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Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

DUBAI: Iran’s navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States. In a ceremony carried live on state television, the Sahand destroyer — which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply — joined Iran’s regular navy at a base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf. The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air…

Iran Guards says it held Gulf drills as U.S. tensions rise

DUBAI: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Sunday it had held war games in the Gulf over the past several days, saying they were aimed at “confronting possible threats” by enemies, the state news state news agency IRNA reported. U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that the United States believed Iran had started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington. “This exercise was conducted with the aim of controlling and…

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo stresses need for Gulf unity

RIYADH: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran. The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman just two days after Pompeo was sworn-in comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is still supported by European powers. “We are urging nations around the world to sanction any individuals and entities associated with…

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 launched a diplomatic boycott of Qatar and closed their frontiers last year, accusing the gas-rich emirate of cosying up to Iran and sponsoring militant groups. US President Donald Trump, fresh from a successful trip to Riyadh, seemed at first to take the Saudi side in the dispute and…

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 motorists with an unannounced hike of up to 127 percent in petrol prices with immediate effect from midnight. They are the latest in a series of measures introduced by Gulf oil producers over the past two years to boost revenues and cut spending as a persistent slump in world prices has…

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," Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) spokesman Sheikh Talal al-Khaled Al-Sabah said in a statement. Teams were still working to clean other parts of the spill and coastal areas, he said. Emergency teams have been battling the large oil spill since it appeared off the emirate's…

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, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charges. The boycotting countries want Qatar to close down a Turkish base, curb relations with their arch-foe Iran and shutter the Al…

VIDEO: Truck sinks into melting road after sweltering temperature

Scorching sun and sizzling weather are no strange phenomenon in the Gulf region but sometimes it takes a heavy toll on people living in the region. Currently, the temperature in the Gulf is hovering around 50°C and the residents cant just take it the way it is. A video is making rounds on the social media, showing a truck sunk into the street's asphalt as the roads are 'melting'. Though location of the video is unclear, but people who commented on the clip sees it as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. But, we are not sure…

Asians stuck in Saudi Arabia after Qatari bosses ordered out

RIYADH: Asian migrants working as domestic staff and farmers are stranded in Saudi Arabia -- potentially illegally -- after their Qatari bosses were ordered out of the kingdom, a rights group said Wednesday. The workers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal have been left without accommodation and money, said the head of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee. "There are a lot of migrant workers affected by this decision," said committee chairman Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri. Many of those affected were farmers who…

Saudi Arabia stands tough as top Gulf diplomats in US for Qatar talks

WASHINGTON: Top Gulf diplomats were in Washington Tuesday as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis, amid concerns that Saudi Arabia's unyielding stance could foil the effort. With a one-week Saudi deadline looming for Qatar to meet its demands, Tillerson had talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. He quickly followed that with a meeting with Kuwait Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah, whose country has…