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Yemen's rebel alliance unravels in Sanaa

Dibai - An alliance between Huthi rebels and Yemen strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, which jointly controls the capital Sanaa, has begun to unravel, threatening to further splinter a country already ravaged by war.

UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch

Abu Dhabi - At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme.

Mystery Qatari sheikh pushed into Gulf crisis spotlight

Dibai - Two months into a bitter Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia's use of a previously unknown Qatari royal family member has opened a new -- and bizarre -- front in the conflict.

US fighter pilot ejects on emergency landing at Bahrain

Dibai - A US military aircraft made an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport on Saturday and its pilot ejected on the runway after an engine malfunction, a navy spokesman said.

Nobel laureates urge Saudi to hold off on execution of 14 Shiites

Dibai - Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shiites convicted of protest-linked crimes.

Yemen's blood bank faces threat of closure within days

Dibai - Yemen's blood bank has sent out an urgent appeal to anyone who will listen, as war and a blockade on the capital may force the centre to close within a week.

At least 56 dead as smugglers throw 300 African migrants into Yemen sea

Dibai - At least 56 people have drowned over the past 24 hours, and dozens remain missing, after human traffickers forced 300 African migrants off two Yemen-bound boats and into the sea.

6 dead, 13 missing as smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea

Dibai - Six migrants drowned and 13 went missing Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Ethiopian migrants off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organization for Migration said.

Fire erupts in Dubai residential highrise

Dibai - A fire erupted in a residential highrise in Dubai Sunday, authorities said, days after a blaze tore through a tower across the street.

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Dibai - Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in the glitzy Gulf city state of Dubai early on Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years.

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

Dibai - With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.

Four Arab states double down on Qatar boycott

Dibai - The foreign ministers of four Arab states boycotting Qatar said Sunday they would make no compromises in their demand that Doha change its policies, as a political crisis that has split the Gulf approaches its third month.

Saudi police release Snapchat 'model in skirt' without charge

Dibai - Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, the government said Wednesday.

Gulf states prepare for VAT in time of crisis

Dibai - Oil-rich Gulf countries, which for decades have attracted millions of foreign workers thanks to their reputation as tax-free havens, aim to introduce value-added tax in 2018 to plug budget gaps.

Razed Bahrain protest hub reopens with new name

Dibai - Bahrain's Pearl roundabout, hub of 2011 protests for a constitutional monarchy and an elected government, reopened under a new name on Wednesday six years after being demolished and sealed off.

Defiant Qatar rejects interference as Gulf crisis grows

Dibai - Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy on Thursday, defying calls from the emirate's Gulf neighbours despite an escalating crisis.

Bahrain bans newspaper for 'sowing division'

Dibai - The government in Sunni-ruled Bahrain announced Sunday an indefinite ban on the independent Al-Wasat newspaper on accusations that it publishes "what sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom.

Op-Ed: Forces of Saudi-supported Yemen president Hadi lose Aden airport

Aden - Forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates are reported to have taken control of the airport in Aden ousting fighters loyal to the Saudi-supported president Mansour Hadi.

Saudi activist 'deported' from Qatar: watchdog

Dibai - Qatar has deported a Saudi human rights activist who was on his way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum, a watchdog said on Monday.

Bahrain police fire on Shiite protest, one reported dead

Dibai - Bahraini police opened fire Tuesday on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the latest unrest to hit the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.
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