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Gulf Cooperation Council Condemns ‘Barbaric Shelling’ of Aleppo

DUBAI – The Arab states of the Gulf, including regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, condemned on Tuesday what they described as “the barbaric shelling” of Aleppo and called on the United Nations to move quickly to provide relief to the Syrian people. Their statement comes as the rebel hold on Aleppo appeared to end, after months of

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Qatar Defends New Labor Law as Accused of Abusing Migrant Workers

By Ed Upright LONDON, Dec 13 – Qatar defended its labour law reforms on Monday after coming under attack from a human rights group that said the changes won’t end the abuse and exploitation faced by migrant workers in the country – and may even make it worse. The Qatari government said a new law

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Bangladesh Unions Join Suit Against FIFA over World Cup Workers

DHAKA/DOHA, Dec 10 – Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly. The suit, filed in FIFA’s home city of Zurich with the backing

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Washington to Check if Russia-Qatar Oil Deal Violates Sanctions

MOSCOW, Dec 9 – The U.S. government is to check if sanctions where violated when Russia this week struck a deal to sell a stake in oil producer Rosneft to a consortium of Qatar’s sovereign fund and commodities trader Glencore , the White House said. “The experts at the Department of Treasury that are responsible

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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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Qatari News Site Says Website Blocked, Blames State Censorship

DOHA, Dec 1 – An independent English-language news site in Qatar accused the Gulf state of censorship on Thursday, saying two internet service providers had blocked access to its website. The Doha News, which stirred a debate about the limits of tolerance in the conservative country in August with an opinion column on gay rights

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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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Syria Denounces Qatar for Saying it Will Continue to Back Rebels

BEIRUT, Nov 28  – Syria’s Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced comments by Qatar that it will continue to back rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as merely an attempt “to raise the morale of the terrorist groups” in the face of army advances. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Reuters in an

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Gaza Risks Becoming Easy Launchpad for Daesh – Qatari Minister

By Tom Finn and William Maclean DOHA, Nov 27 – Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Daesh recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control

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