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Yemen counter-terrorism mission shows UAE military ambition
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Yemen counter-terrorism mission shows UAE military ambition

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 4:34 PM

UAE special forces are orchestrating the hunt for al Qaeda in remote deserts and mountains

Funding, regulation challenge Saudi private sector drive
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Funding, regulation challenge Saudi private sector drive

Saturday, 25 June 2016 10:21 AM

Tens of billions of dollars of opportunity for private firms, but financing projects may be tough in cheap oil era and austerity policies may make investment less attractive

Bahrain gambles with security by launching crackdown on Shi'ites
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Bahrain gambles with security by launching crackdown on Shi'ites

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 4:35 PM

Ruling family aims to end years of instability with a crackdown on Shi'ite political parties

Sounding the alarm for Iraqi Kurdistan
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Sounding the alarm for Iraqi Kurdistan

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:26 AM

It has taken near-bankruptcy for Iraqi Kurdistan to face up to its corruption and inefficient government. But with the outside world reluctant to lend a hand, worsening sectarianism and a war on its doorstep, can the region fix itself?

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'Take me home': 1.8m refugees and counting
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'Take me home': 1.8m refugees and counting

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:25 AM

At least 1.8 million refugees and internally displaced people are seeking refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, weighing heavily on a region already struggling to stay afloat. Locals say they are doing what they can but are desperate for more international aid

Standing firm: the defenders of Kurdistan
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Standing firm: the defenders of Kurdistan

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:25 AM

Along a sandbagged wall in the desert, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are holding the frontline against ISIL in Iraq. But the armed forces of a region desperate for independence are simultaneously battling a reluctance in the West to better support them

What will it take for investors to return to Kurdistan?
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What will it take for investors to return to Kurdistan?

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:24 AM

For a decade, billions of dollars from foreigners, particularly from the Gulf, helped transform Erbil into a booming capital. But economic and security crises since 2014 have suspended thousands of projects, leaving the city and investors in limbo.

Saudi Arabia puts focus on jobs firmly at heart of reforms
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Saudi Arabia puts focus on jobs firmly at heart of reforms

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 4:03 PM

Gulf kingdom plans to spend billions of riyals on technical training and other initiatives to boost the number of its citizens in private sector jobs

When will the crisis end in Lebanon?
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When will the crisis end in Lebanon?

Saturday, 4 June 2016 2:29 AM

Soured relations with the GCC that have cost Lebanon billions of dollars in aid, trade and remittances are exacerbating an already critical economic impasse. Without a president for two years, the situation may get worse before it gets better

New Saudi energy minister shows he takes OPEC seriously
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New Saudi energy minister shows he takes OPEC seriously

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 2:04 PM

Khalid al-Falih turns up in Vienna, three days before the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' meeting

Iran-Saudi row threatens any OPEC deal, puts role in question
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Iran-Saudi row threatens any OPEC deal, puts role in question

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 2:21 PM

Less than six months after the lifting of Western sanctions, Iran is close to regaining normal oil export volumes

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age
Media»

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 5:04 PM

Saudi Arabia's leaders have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils

What pushes Jordanian entrepreneurs to succeed?
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What pushes Jordanian entrepreneurs to succeed?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 3:54 PM

Jordan, one of the middle east’s smallest markets, has produced the largest number of the region’s start-up success stories. Tamara Pupic takes a look at the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Amman.

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'Bachelor ban' in Qatar tests relations with migrant workers
Culture & Society»

'Bachelor ban' in Qatar tests relations with migrant workers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 4:49 PM

Recent ramping up of family-only rules in Qatar is excluding the country's vast South Asian workforce

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Domestic focus may limit clout of new $2trn Saudi fund
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Domestic focus may limit clout of new $2trn Saudi fund

Monday, 16 May 2016 4:34 PM

Fund's growth abroad is likely to be slowed by its responsibility for aiding the economy at home


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