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Prominent Saudi cleric has become the butt of jokes after failing to say anything about Jerusalem, instead addressing trivial matters like the permissibility of wiping socks before prayer

Two years after IS were forced from the industrial hub of Baiji the city remains a devastated ghost town as funds to help rebuild life have failed to materialise.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

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Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

Moscow and Cairo signed a final contract on Monday that will see energy hungry Egypt light up with its first nuclear power plant.

Palestinian protesters block Bahrain faith group's visit to Gaza

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Palestinian protesters block Bahrain faith group's visit to Gaza

Palestinian protesters have prevented a Bahraini interfaith group from visiting the Gaza Strip amid widespread outcry over the fate of Jerusalem.

Kuwait names ruler’s son as defence minister in shakeup

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Kuwait names ruler’s son as defence minister in shakeup

Kuwait announced new ministers on Sunday, with five of the 16 cabinet members coming the royal family.

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Bahraini Shia cleric Isa Qassim returns home after surgery

Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim -, a key opposition figure - has returned home after undergoing surgery, his supporters say.

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FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf Cup to Kuwait

FIFA has commended Qatar for agreeing to move the 2017 Gulf Cup to Kuwait following a last-minute decision by football's governing body to lift ...

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Bahrain sends first official delegation to Israel amid tensions

A Bahraini interfaith delegation has visited Israel amid widespread demonstrations and condemnation over Washington's controversial policy shift ...

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Rare protest in Kuwait after Trump Jerusalem move

Kuwaitis abided by the state's strict protesting laws to show their defiance against US President Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as ...

On the perils of an empty State Department

Sam Fouad

On the perils of an empty State Department

Comment: The US State Department is one of the most understaffed and dysfunctional in modern history, writes Sam Fouad.

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Sisi yet to denounce Trump Jerusalem move

The Egyptian president's failure to condemn Trump's Jerusalem move raises questions over his international allegiances.

Qatar warns US of 'serious repercussions' over Jerusalem

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Qatar warns US of 'serious repercussions' over Jerusalem

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has warned of the serious repercussions of Trump's step, which he says will further complicate the ...

Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

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Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

Qatar's latest purchase of military and commercial aircraft could help Qatar make more use of its planes after its operations were disrupted by ...

Kuwait says GCC 'needs to change' to survive rifts

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Kuwait says GCC 'needs to change' to survive rifts

The Gulf union will have to make alterations if it is to survive, Kuwait's leader said, as the GCC remains deeply divided over a Qatar-Saudi ...

Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

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Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Tuesday most of the people detained in alleged anti-corruption campaign last month have agreed to ...

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Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

Kuwait’s emir has ended a two-day Gulf summit only hours into first day, showing turmoil in bloc amid Qatar crisis.

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip GCC summit'

The rulers of the blockading nations all sent representatives to the summit meeting in Kuwait, while the Emir of Qatar attended in person.

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UAE, Saudi Arabia announce new partnership in GCC 'rebuff'

The UAE and Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a new partnership group separate from the GCC in a clear snub ahead of a meeting in Kuwait

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GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

A summit of the GCC will convene Tuesday, but hopes for ending the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar during the meet are undermined by an annoucement ...

Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

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Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

The Qatari Emir and Saudi King will both attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week, amid a Saudi-led boycott of the ...

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Bahrain's top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim hospitalised

Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, a key opposition figure, has been admitted to hospital in critical condition, his ...

Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit despite Saudi row

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Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit despite Saudi row

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend the annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state in Kuwait on 5 and 6 December, his ...

Sudan militia chief arrest 'dangerous moment' for troubled Darfur

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Sudan militia chief arrest 'dangerous moment' for troubled Darfur

A former aide to President Omar al-Bashir was arrested last week by Sudan's counter-insurgency forces near his hometown of Mustariaha in North ...

A role in search of a hero

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

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