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Human Rights Watch has urged Kuwait to give better protections for migrant workers, as a Philippines government discusses with government officials possible reforms to end a diplomatic crisis.

Comment: The glaring fragility of the legitimate state lies exposed. This does not help the national project, writes Nadia al-Sakkaf.

Qatar and Chad restore relations amid <em>Gulf</em> <em>crisis</em>

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Qatar and Chad restore relations amid Gulf crisis

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

FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising <em>Gulf</em> football

The New Arab

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 ...

Deep political complexity awaits Yemen's new UN envoy

Khalid Al-Karimi

Deep political complexity awaits Yemen's new UN envoy

As the war in Yemen continues, the UN's new envoy for the country faces many challenges, but is being welcomed by the leadership of main parties ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Derby day drama: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Derby day drama: This week in Middle East football

Derby day drama took over Amman and Casablanca this week, while an underwhelming clash between the Arabian Peninsula's two biggest clubs was ...

Anthony Harwood

The FA has changed tack on Qatar's World Cup

Comment: Britain is hoping for $42 billion worth of trade in the Gulf post-Brexit, and Qatar is to be a major part of that, writes ...

'Filipino' domestic worker's body found in freezer

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'Filipino' domestic worker's body found in freezer

Kuwait police made a gruesome discovery this week when they found the body of a domestic worker in a deep freezer at a deserted apartment.

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

Karim Traboulsi

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

In a move sure to escalate tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, a judge in Beirut has accepted a lawsuit against Saudi Minister for ...

Louvre apologises to Qatar for '<em>Gulf</em> map scandal'

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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 ...

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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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.

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UAE and Saudi officials meet to end Aden clashes

Officials from Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have met to end battles between UAE-backed southern separatists and forces loyal to Yemen's ...

Alex Macheras

Oman aviation set to soar

Analysis: The sultanate is establishing itself as a regional hub, and is seeing business take off, writes Alex Macheras.

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar-US alliance reaffirmed at end of Washington strategic dialogue

The US is looking to resolve the GCC crisis, which since June has pitted Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar.

Trump's 'sovereignty safeguards' leave Yemeni refugees for dead

Rose Worden

Trump's 'sovereignty safeguards' leave Yemeni refugees for dead

Comment: The US is opting out of global solutions to share responsibility for the burden of migration which it has promulgated, writes Rose ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar signs trade, investment agreements with Oman amid blockade

Qatar declared on 10 January that the Saudi-led blockade amounted to an 'economic war' and that it would seek redress for people adversely ...

GCC <em>crisis</em>: Unresolved tensions plague Turkey-UAE relations

Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero

GCC crisis: Unresolved tensions plague Turkey-UAE relations

Comment: As the US loses influence in the region, both Ankara and Abu Dhabi are seeking to fill the void with assertive foreign policies, write ...

UN chief taps British mediator as new Yemen envoy

The New Arab & agencies

UN chief taps British mediator as new Yemen envoy

Diplomatic sources say Martin Griffiths is set to replace Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as the UN's envoy to Yemen.

Yemen war forces over 32,000 civilians from their homes

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Yemen war forces over 32,000 civilians from their homes

Tens of thousands of Yemenis had fled their homes in the past two months, joining some two million refugees already displaced by fighting, the ...

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