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Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured.

More than four weeks since the Gulf crisis, patriotism is undoubtedly high in Qatar - even among expats who describe the emirate as their second home.

Families suffer as UAE schools second most expensive globally

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Families suffer as UAE schools second most expensive globally

While the UAE boasts about a “progressive” step they have taken by allowing expats to study in public schools, expat children are still made to pay a fee to attend.

Saudi slaps migrant worker for eating during Ramadan

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Saudi slaps migrant worker for eating during Ramadan

“You dog! In Ramadan?” the man screamed at a visibly terrified worker before slapping him across the face, in the latest attack on a migrant ...

Diplomatic rift traps airline passengers as Qatar flights cancelled

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Diplomatic rift traps airline passengers as Qatar flights cancelled

Travellers' plans thrown into disarray after Saudi Arabia and UAE-affiliated airlines suspend services to Qatar.

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Rouhani's landslide quells risk of escalation, despite Trump's hostility

Comment: Just a day after Iranians re-elected moderate negotiator Rouhani, Trump accused Iran's government of wanting death to America, and closed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis.

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Kuwaiti lawmaker: 'deport expat teachers!'

Al-Shaheen’s comments come as the Kuwait government is trying to recruit expat teachers, placing a specific emphasis on hiring ...

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Gunman kills man and child in eastern Saudi Arabia

The interior ministry has launched an operation to track down assailants who 'attempted to block a building project' in an area known to be a ...

Diana Alghoul

May's refusal to wear a hijab is not feminism

Peddling the narrative that the Saudi government is forcing Western politicians to adhere to cultural dress codes is erroneous and ...

Ban expats from obtaining driving licences, says Kuwait MP

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Ban expats from obtaining driving licences, says Kuwait MP

Kuwait's only female MP Safaa al-Hashem has called for a one year ban on expats being allowed to receive a driving licence.

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Don't give lessons in democracy, Turkey warns Germany

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the German government not to preach about democracy as he visited the northern city of Hamburg ...

Christmas and Easter celebrations banned in Saudi <em>expat</em> schools

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Christmas and Easter celebrations banned in Saudi expat schools

Riyadh is regularly criticised by rights groups for restrictions on civil and religious freedoms, particularly towards its Shia population but ...

Kidnapped foreign hostages 'released' in Libya

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Kidnapped foreign hostages 'released' in Libya

Italy's foreign ministry has announced that two Italians and a Canadian citizen who were kidnapped in Libya have been freed and returned safely ...

Hard times fuel Tehran taxi glut

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Hard times fuel Tehran taxi glut

Bad economic times in Iran have meant tough days for Tehran's unofficial taxi drivers on streets already clogged with traffic.

Canadian national, Italians abducted in war-torn Libya

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Canadian national, Italians abducted in war-torn Libya

Two Italians and a Canadian citizen have been abducted in the south of Libya, the two countries' foreign ministries said on Monday, in the ...

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Nepalese exec takes court action over pregnancy firing

Nepalese expat, Srijana Shrestha was excited to tell her employers of the good news in May, but was shocked to receive a termination of contract letter two weeks later.

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Iraqi diaspora raises money for internally displaced before Eid

The Iraqi diaspora is raising money for sacrificial meat during Eid, so refugees displaced inside the country may still enjoy the holiday.

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Saudi Arabia offers incentives to plug financial drain

Saudi Arabia's proposal for a green card for expatriates was designed to stop billions of dollars leaving the country, but the plan offers some ...

Bill Law

Mohammad bin Salman plays hardball with his economic revolution

Comment: Riyadh is turning to Thatcherite privatisation in a bid to boost economic efficiency - and the man behind this is as revolutionary as ...

Kuwait expels 60 more Lebanese for alleged Hizballah links

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Kuwait expels 60 more Lebanese for alleged Hizballah links

A second wave of deportations will expel 60 more Lebanese from Kuwait for their alleged links to Hizballah as Gulf States continue to step up ...

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Unfriended: Lebanese Gulf-based expats deactivating Facebook to avoid deportation

Lebanese expats in the Gulf have started to deactivate their Facebook and Twitter accounts out of fear they will be deported for supporting or ...

Anxious times for Lebanese expats in the Gulf

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Anxious times for Lebanese expats in the Gulf

Comment: Around half a million Lebanese work in the Gulf, but the deportation of suspected Hizballah supporters to Beirut this week underlines ...

UAE pays $19.5 million in 'blood money' to Bangladeshis

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UAE pays $19.5 million in 'blood money' to Bangladeshis

The United Arab Emirates has paid nearly $20m to families of those who have died while working in the Gulf state.

Philippines warns of potential IS recruitment of Filipino expats

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Philippines warns of potential IS recruitment of Filipino expats

Philippines President Benigno Aquino said that security services would work with their Middle East counterparts to monitor Filipino expats ...

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