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US praises Qatar ties, calls for Gulf unity

WASHINGTON: The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation on Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism. Saudi Arabia and its allies…

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates introduced value-added tax from Monday, a first for the Gulf which has long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system. Saudi Arabia compounded the New Year blow for…

Kuwait says most of Gulf oil spill cleaned up

KUWAIT CITY: Emergency workers have managed to clean up "the major part" of an oil spill near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi Al-Khafji oilfield in the Gulf, an official said on Sunday. "The major portion of the main oil spill has been removed,"…

Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar row

DUBAI: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Sunday, the Gulf states' official news agencies reported, as part of a diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar. Saudi Arabia,…