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A Saudi analyst close to the royal court said the kingdom is seeking ways to resolve the Qatar blockade and subsequent GCC crisis "as a gift" to the Biden administration.

This week we focus on the impact of a potential US move to designate the Houthis as "terrorists".

Qatar claims Bahrain vessels breached its waters

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Qatar claims Bahrain vessels breached its waters

Qatar accused two Bahraini boats of breaching its territorial waters.

'Terrorist' tag for Yemen's Houthis raises aid blocks fears

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Terrorist' tag for Yemen's Houthis raises aid blocks fears

Washington's plans to designate Yemen's Houthi rebels a "terrorist organisation" could impede humanitarian aid into the war-torn country.

Trump 'prioritising' end to Qatar blockade before exit

The New Arab Staff

Trump 'prioritising' end to Qatar blockade before exit

Trump's national security advisor, Robert O'Brien said ending the Qatar blockade is a top priority for the outgoing administration.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Traffic resumes at truck stop that sparked WSahara tensions

Truck traffic resumed between Mauritania and Morocco a day after Rabat launched a military operation to reopen a key highway in the Western Sahara.

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Saudis 'thwart attack on oil facility near Yemen'

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted an attack by the Houthi rebels that sparked a fire near an Aramco distribution centre.

Giorgio Cafiero

Biden as president: Winners and losers in the GCC

Analysis: With Trump's chaotic presidency coming to an end, Gulf states are preparing for major changes in Washington that could ...

The New Arab Staff

Kuwaiti media signals new move to solve Gulf crisis

According to Kuwaiti media, fresh efforts to end the Qatar blockade and GCC crisis are ongoing.

Biden and the future of the Middle East's autocrats

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Biden and the future of the Middle East's autocrats

Biden has vowed to drastically change America's relationship with Middle Eastern autocracies, so what can the leaders of Egypt, the ...

The New Arab Staff

Cash-strapped Oman expected to impose unprecedented income tax

Oman is set to introduce an income tax on high earners starting in 2021, potentially becoming the first-ever GCC state to do so.

Qatar gives Oman $1 billion cash injection

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Qatar gives Oman $1 billion cash injection

Qatar has pumped $1 billion into Oman, after money woes brought on by the coronavirus crisis and low oil prices.

Biden and the Saudi quagmire in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero and Monica Leung

Biden and the Saudi quagmire in Yemen

Analysis: Few countries, if any, will feel the consequences of the 2020 US election as much as Yemen

US election 2020: What's at stake for Palestine?

Nour Odeh

US election 2020: What's at stake for Palestine?

Analysis: Trump's presidency has been a disaster for Palestinians, but Biden does not offer the kind of fundamental changes needed in US policy.

UAE sends over $550 million to Sudan after normalisation

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UAE sends over $550 million to Sudan after normalisation

After apparent pressure on Sudan to normalise ties with Israel, the UAE has sent aid to the African country.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey's Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called to boycott French-labelled goods after supermarket shelves in Qatar and Kuwait pulled French products.

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Qatari supermarkets shun French products amid calls for boycott

Social media users in Qatar and other Gulf states have called for a boycott of French products in response to the country's alleged ...

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Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

A US-brokered deal to normalise ties with Israel is imminent after an American-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan this week, official said.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Oman considering possible financial assistance from Gulf states

Oman has struggled financially after years of low oil prices.

As US vote looms, <em>Gulf</em> powers count Trump blessings

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

As US vote looms, Gulf powers count Trump blessings

Donald Trump's Middle Eastern policy has emboldened many Gulf Arab monarchies.

The New Arab Staff

Gulf states using Covid-19 pandemic to ramp-up repression: Amnesty

Gulf states are using the Covid-19 pandemic to clampdown on online expression.

Iran's dilemma in Nagorno-Karabakh

Giorgio Cafiero

Iran's dilemma in Nagorno-Karabakh

Analysis: Sharing borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, Iran is walking a geopolitical tightrope with the crisis.

Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalize with Israel

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalize with Israel

Mike Pompeo has urged Saudi Arabia to recognise Israel after two fellow Gulf Arab countries went ahead with normalisation.

Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute: Normalisation or technical talks?

Dario Sabaghi

Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute: Normalisation or technical talks?

In-depth: For the first time in 30 years, Lebanon and Israel will hold talks to resolve the disputed maritime border between the two countries.

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