Gulf

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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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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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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A Nuclear Affair

BY Muhammad Riaz Pasha No one should be a nuclear supplier or a member of a nuclear supplier group  On June 15, more than 130 nations reconvened at the United Nations for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-allied nations boycotted this process,

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 2 – Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept a series of demands is expected to expire on Sunday night with no signs of the crisis ending. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed

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Qatar Signs $12 bln Deal to Buy F-15 Jets from U.S.

June 14 – Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar

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Gulf Crisis Seen Widening Split in Syria Rebellion

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, June 14 – Confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is creating unease among Syrian rebels who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar Al Assad. Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi

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Kuwait Says Qatar “Ready to Understand” Gulf Concerns

KUWAIT, June 11 – Kuwait’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Qatar was ready to listen to the concerns of other countries in the Gulf, state news agency KUNA reported, and that his country would continue its efforts to patch a rift within the Gulf. “(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to

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Gulf States Announce Humanitarian Hotline for Mixed Qatari Families

DUBAI, June 11 – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members, their official news agencies reported, after their cutting of diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar led to travel disruption. The coordinated move suggests the Gulf states are seeking to lessen the humanitarian impact of their

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