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The governor of the Iraqi province of Basra has fled to neighbouring Iran amid a growing corruption scandal allegedly connected to other high-ranking officials.

A photograph showing the portraits of UAE rulers at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Mokha, Taiz province has caused angry reactions in the country.

Blaze rips through <em>Dubai</em> skyscraper The Torch Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

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Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

An eerie atmosphere surrounds the Torch Tower on the Dubai waterfront, as questions emerge as to how the same mistake was allowed to happen again.

Qatar expats granted new rights under landmark law

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Qatar expats granted new rights under landmark law

Qatar's landmark law will grant foreigners permanent residency and new freedoms, marking a significant step towards change in Gulf societies.

Jordan MP describes LGBTQ+ magazine as 'deviant and perverted'

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Jordan MP describes LGBTQ+ magazine as 'deviant and perverted'

A Jordan MP embroiled in a social media feud with an LGBTQ+ magazine, has filed an official complaint against the publication, describing it as ...

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Lebanese-Australian released without charge over airline 'bomb plot'

A Lebanese Australian man has been released without charge over a suspected plot to bring down an airliner flying from Sydney to the Middle East. Three others remain in custody.

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Dubai bans Arabian Business website over 'false news' allegation

Dubai's media regulation office released a statement confirming the Arabian Business website had been 'blocked and the distribution of its print ...

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UAE bans Dubai-based website for ‘false news’

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have banned a popular Middle Eastern business publication for publishing 'false news'.

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Thanks for the blockade, we are stronger: Qatar Petroleum

The president and CEO of the state-run Qatar Petroleum thanked the anti-Doha bloc for the blockade, suggesting it has made the emirate stronger.

UK refuses UAE extradition request over torture fears

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UK refuses UAE extradition request over torture fears

Critics have pointed towards the UAE's improper use of the Interpol system to find wanted individuals abroad with no real intention of ...

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Parviz Tanavoli and his triumphant Lions of Iran

Blog: Tanavoli's exhibition in Tehran offers a rich, complex take on his nation's history, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Transfers and tribulations: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Transfers and tribulations: This week in Middle East football

Blog: What impact will the Gulf blockade have on Qatar's World Cup? Rumours of demands made of FIFA, as well as usual transfer speculation, has ...

Egypt evicts low-income island squatters for Gulf-funded megaproject

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Egypt evicts low-income island squatters for Gulf-funded megaproject

Authorities in Egypt are attempting to evict low-income residents of an island in Cairo to make way for a mega-project funded by investments ...

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

Emile Nakhleh

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

Comment: Now that they feel relatively secure, GCC members - particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE - are more confident in attacking others, ...

UAE 'looking to ditch' Yemen's President Hadi for Saleh

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UAE 'looking to ditch' Yemen's President Hadi for Saleh

Reports have been emerging of a split between Riyadh-based President Hadi and UAE's Prince Mohammed bin Zayed since February, and now the UAE ...

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UN blames Yemen warring sides for 'man-made' cholera crisis

The UN aid chief has blamed Yemen's warring parties and their foreign backers for a 'man-made' cholera outbreak affecting 320,000 people.

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Kenya cancels contract with Emirati firm over electoral-fraud concerns

Kenya’s High Court cancelled a contract issued to a Dubai-based firm to print ballot papers for next month’s presidential election ...

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Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Muslim Uighur students

Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country’s sizeable ...

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US lifts laptop ban on Emirates flights

Emirates airlines is now exempt from the electronics ban joining Etihad in satisfying American security concerns.

Arms deals, speculation and repression: A very British Brexit

Joe Odell

Arms deals, speculation and repression: A very British Brexit

Comment: With trade between the UAE and the UK set to increase post-Brexit, state repression in the UAE is only set to get worse, writes Joe ...

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Dubai police chief urges Qatar turnaround in Twitter rampage

Dubai's head of security, Dhahi Khalfan, has lashed out at Qatar on social media accusing Doha of orchestrating a global conspiracy to destroy ...

Israeli minister pushes artificial 'Gaza island' plan

Charlie Hoyle

Israeli minister pushes artificial 'Gaza island' plan

Israel's transport and intelligence minister released a slick high-production video on Wednesday to boost controversial plans to build an ...

<em>Dubai</em> ruler urges Qatar to 'conform' in Instagram poem

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Dubai ruler urges Qatar to 'conform' in Instagram poem

The UAE's prime minister has urged Qatar to conform to the stringent demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies in a lengthy, flowery poem published ...

Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

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Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

A coalition of activists and public intellectuals called for the immediate and unconditional release of Emirati poet and activist, Ahmed Mansoor ...

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