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  • Russia warns US over Syria strategy but 2 nations agree to help Gulf Arab States …
    Russia warns US over Syria strategy but 2 nations agree to help Gulf Arab States … 19 hours ago

    The US, Russia and Saudi Arabia have held trilateral talks in Qatar in an attempt to find common ground in the fight against Isis, as well as negotiating the trickier subjects of Iran and Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir spoke at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha. More »

  • US and Russia offer support to Gulf Arab states
    US and Russia offer support to Gulf Arab states 20 hours ago

    Kerry pledges more arms and intelligence-sharing for allies while Lavrov says dialogue key to Syria settlement. More »

  • Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance
    Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance 22 hours ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region. More »

  • US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry
    US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry 23 hours ago

    Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf states, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday after talks in Doha on their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it 'may not happen&# …
    Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it 'may not happen&# … Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's "behaviour" may improve internationally in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers but Washington and Gulf Arab allies who accuse it of subversion aim to be prepared if that does not happen, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. Speaking after meeting fellow foreign ministers from the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar, Kerry said that both he and they agreed that once fully implemented, the historic accord would contribute to the region's security. "Our goal is to fully implement this agreement and to hope that Iran’s behaviour will be ameliorated. More »

  • Qatar says Gulf Arabs confident region safer with Iran deal Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    DOHA (Reuters) - Qatari foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah said on Monday Gulf Arab states were confident that a historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers made the Gulf region safer. Speaking at a news conference after hosting talks between Gulf Arab foreign ministers and visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Attiyah said: "We are confident that what they undertook makes this region safer and more stable." Qatar currently holds the rotating chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which comprises Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. ... More »

  • Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
    Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar Monday as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Sheikh Ahmad coy about who should succeed Blatter
    Sheikh Ahmad coy about who should succeed Blatter Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - As the candidates hoping to succeed FIFA's outgoing president Sepp Blatter continue to lobby for support, the political kingmaker who could have a big influence on who gets the job says world football has more to worry about than picking its next boss. Having been conspicuously quiet on the topic of who he thinks should lead FIFA when Blatter stands down next year Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait told Reuters that FIFA's problems were much bigger than just the leadership. Rather than worry about who the next chief will be, Sheikh Ahmad said FIFA's top priority was getting its house in order before the Feb. 26 election. More »

  • Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal
    Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran. More »

  • Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani
    Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Iran's president said Sunday his country's nuclear deal with the West would create better prospects for faster solutions in Syria and Yemen, two of the Middle East's worst conflict zones. More »

  • John Kavanagh to link up with likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov to form new MMA  …
    John Kavanagh to link up with likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov to form new MMA  … Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The venture is being backed by the fifth son of the King of Bahrain. More »

  • Asia chief calls for unity on FIFA, hails 'unique' Platini Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Asia's football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa called for the region to unify behind one candidate in next year's FIFA presidential election and stopped short of endorsing UEFA president Michel Platini for the job on Thursday. Former France skipper Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the post with the mission of restoring "dignity" to football's world government in the wake of a major corruption scandal. South Korean Chung Mong-joon, a major power broker in Asian football, announced that he would also be joining the race soon after the Asian Football Confederation released their statement. More »

  • Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss
    Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Michel Platini's chances of becoming the new president of FIFA received a boost Thursday when the Asian Football Confederation chief praised him as "a unique candidate" and urged his member nations to unite behind a single candidate. More »

  • Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest
    Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Zain said it posted a net profit of 39 million dinars ($129 million) in the April-June period from 59.1 million dinars ($196 million) a year ago More »

  • Gulf Arab power UAE chides EU over opening to Iran Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab power the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday criticised the European Union for seeking Iranian cooperation in stabilising the region, saying that an "aggressive" Tehran was helping to polarise the countries there, A senior UAE official said that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who visited Iran this week, failed to understand Iran's aims and her praise for the commitment shown by its negotiators in nuclear talks appeared misplaced. Prior to her visit, Mogherini wrote in Britain's Guardian newspaper that EU foreign ministers had asked her to explore ways in which the bloc could promote a more cooperative regional framework involving Iran following the nuclear agreement between Terhan and world powers. More »

  • Bahrain arrests several suspects over deadly bombing
    Bahrain arrests several suspects over deadly bombing Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Interior ministry says arrests come a day after blast that killed two policemen in Sitra amid rising tensions with Iran. More »

  • Saudi policeman killed in attack in Eastern Province
    Saudi policeman killed in attack in Eastern Province Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Police say two suspects arrested after officers, two of whom were wounded, were shot at in village in Qatif district. More »

  • Saudi policeman killed, 2 hurt in attack: ministry
    Saudi policeman killed, 2 hurt in attack: ministry Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Saudi lawman was killed and two others were wounded during an attack in a Shiite-dominated area of Eastern Province, the interior ministry said Wednesday. More »

  • Bahrain makes multiple arrests in wake of deadly bombing
    Bahrain makes multiple arrests in wake of deadly bombing Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahraini authorities have arrested several suspects in the wake of a deadly bombing targeting police in the strategically important island kingdom. More »

