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UAE may buy stake in Israeli Tamar gas field

Delek Drilling DEDRp.TA said on Monday it had signed a non-binding deal to sell its stake in the east Mediterranean natural gas field Tamar to Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Petroleum for $1.1 billion. The deal, if finalised, would be one of the most significant developments since Israel and the United Arab …

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Netanyahu now not keen on UAE visit

A planned visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday was canceled, Israel’s public radio Kan said, citing a source involved in the planning. Neither Israel nor the UAE have formally confirmed that such a visit — the first by the prime minister to …

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Bahraini police accused of violent tactics against children

Bahraini security forces have beaten children and threatened them with rape and electric shocks after detaining them in protest-related cases last month, the anniversary of a 2011 pro-democracy uprising, rights groups said on Wednesday. A government representative did not comment on the specifics of the accusations in reponse to a …

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Israel says Iran behind cargo ship attack

Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his “initial assessment” was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. The ship, a vehicle-carrier named MV Helios Ray, suffered an explosion between Thursday and Friday morning. A U.S. defence official in Washington …

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Dahlan loyalists planning to return to Gaza

The Fatah breakaway Dahlan movement is returning to the Gaza Strip after a 14-year absence. The movement is led by Mohammed Dahlan, who has lived in the UAE since a dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas forced him to leave the West Bank. He sought refuge there after Hamas took control …

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Abbas annouces long postponed Palestinian elections

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday announced dates for the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years, setting legislative polls for May 22 and a July 31 presidential vote. Abbas’s Fatah party, which controls the Palestinian Authority based in the occupied West Bank, and the Hamas group, who hold …

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Israel offers missile defence system to Gulf states

Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defence with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns about Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. But Moshe Patel, who heads the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation that is part of the Defence Ministry, said it was still premature to …

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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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