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Gulf Crisis: Baghdad renews refusal to join Saudi-led bloc against Qatar

The Iraqi Prime Minister has once again refused to join the Saudi-led bloc in the regional diplomatic row opposing Qatar and its neighbors. Haider al-Abadi Sunday said “no” to Bahrain’s invitation to Iraq to join the Saudi-led bloc, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, and cut ties with Qatar, The New […]

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

KSA-Iraq: Riyadh approves establishment of coordination commission

Saudi Arabia Monday green-lighted the creation of a joint trade commission with Iraq, heralding thus a new diplomatic era between the two countries, 27 years after closure of land borders. “The Cabinet has decided to approve the establishment of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordinating Commission and to delegate the Saudi minister of trade and investments to sign […]

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Saudi Crown Prince Wants to Withdraw from Yemen War

Leaked emails published by Middle East Eye have revealed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wants to withdraw his forces from the war in Yemen. Martin Indyk, the former US ambassador to Israel, in an email exchange with Youssef Otaiba, UAE’s ambassador in Washington, wrote that the Crown Prince was “quite clear with Steve […]

August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iraq, Bahrain try to warm up strained ties

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed is currently on a visit to Iraq to boost ties between Manama and Baghdad as their relations have been tense following statements made by Iraqi officials after the conviction of several Bahraini citizens. The visiting Foreign Minister met separately with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Prime Minister Haider […]

August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Turkey: IS militant killed in custody after stabbing to death policeman

Police shot dead an Islamic State (IS) militant in custody Sunday in Istanbul after the alleged terrorist stabbed a policeman who died of his injuries at hospital. The alleged terrorist was arrested earlier in the day in an anti-terrorism operation in the Turkish city. He later attacked a police agent who was taking him to […]

August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

US embassy in Baghdad warns employee against increasing abduction threats

The US embassy in the Iraqi capital has cautioned its employees from moving beyond the security zone pointing out threats of kidnapping after a Shia paramilitary militia accused the US-led coalition of killing dozens of its fighters in airstrikes and ground attacks near border with Syria early this week. “In response, the US Embassy has […]

August 12th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Kuwait: Over 70 gays deported in crackdown on immorality

Kuwaiti authorities have deported 76 men over homosexual behaviors and closed down over 20 parlors used as “gay” massage hubs. “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any morally distasteful deeds and we refuse to show leniency with anyone who breaks the rules or puts the health of Kuwaiti citizens and residents at risk,” said Mohammad […]

August 12th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Morocco Candidate to Host 2026 soccer World Cup

Morocco announced Friday its official candidacy to host the 2026 soccer World Cup. The application was lodged by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation at the Federation Internationale de Football Association – FIFA. It is the country’s fifth candidacy after unsuccessful bids made in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010. Moroccan sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said […]

August 12th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Israel: Iranian journalist to seek asylum in Israel

An Iranian Persian journalist and blogger working for Israeli media Times of Israel has arrived in Israel to seek asylum after Turkish authorities told her she might face deportation to Iran over her professional links with Israel. Neda Amin arrived Thursday in Tel Aviv from Istanbul. She was welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by David Horovitz, […]

August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

North Korea: Kuwait slaps economic sanctions on Pyongyang

The Gulf country has put into action its pledge to the UN Security to observe sanctions against North Korea. A source at the foreign ministry noted that the sanctions, largely economic, are in line with the country’s upcoming responsibilities when it begins its non-permanent membership of the Security Council early next year, Middle East Monitor […]

August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

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