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Iran's parliamentary environmental and transparency committees have convened to discus the arrests of several NGO workers earlier this year.

Iran's poster child of expat return quits his government role just seven months into the job, following pressure from conservative officials.

Saudi businesses hit hard by foreign labour shortage

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Saudi businesses hit hard by foreign labour shortage

The oil-rich kingdom has long relied on foreign labour for jobs in sales and services, both for skills and cost, but these positions are increasingly being reserved for Saudi workers.

Philippines and Kuwait agree on <em>expat</em> protection pact

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Philippines and Kuwait agree on expat protection pact

The Philippines and Kuwait agreed on a draft migrant labour protection pact on Friday evening, but the ban on sending Filipinos to work in ...

Kuwait, region's fattest country, blacklists foreign workers with diabetes

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Kuwait, region's fattest country, blacklists foreign workers with diabetes

Kuwait will stop granting residency permits to "unfit" foreigners who suffer from a range of non-infectious diseases, local media has reported.

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Kuwait-Philippines labour negotiations 'going well' following worker safety row

Labour negotiations between Kuwait and the Philippines are reportedly on track, as the Philippines hopes to secure guarantees for its workers in the Gulf state.

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Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladesh workers over 'swelling numbers'

Kuwait has reportedly reintroduced a ban on hiring Bangladeshis after authorities eased previous restrictions on workers from the South Asian ...

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Kuwait arrests 'gang' tampering with expat blood samples

A 'gang' in Kuwait's Ministry of Health who were tampering with the blood test results of expats have been arrested after being monitored for ...

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Anti-expat Kuwait MP wants to revoke naturalised widows' citizenships

Controversial Kuwaiti MP Safaa al-Hashem has called for naturalised wives of Kuwaiti men to have their citizenship revoked once their husbands ...

Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

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Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

A Kuwaiti lawmaker known for her anti-migrant rhetoric, claims 300,000 people, whom she refers to as "rats", have forged their citizenship.

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Turkey's Erdogan seeks to fix strained ties with Europe

Erdogan described the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium as 'old friends,' and called recent contacts with them 'quite good.'

Lebanon minister calls Uber unsafe after Briton's murder

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Lebanon minister calls Uber unsafe after Briton's murder

Lebanon's interior minister urged residents to use 'traditional' taxis, saying Uber is a 'virtual entity that has no physical representation.'

Suspected murderer of British diplomat 'was Beirut Uber driver'

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Suspected murderer of British diplomat 'was Beirut Uber driver'

The suspect apprehended on Monday morning in connection to the murder of a UK embassy staffer in Beirut was reportedly an Uber driver with a ...

Lebanon arrests suspected killer of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes

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Lebanon arrests suspected killer of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes

A murder that has shocked Lebanon's expat community may have been solved as police say they have a suspect in custody who has confessed ...

Saudi women 'will be allowed to drive lorries'

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Saudi women 'will be allowed to drive lorries'

Saudi women will be able to take to the roads on motorbikes and lorries once next year's driving ban is lifted, the General Department of ...

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental monitoring or intervention, writes Fadi al-Qadi.

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MENA films centre stage at Vancouver International Film Festival

Society: With significant Iranian and Arab communities, Vancouver's film festival has now become a hot-ticket event for new documentaries and ...

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Morocco's minorities demand clarity on religious freedom law

Representatives of Morocco's religious minorities gathered in an unprecedented meeting in Rabat to demand protection from repression and ...

Uri Levy

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Moroccans celebrated late into the night as Wydad Casablanca defied naysayers and thumped Egypt's al-Ahly in Africa's premier continental ...

Saudi <em>expat</em> work visas reduced to one year

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Saudi expat work visas reduced to one year

Saudi Arabia has set a new limit on expat work visas under reforms to boost the national labour market and curb its high rate of ...

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British expat in Kuwait 'denied nursery job over hijab'

A British woman living in Kuwait has accused a nursery of demanding her to remove her hijab in order to work for them.

Saudi women driving is just the beginning

Diana Alghoul

Saudi women driving is just the beginning

Blog: The lifting of the ban is rightly time to celebrate, but it is also a chance to evaluate the inclusivity of the campaign, writes Diana ...

Saudi economy in doldrums as crown prince's influence wavers

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Saudi economy in doldrums as crown prince's influence wavers

A stalled economy and austerity drive has seen Saudi Arabia's property market take a massive hit, as millions of expats prepare to head home.

Why #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen is racist

Diana Alghoul

Why #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen is racist

It is hypocritical to talk about racism, classism and to condemn the kafala system yet allow other fellow Arab feminists to perpetuate a racist ...

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