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More than two months into the Saudi-led blockade, Qatar remains largely unfazed and is expected to withstand years of sanctions, analysts say.

Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical policies in Syria, writes Sam Hamad

Turkey sends fresh 'blockade busting' ship to Qatar

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Turkey sends fresh 'blockade busting' ship to Qatar

Turkey is set to send another cargo ship filled with food supplies to Qatar to help break an economic blockade imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbours.

Turkey says Iraqi Kurdish referendum will destabilise region

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Turkey says Iraqi Kurdish referendum will destabilise region

A referendum next month on Iraqi Kurdish independence will destabilise the region and violate Iraq's constitution, a Turkish government ...

Report: <em>Iran</em> 'building Syria facility' to make long-range rockets

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Report: Iran 'building Syria facility' to make long-range rockets

Iran is building a facility in Syria to manufacture long-range rockets, a report on Israel's Channel 2 news said on Tuesday.

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US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

The US has issued its annual religious freedom report, slamming its allies in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, for what it said was the persecution of their religious minorities.

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'Lot of time' needed to rebuild GCC trust: Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister said it will take a 'lot of time' to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries as the regional diplomatic ...

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to re-open a border crossing between the two countries for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

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Kurdistan referendum team 'hopeful' after meeting with Iraqi PM

Delegates from Kurdistan said they are 'hopeful' after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the autonomous region's ...

More Yemen airstrikes in half-a-year than whole of 2016

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More Yemen airstrikes in half-a-year than whole of 2016

International bombardment and street fighting have increased significantly this year, paving the way for a cholera epidemic to spread to half a ...

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Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission in the latest step towards closer ties between the two neighbouring countries.

<em>Iran</em> threatens to quit nuclear deal over US sanctions

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Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal over US sanctions

Iran's president issued a direct warning to the US over a nuclear deal with world powers, saying Tehran could restart its nuclear programme ...

Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

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Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

Iraqi Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, where the two discussed regional issues.

Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with <em>Iran</em>: Iraq minister

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Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with Iran: Iraq minister

Iraq’s Interior Minister, Qassim al-Araji revealed on Sunday that he had been assigned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to mediate between ...

Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

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Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the ...

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Israeli ex-president Katsav denied request to lift parole terms

Israeli ex-president Moshe Katsav, jailed for rape and released in December, has been denied his request to have the conditions of his parole lifted, an official said on Sunday.

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Hizballah dismisses threat of tougher US sanctions

Hizballah's leader Nasrallah said the US administration has no way to harm the group movement after American lawmakers last month introduced ...

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Iraqi Shia cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

Influential Iraqi-Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is on a rare visit to the UAE, after receiving an official invitation two weeks after he travelled ...

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Riyadh moves to silence cleric for insulting deceased actor

Saudi authorities have moved to silence a cleric who issued a fatwa banning Muslims from commemorating the death of Kuwait's most prominent ...

Iran's parliament softens death penalty law for drug trafficking

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Iran's parliament softens death penalty law for drug trafficking

Iran's parliament passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws on Sunday, raising the threshold for capital punishment and ...

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Saudi Arabia says deficit halved after lean years

Saudi Arabia says its austerity measures are paying off, as its annual budget deficit is cut in half thanks to lower government spending and ...

Iraq governor flees to <em>Iran</em> amid growing corruption scandal

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Iraq governor flees to Iran amid growing corruption scandal

The governor of the Iraqi province of Basra has fled to neighbouring Iran amid a growing corruption scandal allegedly connected to ...

<em>Iran</em> trade deal eases fears of Iraqi-Kurdish blockade

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Iran trade deal eases fears of Iraqi-Kurdish blockade

Iran and Iraq's KRG signed protocols to boost trade between the two sides, despite Tehran remaining steadfastly opposed to Erbil's ...

Iraq's Kurds reject US request to postpone independence referendum

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Iraq's Kurds reject US request to postpone independence referendum

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will go ahead with an independence referendum on 25 September despite a US request to postpone it, a senior ...

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