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British PM Heads to Bahrain to Cement Gulf Ties Before Brexit

LONDON, Dec 5 – Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Bahrain this week for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council that she hopes will cement stronger ties with Middle Eastern countries as Britain leaves the European Union. May, who was appointed prime minister shortly after Britain voted to leave the EU at a

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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Amnesty says Torture, Rights Abuses Persist in Bahrain Despite Reforms

DUBAI, Nov 21 – Torture and other forms of ill-treatment persist in Bahrain despite reforms introduced by the Gulf Arab kingdom to address alleged human rights abuses after a 2011 uprising, Amnesty International said on Monday. An Amnesty report assessing the work of oversight bodies set up to deal with grievances or guard against further

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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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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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Bahrain Activist’s Trial Postponed to Dec. 15 – Rights Group

DUBAI, Oct 31 – Bahrain on Monday postponed until Dec. 15 the trial of prominent democracy activist Nabeel Rajab to permit more investigation of a Twitter account he is accused of using to publish criticism of the government, his human rights group said. Rajab’s Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said the High Criminal Court postponed

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Bahrain Blocks Exit of Activist’s Wife, Son, Rights Groups Say

DUBAI, Oct 30 – Bahrain authorities prevented the wife of a Bahraini dissident and their infant son, a U.S. citizen, from boarding a flight to London after he staged a protest against a visit by the Gulf state’s king to Britain, human rights groups said. Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at the UK-based Bahrain

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Bahrain Court Overturns Jail Term for Opposition Leader

DUBAI, Oct 18 – A Bahraini court has overturned a 9-year prison term imposed on the country’s most prominent opposition leader, in a ruling that could lower political tensions in the Gulf kingdom. In a public hearing on Monday, Bahrain’s court of cassation ordered a retrial of Sheikh Ali Salman, chief of the al-Wefaq Islamic

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Seeking Peace: GCC States on Regional Conflicts

Arab Gulf states express their frustration and envisage solutions to solve regional conflicts. By Elizabeth Dickinson Their voices were calm and measured, but as Gulf leaders addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, frustration was palpable. The Middle East today is in flames, and from Syria to Iraq to Yemen and Palestine,

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Oman Air Apologises for Maps Using ‘Persian Gulf’ Label

DUBAI, Sept 25  – State carrier Oman Air has apologised for in-flight maps that labelled the Gulf – the waterway separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula – as the “Persian Gulf,” in a sign of the strains between Gulf Arab countries and regional rival Iran. The Sultanate of Oman has sought to maintain neutrality in

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