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Bahrain is set to become the next Gulf state to introduce value-added tax after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as it seeks to move beyond oil revenues.

The Pentagon has missed a deadline to send a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia in what would have been the first transfer under US President Donald Trump.

FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

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FIFA concerned anti-Doha bloc politicising Gulf football

FIFA is concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have politicised football and could soon demand a meeting with footballing officials, Spanish daily Diario AS reported.

Deep political complexity awaits Yemen's new UN envoy

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Deep political complexity awaits Yemen's new UN envoy

As the war in Yemen continues, the UN's new envoy for the country faces many challenges, but is being welcomed by the leadership of main parties ...

<em>Saudi</em> <em>Arabia</em> rejects Qatar proposed EU-style security pact

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Saudi Arabia rejects Qatar proposed EU-style security pact

Riyadh's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has rejected a proposal from Doha to create a European Union style security-block.

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Uproar after pro-government Saudi journalist urges silencing mosque loudspeakers

Heated debate has erupted in Saudi Arabia after a journalist in pro-government newspaper voiced support for silencing mosque loudspeakers, amid accusations he has affronted the Muslim faith.

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Yemen war: Pakistan defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan's defence minister says Pakistani forces have mountain warfare and counterterrorism skills that could be useful for Saudi ...

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UN draft calls for 'measures' over Iran arming Houthis

The UN security council may be considering a draft resolution that will condemn Tehran for supplying Yemen's Houthi weapons with missiles that ...

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Trump tower sues Saudi prince 'for not paying rent'

Despite Donald Trump's close relations with the Saudi ruling family, his namesake company is seeking millions worth in missed rent ...

Kuwait grants dozens of activists bail after parliament storming

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Kuwait grants dozens of activists bail after parliament storming

A judge in Kuwait ordered that politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail.

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Facebook hires its first Saudi female employee

Samar Abdul Mohsen al-Sultan will be taking up a role at Facebook advising businesses on how to utilise the networking site to maximise their ...

<em>Saudi</em>, Israeli leaders asked Washington to bomb Iran: Kerry

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Saudi, Israeli leaders asked Washington to bomb Iran: Kerry

The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel asked Washington to bomb Iran in the years before the 2015 nuclear deal, former US ...

Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

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Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

A dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar has simmered down amid signs there is a desire to end the rift, France's special envoy for ...

<em>Saudi</em> women to start own businesses without male permission

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Saudi women to start own businesses without male permission

Saudi authorities announced a further loosening of its stringent guardianship regulations that will see women entrepreneurs able to ...

Draft UN resolution targets Iran's role in Yemen

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Draft UN resolution targets Iran's role in Yemen

The UK, US and France have put forward a draft resolution to condemn Iran for failing to prevent Houthi rebels in Yemen from obtaining ballistic ...

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Drone strike kills two al-Qaeda suspects in central Yemen

A US drone strike has killed two al-Qaeda suspects in central Yemen, a security official said.

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Saudi-owned channel gives up UK-EU licence over 'biased coverage'

Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya has reportedly given up its licence to broadcast in the UK and EU to avoid paying financial ...

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Camels stranded in Saudi Arabia to return home

Thousands of camels stranded in Saudi Arabia will begin to be repatriated back to Qatar via Kuwait, local media have reported.

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Pakistan to send thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan will deploy soldiers to Saudi Arabia to help train troops in the kingdom, but the decision has led to a backlash back ...

Qatar's Emir calls for new EU-style Arab security pact

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Qatar's Emir calls for new EU-style Arab security pact

Emir Thani called the months-long blockade of Qatar "futile", and said it was time for regional states to put their differences aside.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James ...

US senator ends block on arms sales to GCC

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US senator ends block on arms sales to GCC

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he will end the arms sales block which was a bid to pressure the Gulf states to find a solution to the ...

2,000-year-old camel carvings discovered in <em>Saudi</em> <em>Arabia</em>

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2,000-year-old camel carvings discovered in Saudi Arabia

Rock art is a common archaeological find in Saudi Arabia, but the sunken reliefs used at 'Camel Site' is unique.

Riyadh to cut oil production, drive prices up

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Riyadh to cut oil production, drive prices up

The increasingly cash-strapped kingdom which relies on oil revenues for more than 90 per cent of government spending wants to drive crude prices ...

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