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THURSDAY, 24 APR 2014
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UAE says another family attacked in London 
April 23, 2014 10:33 PM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 10:51 PM)
Several armed men targeted a family from the United Arab Emirates by forcing their way into their London apartment, weeks after a similar attack in the British capital, state media in the Gulf nation and police said Wednesday.
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Qatar says dispute with Gulf neighbours 'over' 
April 23, 2014 04:05 PM
Qatar's dispute with three fellow Gulf states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is "over", the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions.
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Saudi prince killed endangered birds: Pakistan officials 
April 24, 2014 12:49 AM
A Saudi prince with a taste for the traditional sport of falconry illegally hunted 2,100 endangered birds while on holiday in Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.
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3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria 
By Marc Levy | April 23, 2014 10:46 PM
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.
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Arab banks step in as Western rivals cut operations in region 
By Sleiman al-Khalidi | April 23, 2014 12:18 AM
Major Arab banks with money to spend are expanding across the Middle East in markets such as Egypt and Iraq, as they take advantage of a retreat from some areas by international rivals, senior Arab bankers say.
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Oman fights Saudi Gulf dominance bid with Iran pipeline 
By Dana El Baltaji | April 23, 2014 12:17 AM
Oman’s plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility toward the Islamic Republic.
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Qaradawi attempts to soothe Gulf rift 
By Amena Bakr | April 20, 2014 02:29 PM
An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbors sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticized.
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UAE reports 12 new cases of MERS 
April 20, 2014 09:52 AM
Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced 12 new cases of infection by the MERS coronavirus but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks.
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ADCB to buy $122.5 mln SME loan portfolio from Mubadala GE 
April 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has agreed to buy a portfolio of asset financing loans worth 450 million dirhams, it said in a bourse statement Sunday.
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Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare 
April 19, 2014 09:35 AM
The Philippines is stepping up its defenses against the deadly MERS virus, over concerns about returning Filipino workers from the Middle East.
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Gulf deal leaves the ball in Qatar’s court 
By Lynne Al-Nahhas | April 19, 2014 12:04 AM
Wealthy Gulf Arab states have reached a “vague” compromise to thaw tensions over the Muslim Brotherhood with Qatar, which has yet to prove its good intentions, analysts say.
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WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches 
April 18, 2014 11:21 AM
Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.
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Designing on Rami Kadi’s schedule 
By Beckie Strum | April 18, 2014 09:47 PM
More than 1,700 guests crowded the doors at Rami Kadi’s runway show.
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Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan 
By Hamid Shalizi | April 17, 2014 03:59 PM
A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials say, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office.
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Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions 
April 17, 2014 10:45 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 10:58 PM)
Gulf foreign ministers on Thursday agreed on a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, a statement said.
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Gulf ministers to meet over Qatar dispute 
April 17, 2014 04:20 PM
Gulf foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an official says.
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Gulf ministers meet over Qatar dispute 
April 18, 2014 12:14 AM
Gulf foreign ministers met Thursday at an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an official said.
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Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus 
April 16, 2014 05:23 PM
A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
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Prince Alwaleed still richest Arab: Forbes 
April 17, 2014 12:11 AM
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal maintained his reign at the top of the world’s richest Arabs with an estimated wealth of $20.4 billion, followed by Joseph Safra, of Lebanese-Brazilian descent, in second place with $16 billion, and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad al-Amoudi in third at $15.3 billion, according to Forbes Middle East.
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Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks 
By Michelle Moghtader | April 16, 2014 09:40 PM
Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions.


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