Egypt and Qatar edge towards detente

Cairo meeting signals Riyadh’s reconciliation drive


The Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground), built in East Jerusalem, is seen in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background) on September 1, 2014. Israel said it would expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land around Bethlehem, and allowed 45 days for any appeal. The Israeli army said the move stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Israel’s plan to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem is sparking international ire
– John Reed

Fifa World Cup investigator Garcia quits

Ethics head questions whether football body capable of change

Opec can ride out cheap oil, says head

Badri defends maintaining output at 30m barrels

Qatar brought in from the cold

High-level truce may fail to end ill will at community level

The $2.5bn Bahrain Bay development built on reclaimed land, is one of the projects fuelling controversy

Bahrain land deals highlight alchemy of making money from sand

Undersea plots spark questions on public and royal ownership

The $2.5bn Bahrain Bay development built on reclaimed land, is one of the projects fuelling controversy

Land deals boost Bahrain royals’ wealth

King’s companies developed projects on disputed plots


Oil producers feel pinch of price slide

Moody’s issues warning to Gulf states as crude hits 5-year low

Bahrain base strengthens UK Gulf presence

UK expands Middle East role as US shifts focus to Asia

Hostages killed in Yemen rescue attempt

US journalist and a South African teacher die

Qatar replaces head of $300bn fund

Member of royal family takes helm at global investor QIA

Dubai: the statelet start-up

Well-connected emirate is attracting big tech and small start-ups

Gulf states join forces to combat jihadis

Bahraini minister says unit will begin operations this month

Gulf to reform domestic workers’ contracts

Employment terms to uphold 8-hour working days and guarantee day off

The UAE’s blacklist places it centre stage

Naming these groups creates suspicion around them and puts them on the defensive

Bahrain set for first poll since uprising

Opposition boycott dashes hopes vote could end political deadlock in the Gulf monarchy

Gulf states send envoys back to Qatar

Big step in resolving dispute over Islamist support

UAE blacklists 83 groups as terrorists

New law stipulates sentences including capital punishment

Diabetes rates soar in Middle East

Overeating and low levels of exercise undermine control of disease

Fifa in turmoil over Qatar World Cup bid

Head of corruption probe accuses football governing body

Qatar ‘dragging its feet’ on labour reform

Amnesty accuses state of inadequate response to alleged abuses