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Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade justifying Assad's crimes to the world.

Kuwait is planning to fire all foreigners from its national oil sector by July 2021, although private and foreign companies will be exempt.

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

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Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

Filipino bands, a mainstay of nightlife across the Gulf and Asia, face an uncertain fate as the Covid-19 pandemic draws crowds away from clubs.

UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

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UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to ...

Jordanian mother and son shot dead in Nevada

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Jordanian mother and son shot dead in Nevada

Police officers arrived at the property to find the perpetrator hiding behind a vehicle holding a gun to the the young boy's head.

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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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Saudi Arabia 'agreed to open airspace to Israeli flights'

Senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner added that Bahrain also agreed to a similar move after Saudi Arabia

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Israel’s biggest bank expects deals with UAE soon

Dov Kotler, the head of Israel’s Bank Hapoalim, says that he expects to make new deals with the UAE’s largest banks soon.

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Women in swimsuits video sparks anger in Saudi Arabia

A group of young men and women dancing in swimwear to Arabic tunes sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia.

How Arabic language learning survived Covid-19

Brooke Anderson

How Arabic language learning survived Covid-19

Arabic language learning has thrived online during the pandemic, as lessons move from the classroom to the living room.

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Returning migrants 'will bring coronavirus with them': Kuwaiti MP

Kuwaiti MP Muhammad Barak Al-Mutair claimed the government is putting citizens at risk by allowing expats to return.

Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries

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Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries

Flights from at least 31 'high risk' countries will no longer be permitted to land in Kuwait, authorities said, as the Gulf state continues to ...

Saudi burning record amounts of oil during coronavirus summer

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Saudi burning record amounts of oil during coronavirus summer

Saudis are staying at home this summer, as coronavirus continues to spread.

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

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War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

IMF predicts worst Mideast downturn in half century

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IMF predicts worst Mideast downturn in half century

The IMF said that the region's hardest-hit countries will be those that are "fragile and in conflict situations," with their economies forecast ...

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Saudi Arabia pushes plans to transform Riyadh into metropolis

Saudi Arabia is hoping to turn its capital into one of the Arab world's biggest metropolises.

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Kuwait general reserves plummet by third after coronavirus lockdowns

Low oil prices and coronavirus lockdowns have forced the Kuwaiti government to tap into reserves.

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Fears that Kuwait bill could lead to 'Indian exodus'

Hundreds of thousands of Indian expatriates could lose their jobs.

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UAE in major government shake-up as coronavirus hits economy

The UAE has embarked on a sweeping government reshuffle.

Kuwait mulls cutting subsidies as deficit predictions worsen

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Kuwait mulls cutting subsidies as deficit predictions worsen

The plan to cut subsidies would see an increase in the cost of key utilities, including electricity, water and fuel, by up to 30 per cent, local ...

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Qatar reports first coronavirus death among World Cup workers

1,102 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed among the World Cup workforce, according to a source.

A tale of two Covid-19 responses

Shahid Javed Burki

A tale of two Covid-19 responses

Comment: India and Pakistan's responses to the coronavirus lay bare the tradeoff between saving lives, and economic downturn, writes Shahid ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Jordan is trialling electronic bracelets to monitor Covid-19 and rights groups condemned Egypt over detention of medics criticising the ...

Sudan extends coronavirus lockdown in Khartoum state

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Sudan extends coronavirus lockdown in Khartoum state

The coronavirus curfew, which operates from 3pm to 6am, has been extended a number of times.

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