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Qatar headed to Arab economic summit

Qatar’s emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office said on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had informed it he would come to lead the …

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Mourners of slain Sudanese protesters fired on

Sudanese police fired live ammunition at mourners outside the home of a 60-year-old protester who died early on Friday from a gunshot wound he sustained on Thursday night, a Reuters witness said. Around 2,000 mourners had gathered in the Burri neighborhood where the man, Moawia Othman, was shot on Thursday. …

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Bahrain recieves latest LNG floating unit

Bahrain’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating unit arrived in the Gulf this week as the country gets ready for its maiden imports of the super-chilled fuel this year, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. “Bahrain Spirit”, a floating storage unit (FSU) with a capacity of about 173,000 cubic meters, is …

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Qatar not keen on reopening its embassy in Syria

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalisation of ties with the Syrian government. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria. Syria’s …

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Pompeo tries to end Qatar crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long. “We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared …

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Oman and UAE in bilateral talks

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, today met with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, to review ways of further boosting relations between the two sisterly countries across all fields. The meting, which took …

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Khartoum University Professors arrest in protest clampdown

Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed the most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule. The arrests came amid fresh demonstrations in Khartoum and Wad Madani in response to a call by a …

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Oman oil block goes to Norwegian company

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has announced that its subsidiary DNO Oman Block 8 Limited has relinquished operatorship and participation in Oman Block 8 to Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) and the state-owned Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production LLC (OOCEP). Offshore Block 8, which …

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Qatar airways buys into China Southern Airlines

Qatar Airways has acquired a 5 percent stake in China Southern Airlines (600029.SS), the state-owned Gulf carrier said on Wednesday, in a move to gain access to the fast-growing mainland Chinese market. Qatar Airways also owns a 20 percent stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICAG.L), 10 percent …

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Kuwait cabinet reshuffle includes key oil ministry

Kuwait has appointed a number of new ministers, including Khaled Al-Fadhel as the country’s oil minister and minister of electricity and water, after the mass resignations of four others. In a major reshuffle, the Kuwaiti Cabinet appointed Khaled Al-Roudhan as Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for …

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Violence deployed against Sudanese protest marches

Sudanese police fired tear gas after hundreds of protesters spilling out of a soccer match marched down a major road leading toward the center of the capital, Khartoum, late on Sunday, demonstrating against President Omar al-Bashir’s rule, a Reuters witness said. Amid a heavy police presence, the protesters gathered in …

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Intelligence reshuffle in Egypt

Egypt has appointed Major General Khaled Megawer to serve as the head of the country’s military intelligence service, replacing Mohamed al-Shahat, two security sources told Reuters on Sunday. Egypt’s military and intelligence services play a leading role in top level decision making, taking a more public role since current president …

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Qatar foreign minister decries GCC as tootheless

Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said on Saturday that regional alliances need to be reshaped and new governance principles need to be put in place. Speaking at the annual Doha Forum, he said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc and its secretary general “has no …

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Oman plans 6-month 2% oil production cut

Oman will be cutting oil output by 2 percent from January for an initial period of six months, according to a letter sent to customers of Omani oil by the country’s oil and gas ministry, which was seen by Reuters. The output reduction is in implementation of a agreement by …

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Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian   In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement came a few weeks after President Trump declared that the United States plans …

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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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