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In-depth: Productivity in Gaza has plummeted since 2007, and shows no sign of picking up as it remains strangled by the Israeli blockade and ongoing Palestinian politicking, reports Rami Almeghari.

The trees are one more cost to the whopping $500 million-a-week Doha is spending on infrastructure projects ahead of the tournament.

Financial de-risking in the Yemen crisis

Rose Worden

Financial de-risking in the Yemen crisis

In-depth: As the question of Yemen's economic future looms, the call to action to restore financing for emergency relief and everyday life is urgent, writes Rose Worden.

Saudi Arabia 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.

Yemen war: Pakistan defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia

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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 troops.

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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 the Gulf crisis has said.

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UNRWA chief: Trump's aid cuts 'time bomb' for Gaza

The head of the UN body voiced his concern for Gaza's future amid the ongoing US-led cuts to UNRWA aid.

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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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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.

The FA has changed tack on Qatar's World Cup

Anthony Harwood

The FA has changed tack on Qatar's World Cup

Comment: Britain is hoping for $42 billion worth of trade in the Gulf post-Brexit, and Qatar is to be a major part of that, writes Anthony ...

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Fuel shortage forces Gaza's only power plant to shut

Gaza, caught between party politics and an Israeli siege, finds itself without the Strip's only power plant due to fuel shortages.

Enough oppression: Gaza truckers warn of repeated strikes

Ali Abusheikh and Pam Bailey

Enough oppression: Gaza truckers warn of repeated strikes

In-depth: Frustrated by fuel prices, licence fees and the Israeli blockade, Gaza's truckers are refusing to transport goods until their ...

The full story behind Gaza’s protests at Israeli border

Ali Adam

The full story behind Gaza’s protests at Israeli border

In-depth: The situation in Gaza is getting visibly worse every single day, and the people of Gaza are not going to be able to handle the grim ...

54 Palestinians died awaiting medical exit permits in 2017

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54 Palestinians died awaiting medical exit permits in 2017

Human rights organisations have criticised Israeli restrictions as new figures show 54 Palestinians died in 2017 while awaiting exit permits to ...

Gaza hospital halts surgeries amid cleaning staff strike

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Gaza hospital halts surgeries amid cleaning staff strike

Cleaning staff at a Gaza hospital are striking after months without pay, pushing the health facility into a spiralling crisis as its unsanitary ...

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Egypt shuts Gaza crossing early amid militant crackdown

Egypt has closed the Rafah crossing to Gaza, a day earlier than planned as Cairo launched a major military offensive in northern Sinai.

Rami Almeghari

Gazan farmers sow wheat in Israel's shadow

In-depth: Palestinian farmers are returning to lands from which they were removed by Israel's military buffer-zone, thanks to a Red Cross ...

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Gaza hospitals, clinics to reopen after UAE pledge: WHO

Following an emergency appeal by the United Nations, the UAE has pledged $2 million to help ease the fuel crisis in Gaza.

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Total collapse of Gaza healthcare 'imminent,' warns medical charity

Gaza has only ten days' worth of emergency fuel stocks left to sustain vital healthcare services, with 19 health facilities already shut, warn ...

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

Karim Traboulsi

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

In a move sure to escalate tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, a judge in Beirut has accepted a lawsuit against Saudi Minister for Gulf ...

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Google suspends AMP websites in Egypt after government block

Internet giant Google has suspended access to a publishing protocol for mobile devices in Egypt after authorities blocked the portal, which is ...

Kuwait sentences blogger to 5 years for 'insulting' UAE

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Kuwait sentences blogger to 5 years for 'insulting' UAE

Social media figure Abdullah al-Saleh has been sentenced to an extra five years in prison after criticising the UAE's role in the region.

The quest for identity: How Kurds are rediscovering Zoroastrianism

Sylvain Mercadier

The quest for identity: How Kurds are rediscovering Zoroastrianism

Official recognition has freed many Kurds to return to the faith of their forefathers after widespread abuses under Saddam's regime, reports ...

Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Khalid Al-Karimi

Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Analysis: Politicians and warlords have the stamina to continue the war indefinitely, but the people of Yemen are paying the price, writes ...

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