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Dec 15, 2014

Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbors, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Dec 15, 2014

Insight – Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbours, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Nov 8, 2014

Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.

Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.

Nov 8, 2014

Insight – Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.

Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.

Nov 4, 2014

Four killed as Saudi Arabia hunts gunmen who attacked Shi’ites

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi security forces on Tuesday shot dead two suspected members of an armed group that killed at least eight people in an overnight attack on Shi’ite Muslims marking an important religious anniversary, the Interior Ministry reported.

Two security officers also died and two were wounded in the gunbattle in the town of Buraida, north of the capital Riyadh, in which the two suspected militants were killed, the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing an Interior Ministry statement.

Oct 15, 2014

U.N. refugee chief says EU should let more Syrian refugees enter legally

SHARJAH United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said on Wednesday he had asked the European Union to grant legal entry to more Syrian refugees who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.

Thousands of migrants, including many Syrians fleeing a three-year civil war, have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean on rickety boats operated by human traffickers.

Jul 15, 2014

Kuwait threatens to revoke citizenship in crackdown on opposition

DUBAI (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti government has threatened to revoke the citizenship of people suspected of trying to “undermine the stability” of the oil-rich monarchy, local media reported on Tuesday.

The warning is part of an “iron fist” policy adopted by the cabinet on Monday night, following protests earlier this month over the arrest of a prominent opposition politician.

Jul 5, 2014

Two militants blow themselves up in southern Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) –

Two suspected al Qaeda militants blew themselves up on Saturday after being trapped inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said, following an attack on a border post with Yemen that also killed four security men.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the pair were part of a group of six al Qaeda militants who attacked the Wadia border post on Friday from Yemen. Three of the militants were killed on Friday and a fourth was captured after being injured.

May 29, 2014

Sudan says it declined Iran air defence offer after attack

DUBAI, May 29 (Reuters) – Sudan turned down an Iranian offer
to set up air defences on its Red Sea coast after a 2012 air
strike Khartoum blamed on Israel, fearing they would upset
Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, Sudan’s foreign minister was
quoted as saying on Thursday.

In an interview with the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper that
seemed aimed at improving frosty ties with Riyadh, Ali Karti
played down Khartoum’s links to Iran and to the Muslim
Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Saudi Arabia.

May 10, 2014
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Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Nigeria’s Boko Haram smears Islam

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(Women holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014.REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the top religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a group “set up to smear the image of Islam” and condemned its kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.