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Yemen's Houthis and WFP dispute aid control as millions starve

04 Jun 2019

DUBAI A dispute over control of biometric data between the World Food Programme and Yemen's Houthi group is straining humanitarian efforts and threatens to disrupt aid distribution in a country already on the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia says firm stand needed to deter Iran, Iraq demurs

31 May 2019

MECCA, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's King Salman told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian "escalations" following attacks on Gulf oil assets, as U.S. officials said a military deployment had deterred Tehran. | Video

UPDATE 7-Saudi Arabia says firm Arab stand needed to deter Iran, Iraq demurs

31 May 2019

* Emergency summits follow attacks on pumping station, tankers

Saudi Arabia gathers Arab leaders over attacks on oil assets

30 May 2019

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 30 Arab leaders gather in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for emergency summits that Riyadh hopes will deliver a strong message to Iran that regional powers will defend their interests against any threat following attacks on Gulf oil assets this month.

Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace moves

27 May 2019

DUBAI A leader of Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Sunday it had resumed drone strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia this month in response to what he called the Saudi-led coalition's spurning of "peace initiatives" by his group.

UAE says it will show restraint after tanker attacks, Iran's behavior a concern

16 May 2019

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates will show restraint after attacks on oil tankers off its coast and is committed to de-escalation during a "difficult situation" caused by Iranian behavior in the region, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Yemen government accuses UAE of landing separatists on remote island

09 May 2019

DUBAI The Yemeni government has accused the United Arab Emirates of landing around 100 separatist troops on a remote island in the Arabian Sea this week, a claim the UAE denied, deepening a rift between nominal allies in Yemen's war.

UPDATE 2-Bailed-out Bahrain considers new debt sale; bonds drop

08 May 2019

DUBAI, May 8 Bahrain met investors to discuss a possible international bond sale this year, which would be its first since it got a $10 billion bailout from its Gulf allies last year to avert a potential credit crunch, sources familiar with the matter said.

Bahrain ditches subsidy reform plan as political tensions simmer

07 May 2019

DUBAI, May 7 Bahrain has scrapped a plan to reform its cumbersome subsidy system, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities worry it could trigger more unrest in the Gulf island and complicate government efforts to repair public finances.

Haftar's ally UAE says 'extremist militias' control Libyan capital

02 May 2019

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that "extremist militias" were controlling the Libyan capital which its ally Khalifa Haftar is fighting to capture from forces allied to Libya's internationally recognized government.

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