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

Trump's long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen asked Qatar for $1 million for personal insights into the president's plans, according to a media report.

Trump wants end to <em>Gulf</em> <em>crisis</em> 'which benefits Iran'

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Trump wants end to Gulf crisis 'which benefits Iran'

US President Donald Trump wants the 11-month dispute between Qatar and its neighbours to end because it "benefits Iran".

Philippines lifts Kuwait travel ban following workers' rights deal

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Philippines lifts Kuwait travel ban following workers' rights deal

The Philippines has lifted its ban on its workers travelling to Kuwait, after a deal was reached between the two countries.

Britain's role in Yemen: Radical change must happen now

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Britain's role in Yemen: Radical change must happen now

Comment: Through weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UK arms dealers continue to profit handsomely from the tragedy in Yemen, writes Joe Odell.

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Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labour: minister

Kuwait and Manila signed a deal on Friday to regulate domestic workers, after a dispute between the two countries led to a ban on Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Comment: In mad scramble for seats in parliament, the fragmented political scene in the Kurdish region risks further weakening their position in ...

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Egypt 'blocks Qatari officials' from attending Arab League meetings

Egypt has prevented Qatari officials from taking part in an Arab League meetings in Cairo this week, Qatari state-run QNA news agency has ...

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya's radical Madkhalists are the latest threat

In-depth: A fringe Salafist group is slowly building huge influence on several fronts in Libya's chaos, and locals are saying the rise of an ...

Qatar fears escalation, calls for nuclear-free Middle East

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Qatar fears escalation, calls for nuclear-free Middle East

Qatar has responded to Donald Trump's announcement to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal by urging for a 'collective response' that would see the ...

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French arms sales to Saudi, UAE face legal challenge

Two rights groups have demanded the French government withdraw export licenses to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over their involvement in Yemen's ...

Doha slams Saudi Arabia for detaining Qatari man

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Doha slams Saudi Arabia for detaining Qatari man

Qatar has condemned neighbouring Saudi Arabia for arresting a Qatari man as he attempted to return from war-torn Yemen.

Philippines welcome Kuwait's olive branch amid workers dispute

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Philippines welcome Kuwait's olive branch amid workers dispute

The Philippines have welcomed Kuwaiti efforts for calming of the crisis over treatment of migrant workers.

Kuwait seeks to calm Philippines <em>crisis</em> over workers

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Kuwait seeks to calm Philippines crisis over workers

Kuwaiti officials have appealed for calming of the crisis with the Philippines over treatment of migrant workers.

Ban on Filipino workers to Kuwait now permanent: Duterte

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Ban on Filipino workers to Kuwait now permanent: Duterte

The row between Kuwait and the Philippines escalated further as President Duterte announced that Filipinos are now permanently banned from ...

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US' Pompeo tells Saudi bloc to end Qatar blockade

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, telling Riyadh to end the blockade on Qatar and reign in its offensive on Yemen.

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WWE gets political in Saudi as Iran gets bashed

Saudis took to social media platform after a wrestler waves an Iranian flag at WWE fight in the kingdom, which many felt lacked in taste.

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

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 to ...

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

James Snell

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

Comment: The president's transactional approach to foreign interventions shows Trump's always about the bottom line, writes James Snell.

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Palestinian refugee agency '$200 million short' after Trump cuts

US President Donald Trump's administration has so far committed only $60 million to the UN's Palestinian refugee agency this year, down from ...

Leader's death a 'big blow' for Yemen's Houthi rebels

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Leader's death a 'big blow' for Yemen's Houthi rebels

The death of Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad poses a big threat to Yemen's Houthi rebels, according to analysts.

Qatar Airways becomes Roma's new shirt sponsor

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Qatar Airways becomes Roma's new shirt sponsor

The announcement comes one day before Roma plays in the Champions League semi-final, one of Roma's biggest games in decades.

UAE and Bahrain 'manipulating' Qatar's airspace activities

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UAE and Bahrain 'manipulating' Qatar's airspace activities

Doha has said the UAE is a 'threat' to airspace security after Abu Dhabi accused Qatari fighter jets of flying 'dangerously close' to an Emirati ...

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