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31,000 Kuwaitis Took “Sick Leave” After Eid Holiday

Manama: Thousands in Kuwait took fake “sick leaves” to take advantage of the weekend preceding the Eid break and took Wednesday and Thursday off ahead of the two-day weekend in order to accumulate a nine-day Eid break. Hind Al Sabeeh, Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, has warned of legal and administrative measures against

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Turkish Troops Hold Exercises in Qatar in Show of Support

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 19 – Qatar held military exercises with Turkish troops on Monday, demonstrating one of its few strong alliances after two weeks of ostracism and economic isolation imposed by neighbours which accuse the U.S. ally of supporting terrorism. Qatar’s state-funded pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera showed footage of a column of

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Gulf Arab Row Rattles Trump’s Anti-Iran Axis

By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA, May 31 – Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran. Saudi Arabia and the

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The Dubai Effect

The emirate leads regional hospitality and tourism sectors with new attractions and innovative products By Yahia Idris With the latest opening of the Dubai Water Canal and the developments surrounding it, the emirate has once again proved to the world that a leadership with a vision will continue to set top-tier achievements and create breathtaking

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Suspect Held Over Bomb Attack Dies in Bahraini Jail: Media

DUBAI, July 31 – A Bahraini suspect held for questioning in connection with a bomb attack that killed a woman in late June has died in prison, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, while another news website has suggested he may have died under torture. The interior ministry said in a statement that a detainee

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GCC: Summer Is Coming

The Gulf’s forthcoming reforms bode well for the future BY Tarek Fadlallah The contrarian case for making tactically positive trades during Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market weakness earlier this year has been sound. It remains on track to deliver further modest gains once Ramadan is over and the traditionally slow summer season has passed. The supportive elements

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Saudi Arabia Criticises U.N. Over Yemen Blacklisting

RIYADH, June 6 – Saudi Arabia has rejected a United Nations report that criticised the military coalition it is leading in Yemen, saying it was based primarily on information supplied by its adversaries. On Thursday U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added the Saudi-led coalition to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate

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Bahrain Arrests Eight Men Trying to Escape to Iran by Boat: BNA

DUBAI, June 5 – Bahrain’s coast guard has arrested eight people who were trying to escape to Iran by boat, state news agency BNA reported on late on Saturday. Bahrain’s official agency said two other men it described as “fugitives” had organised the escape from Iran. The eight men had already been convicted – in

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Terror Case Opens Up Kuwait’s Sectarian Divisions

By Sylvia Westall KUWAIT, June 2 – Kuwaiti security service officers raided farmhouses near the Iraqi border late last summer, slicing through carpets and smashing open concrete floors. Hidden in large plastic containers was a weapons cache, the largest discovered in Kuwait’s history. State television showed Kuwait’s Interior Minister, a senior ruling family member, solemnly

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