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Frontlines of Yemen's war shift in favour of Riyadh

The tide of Yemen's messy war has unexpectedly turned, handing a morale boost and possibly decisive military momentum to Gulf Arab-backed forces bent on ending the ascendancy of the Houthis, a powerful militia they see as a puppet of Iran.

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‘More than 4m refugees have now fled Syria’: UN

The number of Syrians who have fled abroad since the outbreak of civil war in their country has risen to more than four million, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 years, the United Nations said Thursday. A recent wav

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Kuwait in 'state of war' after mosque bombing

Kuwait's interior minister said the Gulf country was at war with Islamist militants and would strike out at cells believed to be on its soil. The ultra-radical Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing o

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Bahrain in drive to combat human trafficking

Bahrain is setting out major plans to combat human trafficking. Legal measures are underway to bolster Bahrain’s efforts to combat the scourge, it was revealed, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister

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Arab young at risk from regional war effects

An expert has warned about the damaging effect of regional wars on the development of young Arabs, with 60 per cent of the Arab population aged under 25. He has predicted that violence, gender inequality and poverty will only incr

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Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa, Morocco joins

Warplanes targeted Houthi forces controlling Yemen's capital and their northern heartland on Friday, the second day of a Saudi-led campaign to stop the Iranian-allied militia establishing its rule across the country. In a boos

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Oil prices surge over air strikes in Yemen

Brent crude oil shot up nearly 6 per cent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, although importers saw little immediate threat to supplies. The strike against Houthi rebels, w

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‘Yemen collapsing, on brink of civil war’: UN

The United Nations warned that Yemen is "collapsing before our eyes", on the brink of civil war and prime for Al Qaeda militants to grow stronger in the country as talks on a political settlement continue. Al Qaeda and o

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In oil price war, Gulf producers grab market share in Asia

Saudi Arabia's move to slash the price it charges in Asia for its oil this week to the lowest in more than a decade is the latest aggressive action by Gulf states to defend market share in the world's top oil consuming region.

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Iraq may need three years to restructure military

Iraq may need three years to rebuild and restructure its military, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Sunday, as the country battles Islamic State militants who pose the biggest threat to its security since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003

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