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Latest Iranian military drills in Gulf inflame tensions

US Navy carrier in the Arabian Gulf

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards launched a military drill in the Gulf on Tuesday, Iranian state television reported, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington. The U.S. military said the drill had caused two bases with American troops in the region to go on heightened alert and said …

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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 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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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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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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UAE offers Dh12.5b support to Bahrain

The UAE has signed a financial cooperation agreement worth Dh12.5 billion with the government of Bahrain to support the country’s financial stability and stimulate economic growth. The contribution will be managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The Dh12.5 billion from the UAE is within the framework of …

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UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait reaffirm commitment to Bahrain

The Ministers of Finance of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Wednesday reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to support the financial stability in Bahrain. In a meeting held in Manama, the finance ministers reiterated their support to strengthening the stability of public finances and the stimulation of Bahrain’s economic growth. …

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Moody’s downgrades Bahrain to B2

Moody’s has downgraded the Bahrain government’s long-term issuer ratings to B2 from B1, and maintained its negative outlook. The ratings firm said on Thursday evening that the new rating assumes Gulf Cooperation Council members will provide some financial support to Bahrain, but the negative outlook reflects the risk that the …

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Saudi, UAE, Kuwait to announce Bahrain support

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait will announce soon an integrated programme to support Bahrain’s economic reforms and its fiscal stability, a joint statement from the three Gulf states said on Tuesday. The three wealthy Gulf states said they are in talks with the authorities of Bahrain to enhance the financial stability of the …

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Bahrain to expedite new oil operations

International companies will be selected to partner with Bahrain for the oil production phase in December 2019, Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa has said. He said that in line with King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa’s directives to prioritise oil exploration, operations should be expedited and the necessary …

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Bahrain to issue 10-year self-sponsorship permit

Bahrain is to issue a ten-year renewable residency permit on a self-sponsorship basis to foreign investors. Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday evening instructed the Minister of Interior to prepare a draft edict to create the self-sponsorship residency permit for foreign investors. The new system is designed …

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UAE denies it violated Qatari airspace

The UAE has denied a Qatari claim that its airspace was violated by an Emirates’ military aircraft in December. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash tweeted on Friday: “The Qatari complaint about the UAE’s violation of its airspace is untrue and confused; we are working to …

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Oman’s economy seems to be in correction mode

Jasim Ali, Special to Gulf News The Omani economy is doing fine in the ongoing environment of continuing socioeconomic challenges. What’s more, multinational agencies are projecting improved performances in the medium-term for the sultanate on the assumption of stronger oil prices. Also, the preliminary projections for 2018 budget assume stronger …

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UAE condemns attack on oil pipeline in Bahrain

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, on Saturday condemned the terrorist explosion of an oil pipeline in Bahrain. ”The UAE condemns this coward terrorist act, which seeks to undermine the security of the Kingdom of Bahrain,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement on Saturday, affirming …

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UAE condemns terrorist attack in Bahrain

The UAE has condemned the terrorist bombing that took place on a police bus near the Jidhafs area outside the capital Manama in Bahrain. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and …

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U.N. experts urge Bahrain to halt “persecution of Shi’ites”

The Levant News — Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and …

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Bahrain suspends leading opposition

The Levant News — A court in Bahrain suspended the country’s main Shiite bloc, Al-Wefaq, pending a verdict on dissolving it altogether. The group is led by cleric Ali Salman, currently serving a nine-year term jail on charges of inciting violence. Al-Wefaq’s offices have been closed and its assets frozen. …

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Bahraini FM described Hezbollah Chief as a ‘terrorist spy’

Source: The Daily Star- Lebanon is controlled by a “terrorist agent,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister said Friday in reference to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, while criticizing the country’s “fake unity.” “Lebanon is a great country that was ruled by respectful men and sheikhs such as Bechara al-Khoury, Camille Chammoun, Saeb Salam …

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