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March 7, 2018 7:59 AM Saudi prince says Qatar won't be barred from Arab summit

CAIRO – Saudi Arabia's crown prince says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's comments were made to local editors during a visit to Egypt this week and published Wednesday in the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper. Saudi Arabia 65

March 5, 2018 4:44 AM AFC Cup matches in Iraq postponed until after FIFA Council meets

(Reuters) - Two AFC Cup matches involving Iraqi clubs have been postponed until April in the hope that FIFA will lift a ban on the country hosting competitive international games, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday. Al Zawraa were scheduled to host Bahraini side Manama Club on Tuesday, while Air Force Club’s home game against Malkiya 59

February 10, 2018 3:45 AM New commander named for US Pacific Fleet

HONOLULU – President Donald Trump has named Vice Adm. John Aquilino as the new U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. Aquilino currently commands the U.S. 5th Fleet operating out of Bahrain. The U.S. Senate will vote on the nomination that was announced Friday. Two Pacific Fleet ships were involved in separate collisions near Japan and Singapore last year that killed 55

January 15, 2018 9:59 AM UAE says Qatar fighter jet intercepts commercial flight

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates has claimed that a Qatari fighter jet intercepted one of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain. Doha declined to immediately comment, as did the UAE's two major airlines. The claim came in a report on the state-run WAM news agency and follows two complaints by Qatar 54

December 11, 2017 8:23 AM Group from Bahrain on Israel visit not representing Manama

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An inter-faith group of residents living in Bahrain who are visiting Israel has issued a statement saying it doesn't represent the government in Manama or any of the kingdom's authorities. Their visit has stirred uproar on social media over the timing of their trip following the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem 52

December 7, 2017 5:43 AM French president arrives in Qatar amid Arab boycott of Doha

DOHA, Qatar – French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Qatar for a one-day trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. Macron landed on Thursday and was to visit French troops stationed in the country, as well as talk to its ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Macron's visit comes just after a planned two-day Gulf Cooperation 54

November 22, 2017 5:09 PM World Trade Organization sets up panel on Qatar-UAE crisis

World Trade Organization sets up panel on Qatar-UAE crisis The World Trade Organization has established a panel to decide on Qatar's complaint against measures imposed on Doha by the United Arab Emirates for its alleged financial support for militant groups. Qatar insists UAE's actions violate its rights and those of other countries by denying freedom 57

November 15, 2017 6:08 PM House panel OKs bill to sanction financial backers of Hamas

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House panel delivered a blunt bipartisan warning to Qatar on Wednesday, backing legislation that would slap sanctions on any countries or individuals providing financial and material support to the Islamic militant group Hamas. The Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill by voice vote, setting the stage for the full House 63

November 14, 2017 11:45 AM Iran 'hopes Hariri will remain Lebanon's prime minister'

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iranian official said on Tuesday Tehran hoped Saad al-Hariri would remain as Lebanon’s prime minister and denied Hariri had resigned after a tense meeting with him in Beirut. Hariri resigned abruptly on Nov. 4 while in Saudi Arabia, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese 48

November 11, 2017 1:42 PM Lebanon 'stronger' than Bahrain

Head coach V. Sundramoorthy insists that Singapore have a strong chance of beating group leaders Bahrain in Tuesday's 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier, having pushed "stronger" Lebanon all the way in last week's friendly. An early Lebanese goal was enough to see off the Lions in Thursday's match at the National Stadium. But, despite the fact that Singapore 45