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Qatar's contributions to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has helped ease the live of hundreds of thousands of refugees from around the globe, Doha says.

Oman surprised in the Gulf Cup, winning a tournament at risk of being cancelled as tensions continue among neighbouring countries.

Saudi-led 'hate campaign' included threats to kill Qataris: report

Anthony Harwood

Saudi-led 'hate campaign' included threats to kill Qataris: report

Analysis: The UN's human rights office has accused Saudi Arabia of orchestrating a hate campaign against Qatar, including threats to kill the emir and other citizens, reports Anthony Harwood.

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes ...

How Qatar is overcoming the aviation blockade

Alex Macheras

How Qatar is overcoming the aviation blockade

Comment: Despite the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar which began in June last year, Qatar is more open than ever before, writes Alex Macheras.

The New Arab

Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

Kuwait's leader has told GCC members to move beyond a current crisis around Qatar, and ensure the survival of the Gulf bloc for coming generations.

Paul McLoughlin

Oman agrees Saudi funding project for Duqm industrial area

Saudi Arabia will help finance Oman's ambitious diversification plans with a $210 investment boost for the sultanate's Duqm port project.

The New Arab

Tillerson defends US foreign policy under Trump

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended Trump's first year of foreign policy, citing the fight against Islamic State group and efforts ...

Usaid Siddiqui

A review of Trump’s first year in power

Comment: As the credits begin to roll on 2017, President Donald Trump’s first year in office concludes, tainted with uncertainties and division, ...

Could the beautiful game resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis?

Anthony Harwood

Could the beautiful game resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis?

Comment: As the Gulf Cup kicks off in Kuwait, fans are hoping for a renewed fraternal spirit to emerge in the region, writes Anthony Harwood.

Robert Springborg

Missiles are the weapon of the weak

Comment: Iran's arming of its proxies is unlikely to achieve military success, but asymmetric warfare puts huge pressure on Saudi Arabia's ...

Saudi Arabia permanently closes land border with Qatar

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia permanently closes land border with Qatar

Saudi authorities have ordered the permanent closure of the only land border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Erdogan seeks to unite Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan seeks to unite Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

The heads of 57 Muslim-majority states are set to meet in Istanbul for an emergency OIC summit to discuss Jerusalem.

Kuwait swears in new cabinet as government teeters on

The New Arab

Kuwait swears in new cabinet as government teeters on

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 ...

Civilians desperate for ceasefire in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Civilians desperate for ceasefire in Yemen

Clashes between Yemen's warring factions have recently intensified, leaving civilians at greater risk from the country's ongoing conflict, which ...

The New Arab & agencies

Kuwait names ruler’s son as defence minister in shakeup

Kuwait announced new ministers on Sunday, with five of the 16 cabinet members coming the royal family.

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese arms will only ...

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.

The New Arab

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 ...

Yemen's Houthi rebels call for dialogue with Saudi-led coalition

The New Arab

Yemen's Houthi rebels call for dialogue with Saudi-led coalition

Yemen's Houthi rebels have called for peace talks with a Saudi-led coalition, a day after killing their former ally ex-President Ali Abdullah ...

The New Arab & agencies

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.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip <em>GCC</em> summit'

The New Arab

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.

UAE, Saudi Arabia announce new partnership in <em>GCC</em> 'rebuff'

The New Arab

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 ...

<em>GCC</em> summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

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