Saudi Arabia

Qatari Websites Unblocked in Saudi Due to Technical Glitch: Royal Adviser

RIYADH, July 24 – Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar

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Saudi Calls OPEC Members to Stick to Limits, Sees Oil Demand Up

By Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Rania El Gamal ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 24 – OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said on Monday the group would quickly address weak compliance with output cuts by some OPEC states and would monitor rising production from Nigeria and Libya, which have been exempted from the curbs. OPEC has agreed

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Yemen Cholera to Spread with Rains; Oxfam Sees 600,000 Cases

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, July 21 – Yemen‘s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases,

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UAE Minister: No Dialogue with Qatar Until it Revises Policies

DUBAI, July 22 – The United Arab Emirates, one of four Arab countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar, said on Saturday that Doha needed to change its policies before a dialogue could take place. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed an economic boycott last month, accusing it

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Yemen Named as Nation Where Risk of Mass Killing Rose Most in 2016

By Ben Seabrook LONDON, July 20 – Yemen was named on Thursday as the nation where the risk of genocide or mass killing rose the most last year while Syria topped an annual “Peoples Under Threat” index for the third consecutive year. The index, by human rights group Minority Rights Group International (MRG), said vulnerable

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Saudi Teachers Face Trial for Alleged Iran Spying, Pipeline Plot

RIYADH, July 19 – Two men have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia charged with spying for Iran and plotting to attack a major oil pipeline, two Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday. In a rare espionage case involving the two arch-rivals, the Saudi teachers face charges of gathering information on the East-West Pipeline of the

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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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Egypt Ends Visa-Free Entry for Qataris, Insists Doha Meets Demands

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, July 17 – Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5,

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Iran’s Zarif Hopes Yemen War Does Not Lead to Iran, Saudi Conflict

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, July 17 – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that he hopes Yemen’s war will not spark direct confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and that they can work together to end the conflict in the country and Syria. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil

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UAE Minister Denies Any Hacking of Qatar

By Karin Strohecker LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates was not responsible for an alleged hack of Qatari websites which helped spark a month-long diplomatic rift with Doha, the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Monday. Anwar Gargash denied as false a story in the Washington Post that cited

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