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Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Bahrain Flexi Visa to help 3,000 undocumented OFWs

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is seeking 'pathways for regularization' for overseas Filipino workers

BAHRAIN WORKERS. Workers at a borehole in the desert of Bahrain, Middle East. File photo from Shutterstock

Philippine Azkals absorb painful draw to Bahrain

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:26 AM

The Philippine men's football team starts its buildup under new coach Scott Cooper

The Philippine Azkals start their preparations with a friendly against the Bahrain national team. File photo from the Philippine Football Federation

Over 100 rights groups urge Bahrain to free activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:29 PM

The call by 127 non-governmental organizations came after the United Nations denounced Nabeel Rajab's detention as 'arbitrary' and 'discriminatory' earlier this month

NABEEL RAJAB. Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (C) is greeted by relatives at his home in the village of Bani Jamrah, west of Manama, earlier on July 14, 2015, after his release from prision. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Asian Games marathon winner accused of pushing rival

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Japan's Hiroto Inoue wins by a fraction of a second but Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi says he has been deliberately pushed

CONTROVERSIAL. Japan's Hiroto Inoue (left) and Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi run toward the finish line during the controversial Asiad men's marathon. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

May 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Qatar's Government Communications Office says it is trying to 'protect the safety of consumers,' amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Bahrain vows to hunt social media dissidents

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Bahraini government will adopt 'severe measures to deal with unprecedented chaos by disruptive social media accounts'

Iran denies links to Bahrain 'terror cell'

Mar 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Pinning the blame on others and repeating outdated scenarios and baseless accusations against others will not help the Bahraini government resolve its problems with its citizens,' said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

Bahrain arrests 116 alleged members of 'Iran-linked cell'

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Bahrain claims that the cell planned to target leading security figures and carry out attacks on oil and other vital installations

Bahrain deports 8 after revoking their citizenship – HRW

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Under Bahrain's citizenship law individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality

DEPORTED. Human Rights Watch reported 8 civilians were deported to Iraq after Bahrain revoked their citizenship. Photo by Rappler

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The other Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar – are also committed to introducing VAT but have delayed the move until early 2019

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The World Trade Organization agrees to hear Qatar's complaint against the United Arab Emirates over a 5-month old blockade that has triggered a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:23 AM

Qatar's government communication office says an unnamed global financial institution had been instructed to stop trading Qatari riyals across Europe and Asia

Defiant Hong Kong football fans boo Chinese anthem

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Fans unfurl a large Hong Kong regional flag in the stands of Mong Kok Stadium while loud booing was heard during the broadcast of the Chinese national anthem. Some supporters turn their backs on the field.

DEFIANT. A Hong Kong fan makes a gesture and turns his back during the Chinese national anthem before an international friendly football match between Hong Kong and Bahrain at Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong on November 9, 2017. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

IMF tells Gulf states to speed up switch from oil

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The IMF advises energy-rich Gulf economies to speed up their diversification away from oil after projecting the worst growth for the region since the global financial crisis

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:10 PM

GCC members are supposed to meet before the end of the year, but the crisis could see the bloc's annual meeting postponed or cancelled

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar emir accuses blockade countries of wanting 'regime change'

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani: 'They want a regime change. It's... so obvious.'

QATAR LEADER. In this file photo, Qatar's Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses a joint press conference with the German Chancellor after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, on September 15, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, in an address to parliament, also says that Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

KUWAITI LEADER. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah attends the opening ceremony of the new legislative year in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The 6 states are now taking austerity measures a step further with the plan to introduce value-added tax, ending their decades-old reputation for being tax havens

In this file photo, people shop at the Dubai Mall on June 1, 2016 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. Marwan Naamani/AFP

Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Experts warn the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond

SUPPORTING THE EMIR. In this file photo, Qataris write comments on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, on July 6, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf the reality of politics is stark: families divided assets frozen and dreams put on hold

CALM DAY. People walk on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:27 AM

ICAO: Some existing air route availability has been assured and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed

