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Qatar leader hails Amir’s efforts, says ‘1,000 times better off’ without allies

DOHA: Months into a dispute that has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar’s emir said yesterday his country was “a thousand times better off” without…

Kuwait supports Lebanon sovereignty; Patriarch meets Saudi king, Hariri

BEIRUT/RIYADH: Kuwait’s ambassador to Lebanon told President Michel Aoun his country supports his efforts to overcome the “delicate situation” and stands by Lebanese sovereignty, Aoun said in a tweet yesterday.…

Fears for Lebanese economy if Saudi Arabia imposes Qatar-style blockade

BEIRUT: Lebanese politicians and bankers believe Saudi Arabia intends to do to their country what it did to Qatar – corral Arab allies into enforcing an economic blockade unless its…

Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll hits 530

ANKARA: Iranian officials called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of finding more survivors from the earthquake that shook parts of western Iran on Sunday, killing at least…

Hunt for survivors after quake kills 415 near Iran-Iraq border

Amir sends condolences to Iranian, Iraqi leaders TEHRAN: Teams of Iranian rescuers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors yesterday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing…

Hezbollah crown jewel of Iran’s rising influence

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Hezbollah, blamed by Saad Hariri for his shock resignation as premier, has grown over the three decades since its founding into a mighty army used by Iran to…

Tribal justice awaits returning Iraqis who joined Islamic State

AL-OBEIDI: In the unforgiving deserts of Iraq, there is just one way to deal with defeated members of the Islamic State group who try to come home-tribal justice. No pardons…

Yemeni rebels vow escalation – Saudi Arabia looks to relax blockade

SANAA: Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country, days after closing them…

Amir launches conference on Palestinian children’s plight

Palestinian leader, Arab League chief hail Kuwait’s support KUWAIT: An international conference on the continued plight of Palestinian children amid the ongoing Israeli transgression opened in Kuwait yesterday, sponsored and…

Bahrain opposition leader accused of ‘spying’ for Qatar

DUBAI: Bahraini Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman will face trial later this month for “spying” for Qatar, the state prosecution said yesterday. Salman will be tried alongside two of…

How Saudi turned on Hariri

Saudi trying to weaken Iranian influence in Lebanon   BEIRUT: From the moment Saad Al-Hariri’s plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday Nov 3, he was in for a…

As Iran-Saudi Arabia ‘Cold War’ heats up, what next?

Experts believe risk of direct military clash is low TEHRAN: From a Yemeni missile attack to the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, the “Cold War” between Middle East rivals Saudi…