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Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen , a...

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Two killed in Bahrain car explosion: Interior Ministry

Two killed in Bahrain car explosion: Interior Ministry

An explosion in a car killed two people and wounded a third in a mostly Shi'ite village in Bahrain on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said on its Twitter account the explosion was in the village of al-Maqshaa', along the Budayya highway, outside of the...

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Gulf Arab states agree on measures to heal internal rift

Gulf Arab states agree on measures to heal internal rift

Gulf Arab states took a step towards resolving a severe rift in the U.S.-backed alliance on Thursday by agreeing on ways to implement a security agreement they reached last year. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5,...

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German tank sale to Saudi Arabia likely to be cancelled: newspaper

German tank sale to Saudi Arabia likely to be cancelled: newspaper

A sale of several hundred German battle tanks to Saudi Arabia is likely to be cancelled because of opposition from Social Democrat Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. German media have reported interest by Saudi Arabia in buying up to 800...

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Kuwait orders blackout in court case over 'plot' tape

Kuwait orders blackout in court case over 'plot' tape

Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on an investigation into reports of a recording that implicates unnamed people in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state's ruling system, state news agency KUNA said. Kuwait's public prosecutor opened a case in December after a legal...

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Kuwait hopes for remedy to Gulf row over Qatar soon

Kuwait hopes for remedy to Gulf row over Qatar soon

Kuwait expects to see "positive steps" taken in a dispute between Qatar and three other Gulf Arab states as soon as this week that may include a decision to send those countries' ambassadors back to Doha, a Kuwaiti official said on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia , the United Arab...

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Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

With a youthful, well-educated population, strong relationships with both neighbors and world powers, and a strategic location on the Gulf, major oil producer Kuwait should be as dynamic a hub for the region as Dubai or Doha. But while others in the Gulf have powered ahead,...

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Four killed in clashes between Yemeni soldiers and Al-Qaeda

Four killed in clashes between Yemeni soldiers and Al-Qaeda

Two Yemeni soldiers and two al-Qaeda militants were killed on Tuesday during clashes in Yemen's western province of Al-Hadida, ministry of interior said on its website. An official source from the ministry said security forces detained four al-Qaeda militants during the early...

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King Abdullah decrees half brother Moqren to be a future monarch

King Abdullah decrees half brother Moqren to be a future monarch

  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Thursday appointed his half-brother Moqren bin Abdul Aziz as the next heir to the throne, paving the way for him to become a future king.  The move was announced by a royal decree broadcast by state television channel Al-Ikhbariya.  Under...

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Sisi meets Egypt army brass to quit ahead of poll

Sisi meets Egypt army brass to quit ahead of poll

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in a meeting with military top brass Wednesday at which he was expected to resign ahead of a likely presidential bid, state media reported. Interim president Adly Mansour later joined the meeting, after returning from an Arab League summit...

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Bomb wounds two policemen in Bahraini Shi'ite village

Bomb wounds two policemen in Bahraini Shi'ite village

A homemade bomb exploded in a Shi'ite Muslim village in Bahrain on Tuesday, wounding two policemen, the interior ministry said, nine days after another blast in the Gulf Arab kingdom killed three police officers. Bahrain has been grappling with unrest by majority Shi'ites over the...

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Arab League, Abbas reject recognizing Israel as 'Jewish state'

Arab League, Abbas reject recognizing Israel as 'Jewish state'

The Arab League on Sunday endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as U.S.-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month. The United States want Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a...

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Qatar may face higher costs of hiring foreign workers: IMF

Qatar may face higher costs of hiring foreign workers: IMF

Qatar will likely face higher labor costs as a result of publicity about deaths of migrant  construction  workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, the International Monetary Fund said. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported in...

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‘Homemade bomb’ explodes at Cairo tram station

‘Homemade bomb’ explodes at Cairo tram station

A suspected homemade bomb exploded at a tram station in eastern Cairo wounded at least one person on Saturday, Egyptian security officials said. Another homemade bomb was defused at the same station in Heliopolis suburb, the security officials said, according to Agence France-Presse....

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Two Yemeni soldiers, one militant killed in south: Defence Ministry

Two Yemeni soldiers, one militant killed in south: Defence Ministry

At least two Yemeni soldiers and a militant were killed in a clash when militants tried to attack a military compound in southern Yemen on Saturday, the Defence Ministry said on its website. The September 26 website said al Qaeda militants approached the compound in Lawdar town...

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Libya port rebels say have started exporting oil, bypassing government

Libya port rebels say have started exporting oil, bypassing government

  Armed protesters who have seized oil ports in eastern Libya  said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government, with their first shipment going to a North Korean-flagged tanker. Officials at state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) confirmed...

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Yemeni accused of guiding US drone strikes ‘executed’

Yemeni accused of guiding US drone strikes ‘executed’

  Al-Qaeda militants shot dead a man in southeastern Yemen on Thursday for allegedly giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes against militants, witnesses and the SITE monitoring service said. Residents said the man was found shot dead on a...

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Three killed in Cairo clashes, 48 wounded across Egypt

Three killed in Cairo clashes, 48 wounded across Egypt

Three protesters were killed and dozens wounded as Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across  Egypt on Friday, the health ministry and security sources said. Security sources said two were killed in street battles with the police in the Cairo district of Alf...

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