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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity 14 hours ago

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. More »

  • Kuwait says it busted 'terror' cell after mosque blast
    Kuwait says it busted 'terror' cell after mosque blast Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Kuwait's interior minister said on Tuesday that the Gulf state has busted a "terror cell" responsible for the suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque and is hunting for others. More »

  • Shattering the myths about Kuwaiti Shia
    Shattering the myths about Kuwaiti Shia Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Kuwaitis' reaction to the Shia mosque attack challenges assumptions of ancient sectarian hatred. More »

  • US lifts hold on military aid to Bahrain after crackdown
    US lifts hold on military aid to Bahrain after crackdown Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The United States said Monday it was resuming security aid to Bahrain's military forces, citing "meaningful progress" on human rights four years after the kingdom's deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters. More »

  • US resuming aid to Bahrain military, ally against IS Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it is resuming aid to the military in Bahrain, which has been withheld since Bahrain cracked down on demonstrations in 2011. More »

  • For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart
    For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise. More »

  • Factbox - Gulf Arabs on the rise in Islamic State Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Kuwait's worst militant attack last Friday, has built a network of militants in Gulf Arab states responsible for a campaign of suicide bombings against the Arabian Peninsula's Shi'ite minority. Some of the Sunni Muslim group's leaders hail from the Gulf, and its Saudi branch, called Wilayat Najd (Najd province), has called for clearing Shi'ites from the Peninsula and especially from Saudi Arabia, its largest country and home to Islam's holiest places. Islamic State subscribes to a puritanical school of Sunni Islam that considers Shi'ites as heretics and wants to sweep away a hereditary monarchy it regards as un-Islamic. More »

  • Insight - Kuwait attack shows Gulf vulnerability to Islamic State
    Insight - Kuwait attack shows Gulf vulnerability to Islamic State Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Angus McDowall KUWAIT (Reuters) - By sending a Saudi Arabian suicide bomber to Kuwait and recruiting local members of a stateless underclass to help him attack a Shi'ite Muslim mosque, an Islamic State cell struck at the Gulf Arab monarchy's most potent internal divisions. Relations have traditionally been good between the 70 percent of Kuwait's 1.4 million citizens who are Sunni and the Shi'ites who make up 30 percent, but regional rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran has opened some fissures. The country, home to the region's most open Arab society, is also divided between descendents of its original townsfolk and those of Bedouin tribes, between Islamists and liberals and between rich and poor. More »

  • Kuwait mosque bomber raised no red flags, transited Bahrain
    Kuwait mosque bomber raised no red flags, transited Bahrain Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi man who blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque in Kuwait managed to slip out of his home country without raising any red flags and board a commercial flight transiting nearby Bahrain less than 24 hours before the deadly attack. More »

  • 5 suspects in Kuwait mosque attack face legal action
    5 suspects in Kuwait mosque attack face legal action Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Kuwait's interior ministry on Monday referred five suspects linked to the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque to the prosecution service for legal action, a security official said. More »

  • Raikkonen Keen To Stay Behind Wheel At Ferrari
    Raikkonen Keen To Stay Behind Wheel At Ferrari Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Kimi Raikkonen has said he is still in love with Formula One and wants to stay on at Ferrari - assuming the Scuderia want to keep him. As was the case last year after he re-joined the Maranello marque alongside Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen has struggled in the shadow of Sebastian Vettel so far and currently stands 48 points behind his teammate in the drivers' standings. The Finn has a two-year contract with Ferrari, with a performance-based option to continue into 2016, and speaking after Raikkonen finished second in Bahrain - his best result of the season so far - team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said they hoped the potential for a new deal would serve as motivation. More »

  • Kuwait identifies suicide bomber as Saudi citizen
    Kuwait identifies suicide bomber as Saudi citizen Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Saudi confirms suicide bomber flew from Riyadh to Bahrain on Thursday, and vows to further investigate who helped him. More »

  • Police arrest Kuwaiti national, others for mosque bombing
    Police arrest Kuwaiti national, others for mosque bombing Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Police have arrested a number of people, among them a Kuwaiti citizen, suspected of being behind a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people, Kuwait's Interior Ministry said early Sunday. More »

