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Stormy weather ahead

Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will need to tread a finer line for the kingdom in times of economic dislocation.

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Terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque foiled: Saudi Arabia

The Interior Ministry said an attack on the mosque was being planned by three terrorist groups, two based in Mecca and a third in Jeddah.

How Saudi Arabia’s expat dependent tax will affect Indian families

Saudi Arabia’s expat levy on family members and dependents will come into force on July 1 and it is set to impact millions of Indians living in the Middle Eastern kingdom and their families in both the countries.

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Saudi Arabia says it does not need Turkish military base

The statement, quoting an unnamed official, said Saudi Arabia “does not need such thing”, adding that its armed forces and military capabilities were “at the best standards”.

Egypt’s parliament approves Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

The accord had sparked rare protests in Egypt, with Sisi accused of having traded the islands of Tiran and Sanafir for Saudi largesse; the government has said the islands were Saudi to begin with, but were leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

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Israel considers closing local offices of Al-Jazeera

While Israel complains about Al-Jazeera’s coverage, the station is also one of the few Arab media channels that interviews Israeli officials, giving Israeli leaders a rare outlet to address the Arab public.

After cutting diplomatic ties, Gulf states announce hotlines for mixed Qatari families

Amnesty International on June 9 criticised the measures against Qatar as sweeping and arbitrary and said they had split up families.

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Saudi Arabia and its allies issue Qatar-linked ‘terrorism’ list

“The four countries agreed on categorising 59 persons and 12 entities in their list of terrorism,” they said affirming “that they won’t be lenient in pursuing” such persons and groups.

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Qatar-based Al Jazeera says will keep editorial independence during Gulf dispute

“Al Jazeera’s editorial policy is going to continue the same regardless of what happens with this event,” Souag told Reuters at the network’s headquarters.

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Islamic State militants strike heart of Tehran, Iran blames Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: “Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy.”

UAE seeking ‘change of policy, not regime’ in Qatar: Minister

The Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Doha firmly denies. Qatar has forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusation by Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests.

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Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate, solve diplomatic rift

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and ordered their land, sea and airports closed to Qatari aircraft and vessels.

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Saudi Arabia shuts Al-Jazeera office hours after severing ties with Qatar

“The Ministry of Information closed the office of the Al-Jazeera channel and withdrew the licence it was granted,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

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The Little Gang Who Couldn’t: Lessons from the Saudi-Qatar crisis

Harsh words for the world’s largest natural gas producer, with the highest per-capital income, and host of the 2022 Football World Cup—but to many, this West Asian crisis might seem like it can be condensed into three words: pot, kettle, black.

How the Gulf media reported Qatar’s boycott by Saudi, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with Qatar on Monday after accusing the country of supporting terrorism and Islamist radical groups. Here is a look at how the Gulf media reported the development.