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Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are now looking to Russia for security partnerships as well as economic cooperation, writes Stasa Salacanin.

An oil tanker has exploded off the coast of Oman, with a search underway to find seamen.

Iran seeks 'expanded ties' with North Korea amid turmoil

The New Arab & agencies

Iran seeks 'expanded ties' with North Korea amid turmoil

Rouhani held talks with North Korea over widening cooperation in the face of renewed US sanctions, while the president suffered a setback after his employment minister resigned over economic turmoil

<em>Oman</em> and Kuwait go gently into Saudi-Canada dispute

Paul McLoughlin

Oman and Kuwait go gently into Saudi-Canada dispute

Oman became the latest Gulf country to back Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Canada, but used carefully guarded words.

While Iran braces for sanctions, what comes next?

Derek Davison

While Iran braces for sanctions, what comes next?

Comment: Should sanctions cause Iran's leadership to collapse, a military dictatorship controlled by former elements of the IRGC could emerge, ...

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite them all against Iran is doomed.

The New Arab & agencies

Iran 'preparing to stage massive military exercise' in Gulf

The US military said it has seen increased in activity in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic oil shipment lane that Iran has threatened to block.

The New Arab & agencies

Yemen at risk of another cholera outbreak, says UN

The warning came after airstrikes hit a sanitation facility and station that supplies the port city Hodeida with most of its water.

Elisabeth Siegel

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Comment: The UAE and China have found love in the middle of a trade war, writes Elisabeth Siegel.

<em>Oman</em> FM in Washington 'trying to reduce Iran-US tensions'

The New Arab

Oman FM in Washington 'trying to reduce Iran-US tensions'

Oman's foreign affairs head met with the US defence secretary in Washington with the intention of de-escalating tensions between the US and ...

The New Arab

UAE upset by critical Lebanese media, blames Qatar

Upset by embarrassing revelations about its policies in a pro-Hizballah newspaper, the UAE has issued an official warning to Lebanon, suggesting ...

Fresh protests in Iraq as death toll rises

The New Arab

Fresh protests in Iraq as death toll rises

Protests continue to rock Iraq over unemployment, high prices, power cuts and a lack of usable water.

Egypt rejects Israeli nation-state law on 'racial segregation'

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt rejects Israeli nation-state law on 'racial segregation'

Egypt, one of only two Arab countries to have a peace treaty with Israel, says the law "undermines the chances of achieving peace" with ...

Iraq seeks Saudi help with crisis as protests continue

The New Arab

Iraq seeks Saudi help with crisis as protests continue

This comes after Iran scaled back the quantity of electricity shared with Iraq as Tehran grapples with its own domestic tensions.

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea threatens Gulf livelihoods

The New Arab & agencies

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea threatens Gulf livelihoods

Dead zones are areas of the sea where the lack of oxygen makes it difficult for fish to survive. The Arabian Sea zone 'is the most intense in ...

The New Arab

NATO 'ready to welcome' Saudi Arabia and Oman

A UAE-based news publication said NATO is ready to welcome in Saudi Arabia and Oman to its Istanbul cooperation initiative.

The New Arab

Middle East airlines limit Iraq flights following unrest

Airlines in the Middle East and elsewhere have limited flights to cities such as Najaf following protests and unrest in Iraq.

The New Arab & agencies

Yemeni refugees spark racist backlash in South Korea

Discrimination against Yemeni refugees is widespread, with many openly mocked on public transport for being "dirty" or "smelly", and refused ...

Quentin Muller and Sebastian Castelier

Haïfa al-Amin: A step towards social equality in Iraq

The New Arab Meets: Haïfa al-Amin, the Communist Party candidate who, after winning a seat in May's election, prepares to take office with ...

<em>Oman</em>, Saudi sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The New Arab

Oman, Saudi sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO have added two sites from the Gulf to their exclusive World Heritage List.

The New Arab

Oman town breaks record with hottest night temperature ever

The Omani town of Quriyat has broken a record of having the highest 'low' temperature in a 24-hour period.

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

Anthony Harwood

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

Comment: At its first World Cup match, Saudi Arabia complained of mixing politics with sport, but SWAFF, its new footballing federation, is ...

Yemen: The fate of Hodeida

International Crisis Group

Yemen: The fate of Hodeida

Comment: Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition say they want to avoid a battle. UN envoy Martin Griffiths must help find the middle ground, ...

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

Austin Bodetti

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

Analysis: Tajikistan's role as an international classroom for Americans studying Persian may prove its greatest contribution to the US, writes ...

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