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Men look at a cutout image of Pope Francis as another person takes a picture of the cutout itself, days ahead of the papal visit to the United Arab Emirates, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubai on January 30, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE - AFP)

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Pope Francis is set for a historic trip to the UAE, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, as he seeks to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.
Bahrain's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a life sentence for Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman over charges of spying for neighbouring Qatar, according to a judicial source.

Bahrain’s supreme court upholds Shia opposition leader Ali Salman’s life sentence

Bahrain's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a life sentence for Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman over charges of spying for neighbouring Qatar, according to a judicial source.

Qatar: GCC needs to enforce its own rules

Qatar has said it is committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but that the bloc needed to enforce its own rules, signalling that a reformed alliance could help end the Gulf crisis.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia rejects demands to extradite suspects connected to murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Sheikh Ali Salman

Bahrain opposition leaders get life term over Qatar spying case

Bahrain's appeals court has sentenced three senior members of the country's opposition movement to life in prison over charges of spying for neighbouring Qatar, according to a statement from the public prosecutor.
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Qatar Airways reports $69m loss amid Gulf blockade

Qatar Airways has reported a loss of more than $69m amid a Gulf blockade against Doha by its neighbouring countries in what the airline called the "most challenging year in its 20-year history".

Saudi Arabia, UAE launch 44 joint projects in economy, military

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Thursday, announced a new alliance of joint economic development and military strategy through 44 projects, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Kuwait: Not resolving GCC crisis is destructive to region

Kuwait's deputy foreign minister said the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member-states were determined to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Gulf because not doing so would be destructive to the region, the official KUNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Prince Salman: Israelis have right to their own land

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman has declared that Israel has the right to its own land alongside Palestinians.

Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its history

Bahrain on Sunday announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich.

Donald Trump to hold bilateral meetings with Qatar, Saudi, UAE

Several leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump over the next couple of months, a US official has said.

Pakistan reinstated on terrorism list

A global money-laundering watchdog has placed Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, Indian media and a diplomatic source said on Friday.

IMF chief urges Arab states to slash spending

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday urged Arab countries to slash public wages and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs.

Oman projects a budget deficit in 2018 on low oil price

The Gulf state of Oman adopted on Monday its 2018 budget projecting a deficit of $7.8 billion due to low oil prices, but said the shortfall is declining.

Saudi Prince Salman revealed as buyer of Jesus $450m paint

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting of Jesus by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million at auction last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Qatar, France sign $1bn fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

Qatar announced Thursday a deal to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets, as it faces a boycott by neighbouring Gulf states in the region’s worst political crisis in years.

Macron in Qatar to discuss terror financing

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived, in Qatar, on Thursday, for an hours-long trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations.

Qatar’s emir to attend Gulf summit – foreign minister

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will attend a key summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait this week, according to Qatar's foreign minister.

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Hundreds of demonstrators, in defiance of a ban of protests, rallied in the Algerian capital against a bid by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in office.

Algerians protest against President Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term

Hundreds of demonstrators, in defiance of a ban of protests, rallied in the Algerian capital against a bid by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in office.

Elections: Rivers APC kicks as INEC chairman claims every judgment has been obeyed

The Director of Strategic Communications for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Tonye Cole, Prince Tonye Princewill, has expressed dissatisfaction with the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, over the claim that all court judgments have been obeyed by the electoral umpire as regards the state.

Elections: Police summon APC Reps member over Kano violence

The police in Kano on Friday ‘invited’ a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over his alleged role in a bloody clash between members of the PDP and APC in Bebeji Local Government Area.

Elections: Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf urges politicians to maintain peace, adhere to rule of law

Head of the ECOWAS Election Observetion Mission (EOM), former Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has urged Nigerians, particularly the political class, to sustain the peace that characterised the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections and also conduct themselves according to the laws of the land as they go to the polls Saturday.

Policeman, thugs arrested for branding private vehicles in police colours

An unidentified police inspector was arrested on Thursday at a hotel in Ewet Housing Estate for aiding some people to brand two private vehicles in police colour.