Bahrain set for first poll since uprising

Opposition boycott dashes hopes vote could end political deadlock


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

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

Saudi private sector growth slows sharply

Low oil prices and labour reforms prompt a slowdown in the economy

Protest shadow over Abu Dhabi museum

Guggenheim marks debut show amid labour abuse row

UK and Qatar sign security deal

Countries will share intelligence on terror and cyber issues

Abu Dhabi lures Singapore Exchange chief

ADGM’s launch is part of UAE capital’s plan to diversify

Easing of Dubai property prices welcomed

Alabbar remains optimistic about longer-term demand

IMF urges Gulf states to restrain spending

Regional economic outlook urges reforms to reduce fiscal risks

Houthi expansion threatens Yemeni strait

Interference with shipping could hit global trade through Suez Canal

Of shares, fatwas and marriage advice

Clerics have a relentless need to convey religious opinion upon small and big matters in people’s lives

Saudi Arabia tests US ties with oil price

American shale companies are hurt but consumers benefit

Saudi investor warns on falling oil price

Alwaleed ‘astonishment’ over government playing down issue

Saudi Arabia absorbs lower oil prices

Saudi producers consider market share more important than pricing

Court overturns immunity for Bahrain prince

Decision clears way for investigation of son of king

Battle begins for Gulf hearts and minds

Fears that air strikes on Isis could provoke backlash

Cameron builds backing for Isis strikes

Ministers consider committing British missiles to attacks