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Ali Allawi met with his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh on Friday, seeking emergency funds from the GCC to stave off an impending financial crisis in the country.

Doha has confirmed it has taken legal action against companies in the country after migrant labourers launched a rare but peaceful protest against unpaid salaries.

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

The Covid-19 pandemic and a spike in violence threaten to jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process.

Turkey expands <em>Qatar</em> currency swap line to $15 billion

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Turkey expands Qatar currency swap line to $15 billion

Turkey has turned to Gulf ally Qatar to secure much-needed currency amid economic pressure from the coronavirus crisis.

Which Arab countries will be in lockdown this Eid?

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Which Arab countries will be in lockdown this Eid?

Muslims across the Arab world are preparing for a very different Eid amid a coronavirus epidemic.

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UAE police arrest dozens as striking workers riot

Clashes have broken out in an industrial area of Abu Dhabi between workers striking over non-payment of salaries and UAE police.

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UN: Rise in civilian deaths by Taliban, Afghan forces

The UN report blamed the Taliban for killing 208 civilians last month and also said that operations by Afghan forces in April had killed 172 ...

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Qatar confirms virus cases in jail, denies widespread outbreak

Twelve cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Doha Central Prison, however authorities have denied there is a widespread outbreak at the ...

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Kuwait to jail anyone flouting coronavirus face mask law

Kuwaiti authorities have warned that anyone not wearing a face mask in public will face jail time.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

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Roma opens 'discreet' takeover talks with Saudi crown prince

AS Roma's owners are reportedly keen to show MbS that the club up for sale, however have insisted they are not sabotaging the ongoing Newcastle ...

<em>Qatar</em> says will jail violators of face mask ban

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Qatar says will jail violators of face mask ban

Qatar's cabinet said those who violate its face mask regulations could face jail time or fines of $55,000, after the country registered a record ...

Hamas chief confirms prisoner swap negotiations with Israel

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Hamas chief confirms prisoner swap negotiations with Israel

Ismail Haniyeh has confirmed talks with Israel for a prisoner swap via Egypt and has urged Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian detainees in the ...

Salman al-Awdah heard from Saudi prison for first time

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Salman al-Awdah heard from Saudi prison for first time

Jailed Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah spoke with his mother and daughter from inside a Saudi prison, his relatives have confirmed.

Boeing to deliver over 1,000 missiles to Saudi Arabia

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Boeing to deliver over 1,000 missiles to Saudi Arabia

Boeing scored a pair of contracts worth over $2 billion for the delivery of more than 1,000 missiles to Saudi Arabia.

Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari

It's time to reform the UN

Comment: The world has changed and the UN failed to keep up. It must abandon the old mindset and move in new, potentially uncomfortable directions, writes Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari.

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Qatar Airways to offer free flights to medics worldwide

Qatar's national airline said it will give away complimentary round trip tickets to 100,000 health workers to honour their work during the ...

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Qatar expected to beat odds and post 2020 surplus

Qatar could see five percent growth in 2020.

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Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, ...

Kuwaiti FM meets <em>Qatar</em> leader amid Gulf blockade

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Kuwaiti FM meets Qatar leader amid Gulf blockade

Kuwait, which enjoys friendly relations with Qatar, has been seen likely leader of any future negotiations with other GCC states, ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran re-opening mosques, free flights for healthcare workers, Gulf states reaching out to Israel, a new lockdown for Lebanon ...

Outrage as Kuwait food drive volunteer beats migrant worker

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Outrage as Kuwait food drive volunteer beats migrant worker

A volunteer at a Ramadan food distribution event was filmed beating a recipient in Kuwait.

Saudi police drag stranded Egyptian who threatened 'repatriation riots'

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Saudi police drag stranded Egyptian who threatened 'repatriation riots'

Saudi police this week were filmed dragging a visibly distressed Egyptian man stranded in the kingdom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

UAE sentences disabled Omani man to life imprisonment

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UAE sentences disabled Omani man to life imprisonment

A disabled 21-year-old Omani man who was arrested as a teenager was sentenced to life imprisonment in the UAE over alleged links to ...

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