Saudi Arabia to seek bidders for rail link from Red Sea to Persian Gulf

Contract tenders will be issued at the end of 2017 for the ‘Land Bridge line’ that will speed up shipping seaborne freight around the Saudi coast

More than 80 people are dead after IS shootings and suicide bombings in Iraq

Many of the dead in the attack near the city of Nasiriyah were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, some of them Iranian, officials say

Qatar invests in US to show resilience

The Qatar Investment Authority presses ahead with plans to invest in the US ‘to downplay the political crisis with Saudi Arabia’

Moody’s says Qatar boycott is hurting the whole region

Since the June 5 Qatar sanctions, the economies of all the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council have become credit-negative

Cholera in Yemen ‘worst health crisis for a preventable disease in modern times’

The waterborne disease could affect 850,000 by the end of the year as war-ravaged Yemen’s health infrastructure collapses

Syrian anger as Israel hits strategic site

Site, near the Syrian town of Masyaf, reportedly used by forces from Iran and Hezbollah

Iran pilgrims back in Mecca for hajj

In 2017, pilgrims from Shiite Iran return to Mecca in Saudi Arabia after a hiatus following a diplomatic spat

Zarooni who? A little digging shows the Guptas’ UAE associate is not well known

Visits to Charles King in Switzerland, and to some of the UAE business Oakbay says he is involved in, turned up closed offices, with the neighbours of one ...

Dubai’s come a long way since Abu Dhabi had to bail it out in 2009

Dubai is a rare example of a Gulf economy that does not rely almost entirely on oil revenue to fund expansion

Afghanistan will become ‘US graveyard’, Taliban tells Trump

The US president backtracked from his promise to rapidly end America’s longest war in his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief late

Qatar blocks Saudi aircraft from transporting pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s state carrier fails to get landing permission at Doha airport, amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries

Saudi Arabia re-opens border to Qatar for the Hajj

Qatar’s foreign minister welcomes the move but lashes out at Riyadh’s ‘politicisation’ of religious freedoms

Qatar hangs tough as blockade passes two-month mark

The economy has been bruised by the country’s Saudi-led isolation, but looks strong enough to survive, analysts say

Israel detains diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz in money laundering probe

The adviser to the Austrian chancellor was also one of the five people detained for questioning on suspicions of money laundering, fraud, forgery and bribery

Five migrants down and 50 missing

People smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen

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