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The FBI is investigating the murder of Syrian-American journalist Hala Barakat and her opposition activist mother Orouba in Turkey, with reports the suspect was an operative of the Assad regime.

Unauthorised religious gatherings and Quranic recitations in the UAE have been outlawed by the state's Federal National Council, in the latest law providing more restrictions to everyday life.

Kuwait considering '15 year cap' on expats

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Kuwait considering '15 year cap' on expats

Kuwait could be about to introduce new legislation to dramatically reduce the number of expats in the country with a prospective quota limiting the number of foreign workers.

Vocations and vaccinations: The politics of Oman's anti-measles campaign

Scott Weiner

Vocations and vaccinations: The politics of Oman's anti-measles campaign

Analysis: Opening up to greater regional integration and economic diversification presents public health challenges to Oman's policymakers, ...

US embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of 'Jeddah attack'

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US embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of 'Jeddah attack'

Unconfirmed reports of a gunman firing on royal guards outside Saudi King Salman's Red Sea palace have circulated, with the US embassy warning ...

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Omani journalists flee after trying to net illegal fishermen

An Omani film crew investigating illegal fishing off the country's coast got more than they bargained for when hostile sailors took the bait and tried to sink their vessel.

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Thousands pack Doha streets to welcome Qatar emir home

Qatar's Emir Tamim al-Thani returned home from the UN General Assembly on Sunday evening, where he was received by thousands of his countrymen ...

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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.

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Qatar expats granted new rights under landmark law

Qatar's landmark law will grant foreigners permanent residency and new freedoms, marking a significant step towards change in Gulf societies.

Women leaders and pioneers are Qatar's pride

Maryam Al-Khater

Women leaders and pioneers are Qatar's pride

Comment: Qatar's modern renaissance was the result of the vision of both its men and women, including Sheikha Moza, argues Maryam al-Khater

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Saudi Arabia unemployment continues to rise, testing reform plans

Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate is a full percentage point above where it stood last year when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced his ...

Low economic growth tests Saudi reform plans

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Low economic growth tests Saudi reform plans

Saudi Arabia's economy is due to stall this year due to lower oil revenue, with growth 'close to zero' according to the International Monetary ...

#GloriousTamim: Qatar phone carriers broadcast 'signal of patriotism'

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#GloriousTamim: Qatar phone carriers broadcast 'signal of patriotism'

Qatar's telecom providers have changed their network names to "Tamim al-Majd" [Glorious Tamim] to show support for the country's Emir amid an ...

Tax axe falls on foreigners in Saudi Arabia

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Tax axe falls on foreigners in Saudi Arabia

Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia started to contribute for their dependants, as expatriates pay taxes for the first time in many years.

Roadside bomb kills Egyptian police officer in Cairo suburb

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Roadside bomb kills Egyptian police officer in Cairo suburb

A roadside bomb killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded four others on a highway on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Sunday, the interior ...

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Qataris cancel TV network subscription after al-Jazeera block

Qatari viewers and social media users are cancelling their OSN subscription after the Saudi-owned TV network blocked the Doha-based al-Jazeera channel.

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Assad turns to Iran to help 'stabilise' battered economy

Comment: Syria's economic situation remains in dire straits, but relative 'stability' in regime-held areas has seen Assad turn to Iran for new ...

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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 ...

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Emirates airline sees huge drop in profits in 2016-17

One of the world's biggest airline, Emirates, reported shocking drop in profits over the past year, as the Dubai-based airline struggled to cope ...

'Sack all foreigners by 2020,' says Saudi government

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'Sack all foreigners by 2020,' says Saudi government

Saudi Arabia's government has instructed ministry officials to end the employment of foreign workers within the next three years, affecting ...

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Saudi court orders Mecca crane deaths trial to proceed

A Saudi appeals court ordered around a dozen people accused of negligence in a deadly 2015 crane collapse in Mecca to stand trial again, ...

Saudi malls to hire locals only: ministry

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Saudi malls to hire locals only: ministry

Saudi Arabia's labour ministry announced plans to prioritise Saudi citizens for job vacancies at malls across the kingdom on Thursday, in the ...

Omani banker becomes Indian superstar after winning reality show

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Omani banker becomes Indian superstar after winning reality show

An Omani singer has won top prize in a Hindi-language singing competition in India, winning him millions of fans on both sides of the Indian ...

Kuwait lawyer looks to ban expatriate drivers

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Kuwait lawyer looks to ban expatriate drivers

Expatriates in Kuwait could potentially be banned from driving, after a lawyer has taken up the idea as a case, after complains from ...

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