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Doha said it is looking into claims that the UAE attempted to sabotage the Qatari riyal and take the World Cup from the Gulf state.

A government spokesman said Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political crisis.

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of dissidents, writes Bachar Halabi.

Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

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Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy ...

Saudi Arabia denies 'secret' diplomatic visit to Israel

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Saudi Arabia denies 'secret' diplomatic visit to Israel

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry has denied any of its officials visited Israel, after Israeli media reported Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ...

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UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

Qatar's former deputy prime minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of plotting to invade Doha with an army of mercenaries.

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UAE 'bankrolling' lobbying campaign to whitewash Egypt's Sisi

The UAE has been bankrolling efforts to improve the image of Egypt's oppressive government in the US, according to leaked emails of the UAE's ...

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Saudi-led bloc 'called-off Qatar military action after Trump warning'

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

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 ...

Bahrain king 'tired of Arab boycott of Israel'

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Bahrain king 'tired of Arab boycott of Israel'

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

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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 ...

Lawsuit filed against UAE security services for 'torturing Qataris'

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 ...

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

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 ...

Qatar says Saudi-led bloc unwilling to negotiate on blockade Qatar says Saudi-led bloc unwilling to negotiate on blockade

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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 the controversial diplomat.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

Israel joins UAE and Egypt with <em>Al</em> Jazeera ban

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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, ...

Leaked UAE ambassador emails reveal hostility to Qatar, Turkey

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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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