  • Bahrain sees 'foreign' link in attack, Iran denies role
    Bahrain sees 'foreign' link in attack, Iran denies role Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Bahraini authorities have arrested several people in connection with Tuesday's deadly bombing and suspect the attack was a "foreign attempt" to harm the Gulf state's stability, local media reported on Wednesday. A published comment by Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa alleging a foreign role did not name any country, but Bahrain has frequently accused regional adversary Iran of trying to orchestrate bombings in the country. Tehran dismissed suggestions it had a role in the attack. More »

  • National Express confident on 2015 after first-half profit rises
    National Express confident on 2015 after first-half profit rises Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    British transport company National Express said it was on course to meet its expectations for the year, after growing operating profit 4.5 percent in the first half. The company, which operates rail services in Britain as well as school buses in the United States, said excluding rail and Middle East bid costs underlying operating profit rose to 93.5 million pounds on a constant currency basis. National Express raised its interim dividend by 10 percent to 3.685 pence and said it was confident on future growth after winning additional German rail contracts and launching a bus service in Bahrain. More »

  • EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV
    EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also cited wider effects of the deal, saying Tehran and the European Union could now discuss questions "including energy cooperation ... human rights, confronting terrorism and regional issues". The Iranian leaders spoke during a one-day visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to Tehran to discuss implementation of the deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in return for lifting economic sanctions imposed on the country. More »

  • In Bahrain, 2 police officers killed, 6 wounded in bombing
    In Bahrain, 2 police officers killed, 6 wounded in bombing Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Bahraini policemen were killed and six were wounded in a bomb attack south of the island kingdom's capital on Tuesday, according to authorities. More »

  • UAE hikes petrol prices 24%, cuts diesel 29%
    UAE hikes petrol prices 24%, cuts diesel 29% Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The United Arab Emirates will hike the retail price of petrol by 24 percent but prices will still be low by international standards More »

  • Bomb kills two policemen in worst Bahrain bombing in months
    Bomb kills two policemen in worst Bahrain bombing in months Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A bomb killed two policemen and wounded six in the deadliest such attack in Bahrain in months, and state media said the explosives resembled some seized at the weekend that authorities say were smuggled in from Iran. Sunni-ruled Bahrain has long accused Iran of stirring up unrest among its Shi'ite population and tensions between the two sides have risen in recent days, with Bahrain recalling its ambassador from Tehran on Saturday. A nuclear deal reached this month between Tehran and global powers has also set its Gulf Arab neighbours on edge, who fear less foreign pressure on Iran due to the deal could embolden its foreign policy on their turf. More »

  • Bomb blast kills two Bahrain police: ministry
    Bomb blast kills two Bahrain police: ministry Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A bomb blast killed two Bahrain policemen and wounded six others Tuesday in an area often shaken by clashes between security forces and Shiite Muslim protesters, the interior ministry said. More »

  • EU's Mogherini in Tehran to talk nuclear deal, regional issues - TV
    EU's Mogherini in Tehran to talk nuclear deal, regional issues - TV Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The European Union's top diplomat arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss implementation of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear work in return for the lifting of sanctions, state TV reported. The deal was reached on July 14 between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany to end more than a decade-old standoff over the disputed nuclear programme. "The EU's (Foreign Policy Chief Federica) Mogherini arrived in Tehran and she will meet top officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif and some other officials," state TV reported. More »

  • Bahrain links explosives in Tuesday bombing to Iran - state news agency Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) - The explosives used in a bombing that killed two policemen in Bahrain on Tuesday were similar to those recently seized by security forces after allegedly being smuggled from Iran, state news agency BNA reported. "Early information suggests that the explosives used in today's terrorist attack are of the same type that were recently intercepted coming from Iran," BNA said. Bahrain said on Saturday it had foiled an arms and explosives smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran, and it recalled its ambassador to Tehran. ... More »

  • Top EU diplomat due in Iran for nuclear deal talks
    Top EU diplomat due in Iran for nuclear deal talks Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was due in Tehran Tuesday for talks on implementing this month's historic nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers. More »

  • Two policemen killed in Bahrain 'terrorist attack'
    Two policemen killed in Bahrain 'terrorist attack' Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Interior ministry says eight other officers were injured in attack in Sitra village. More »

  • Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition
    Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition. More »

  • Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments
    Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals following a global deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. More »

  • Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada - sources Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Senior officials from the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State forces will meet in Canada this week to discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said on Monday. Turkey and the United States are now working on plans to jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border. The Quebec City meeting of the so-called anti-ISIS Coalition Small Group will focus on all aspects of the struggle against ISIS, both military and political, the two sources said. More »

  • Fighting rages despite Yemen humanitarian pause
    Fighting rages despite Yemen humanitarian pause Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    At least 15 fighters die in "friendly-fire" incident as coalition jets attack Houthis in at least two provinces. More »

  • Saudi FM says Iran is still showing 'hostility' in region Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has told visiting EU foreign policy chief that Iran is still showing "hostility" toward countries in the region, following a landmark deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program earlier this month. More »