  • IS affiliate hits Shiite mosque in Kuwait, killing 27 people
    IS affiliate hits Shiite mosque in Kuwait, killing 27 people Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A suicide bomber purportedly from an Islamic State affiliate unleashed the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades on Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores more in a bombing that targeted Shiite worshippers after midday prayers. More »

  • ‘It was the most wonderful and euphoric experience’: How was your first Pride …
    ‘It was the most wonderful and euphoric experience’: How was your first Pride … Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    We asked some well-known members of the LGBT community to tell us about their first experience. More »

  • A look at countries cited in human rights report Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration tagged Iran and Cuba among serial human-rights abusers in its annual report on government mistreatment of its citizens, even as it works toward some sort of rapprochement with both. It also listed numerous other countries where similar behavior occurs. Here's a look at those countries and what the State Department says they did: More »

  • WikiLeaks exposes Saudi liquor runs, Clinton's passport
    WikiLeaks exposes Saudi liquor runs, Clinton's passport Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — WikiLeaks' publication of more than 60,000 Saudi documents has set pens racing across the Middle East with disclosures about the secretive Arab monarchy's foreign affairs. But lost amid the torrent of revelations are offbeat memos showing the underbelly of Riyadh's diplomacy, including candid accounts of booze runs and pork smuggling. More »

  • First World Cup, now also F1 for Qatar?
    First World Cup, now also F1 for Qatar? Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Not content with hosting the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is now also exploring the idea of buying Formula One, another big step in its use of the global appeal of sports to put itself firmly on the map. The ... More »

  • A 'new Bolt' sprints into sport nationality controversy
    A 'new Bolt' sprints into sport nationality controversy Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Whether he is a "plastic Brit" or a legitimate new member of "Team GB", teenage sprinter Zharnel Hughes is the latest face of one of the most contentious issues in world sport -- nationality switches. Hughes, 19, has held a British passport since his birth on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, a British overseas territory not recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The move might have gone generally unnoticed but for the fact that Hughes is very, very fast, the latest in an admittedly long line of sprinters to carry the burden of being described as the "next Usain Bolt". More »

  • Gulf states get more assertive as Iran closes in on nuclear deal
    Gulf states get more assertive as Iran closes in on nuclear deal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Noah Browning and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states have long feared a sanctions-free Iran and as a nuclear agreement edges closer they have become more aggressive in preparing for a resurgence of their main regional foe. The biggest concern is what they see as Shi'ite Iran's regional expansionism, manifest in its backing for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Lebanon's Hezbollah, Iraq's Shi'ite militias and Yemen's Houthi group. From the airstrikes in Yemen to backing for Syrian rebels, crackdowns on dissent and more forceful diplomacy, the actions of the mostly Sunni Muslim Gulf states in recent months has been driven by a sense that Iran is on the cusp of a comeback. More »

  • AP source: Qatari fund among potential buyers of F1
    AP source: Qatari fund among potential buyers of F1 Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A wealthy Qatari investment fund teamed with the owner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team is among several potential buyers of a stake in Formula One, a person with knowledge of the talks says. The person ... More »

  • Miami Dolphins Owner And Qatar Eye £5bn F1 Deal
    Miami Dolphins Owner And Qatar Eye £5bn F1 Deal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The owner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team is reportedly joining forces with Qatar Sports Investments to buy a controlling stake in Formula One. Qatar is among the countries seeking a Formula One race in the world championship calendar but despite its vast wealth from oil and gas revenues has been unable to secure a slot. More »

  • RSE, Qatar teaming up to buy stake in Formula One - source
    RSE, Qatar teaming up to buy stake in Formula One - source Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Freya Berry LONDON (Reuters) - RSE Ventures, which owns the Miami Dolphins NFL team, is joining forces with Qatar to buy a controlling stake in Formula One in a deal worth $7-8 billion (£4.5-5 billion), a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. RSE is looking to acquire the 35.5 percent stake from private equity fund CVC Capital Partners Ltd [CVC.UL], who sold down its holding from 63 percent in 2012 in deals that at the time gave the business an enterprise value of $9.1 billion. The commercial side of Formula One is run by 84-year-old British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, who has turned the sport into a global money-spinner in more than four decades of deal making. More »

