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Rising tide of tensions and protest calls in Jordan

When a flash flood swept a group of schoolchildren to their deaths in Jordan last month, a wave of public criticism pointed to wider discontent within the kingdom. The backlash against the government on social media questioned how anyone had been allowed into an area at risk of seasonal flooding …

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Bahrain bars opposition from parliamentary elections

Bahrainis vote on Saturday in a parliamentary election from which opposition groups have been barred, in a crackdown on dissent in the small Sunni-led, Western-allied kingdom. Activists have called for a boycott of the vote, which they say is a “farce”. The government says the election is democratic. The Sunni …

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Qatar pays out Gaza civil servants

A $15 million Qatari cash infusion was paid out to impoverished Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip on Friday, offering the enclave’s dominant Hamas Islamists a potential domestic reprieve though Israel said the money would not go to them. Hamas’s political rival based in the West Bank, Palestinian President …

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Qatar trying to buy out Roseneft shares

Russian oil giant Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said on Tuesday that the Qatar Investment Authority sovereign wealth fund would pay around 3.7 billion euros ($4.23 billion) for a half of a 14.16 percent stake in the company. The QIA would become the third-largest Rosneft shareholder as a result of the deal after …

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Qatar denies claims of interfering in Bahraini affairs

Qatar rejects accusations of meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs, Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a tweet. “The State of Qatar condemns that its name was mentioned in Bahrain’s internal conflicts,” the ministry said. A Bahraini court on Sunday ordered life sentences for three senior opposition members, overturning a previous acquittal …

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MiG-29 crashs in Egypt during training exercise

A Russian MiG-29 fighter plane crashed during a training flight in Egypt on Saturday, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation was cited by RIA news agency as saying. The plane was supplied by Russia to Egypt as part of a commercial contract in 2018, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said, adding that the Egyptian …

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UAE Defence Ministry participates in Manama Dialogue

A delegation of the Ministry of Defence participated in the Manama Dialogue 2018, running in the Bahraini capital on October 2628. The annual event brings together scores of eminent security, military and political figures and intellectuals from Asia, North & Latin America, and Europe to exchange insights into global security challenges and …

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Kuwaiti oil price down to US$73.77 pb

The price of Kuwait crude oil went down US$2.82, Wednesday, reaching US$73.77 per barrel, compared to US$76.59 pb last Tuesday, said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation on Thursday. According to the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, the price of the Brent crude went down 27 cents to settle at US$76.17 pb, and the West …

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Bahrain parliament approves VAT agreement

Bahrain is set to become the third Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to implement the unified agreement on Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. On Sunday, the kingdom’s bicameral parliament, holding an extraordinary session upon a royal order issued last week, approved VAT at the rate of five per …

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Kuwait stops crude oil shipping for first time since first Gulf War

Kuwait has all but stopped shipping crude to the US for the first time since the aftermath of Saddam Hussain’s invasion in 1990, eroding an economic link between Washington and the Arab state. The halt is the latest sign that booming demand for oil in Asia, particularly as the US …

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Egypt plans foray into Asia bond market

Egyptian officials will tour Asia later this year to test interest in the country’s debt, part of government efforts to expand borrowing options as volatility roils emerging markets, Finance Minister Mohammad Maait said. Egypt has raised the possibility of issuing Samurai or Panda bonds in the past, but the planned …

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Egypt sentences hundreds over 2013 pro-Morsi protests

Egypt has delivered verdicts for more than 700 people over a pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in 2013. The court confirmed 75 people’s death sentences and life imprisonment for 47 others, including Islamic leaders. Rights group Amnesty International has called the trial “grossly unfair” and a …

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Kuwait suspends Wataniya Airways’ permit

Kuwaiti aviation authorities have suspended the permit of Kuwait-based carrier Wataniya Airways for three months. Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Services’ Affairs Dr Jenan Boushehri said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) took the 90-day suspension decision effective as of September 6 after …

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400 inmates escape after Libya prison riot

Some 400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the police said. “The detainees were able to force open the doors and leave” as fighting between rival militias raged near the …

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The audio revolution will not be televised

Podcasts and audibooks have caught fire in recent years, offering publishers a brand new way to access their audiences. Despite scepticism from some that a return to what is essentially radio would ever be possible following the arrival of the television, and later the internet, the smartphone has enabled people …

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10 Inspirational Arab Proverbs

Proverbs are a special way to gain insight into one’s culture. Proverbs, through the power of anecdotal messages and meanings, allow for various cultures and societies to share a common idea, While they showcase a universal cultural message, they also highlight the unique nature of various cultures and societies. Proverbs are …

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