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  • McLaren's tough season continues at Monaco Grand Prix
    McLaren's tough season continues at Monaco Grand Prix Sat, May 23, 2015

    MONACO (AP) — McLaren's disappointing season showed no signs of improvement Saturday at the Monaco Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso's car stalled in qualifying with an apparent electrical failure and Jenson Button missed out on qualifying inside the top 10. More »

  • F1 tire supplier Pirelli open to making wider tires
    F1 tire supplier Pirelli open to making wider tires Sat, May 23, 2015

    MONACO (AP) — Formula One tire supplier Pirelli welcomes a switch to producing wider tires in the future, seemingly hinting that it is prepared to extend its contract beyond next year. More »

  • Pirelli ready to bid for new F1 contract
    Pirelli ready to bid for new F1 contract Sat, May 23, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Pirelli will seek to extend their Formula One tire contract from 2017 provided they are happy with the regulations and costs are affordable, chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said on Saturday. The tests will be done properly in order to have the best product available, and then we are ready to help create more emotions, but only with the highest level of safety." Tronchetti Provera said he was against a proposal to allow teams a free choice of dry tire compounds to use during the race weekend from next year but suggested there could be a satisfactory compromise. Tronchetti Provera said that, with changes envisaged in 2017 to make cars faster and lighter, there would be a need for a return to pre-season testing outside Europe. More »

  • Hamilton keeps the big picture in mind
    Hamilton keeps the big picture in mind Sat, May 23, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton wants to win Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix but the Formula One world champion is not about to lose sight of the bigger picture. Sunday's showcase race could see the Mercedes driver beaten by team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg for the third year in a row in the Mediterranean principality and he says he is prepared for that to happen. "This is just another race that adds to the bigger picture. It's not the be-all and end-all, this weekend. More »

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack Fri, May 22, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing. More »

  • US recognises Tunisia as non-NATO ally
    US recognises Tunisia as non-NATO ally Thu, May 21, 2015

    US elevates Tunisia to new allied status on its democratic progress, promising financial and security assistance. More »

  • Classified document on Bahrain rankles Britain decades later
    Classified document on Bahrain rankles Britain decades later Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters)1 - A legal battle between an activist group and Britain over a decades-old diplomatic cable on Bahrain has exposed a thorny link between the UK's colonial past and its new military ambitions in a region it once dominated. The Foreign Office has told a court in London that a censored assessment by a colonial officer of the Gulf Arab island's ruling Al Khalifa family may harm the UK's relationship with Bahrain as it seeks to build a naval base there. The installation will be Britain's first permanent military presence in the Middle East since it withdrew from Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf region in 1971. More »

  • Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US
    Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region. More »

  • Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election
    Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election Thu, May 21, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying. More »

  • South Korea confirms 3 cases of Mideast respiratory virus Thu, May 21, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it has confirmed three cases of a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. More »

  • South Korea confirms third case of MERS virus; 64 isolated Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean health officials confirmed the country's third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday, with the two latest cases found in people who had been in contact with the first patient after he returned from the Middle East. Authorities have isolated as a precaution another 64 people who are family members or medical workers treating those three patients, said Yang Byung-guk, director of the health ministry's Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Shin Hyoung-shik, an infectious disease specialist in charge of treating the patients, said the latest two confirmed cases had fevers but no sign of breathing difficulties. More »

  • Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali
    Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - A quiet, steely, determination runs through Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the Jordanian royal who has brought a breath of fresh air to FIFA politics since he was elected to its executive committee four years ago. Prince Ali, 39, has gained widespread support as something of a reforming influence on the executive but unless he wins the presidential election on May 29 in Zurich, that influence will end. Not everyone supports the idea of reform and modernisation at world soccer's top table and he has become the victim of political machinations in his own Asian Football Confederation (AFC). More »

  • Bahrain verdict in opposition chief trial next month
    Bahrain verdict in opposition chief trial next month Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Bahraini court will pronounce next month its verdict in the trial of opposition leader Ali Salman who is charged with seeking to overthrow the Sunni monarchy, prosecutors said Wednesday. More »

  • Anti-Islamic State coalition to meet in Paris on June 2 Wed, May 20, 2015

    Ministers from members of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria will meet in Paris on June 2 to plot strategy including how to reverse recent losses, French officials said on Wednesday. After taking the city of Ramadi earlier this week, Islamic State militants are seeking to consolidate gains in the vast Iraqi desert province of Anbar, where only small pockets of territory remain under government control. "It falls at the right time to assess what's happening because there have been some positive and negative developments," a senior French diplomat said, adding that the countries would meet on June 2. More »

