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Comment: If Yemen is to set itself on its feet again, its leader must address long-festering issues they have conveniently skirted in favour of placating patrons, writes Barak Barfi.

A new younger Kuwaiti cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday, which has been dubbed a 'transitional government' with fears the new ministers won't last long in their jobs.

Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

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Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

Palestinian protesters block <em>Bahrain</em> faith group's visit to Gaza

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Palestinian protesters block Bahrain faith group's visit to Gaza

Palestinian protesters have prevented a Bahraini interfaith group from visiting the Gaza Strip amid widespread outcry over the fate of Jerusalem.

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Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

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Bahraini Shia cleric Isa Qassim returns home after surgery

Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim -, a key opposition figure - has returned home after undergoing surgery, his supporters say.

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FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf Cup to Kuwait

FIFA has commended Qatar for agreeing to move the 2017 Gulf Cup to Kuwait following a last-minute decision by football's governing body to lift ...

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Bahrain sends first official delegation to Israel amid tensions

A Bahraini interfaith delegation has visited Israel amid widespread demonstrations and condemnation over Washington's controversial policy shift ...

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

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Arab nations 'disappointed' after appearing on tax havens blacklist

The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Bahrain showed up on a EU list of 17 tax havens around the world this week.

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre.

Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

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Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

Qatar's latest purchase of military and commercial aircraft could help Qatar make more use of its planes after its operations were disrupted by ...

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

Kuwait says GCC 'needs to change' to survive rifts

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Kuwait says GCC 'needs to change' to survive rifts

The Gulf union will have to make alterations if it is to survive, Kuwait's leader said, as the GCC remains deeply divided over a Qatar-Saudi ...

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Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

Kuwait’s emir has ended a two-day Gulf summit only hours into first day, showing turmoil in bloc amid Qatar crisis.

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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.

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Kuwait unites Qatari-Gulf families separated by Saudi-led blockade

Families torn apart by the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain speak of the difficulties they face in trying to ...

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UAE, Saudi Arabia announce new partnership in GCC 'rebuff'

The UAE and Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a new partnership group separate from the GCC in a clear snub ahead of a meeting in Kuwait

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 ...

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Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

The Qatari Emir and Saudi King will both attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week, amid a Saudi-led boycott of the ...

Bahrain's top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim hospitalised

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Bahrain's top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim hospitalised

Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, a key opposition figure, has been admitted to hospital in critical condition, his family and a ...

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 defence ...

Qatar-based Muslim union to sue over 'terror' label

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Qatar-based Muslim union to sue over 'terror' label

The International Union of Muslim Scholars said on Friday it would take legal action to clear its name after it was placed on a "terrorism list" ...

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