The US has admitted that Islamic State is far from being defeated while the Iraqi interior ministry claimed that IS leader's health is deteriorating.

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Iran accused of training Bahrain-Saudi oil pipeline attack militants

Bahrain has accused four suspects of being trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard to carry out an alleged bomb attack on the island's ...

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Louvre apologises to Qatar for 'Gulf map scandal'

The Louvre Museum in Paris has apologised to Qatar for its franchise in the United Arab Emirates displaying a map of the Arabian Peninsula that ...

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Google suspends AMP websites in Egypt after government block

Internet giant Google has suspended access to a publishing protocol for mobile devices in Egypt after authorities blocked the portal, which is ...

Kuwait sentences blogger to 5 years for 'insulting' UAE

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Kuwait sentences blogger to 5 years for 'insulting' UAE

Social media figure Abdullah al-Saleh has been sentenced to an extra five years in prison after criticising the UAE's role in the region.

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'Israel is very nice': Bahraini royal visits Tel Aviv

A Bahraini prince has visited Tel Aviv and met with an Israeli minister, in the latest sign the Gulf state could normalise relations with Israel.

<em>Bahrain</em> deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

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Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

Bahrain has deported eight people to war-torn Iraq after revoking their citizenship and making them stateless, Human Rights Watch said ...

Anti-Doha bloc plotted 'invasion', says Qatar defence minister

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Anti-Doha bloc plotted 'invasion', says Qatar defence minister

A Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar plotted to invade Doha at the start of the Gulf crisis last year, Qatar's defence minister has revealed.

Another year of deep state repression in <em>Bahrain</em>

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Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the ...

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