  • Racing team success could be winning formula for Ferrari IPO
    Racing team success could be winning formula for Ferrari IPO Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin and Agnieszka Flak LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Ferrari's timely return to the front row of the Formula One grid bodes well for the luxury sportscar maker as it prepares to list shares and split from parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The turnaround gives FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne a lift as he seeks to convince investors that Ferrari merits a valuation of at least 10 billion euros (7 billion pounds) -- at the top end or even above a range of 4-10 billion euros floated by bankers for the luxury carmaker and its prancing horse logo.     Formula One symbolises what Ferrari stands for: ultimate performance, groundbreaking technology, the best in terms of design and a legacy of racing wins, said Manfredi Ricca, head of brand consulting group Interbrand's Italian office.     "A successful Formula One team adds some incremental value to the Ferrari brand and the brand is going to be a key component of Ferrari's valuation in the IPO," he said. More »

  • South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable Wed, May 20, 2015

    South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough. The 68-year-old man was in Bahrain from April 18 through to May 3 and was engaged in farming-related business, South Korea's health ministry said in a statement. The patient's wife who nursed him also has a minor respiratory symptom and the results of tests on her would be available on Thursday, Kim Young-taek, a director at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters by telephone. More »

  • Kuwait MPs reject minister's grilling over Yemen war
    Kuwait MPs reject minister's grilling over Yemen war Tue, May 19, 2015

    Parliament on Tuesday rejected a demand by a Shiite MP to question the foreign minister over Kuwait's participation in Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen. More »

  • UAE jails 5 Qataris over insulting leaders
    UAE jails 5 Qataris over insulting leaders Tue, May 19, 2015

    An Emirati court has jailed five Qatari intelligence officers for insulting the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, local media said Tuesday. More »

  • US Navy sailor dies in fall from hotel balcony in Bahrain Sun, May 17, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a sailor assigned to the destroyer USS Farragut has died after falling from a hotel balcony in the Gulf nation of Bahrain. More »

  • Iran's leader vows to protect 'oppressed' people in the region
    Iran's leader vows to protect 'oppressed' people in the region Sat, May 16, 2015

    By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will help oppressed people in the region, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, days after Gulf Arab leaders met U.S. President Barack Obama and expressed concern about Iranian expansionism. Khamenei also denounced Saudi Arabia for its role leading a coalition of Sunni-ruled Arab states against Yemen's Houthi rebels, comparing it to the pagans who ruled the Arabian Peninsula before the advent of Islam in the seventh century. His speech to a meeting of Iranian leaders and diplomats from the Muslim world, reported by the state news agency IRNA, brought the issues of political and religious legitimacy squarely into the struggle between the two regional powers. "Yemen, Bahrain and Palestine are oppressed, and we protect oppressed people as much as we can," IRNA quoted him as saying. More »

  • US vows to defend Gulf Arab nations
    US vows to defend Gulf Arab nations Sat, May 16, 2015

    US President Obama pledges that the US will stand by its Gulf allies amid increasing tensions with Iran. More »

  • Gulf nations say reassured by Obama's 'ironclad' pledge
    Gulf nations say reassured by Obama's 'ironclad' pledge Fri, May 15, 2015

    Gulf nations were reassured by a pledge from US President Barack Obama that Washington would stand by them despite its overtures to Iran, a senior Arab official said Friday. More »

  • US-Gulf summit: Obama falls back on arms sales to reassure partners on Iran Fri, May 15, 2015

    President Obama got only a tentative endorsement from his guests of his Iran diplomacy and its centerpiece, the emerging deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The Gulf states had to settle for a restated verbal American commitment to their security going forward rather than the written, NATO-style security pact that some of them had sought. As for the Gulf Arabs’ hopes of eliciting a deeper US role in the conflict in Syria, Mr. Obama was clear: It isn’t going to happen. In that sense, the summit at the Camp David presidential compound Thursday may have pointed toward a Middle East where the US stands by its traditional partners but does not block the rise of a more responsible, less destabilizing Iran. More »

  • Queen meets Bahrain king at show
    Queen meets Bahrain king at show Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Queen has met the King of Bahrain at the Royal Windsor Horse Show - which he chose to go to instead of a summit with US president Barack Obama. More »

