Middle East/The Gulf


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Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian (R) meeting with Bader Abdullah Al-Munaikh, Kuwait's newly-appointed ambassador to Iran, in Tehran on August 13, 2022.

Kuwait sends first ambassador to Iran since 2016

Ambassadorial appointment comes as UAE also 'considering' sending envoy

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Journalists talk in front of a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2019.

Former Khashoggi lawyer released from custody in UAE

Some suggest Ghafoor's arrest was politically motivated, citing ties to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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A passenger airplane flies over a smoldering fire at a Saudi Aramco oil depot after a Yemen Houthi rebel attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2022.

Suspect in 2015 Saudi blast kills himself with suicide belt during arrest

Islamic State attack in 2015 killed 15 people near the Yemen border

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The Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Pennsylvania, United States, on April 26, 2017.

Emirati princess compares Gaza operation to Holocaust on Twitter

HB Faisal al-Qassimi compares Israeli army to the Nazis and implies that Jews control the media

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Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather outside the main gate of Baghdad's Green Zone on July 27, 2022.

Political turmoil in Iraq not likely to be solved any time soon

Protesters return to parliament in Baghdad at calling of Muqtada al-Sadr

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Women walk past graffitied walls of the closed US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 8, 2015.

US urges Yemen’s Houthi rebels to release embassy, UN staff

The US mission in Sanaa closed in 2015 after the Houthi rebels ousted Yemen's government the year prior

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Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud (R), chairing the virtual extraordinary meeting of the virtual meeting of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on April 9, 2020.

Saudi Arabia, UAE to increase oil output in case of winter supply crisis - report

Sources say that Saudi Arabia and the UAE possess nearly 2.0-2.7 million bpd of spare production capacity

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Lawmakers attend a session of Kuwait's parliament in Kuwait City, on February 8, 2022

Kuwait formally dissolves parliament to ‘rectify political scene’

Kuwait bans political parties but gives its legislature more influence than similar bodies in the region

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UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg meets with local officials in Taez, Yemen, on November 8, 2021.

Yemen warring parties agree to extend truce for 2 more months - UN

The parties committed to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible

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The design plan for the 500-meter tall parallel structures, known collectively as The Line, in the heart of the Red Sea megacity NEOM, Saudi Arabia, on July 26, 2022.

Saudi Arabia unveils design plans for futuristic megacity NEOM

NEOM raised eyebrows for proposed flourishes like flying taxis and robot maids, but architects are wary

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A Yemeni beekeeper checks his beehives at a farm in Yemen's third city of Taez, on June 28, 2022.

Yemen's ancient honey production a victim of war, climate change

Honey plays a 'vital role' in Yemen's economy, with 100,000 households dependent on it for their livelihoods

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An Israeli El Al Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the tarmac, at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, east of Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 20, 2020.

Saudi official: Opening of our skies is not a step toward normalization with Israel

'The decision to allow the use of our airspace to all airlines is in line with our international obligations'

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 14, 2021.

Saudi crown prince heads to Greece, France

The Greek foreign ministry says Salman will meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

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US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking takes part in a conference on Yemen's devastating war hosted by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in the Saudi capital Riyadh on March 30, 2022.

US special envoy to visit Middle East for Yemen peace talks

Lenderking's trip to the Middle East comes shortly after US President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia

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Then-Kuwaiti interior minister Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, currently prime minister, attends a parliamentary session at the national assembly in Kuwait City on March 15, 2022.

Kuwait's crown prince names son as prime minister

The 66-year-old Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah served as interior minister and has a background in security roles

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Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa during a meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince at the Sukheir Royal Palace in the capital Manama, on December 9, 2021.

Report: Bahrain minister sacked for refusing to shake hands with Israeli envoy

Bahraini govt source says minister was replaced as part of a reshuffle

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Muslim pilgrims pray during the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on July 11, 2022.

Saudi arrested after Israeli journalist's Mecca report

This is 'a direct violation of the regulations which prohibit entry to Mecca to non-Muslims'

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Rabbi to the UAE Rabbi Levi Duchman, together with the Dubai community Rabbis, Rabbi Mendel Blau and Rabbi Mendel Duchman, pose with matzah in Kfar Chabad, Israel on March 21, 2022.

UAE becomes home to growing number of Jewish residents

The Jewish community in the UAE has expanded up to over 600 members since the Abraham Accords were signed

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A Yemeni soldier inspects a site of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting two houses in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26, 2022.

Yemen truce holds, but blocked roads a 'major' worry for UN

Routes are punctuated by roadblocks and detours can see the cost of transportation quadruple

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Worshippers perform the farewell tawaf (circumambulation) in the holy Saudi city of Mecca on July 11, 2022, marking the end of this year's Hajj.

Israeli journalist apologizes after his visit to Mecca enrages Muslims

'The purpose of this entire endeavor was to showcase the importance of Mecca and the beauty of the religion'

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James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, United States, October 22, 2019.

Former US envoy to i24NEWS: Saudi Arabia 'does not consider Israel an enemy'

'They did not consider Israel an enemy but rather a partner in standing up against Iran,' says Jeffrey

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In this June 23, 2018 photo, a Saudi man looks at buildings on a bridge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Religious police for years had the power to demand proof of marriage between men and women in cars together. Their powers have been curtailed since 2015, but

Exclusive: i24NEWS reporters visit Saudi Arabia during Biden trip

'Look at the diversity we are having now'

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An Emirati visitor stands beneath the waving flags of countries participating in Expo 2020 in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on October 6, 2021.

Survey: Growing minority in Gulf countries approve of informal ties with Israelis

Only 39 percent of Gazans expressed a negative opinion of the Abraham Accords

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This handout image provided by the UAE Ministry Of Presidential Affairs, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan waving as he departs from King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia, on July 16, 2022.

UAE president's France trip to boost ties, focus on energy

The UAE is home to the Gulf region's largest French and Francophone expatriate community