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The Bahraini official said that in addition to the 13 demands issued by a Saudi-led anti-Qatar bloc to Doha, is that Al Jazeera should be prosecuted for 'spreading lies'.

Senior officials in the self-styled Libyan national army have been holding secret meetings to agree on a successor to their hospitalised leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Libya strongman's chief of staff survives assassination attempt

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Libya strongman's chief of staff survives assassination attempt

The attack comes after Haftar, who supports an administration based in the far east of Libya, was in hospital in Paris last week after falling ill during a trip abroad.

Haftar's grip is loosening, but what next for Libya?

Guma El-Gamaty

Haftar's grip is loosening, but what next for Libya?

Comment: General Haftar has been a major obstacle to the Libya Political Agreement. His potential departure from the scene could cause a major ...

Libya envoy says spoke with Haftar, quashing death reports

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Libya envoy says spoke with Haftar, quashing death reports

The general's death or incapacitation could cause further upheaval in a country that has been mired in a civil war since May 2014.

Robert Springborg

Egypt's Sisi: President for life?

Comment: Egypt's election might have been a farce, but it has emboldened Sisi on his path of consolidating personal power, writes Robert Springborg.

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Libya strongman Haftar in France for 'heart condition treatment'

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has been flown to France for medical treatment after reportedly falling into a coma, according to a ...

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Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in coma after stroke: reports

Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar is reportedly in a coma at a Paris hospital after suffering a severe stroke.

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Is Bitcoin halal? Islamic scholars wade into cryptocurrency debate

The validity of cryptocurrencies will be scrutinised by leading Islamic finance scholars during an annual Sharia conference in Bahrain this ...

Britain opens military base in Bahrain

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Britain opens military base in Bahrain

The new British hub makes it easier for the Royal Navy to conduct longer-term deployments in the Gulf and will offer engineering and logistical ...

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Libyans to be surveyed on country's future

A series of public consultations will be held across Libya aiming to end the political deadlock.

Misrata and Zintan reconciliation bypasses UN bureaucrats

Guma El-Gamaty

Misrata and Zintan reconciliation bypasses UN bureaucrats

Comment: The recent, locally driven reconciliation accord has upstaged UN efforts, putting Libyan leaders back in the driving seat, writes Guma ...

Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

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Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

The new field would in theory dwarf the Bahrain Field, the country's only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels.

Bahrain accuses shuttered bank of busting Iran sanctions

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Bahrain accuses shuttered bank of busting Iran sanctions

A Bahraini-Iranian bank, which closed in 2015, has been accused by Manama of being a 'Trojan horse' to allow Tehran to circumvent international ...

Bahrain jails five people over critical tweets

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Bahrain jails five people over critical tweets

Bahrain has jailed five people over critical tweets, as the Gulf state further clamps down on opposition in the country.

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Libya’s Haftar bombed Chad rebels, general’s forces say

The armed forces of Libyan powerful commander Khalifa Haftar said on Thursday that their warplanes had attacked Chadian rebels in the country’s southern desert last weekend.

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Libyan armed factions hail 'historic' reconciliation talks

High-ranking members of Libya's armed groups and dignitaries from Misrata and Zintan met for the first time in a meeting that was declared ...

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Bahrain says if will 'hunt down' online dissidents

Bahrain has warned it will hunt down activists using social media, and there will be 'severe measures' taken against dissidents.

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Bahrain charges relative of exiled rights activist Ahmed Alwadaei

Duaa AlWadaei was served a two month jail term in absentia one day after her mother began a hunger strike in Bahrain.

US air strike in Libya kills two jihadist 'leaders'

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US air strike in Libya kills two jihadist 'leaders'

A US air strike coordinated with Libya's government killed two jihadist leaders on Saturday, the prime minister's spokesman said.

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Tunisian man 'blows himself up' in police chase

A Tunisian man blew himself up during a pursuit near the Tunisia-Libya border that followed a gunfight with police.

FIFA lifts ban on Iraqi stadiums amid 'improved security'

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FIFA lifts ban on Iraqi stadiums amid 'improved security'

FIFA lifted a ban on international competitive matches in the Iraqi cities of Basra, Karbala and Erbil.

Trump, a mediator in the GCC crisis?

Imad K. Harb

Trump, a mediator in the GCC crisis?

Comment: The Trump administration has emphasised the importance of GCC unity since the blockade of Qatar began, writes Imad K. Harb.

IS claims Libya bombing, killing three

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IS claims Libya bombing, killing three

A car bomb in eastern Libya that left three dead on Friday has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

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