  • No one hurt onboard ship fired on by Iranians in Gulf Fri, May 15, 2015

    No one onboard a Singapore-flagged commercial tanker that was fired on by an Iranian naval patrol in the Persian Gulf was injured and the ship did not sustain serious damage, the companies responsible ... More »

  • Obama Vows To Protect Arab Allies From 'Attack'
    Obama Vows To Protect Arab Allies From 'Attack' Fri, May 15, 2015

    Barack Obama pledged Washington's "iron-clad commitment" to protect the security of US allies in the Middle East during a summit with Arab leaders at Camp David. The US President spoke of the possibility of authorising US military force if Iran threatened the security of Sunni governments in the region and vowed America would "use all elements of power to secure our core interests in the Gulf region, and to deter and confront external aggression against our allies and partners". Saudi Arabia and other nations in the Persian Gulf are deeply nervous of the prospect of an agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme. An outline agreement last month proposed an easing of sanctions on Iran in exchange for a freeze on its nuclear programme. More »

  • Manager of ship in Gulf shooting says 23 crew onboard unhurt Fri, May 15, 2015

    The manager of a Singapore-flagged commercial tanker that was fired on by an Iranian naval patrol in the Persian Gulf the previous day says no one onboard was hurt and the ship did not sustain serious ... More »

  • Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears
    Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears Fri, May 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America's most critical security partnerships. However, Obama's claim of winning Arab support for his nuclear diplomacy appears far from certain. More »

  • Obama vows to 'stand by' Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat
    Obama vows to 'stand by' Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat Fri, May 15, 2015

    By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any "external attack," seeking to reassure them of Washington's iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at Camp David, Obama pledged that the United States would consider using military force to defend them and would also help counter Iran's "destabilising activities in the region." "I am reaffirming our iron-clad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners," Obama told a closing news conference at the presidential retreat outside Washington. More »

  • Obama offers Gulf nations "ironclad" security cooperation
    Obama offers Gulf nations "ironclad" security cooperation Fri, May 15, 2015

    CAMP DAVID, Maryland (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged America's "ironclad commitment" to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. More »

  • Obama offers Gulf allies 'ironclad' security pledge
    Obama offers Gulf allies 'ironclad' security pledge Fri, May 15, 2015

    President Barack Obama tried to reassure America's Gulf allies that engaging with Iran would not come at their expense, at a Camp David summit that proved short on concrete outcomes. More »

  • Iranians fire warning shots at commercial ship in Gulf: US
    Iranians fire warning shots at commercial ship in Gulf: US Thu, May 14, 2015

    Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots Thursday at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf that had collided recently with an Iranian oil rig, US officials said Thursday. More »

  • Oil tanker directly fired upon by craft thought to be Iranian - owner Thu, May 14, 2015

    Small craft thought to be Iranian fired on a Singapore-flagged oil products tanker after the ship ignored an order to stop in international waters in the Gulf, the ship’s owner said on Thursday. Owner South Maritime Pte Ltd said in a statement the Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity was attacked by a number of small craft, "thought to be Iranian", earlier on Thursday while in international waters off the United Arab Emirates after it had sailed from Bahrain en route to Fujairah. "At 0800 hrs GMT, a number of craft approached the Alpine Eternity firing warning shots and the master was ordered by VHF to stop," South Maritime Pte said. More »

  • What's behind Saudi Arabia's new muscularity Thu, May 14, 2015

    Life came to a sudden halt in the bustling Saudi capital of Riyadh, and a silence fell across the country. Decked out in military fatigues, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri calmly detailed the airstrikes delivered by the Saudis’ American-sold warplanes, while a fascinated public peered at high-definition maps of Yemen, carefully tracing every hit against the Houthis – the latest perceived proxy of Iran to have come into Saudi Arabia’s cross hairs. Elsewhere around the country, billboards and banners offered “blessings” for the airstrikes, which marked Saudi Arabia’s first foray into war in nearly a quarter century. Media outlets likened the bombing campaign to the battle of Khozaz – an uprising by Arab tribes against Persian invaders of Yemen more than 1,500 years ago. More »

  • Obama bids to mend fences with Gulf royals at Camp David
    Obama bids to mend fences with Gulf royals at Camp David Thu, May 14, 2015

    Barack Obama whisked six Gulf leaders away to his Camp David presidential retreat Thursday, for a fence-mending summit bedeviled by disagreements, royal no-shows and raging crises in the Middle East. More »