  • Ferrari to take 'holistic' view of Raikkonen
    Ferrari to take 'holistic' view of Raikkonen Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Ferrari will take a 'holistic' view in deciding whether Kimi Raikkonen stays with the Formula One team next season, according to principal Maurizio Arrivabene. The 2007 world champion, still Ferrari's most recent, crashed spectacularly in Sunday's Austrian Formula One Grand Prix when he lost control on the opening lap after starting in 14th place. Ferrari have an option on the Finn, who is out of contract at the end of the year, but there has also been speculation that he could be replaced. More »

  • Arrivabene sticks to his Ferrari target
    Arrivabene sticks to his Ferrari target Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is sticking to his target of three wins this season despite the halfway point looming and Mercedes chalking up their fifth one-two finish in eight races. The Red Bull Ring witnessed the second race in a row without a Ferrari driver on the podium and the seventh Mercedes win of the campaign. Dominant champions Mercedes also completed a year of pole positions, with Lewis Hamilton chalking up his seventh of the season before losing out to determined team mate Nico Rosberg in the race. More »

  • Raikkonen turns the air blue after frustrating qualifying
    Raikkonen turns the air blue after frustrating qualifying Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Driving in the red of Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen turned the air blue after a poor result in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday. More »

  • Bahrain frees Sunni opposition leader after four years
    Bahrain frees Sunni opposition leader after four years Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Bahrain released at dawn on Saturday a Sunni opposition leader who was jailed more than four years for involvement in Shiite-led anti-government protests, his party announced. More »

  • Money talks as Qatar joins British racing turf's big hitters
    Money talks as Qatar joins British racing turf's big hitters Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    A general view of the grandstand with the the name of offical partner QIPCO attached at Royal Ascot, in Berkshire on June 19, 2015 More »

  • Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years
    Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom. More »

  • Bahrain says seizes explosives meant for use in Saudi Arabia Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Bahrain said on Thursday it had seized explosives and bomb-making materials earmarked for use in Bahrain and neighbouring Saudi Arabia in what it described as an Iranian attempt to use Bahraini borders as a base for attacking targets in the region. Police chief Major-General Tariq al-Hasan said the methods used to assemble the explosives bore "clear similarities" to those of what he called proxy groups of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, often accuses Iran, a Shi'ite Muslim theocracy, of seeking to subvert the Gulf Arab island monarchy. More »

  • As civil wars spread, world's refugee population at post-WWII high, UN  … Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, called the situation a “paradigm change” and an “unchecked slide” from previous years, largely the result of an upsurge in violence and persecution, including 15 new conflicts in the past five years. Recommended: Do you understand the Syria conflict? The largest toll stems from the four-year civil war in Syria: 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and 3.9 million are outside the country. More »

  • Is it worth making enemies of Russia, Qatar over football? Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The opportunity to score points by bashing FIFA, Russia and Qatar was too good for the parliamentarians to pass up. One by one, they lined up to take shots. It was the political equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel: easy. More »

  • Under-fire Soosay quits as AFC general secretary
    Under-fire Soosay quits as AFC general secretary Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Suspended Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Alex Soosay quit on Wednesday rather than fight to clear his name amid allegations he tried to interfere with a corruption probe of the regional governing body. Soosay was suspended last month by the AFC after Malaysian media reported an official at the 46-member confederation had been asked by Soosay to "tamper or hide" documents during a 2012 external audit. The PricewaterhouseCoopers inspection came following the lifetime ban handed out to former AFC president Mohammed Bin Hammam, by world governing body FIFA for ethics breaches, who Soosay worked closely with. More »

  • Bahrain sentences opposition leader to four years in jail
    Bahrain sentences opposition leader to four years in jail Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Bahrain sentenced opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman to four years in jail on Tuesday on charges of inciting unrest, a decision that an opposition group said could stoke more protests in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom. "The Higher Criminal Court sentenced the secretary general of one of Bahrain’s political societies to four years imprisonment," advocate general Haroon Al-Zayani was quoted as telling state news agency BNA. Salman, who was not named in the statement, was convicted on charges of "publicly inciting hatred, an act which disturbed public peace, inciting non-compliance with the law and insulting public institutions." Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has experienced sporadic turmoil since mass protests in 2011 led by majority Shi'ites demanding reforms and a bigger role in government. More »

  • Bahrain Shiite opposition leader sentenced to 4 years
    Bahrain Shiite opposition leader sentenced to 4 years Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini court sentenced the country's leading Shiite opposition figure to four years in prison on Tuesday amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the tiny island kingdom. More »