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Yemen Records 500,000 Cholera Cases, Nearly 2,000 Deaths

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 14 – More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes

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Qatar Approves Law Allowing Some Foreigners Permanent Residency

DUBAI, Aug 3 – Qatar plans to allow some expatriates to obtain permanent residency, state news agency QNA reported, in the first move of its kind among Gulf Arab states that rely heavily on foreign labour. A draft law approved at a cabinet meeting will allow permanent residence to the children of Qatari women married

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Kuwait Denies its Waters Used for Iran Supplies to Houthis

DUBAI, Aug 2 – Kuwait on Wednesday denied a Reuters report that Iran was using the Gulf Arab state’s waters to smuggle weapons and equipment to Houthi forces in Yemen. “The State of Kuwait refuted news by the Reuters news agency regarding Iran’s exploitation of Kuwaiti waters to deliver arms and military assistance to the

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S&P Global Ratings: Gulf Sovereigns Will Find It Hard To Diversify

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi (a member of the United Arab Emirates–UAE) currently benefit from sizable hydrocarbon resources, at close to 30% of global oil reserves and 20% of global gas reserves (source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017) relative to their population

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Turkey’s Erdogan Ends Tour With No SIgn of Qatar Progress

DOHA, July 25 – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with

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Gulf Arab States Blacklist 9 Individuals, 9 Organizations: SPA

DUBAI, July 25 – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi’s state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The four Arab states, who isolated Qatar by cutting all diplomatic and transport links

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Opinion: A New Middle East Doctrine

By Maktoum Bin Butti Al Maktoum The Qatar situation in the Middle East is not a crisis, but a disaster in broader terms. Unfortunately, even the recent American State Department mediation efforts seem to have underestimated the situation, looking at it as merely a family feud between the brotherly countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council

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Tillerson Leaves Gulf After Crisis Talks, No Word on Progress

DOHA, July 13 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar on Thursday after a tour of Gulf Arab countries aimed at easing the worst regional dispute in years, but made no comment on whether any progress had been made in resolving the month-long crisis. Tillerson declined questions after meeting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim

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Top U.S. Diplomat Faces Tough Gulf Talks on Ending Qatar Row

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces an uphill task in persuading four Arab states to end a boycott of Qatar in talks on Wednesday after the four labelled a U.S.-Qatar terrorism financing accord an inadequate response to their concerns. Any resolution of the dispute has to address

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