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Millions of expatriates in the UAE have been left frustrated by a Skype ban. An online petition calling for an end to the restrictions has been blocked by Emirati authorities.

Controversial Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani has left the UAE - where he said he was being held captive - for Kuwait, suffering ill health.

Trump praises Qatar as UAE attempts to escalate crisis

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Trump praises Qatar as UAE attempts to escalate crisis

The US president on Monday praised Doha for its counter-terrorism efforts as rival UAE sought to escalate crisis with unsubstantiated claims Qatar had intercepted Emirati civilian planes.

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Mona Alami

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.

Turkey and Qatar leaders meet in Ankara

The New Arab

Turkey and Qatar leaders meet in Ankara

Turkey's President Erdogan and Qatar's Emir Tamim al-Thani held talks in Ankara on Monday, as the UAE accused Doha of intercepting two passenger ...

Alex Macheras

UAE's claims about airliner interception damage all Gulf aviation

Comment: Baseless allegations from Abu Dhabi undermine confidence with a public already wary of Middle East travel, writes Alex Macheras.

The New Arab

Qatar denies two UAE passenger planes were intercepted

The UAE has claimed two passenger planes were intercepted by Qatari fighter planes on Monday, leading to a strong denial from Doha.

Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia interior minister in two-day visit to Oman

A sign of improving ties between Oman and Saudi Arabia was witnessed on Sunday, as Riyadh's Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz arrived in the ...

Karim Traboulsi

Abu Dhabi holding Qatari royal 'against his will'

A controversial member of the Qatari royal-family who had been used by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to pressure Doha during the crisis is being held ...

Qatar leads region with over $26m donations to UNHCR

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Qatar leads region with over $26m donations to UNHCR

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

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar says second UAE plane violated its airspace

A second UAE military jet violated Qatar's airspace in January, Doha said on Saturday, prompting a new complaint to the UN, as tensions between ...

Qatar, UAE clash over alleged airspace violation

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar, UAE clash over alleged airspace violation

Qatar, which has faced a boycott by Arab states including the UAE since last June, says it lodged a protest at the United Nations about the ...

Mubarak ally launches bid for Egypt presidency

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Mubarak ally launches bid for Egypt presidency

General Sami Anan has declared he will stand in Egypt's forthcoming elections.

Is Pakistan's loss America's gain?

Naveed Ahmad

Is Pakistan's loss America's gain?

Comment: Pakistan's military has been ready for the US refusal to sell arms or provide assistance for about a decade, writes Naveed Ahmad.

UAE 'pressured Qatar to turn over Emirati dissident's wife'

The New Arab

UAE 'pressured Qatar to turn over Emirati dissident's wife'

The UAE asked Qatar to turn over the wife of an Emirati dissident in return for de-escalating its campaign against Doha before the Gulf ...

Uri Levy

Gulf Cup: This week in Middle East football

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

The New Arab & agencies

Khamenei: Protests 'American and Zionist' plot to overthrow government

Iran's supreme leader praised pro-government rallies, boasting to have foiled "enemy plots" from the US and Israel, to overthrow the theocratic ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar seeks compensation for businesses hit by Saudi-led blockade

Qatar's foreign ministry spokesperson Lulwa al-Khater accused the Saudi-led blockade on Doha of being a form of "economic warfare".

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 ...

Around 3,700 arrested during Iran protests: lawmaker

The New Arab & agencies

Around 3,700 arrested during Iran protests: lawmaker

An Iranian lawmaker said some 3,700 people were arrested by security forces during several days of protests in the country, a far higher figure ...

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.

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi Arabia has long barred women from sports arenas, due to strict laws on gender segregation.

Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

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 ...

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