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Qatar abolishes exit visa system

DOHA: Long-awaited reform of Qatar’s controversial exit visa system, which requires foreign workers to obtain their bosses’ permission to leave the country, came into force yesterday, the government said. “Law…

Almost 2 million Iranian pilgrims head for Arbaeen

MEHRAN: At the border town of Mehran between Iran and Iraq, a sea of pilgrims surges forwards, en route to one of the biggest religious pilgrimages on the planet. Iranian…

Palestinian voter turnout was less than 1% in the last vote

Palestinians debate value of vote boycott JERUSALEM: As Jerusalem voters go to the polls tomorrow for municipal elections, Palestinians are debating not which candidate to back — but whether to…

Muscat says time to accept Israel after Bibi visits Oman

Saudi Arabia beacon of ‘light’ – Gulf ‘pillar’ of stability – ‘Russia cannot replace US’ MANAMA: Oman described Israel as an accepted Middle East state yesterday, a day after hosting…

Riyadh rejects call to extradite Khashoggi killers, US ‘concerned’

MANAMA: Riyadh yesterday dismissed Ankara’s calls to extradite 18 Saudis being held over the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, as Washington warned the crisis risked destabilizing the Middle East. “The…

Europe, Mideast map redrawn by WWI

World War I overhauled the global balance of power PARIS: Empires would fall, regions reconfigure, new countries form: the end of World War I overhauled the global balance of power…

CIA chief heard recording of Khashoggi killing

Khashoggi’s murder ‘premeditated’: Saudi Prosecutor ISTANBUL: CIA director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during her visit to Turkey this week, two…

Dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murder

LONDON: Saudi dissident satirist Ghanem Almasarir, whose social media mockery of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gets millions of hits, told AFP he is undeterred by Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Speaking…

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince jokes ‘Hariri not kidnapped’

After feeling betrayed, Trump holds cards on MBS RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince joked about allegations that Lebanon’s premier-designate Saad Hariri was detained in the kingdom last year, saying he…

Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: analysts

DOHA: Global diplomatic fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate may help Qatar in its political stand-off with the kingdom, experts said. The backlash…

Domestic pressures behind Jordan move to reclaim land from Israel

Jordan wants to take back two border areas AMMAN: A decision by Jordan’s King Abdullah II to reclaim territory leased to Israel for a quarter of a century was spurred…

Israel warplanes strike Gaza after rocket fire

JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday in response to rocket fire from the territory into southern Israel, the army said. The fighter jets targeted a…