Qatar's Emir Skips GCC Summit, Blockade Countries Accuse Qatar of Lack of Seriousness
Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani missed the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Once Propped up by Qatari High-Rollers, Saudi City Prays for Truce
Jackhammers and cranes gather dust at half-built Qatari-funded hotel sites in a Saudi city hit hard by an abrupt diplomatic rupture, but signs of thawing cross-border ties are reviving economic hopes.
Qatar State Minister for Foreign Affairs Arrives in Riyadh: QNA
Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, state news agency QNA said, for a preparatory meeting ahead of an annual summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders that could see a thaw in a 2-1/2-year Gulf crisis.
Qatari Foreign Minister's Saudi Visit Seen Easing Gulf Rift
Qatar’s foreign minister has made an unannounced visit to Riyadh, two sources told Reuters, amid signs that a 2-1/2-year rift among U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states could soon subside.
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Hopeful Gulf Crisis will End Soon
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said on Saturday he was hopeful a bitter dispute between Gulf Arab states could soon end and urged them to unify military capabilities as tensions with Iran simmer.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain to Take Part in Gulf Football Cup in Doha
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced they will participate in the upcoming Gulf Cup football tournament in Qatar, to be held between November 24 and December 6.
Head of Tunisia's Ennahda Movement Accuses Bahraini FM of "Underestimating Tunisian Democracy"
Responding to the Bahraini minister accusations to Qatar of meddling in Tunisia's internal affairs, Rachid Al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's main Islamist Ennahda movement, attacked the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Al Khalifa, accusing him of "underestimating the Tunisian Democracy".
Qatar Approves Minimum Wage Law, Scraps Worker Exit Permits
Qatar's government said on Thursday it adopted a new minimum wage law and will scrap mandatory exit visas for all workers, part of a broad labour reform programme ahead of its hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Cassation Court Upholds Conviction of Al-Dossari and Al-Arabi for Receiving Money from Qatari Minister
The Court of Cassation upheld on Wednesday (October 9, 2019) the two verdicts issued against convicts in receiving money from a former Qatari Minister, aiming at affecting the Parliamentary elections in Bahrain. The first instance court had sentenced Waheed Al-Dossari to 5 years in prison and Hasan Al-Araibi to 3 years.
Soccer-Qatar Reforms Falling Short of Promises, says Amnesty
World Cup 2022 host Qatar has made improvements in labor rights for its two million foreign workers, but reforms have not lived up to promises made, Amnesty International told Reuters in an interview.
Hundreds of Workers in Qatar Unpaid as Reforms Stall, Amnesty Says
Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar have gone without pay and many were forced to return to their home countries without compensation, despite recent reforms intended to improve worker rights, a report from Amnesty International said on Thursday.
Amnesty Urges Saudi Arabia to Reveal Whereabouts of 2 Missing Qataris
Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to reveal the whereabouts of a Qatari father and son who allegedly disappeared during a visit to the kingdom last month, the rights group said in a letter published on Tuesday.
Bahrain Bans Number of Bahrainis Working in Qatar from Traveling to Doha: Activist
A Bahraini activist said that the Bahraini authorities are preventing Bahrainis from traveling to Qatar although they had previously authorized them to travel for work reasons.
Taliban Says Near Agreement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to an agreement with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban promise that the country would not become a haven for international militants.
Report: Quarter of World's Population in 17 Countries including Bahrain Facing Extreme Water Stress
A report issued by World Resources Institute said that nearly a quarter of the world's population living in 17 countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Libya, are facing extremely high water stress, close to "day zero".
Bahraini Interior Minister Accuses Qatar of Targeting Sunnis of his Country
Bahrain Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa reiterated his country's accusations to Iran and Qatar of "promoting chaos" in Bahrain which has been witnessing protests demanding political reform since 8 years.
Facebook Says it Dismantles Covert Influence Campaign Tied to Saudi Government
People connected to the government of Saudi Arabia have run a network of fake accounts and pages on Facebook Inc to promote state propaganda and attack regional rivals, the social media giant said on Thursday.
Murad Al-Hayiki: Players with Fire, Future of Bahrain and its People
On July 14, Al-Jazeera channel broadcast a new episode of its investigative program “What's Hidden is Worse” entitled “Players with Fire”, through which it highlighted two issues related to Bahrain. The first is the Bahraini authorities’ narrative that the protesters at the Pearl [Lualua] Roundabout in 2011 were armed, and the second is regarding the supposed cooperation between the Bahraini security authorities and citizens with jihadist ideology who have links with Al-Qaeda.
Saudi Arabia Releases Qatari National Detained for a Year: Rights Group
A Qatari national arrested in Yemen on suspicions of working with the Iran-aligned Houthis has been released after more than a year in detention in Saudi Arabia, Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) said.
After "Al-Arabiya" Presenter's Insult, Deputy Bahrain Shura Council Speaker Incites against "Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood"
Not long after the insult of the Saudi "Al-Arabiya" Channel, Sara Dandrawi, to Kuwait, deputy speaker of the Bahraini Shura council Jamal Fakhro followed suit, once again inserting Kuwait's name in the gulf media campaigns.