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The longer the Gulf crisis lasts, the higher the stakes get

  James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and the UAE appear to be contemplating engineering a military coup in Qatar with the stakes in the Gulf crisis so high that a negotiated solution may prove difficult, if not impossible. Neither side in the Gulf divide can afford to back down or …

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Bahrain, Oman ‘most vulnerable’ to low oil prices

Experts have warned that Bahrain and Oman are the most vulnerable among exporters to low oil prices. A new research note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Bahrain was most vulnerable among the 68 economies the bank covers because of its fiscal deficit seen as the largest. The note …

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Iran Holds Annual Anti-Israel Rallies, Chant Against Saudi Leaders

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities to take part in state-sponsored anti-Israeli rallies marking the annual Quds Day, state media report. Some protesters set Israeli and U.S. flags on fire, reports said on June 23, while others chanted “Death to …

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Suicide bomber killed in foiled Makkah plot to attack Grand Mosque: Saudi state media

AP Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes. The Interior Ministry said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, …

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Iraq’s Kurds brush aside warnings on independence plebiscite

The Kurdistan Regional Government reiterated its pledge to stage a planned referendum in September, warning that any effort to thwart it would result in “catastrophe” and “bloody war.” “I do not know when this kind of thing may occur. However, the current situation is not sustainable between the central government …

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Saudi envoy denies Pakistani mediation in Gulf row

ISLAMABAD: Acting Saudi ambassador Marwan bin Radwan Mirdad has denied that Pakistan is mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar over their diplomatic row. Speaking at a press conference at the Saudi embassy here on Thur­s­day, the Saudi charge d’affaires said Pakistani “prime minister did not say he was mediating”. He …

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Prince’s meteoric rise steers S. Arabia in uncertain direction

KARACHI: With the removal of Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince from the Saudi line of succession on Wednesday, the decks have apparently been cleared for King Salman’s young, ambitious son Mohammed bin Salman to one day assume the throne of the desert kingdom. While palace intrigues and court politics …

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Saudi claims capturing of three Iranian Revolutionary Guards from the boat

AFP Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it captured three Iranian Revolutionary Guards aboard an explosive-laden boat heading to an oil platform in the Gulf. The three “are now being questioned by Saudi authorities,” the information and culture ministry said in a statement, at a time of already heightened tensions …

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‘Are you with us or with Qatar,’ Saudi King asks Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: “Are you with us or with Qatar?” Saudi King Salman raised this question during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had visited the Gulf Kingdom for finding a diplomatic solution to the Qatar crisis. The Saudi monarch asked Sharif to take a clear position on Qatar …

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Naughty Qatar

Mahir Ali THE extraordinary excoriation of Qatar in the immediate wake of Donald Trump’s May dance in Riyadh was almost certainly premeditated. Before his foray into a region about which he knows next to nothing, the US president was briefed by princes from Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Hence he …

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