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A Saudi-led bloc considered taking military action against Qatar at the start of a diplomatic crisis with the country before US President Donald Trump urged for calm.

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has reportedly told a leading US-based Jewish rabbi he would like his country to formally establish ties with Israel.

#TweetDeleted: Israel praises Bahrain king over normalisation rumours

Diana Alghoul

#TweetDeleted: Israel praises Bahrain king over normalisation rumours

Israel's ministry of foreign affairs broke diplomatic protocol with a tweet backing rumours that Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa supports the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel.

London anti-Qatar conference headlined by pro-Israel anti-Iran hawks

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London anti-Qatar conference headlined by pro-Israel anti-Iran hawks

A conference in London calling for a "bloodless coup" in Qatar is being headlined by a motley crew of right-wing advocates for war with Iran.

Bin Zayed suspected to 'open channels between Washington, Moscow'

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Bin Zayed suspected to 'open channels between Washington, Moscow'

Mohammed bin Zayed may have facilitated back-channel lines of communication between Washington and Moscow in a secret meeting with Trump ...

Diana Alghoul

Lawsuit filed against UAE security services for 'torturing Qataris'

Update: Three prominent Qataris were allegedly illegally imprisoned and threatened with rape by UAE security officers according to a lawsuit filed in Britain.

Diana Alghoul

Leaked emails reveal UAE ambassador's hyper-sexual 'double life'

Al-Otaiba reportedly hired $10,000-a-night prostitutes and considered fake 'sex contracts' for underage girls, making them ...

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Qatar says Saudi-led bloc unwilling to negotiate on blockade

Doha continues to bolster ties with its allies as an anti-Qatar bloc of Arab states shows no sign of ending their siege on the Gulf state.

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UAE's Washington ambassador Otaiba: Saudi leaders are crazy

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has mocked Saudi Arabia as "f***in coo coo!" in the latest series of emails to be leaked from ...

Cash crisis exposes Yemeni rift with UAE

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Cash crisis exposes Yemeni rift with UAE

Yemen's Central Bank says the Saudi-led coalition is 'strangling' the economy by preventing planes from flying in newly-minted cash, reflecting ...

Imad K. Harb

To resolve the GCC crisis, keep Trump away

Comment: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must insist on his independence in addressing the stalemate in the Gulf crisis, writes Imad K. Harb.

UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

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UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

Afghan mediator says Saudi and Emirati accusations against Qatar over the Taliban are misplaced, given the two countries' earlier eagerness to ...

UAE ambassador admits Taliban embassy claims 'half-right'

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UAE ambassador admits Taliban embassy claims 'half-right'

The UAE's Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba confessed that plans to host a Taliban embassy in Abu ...

Omani editor spends one year in jail following article

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Omani editor spends one year in jail following article

An Omani editor has been in jail for one year, after articles were published criticising the country's judiciary.

<em>Al</em> Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

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Al Jazeera threatens legal action over Israeli censorship

Al Jazeera says it 'deplores' an Israeli decision to ban the pan-Arab broadcaster from the country.

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Israel joins UAE and Egypt with Al Jazeera ban

Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following the lead of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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Leaked UAE ambassador emails reveal hostility to Qatar, Turkey

Leaked emails of the UAE's ambassador to Washington have revealed the Gulf state's hostility to neighbour Qatar and its close ally Turkey.

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UAE ambassador claims to 'back secularism' while wooing Taliban

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has come under fire for saying a Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar want to see secularism take ...

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Witness in Qatar hearing 'was on UAE payroll'

Leaked emails suggest that one of the main witnesses at a congressional hearing on relations with Qatar was paid hundreds of thousands of ...

Netanyahu and UAE's foreign minister 'secretly met' in US

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Netanyahu and UAE's foreign minister 'secretly met' in US

The UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu 'secretly met' in New York in 2012, according to a recent ...

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UAE 'hacked Qatar website' to post false emir statements

The current Gulf crisis appears to have been instigated by the UAE who orchestrated a hacking campaign against the Qatari government

The Arab world and reverberations of Turkey's failed coup The Arab world and reverberations of Turkey's failed coup

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The Arab world and reverberations of Turkey's failed coup

With Turkey marking the one year anniversary of the failed July 2016 coup, reverberations from the violent takeover attempt continue to shape ...

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp

Robert Cusack

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two young men after a crowd of Palestinians threw petrol bombs at them on Tuesday.

What does the future hold for Syria's Kurds?

Paul Iddon

What does the future hold for Syria's Kurds?

Analysis: Can Syrian Kurds defend and consolidate their quasi-autonomous territory?

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