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The United Arab Emirates and China agreed to set up a "comprehensive strategic partnership" as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to the Gulf country on Saturday.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have agreed to set up a bilateral cooperation council, following the establishment of a similar council between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in February.

Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south Iraq unrest

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Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south Iraq unrest

Unrest in southern Iraq has sparked unease across the border in Kuwait, as bloody protests over poor services and corruption in Basra province continue.

UAE prince seeks asylum in rival Qatar

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UAE prince seeks asylum in rival Qatar

A UAE prince sought asylum in London's Qatar embassy, exposing tensions between the Emirati royal family

Anger after Israel shuts down Palestinian universities in Jerusalem

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Anger after Israel shuts down Palestinian universities in Jerusalem

Two Palestinian educational facilities were shut down by Israeli forces 'until further notice'.

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Police arrest Saudi defence official over $260,000 bribe: Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has assertively tackled corruption since launching a purported anti-corruption probe in November 2017.

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Keeping Abul Fotouh behind bars puts Egypt in chains

Comment: Five years after a military coup d'etat, the achievements of Egypt's 2011 revolution have been liquidated, and no dissenting voices are ...

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UAE bans Emirati children attending sub-standard schools

The UAE has banned Emirati children from attending under-performing private schools in the country.

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Erdogan sworn in for new term with reinforced powers

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for a second term, bolstered with greater powers and authority.

Bahrain's top Shia cleric leaves to UK for treatment

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Bahrain's top Shia cleric leaves to UK for treatment

Bahrain's top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim left Manama for treatment in London on Monday following a deterioration in his health.

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Kuwait court sentences lawmakers over Arab Spring protest

A Kuwaiti opposition leader and several other lawmakers have been sentenced over the storming of the country's parliament in 2011.

Qatar is an anti-terror, anti-extremist pioneer: Macron

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Qatar is an anti-terror, anti-extremist pioneer: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron emphasised the importance of his country's "strong relationship" with Qatar for fighting terrorism and ...

UN urges Egypt to release daughter of Qatar-based cleric

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UN urges Egypt to release daughter of Qatar-based cleric

The United Nations has called on Egyptian authorities to release the daughter of prominent Muslim scholar who has been held in solitary ...

Post-Saddam Iraq faces parliamentary vacuum for first time

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Post-Saddam Iraq faces parliamentary vacuum for first time

Iraq's parliament held its final session on Saturday, leaving the country without a national assembly for the first time since 2003

Syria rebels reject Russia conditions for surrender in Daraa

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Syria rebels reject Russia conditions for surrender in Daraa

Syrian rebels in Daraa have rejected surrender conditions proposed by Russian negotiators to end days of violence in the country's south, a ...

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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE pledge Bahrain bail out

Bahrain's wealthy neighbours are set to announce a support package to prop up the island state's economy.

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Kuwait emir's eldest son undergoes major surgery

Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah underwent surgery abroad to remove a lung tumour.

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Qatar FM meets US counterpart to discuss Gulf crisis

Qatari Foreign Minister has discussed the Gulf crisis with his US counterpart, who said President Donald Trump wants the year-old spat to end ...

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Egypt state broadcasting employee killed by masked gunmen

Egypt's troubled northern Sinai was rocked by three attacks this week, including an assassination-like murder of a broadcasting employee.

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

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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 ...

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Philippines president to visit Kuwait after worker abuse scandal

Relations between the Philippines and Kuwait soured after the corpse of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis was found in a freezer.

Saudi cleric warns women to dress modestly while driving

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Saudi cleric warns women to dress modestly while driving

A Saudi cleric has warned that women must wear modest clothing while driving a day before the kingdom lifts the world's only ban on women ...

Who are you? UEFA trolls Saudi soccer kingpin

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Who are you? UEFA trolls Saudi soccer kingpin

Euro football chiefs undermine Turki al-Shiekh's quest for status and influence in the global game.

Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

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Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt continued their Middle East tour in Cairo with President Sisi.

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