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US, Poland plan global meeting to pressure Iran: Pompeo

Manama - The United States and Poland will hold an international meeting on the Middle East that will seek to build pressure on Iran next month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.

Pompeo in Bahrain on first leg of tour of Gulf allies

Manama - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday, the first leg of a tour of Gulf monarchies which Washington says are "critical" to confronting Iran and jihadists.

China's defence minister to visit Washington: Mattis

Manama - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe would visit Washington next week, following tensions between the two powers.

Saudi rejects Turkey call to extradite Khashoggi killers

Manama - Riyadh Saturday dismissed Ankara's calls to extradite 18 Saudis wanted for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, as Washington warned the crisis risked destabilising the Middle East."The individuals are Saudi nationals.

Khashoggi killers 'will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia': Saudi FM

Manama - Saudi Arabia will prosecute the suspects in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh's foreign minister said Saturday in response to a call by Turkey for their extradition. "On the issue of extradition, the individuals are Saudi nationals.

Mattis says Russia cannot replace US in Mideast

Manama - Russia is no replacement for the United States in the Middle East following Moscow's military intervention in Syria, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told a regional security conference on Saturday.

Bahrain unveils fiscal overhaul with $10bn from Gulf allies

Bahrain - Bahrain on Thursday announced a fiscal overhaul aimed at balancing its budget by 2022, backed up by a $10-billion support package from key Gulf allies. The plan aims to save 800 million Bahraini dinars ($2.1 billion, 1.

UNESCO marks Colombian national park for conservation

Manama - Colombia's massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday."Congratulations," the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization announced on Twitter.With an area of ​​2.

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Manama - UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman's ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural body said.

Kenya's Lake Turkana put on World Heritage danger list

Manama - A UNESCO panel on Thursday added Lake Turkana, a conservation hotspot in Kenya and a candidate site for the birthplace of mankind, to the list of endangered World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO removes Belize reef from endangered World Heritage list

Manama - UNESCO removed the Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize from its list of threatened World Heritage Sites on Tuesday, praising the Central American country for its "visionary" steps to protect it.

US Navy sees better Iranian behaviour in Gulf

Manama - The Iranian military's behaviour in the Gulf has changed "across the board" in recent months, the US Navy said on Thursday, after years of tensions in the busy waterway.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Largest Shia political party suspended in Bahrain

Bahrain - El-Wefaq, the largest Shia political party in Bahrain was suspended yesterday. The assets of the party were frozen as well.

Bahrain teachers’ activist freed after long campaign

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association, who was jailed for his work promoting human rights in his country, has been freed after over three years in prison.

Kerry urges Iran to help end wars in Yemen, Syria

Manama - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iran on Thursday to help end wars in Yemen and Syria, where Tehran and its Gulf Arab rivals are backing opposing sides.

Kerry tells Bahrain respect for human rights 'essential'

Manama - US Secretary of State John Kerry told Bahrain Thursday that respect for human rights is "essential", as the Gulf kingdom faces persistent accusations of discrimination against its Shiite majority.

War on IS 'starting to pay off': French minister

Manama - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told forces on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf Thursday that the war against the Islamic State group was starting to bear its fruit.

Syrian Christian town becomes frontline with IS

Sadad - On the outskirts of the Syrian Christian town of Sadad, children play in front of a cannon fired just hours ago in an ongoing battle against the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Gulf states paying price for intervention in Yemen

Sanaa - As long as the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen engaged solely in a bombing campaign, they were free of casualties except for a few losses at the southern Saudi border.
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