FLAG CARRIER. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar files WTO complaint over Gulf trade 'siege'

Aug 01, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Qatar: The complaint accuses the siege countries of violating the WTO s core laws and conventions on trade of goods and services and trade related aspects of intellectual property

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

4 Arab states double down on Qatar boycott

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates Bahrain and Egypt say they are open to talks with Qatar on condition it stops its support and financing of terrorism

The flag of the State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The move by the 4 Arab governments comes despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks old boycott of their fellow US ally

The flag of the State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The emir also says Qatar was fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises and the international community recognizes this

EMIR ADDRESSES QATAR. An image grab taken from Qatar TV shows the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, delivering a televised speech to the nation in the capital Doha on July 21, 2017. HO/Qatar TV/AFP

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Qatar s foreign minister welcomes France s support for mediation aimed at finding a solution based on constructive dialogue and respect of state sovereignty and international law

FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pose for a photo after a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 15, 2017. Stringer/AFP

U.S. looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:21 AM

But the initiative has met a dismissive reaction from the Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar last month

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED Saudi Arabia and its allies have not said what steps they could take next but there are fears of a wider embargo that would hurt the Qatari economy

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C) talks to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) as their Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir (L) stands by, during a joint press conference after their meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 5, 2017, discussing the Gulf diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Khaled Elfiqi/Pool/AFP

Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Saudi Arabia says they have received Qatar s response and that they will respond at the right time

OUTPOST. A picture taken on June 6, 2017 shows the Qatari embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:04 AM

It s not about terrorism it s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech says Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Qatari FM: This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate

QATAR'S CAPITAL. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED Qatar has been given 10 days to meet the demands which apparently include a call to close down broadcaster Al Jazeera but Doha said the requests are unrealistic

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Qatar accuses 'neighbors' over hacking that led to crisis

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al Marri says the case is very clear that the alleged hacking emanated from countries responsible for the siege

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar demands 'blockade' be lifted for talks to begin

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls measures imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia the UAE Bahrain and others an act of aggression

In this photo, Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan slams 'inhumane' isolation of Qatar

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia

CLOSED. A picture taken on June 7, 2017 shows a notice sign informing customers that the Qatar Airways bureau in the Saudi capital Riyadh has been closed until further notice, as per instructions by the Saudi Authority of Civil Aviation. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for dialogue based on clear foundations over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups

IN MOSCOW. Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Iran meanwhile announces it has sent tons of vegetables to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Bas/AFP

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Trump s warning overshadows an earlier declaration from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea blockade of Qatar

TRUMP ON QATAR. US President Donald Trump demands that Qatar halt its alleged funding of extremists. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi, allies' terrorism list as 'baseless'

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Qatar does not support terrorist groups it stressed pointing out that our position on countering terrorism is stronger than many of the signatories of the joint statement

VISITING GERMANY. German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (l) and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani attend a press conference on June 9, 2017 at the Duke August library in Wolfenbuettel. Philipp von Ditfurth / dpa / AFP

Saudi, allies issue Qatar-linked 'terrorism' list

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:46 AM

They issued the list hours after Qatar says it will not surrender and rejects any interference in its foreign policy

LIFE GOES ON. A Qatari man sells balloons in front of the Fanar mosque at the popular Souq Waqif market, in the Qatari capital, Doha, on June 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

BSP keeping close watch over Middle East developments

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:45 PM

BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr says it is too soon to draw anything from this but it bears close watch

4TH BIGGEST. There are as many as 260,000 Filipinos living in Qatar as of January 2017, making it the fourth biggest group of foreign workers in Qatar. Rappler file photo

Turkey's Erdogan speaks to leaders in Qatar-Gulf row

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Spokesman: Erdogan has initiated diplomatic efforts to resolve this dispute between friends and brothers in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan

SEASIDE. A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows pigeons flying above the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar diplomatic crisis spirals

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for a dialogue of openness and honesty to resolve the crisis

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

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