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A Treasury official said Washington's use of sanctions are tied to protests that have rocked Iran, but stopped short of saying regime change is a US goal.

The ride-hailing rivals are in talks to combine their companies, according to Bloomberg sources.

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

Robert Springborg

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

Comment: Sisi's attempt to co-opt Mo Salah and the Egyptian team has had disastrous consequences for everyone, writes Robert Springborg.

Iconic Arab newspaper al-Hayat closes Lebanon office

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Iconic Arab newspaper al-Hayat closes Lebanon office

Saudi-owned newspaper al-Hayat will close its vital Lebanon office, the latest Arabic daily to suffer financial problems.

<em>Dubai</em> equity firm boss faces jail over 'bounced cheques'

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Dubai equity firm boss faces jail over 'bounced cheques'

Arif Naqvi, founder of Abraaj, faces jail after cheques allegedly issued in his name worth millions of dollars bounced.

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Head of Saudi entertainment authority sacked

The head of Saudi's entertainment authority was sacked, as Mohammed bin Salman continues an image overhaul in the country.

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UN ceasefire efforts fizzle as Hodeida fight ramps up

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels rejected a ceasefire and said Saudi-led forces have been escalating their attacks in Hodeida despite talks.

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

The hijacking of AFP: Lessons for beginner journalists

Comment: AFP has made some crucial - and elementary - mistakes in its profile of academic Azmi Bishara, writes Abdelwahab El-Affendi.

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Dubai real estate a money-laundering haven, new report finds

War profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real-estate market as a haven for ...

Sheikha Hala, wife of Bahrain's crown prince, dies

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Sheikha Hala, wife of Bahrain's crown prince, dies

Sheikha Hala bint D'aji Al Khalifa, the wife of Bahrain's crown prince, has died, the country's news agency has reported

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Doha Institute publishes response to critical Bishara profile

The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies was 'shocked' by the publication of a profile of Azmi Bishara, claiming it was 'part of a smear ...

Tunisia pop-star says Saudi 'ban' prevented her from pilgrimage

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Tunisia pop-star says Saudi 'ban' prevented her from pilgrimage

A Tunisian pop star has said Saudi authorities have banned her from entering the kingdom, preventing her from performing pilgrimage to Islam's ...

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

UAE activist sentenced to 10 years for online posts

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UAE activist sentenced to 10 years for online posts

Leading Emirati rights activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined one million dirhams by an appeals court in Abu ...

Lindsay Lohan stakes claim to 'Lebanon' after <em>Dubai</em> deal

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Lindsay Lohan stakes claim to 'Lebanon' after Dubai deal

As well as designing her own UAE off-shore haven, the star is making designs to Dubai's 'Lebanon' island for her luxury getaway empire.

Camille Lons

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Comment: After Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Oman's relationship with Iran and its regional neighbours is coming under mounting pressure, writes Camille Lons.

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Riyadh, Abu Dhabi 'used sleazy Washington lobbyists' against Qatar

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been dealing with a pair of controversial Washington lobbyists to sway the US government to sanction Qatar, an ...

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Riyadh to host Middle East's first Formula E race

Formula E will stage its electric street racing series’ first race in the region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, authorities revealed.

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Activists call for UAE to free 'captive' Dubai princess

Detained in Dubai campaigners held a demonstration outside the UAE embassy in London on Tuesday, demanding information on Dubai's ...

Disclose whereabouts of runaway princess, HRW demands <em>Dubai</em> ruler

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Disclose whereabouts of runaway princess, HRW demands Dubai ruler

The rights group has sounded alarm over the disappearance of Dubai's Sheikha Latifa, who has not been seen in two months since her attempt to ...

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Saudi Arabia launches $34.7 billion entertainment revolution

International film stars visited Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, as the conservative kingdom kicked off an initiative to invest billions in ...

UAE expats' hopes sink after container ship collision

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UAE expats' hopes sink after container ship collision

A number of expatriates in the UAE have been told their belongings have been lost when their container ship collided with another vessel at a ...

Iraq 'black ops' executive hired for anti-Qatar attack

Abigail Fielding-Smith and Jessica Purkiss

Iraq 'black ops' executive hired for anti-Qatar attack

Investigation: A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links ...

Jordan court bans ride-sharing app Careem

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Jordan court bans ride-sharing app Careem

Ride-sharing app Careem has been banned in Jordan by a West Amman court, with taxi drivers rejoicing but customers less than happy.

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