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Kuwait says U.S. Mideast peace plan should weigh regional considerations

20 Mar 2019

KUWAIT Kuwait's foreign minister said on Wednesday that a long-awaited U.S. peace proposal for the Middle East should be acceptable to all stakeholders and factor in regional considerations.

UPDATE 2-Kuwait says US Mideast peace plan should weigh regional considerations

20 Mar 2019

* Gulf rift, Yemen and Syria also discussed (Adds quotes, context)

Big investors look past Khashoggi to opportunities in Saudi Arabia

11 Mar 2019

DUBAI/RIYADH Big investors in Saudi Arabia are pushing ahead with deals and pouring money back into its stock market as the kingdom tries to move on from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pope decries 'armed power', Yemen war on UAE trip

05 Feb 2019

ABU DHABI Pope Francis denounced the "logic of armed power" in Yemen, Syria and other Middle East wars on Monday on a landmark visit to the Arabian peninsula where Islam emerged, telling Christians and Muslims that conflicts brought nothing but misery and death. | Video

Pope arrives in UAE for historic Gulf visit, condemns Yemen war

04 Feb 2019

ABU DHABI Pope Francis on Sunday became the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. | Video

Pope wants 'new page in history' on first trip to Arabian peninsula

01 Feb 2019

VATICAN CITY/ABU DHABI Pope Francis is hoping to persuade a country enmeshed in a regional war that he has condemned to give Catholics more freedom when he becomes the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula. | Video

In packed churches and secret masses, papal visit brings Gulf Catholics hope

01 Feb 2019

DUBAI/RIYADH In Dubai's overflowing churches and Riyadh's secretive masses, Catholics across the Gulf are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates next week.

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit one million - ICRC

21 Dec 2017

DUBAI/GENEVA Yemen's cholera epidemic has reached one million suspected cases, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday, with war leaving more than 80 percent of the population short of food, fuel, clean water and access to healthcare.

U.S. firms push Washington to restart nuclear pact talks with Riyadh: sources

01 Dec 2017

RIYADH/DUBAI U.S. firms attracted by Saudi Arabia's plans to build nuclear reactors are pushing Washington to restart talks with Riyadh on an agreement to help the kingdom develop atomic energy, three industry sources said.

France's Macron broaches Lebanon in surprise Saudi visit

10 Nov 2017

DUBAI/RIYADH French President Emmanuel Macron held hastily scheduled talks in Riyadh on Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen.

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