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US wants to 'build momentum' for Gulf crisis summit

Doha - The United States is looking to "build some momentum" towards resolving the Gulf crisis ahead of a possible summit in the autumn, a US diplomat said Tuesday.

UAE further delays launch of first nuclear reactor

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that its first nuclear reactor would come online in late 2019 or early 2020, further delaying the launch of the Arab World's first atomic power station.

Qatar 'must stop support for terror', top UN court told

Den Haag - Abu Dhabi on Thursday called on Doha to stop "supporting terrorist groups and individuals" and strongly denied human rights abuses against Qatari citizens before the UN's top court.

Gulf crisis moves to UN's top court in case filed by Qatar

Den Haag - The bitter Gulf crisis moved into the international courts Wednesday as Qatar accused the United Arab Emirates of fostering an "environment of hate" against Qataris.

Qatar takes standoff with UAE to UN's top court

Den Haag - Qatar Wednesday will launch an urgent case before the UN's highest court against United Arab Emirates, accusing it of human rights violations after its Gulf neighbours cut all ties with Doha last year.

Qatar says 'stronger' despite year-long Gulf dispute

Doha - On the first anniversary of a bitter Gulf diplomatic rift, Qatar's foreign minister on Tuesday declared his country stronger than ever and said it was open to dialogue with its regional rivals.

Qatar economy weathers storms of year-long blockade

Dubai - Qatar has weathered the economic impacts of a stifling Saudi-led blockade, maintaining healthy growth, but some sectors continue to pay the price a year after the crisis erupted.

US, Gulf Arab states place sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

Washington - The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region.

Gulf braces for fallout after US exit from Iran deal

Dubai - Gulf Arab countries were on Wednesday bracing for the economic and security fallout after President Donald Trump announced the United States was exiting the Iran nuclear deal.

Rouhani says Iran 'ready' to talk to Arab neighbours

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Iran is ready to discuss regional security issues with its Gulf Arab neighbours as long as foreign powers are kept out of any potential talks.

Qatar calls to resolve Gulf rift with 'dignity'

Doha - Qatar's emir called Thursday for a negotiated settlement to a damaging dispute with other Gulf states, but insisted any solution should not come at the expense of "our sovereignty and dignity." "Qatar's sovereignty is above all considerations.

Saudi, allies snub Qatar at crisis-hit Gulf summit

Kuwait City - Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia snubbed its former ally Qatar at the annual summit Tuesday of Gulf monarchies as King Salman stayed away despite the presence of the Qatari emir.

US, Gulf states slap sanctions on Yemen IS, Al-Qaeda figures

Washington - The United States and six Gulf states announced sanctions on top Islamic State and Al-Qaeda figures in Yemen Wednesday in the first joint action under the US- and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.

Tillerson heads back to deal with Gulf crisis

Washington - The United States will again try to resolve a Gulf crisis that Washington has alternatively fueled or tried to soothe, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads back to the region.

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced Tuesday.

UN political chief in Kuwait to discuss Gulf crisis

New York - The UN's political chief, Jeffrey Feltman, is in Kuwait for talks on ending the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Gulf states to mark end of Ramadan from Sunday

Riyadh - The Eid al-Fitr feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is to start on Sunday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Gulf states, the religious authorities announced.

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.

German minister accuses Trump of stirring Gulf conflict

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of stirring up conflicts in the Middle East and risking a new arms race as Qatar's neighbours cut ties with Doha.

Qatar crisis has 'no impact' on US military operations: Pentagon

Washington - A Saudi-led move to isolate Qatar has had "no impact" on US military operations in the emirate, nor is any expected, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

FBI helping Qatar in 'hacking' probe: source

Doha - The FBI is helping Qatar investigate the source of an alleged "hack" of state media which sparked diplomatic tensions in the Gulf, a source with knowledge of the probe said Friday.

Saudi royals host Erdogan ahead of Syria talks

Riyadh - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Arabia's top leadership on Tuesday during a visit to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour ahead of Syria peace talks.

Saudi, other Muslims spared ban as US allies: experts

Dibai - Gulf monarchies, notably Saudi Arabia, and other major Muslim nations have been spared the US travel ban because they are crucial allies of Washington and not "failed states", experts say.

Hope, and fear, as US Gulf allies look to Trump

Dibai - US Gulf allies are looking at Donald Trump to tilt Washington in their favour, analysts say, but fear a dangerous void if the incoming president goes so far as to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

Britain will help Gulf 'push back' against Iran aggression: PM

London - Britain will help Gulf states "push back" against aggressive regional actions by Iran, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain on Wednesday in a televised address.

Gulf, Turkey bemoan UN inaction on Aleppo

Riyadh - Turkey's foreign minister and his Arab counterparts in the Gulf on Thursday condemned "indiscriminate" air strikes on Syria's Aleppo and expressed "deep regret" at the UN's inability to stop the raids.

Gulf, Turkey bemoan UN inaction on Aleppo

Riyadh - Turkey's foreign minister and his Arab counterparts in the Gulf on Thursday condemned "indiscriminate" air strikes on Syria's Aleppo and expressed "deep regret" at the UN's inability to stop the raids.

Gulf, Turkey bemoan UN inaction on Aleppo

Riyadh - Turkey's foreign minister and his Arab counterparts in the Gulf on Thursday condemned "indiscriminate" air strikes on Syria's Aleppo and expressed "deep regret" at the UN's inability to stop the raids.

Kerry outlines new Yemen peace push

Jeddah - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday announced a fresh international peace initiative for Yemen aimed at forming a unity government to resolve its 17-month-old conflict.

Kerry in Saudi talks on Yemen, Syria, Libya

Jeddah - US Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks with his Gulf counterparts and a British minister in Saudi Arabia on Thursday on the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya.
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Members of the Naval Air Station Pensacola Pollution Response unit set oil containment boom at Sherman Cove aboard the base to protect environmentally sensitive grass beds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010.
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Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. With the Mississippi Delta on the left, the silvery swirling oil slick from the April 20 explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform is highly visible. The rig was located roughly 50 miles southeast of the coast of Louisiana.
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Debris and oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform float in the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank April 22, 2010
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Oil in the water along Orange Beach in Alabama
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The oil spill streaming into the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Shrimp boats tow fire-resistant oil-containment boom as their crews conduct in situ burn training off the coast of Venice, La.
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A view of the Gulf Coast.
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DISASTER: Boats equipped with water cannons fight the devastating fire at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water's surface and stretches south from the Mississippi Delta with what looks like a tail
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Work crews clean tar balls from the beach in Grand Isle, LA
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Workers at a decontamination site in Venice, La., bundle oil containment boom after it was replaced by clean boom and cleaned
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An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
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A rig in the gulf where an explosion occurred on April 20, 2010.
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