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UAE is 17th most competitive economy globally

Country inches down one spot from 2016, but remains most competitive Arab nation Dubai: The UAE inched down one spot in terms of its national competitiveness, coming in as the 17th most competitive economy among 137 countries. According to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2017 issued by the World Economic …

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Kurds: One stateless people across four countries

AFP ARBIL: The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own. Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, is to hold a non-binding independence referendum on September 25 that has stirred concern of …

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Iranian, Turkish Top Generals Warn of Repercussions of Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar raised alarm about the consequences of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, the two top generals said the referendum would …

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Saudi says Iranian talk of rapprochement is laughable

LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was laughable. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in London that Iran would have to change its policies for any rapprochement. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, last month said the …

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Qatar-Saudi Arabia enters the race of regime change in each other’s country

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Failed in its efforts to change Doha policy, Riyadh has reportedly made new efforts to change the regime in the neighboring Arab country. Ten-week after the rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Persian Gulf, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Thani, a descendant of …

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Is Pakistan losing friends in Gulf due to terror taint?

Times of India/TNN NEW DELHI: Earlier this month, Qatar introduced a visa-free entry program for 80 countries+ to attract more tourists and business people to the tiny emirate following the Saudi-led embargo+ that has isolated it within the GulfCooperation Council. The list included US and European countries, India, China, Russia, but curiously left out Pakistan, one of …

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Saudi Arabia’s missing princes

Reda El Mawy    In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government – and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them. Early in the …

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Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

ABU DHABI: Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Yemen, the UAE military confirmed on Saturday. The Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government against Shia rebels had initially played down Friday evening’s incident, saying that the pilot had been forced to …

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Russia, Iran pushing their influence in Afghanistan as country’s future grows shaky

For 16 years, the United States has tried to stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan with a goal of preventing the war-torn country from once again being used as a launching pad for international terrorism – as it was during the September 11 attacks. But despite spending more than $600 billion and …

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America Should Not Cheer on an India-China Fight

Playing geopolitics in South and Central Asia can have disastrous consequences for U.S. national security. Lyle J. Goldstein August 2, 2017 This article is taken from http://nationalinterest.org Tensions have been building on the Himalayan frontier that separates China and India, even as a new round of political instability roils Pakistan. A …

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