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Oman's most senior Islamic scholar took aim at increasing courting of 'enemy states' by Arabs, in an apparent reference to recent normalisation with Israel.

This week we focus on a long-anticipated prisoner release in Yemen.

Yemen prisoner swap sees scores more freed

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Yemen prisoner swap sees scores more freed

More than 350 prisoners were freed on the second day of a landmark exchange between Yemen's warring sides.

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

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

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

Hard-won Yemen prisoner swap gets under way

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Hard-won Yemen prisoner swap gets under way

A prison exchange between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have begun.

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Two Americans, 240 Yemen rebel backers freed in swap

In an apparent swap, two captive Americans were freed in Yemen as more than 200 supporters of the Houthi rebels were allowed to return home.

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Emirati ship docks in Israeli port for first time

The UAE and Israel have continued strengthening economic ties since signing a controversial normalisation deal last month.

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Oman to bring in five-percent VAT for first time

Oman will impose VAT for the first time from 2021 due to the economic downturn caused by coronavirus and low oil prices, becoming the ...

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Secret Morocco delegation visited Israel: reports

Israeli media reported a secret visit by a Moroccan security delegation to Tel Aviv.

Emirati royal invites Israeli singer to his Dubai home

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Emirati royal invites Israeli singer to his Dubai home

Omer Adam was invited to perform at a synagogue in Dubai to celebrate a Jewish holiday.

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Saudi Arabia could buy stake in UAE supermarket chain

Lulu is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the Gulf region.

Will Kuwait's new emir continue to play Gulf mediator?

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Will Kuwait's new emir continue to play Gulf mediator?

Comment: Under Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait cemented its position as an mediating power in the region. His successor is likely to continue that legacy, ...

<em>Oman</em> reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

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Oman reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

A Omani ambassador will now represent the Gulf state in Damascus, authorities confirmed, after an eight-year hiatus.

US fines Emirates $400,000 for flying over Iran airspace

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US fines Emirates $400,000 for flying over Iran airspace

The UAE's national airline has been fined over flights operated last year amid tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Lebanon, Israel to hold to discuss maritime border disputes

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Lebanon, Israel to hold to discuss maritime border disputes

The two sides will hold their first maritime dispute talks in 30 years.

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'Palestine is priceless': Sudanese activists launch online anti-normalisation campaign

As reports surfaced suggesting Sudan's plans to normalise relations with Israel, Sudanese activists took to social media to denounce the 'treacherous' move.

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Prominent Emirati writer banned from travelling over anti-normalisation stance

Veteran poetess Dhabiya Khamis Al-Muhairi took to social media on Saturday urging immediate assistance from human rights organisations after she ...

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UAE to promote Dubai as 'hub for Israeli businesses'

A Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] was signed between the state-owned Dubai Free Zone Authority [DAFZA] and the Federation of Israeli Chambers ...

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Sudan, Oman 'to normalise ties with Israel next week'

Oman and Sudan could announce normalisation deals with Israel as soon as next week, according to reports.

<em>Oman</em> threatens fines, jail for Muscat dress code violators

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Oman threatens fines, jail for Muscat dress code violators

Muscat has introduced a dress code in public places with the threat of jail and fines for violators.

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Next normalisation deal 'coming in next day or two'

A third normalisation deal between Israel and a yet unnamed Arab state could be made public in the coming days, Ambassador Kelly Craft has said

US approves 'Florida stands with Israel' license plates

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US approves 'Florida stands with Israel' license plates

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has approved 'Florida stands with Israel' license plates.

Kuwait reinstates anti-normalisation stance after controversial Trump statement

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Kuwait reinstates anti-normalisation stance after controversial Trump statement

Kuwait will not normalise with Israel, a report cited officials as saying, after Trump claimed the country was willing to join its so-called ...

GCC head arrives in blockaded Qatar following Riyadh visit

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GCC head arrives in blockaded Qatar following Riyadh visit

Nayef Falaj Al-Hajraf, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] landed in Doha on Sunday.

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