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FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
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WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches 
April 18, 2014 11:21 AM
Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.
Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan 
By Hamid Shalizi | April 17, 2014 03:59 PM
A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials say, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office.
Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions 
April 17, 2014 10:45 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 10:58 PM)
Gulf foreign ministers on Thursday agreed on a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, a statement said.
Gulf ministers to meet over Qatar dispute 
April 17, 2014 04:20 PM
Gulf foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an official says.
Gulf ministers meet over Qatar dispute 
April 18, 2014 12:14 AM
Gulf foreign ministers met Thursday at an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an official said.
Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus 
April 16, 2014 05:23 PM
A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
Prince Alwaleed still richest Arab: Forbes 
April 17, 2014 12:11 AM
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal maintained his reign at the top of the world’s richest Arabs with an estimated wealth of $20.4 billion, followed by Joseph Safra, of Lebanese-Brazilian descent, in second place with $16 billion, and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad al-Amoudi in third at $15.3 billion, according to Forbes Middle East.
Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks 
By Michelle Moghtader | April 16, 2014 09:40 PM
Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions.
Zarif meets with UAE prime minister in Dubai 
April 16, 2014 12:07 AM
Iran’s foreign minister held talks Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates in Tehran’s latest effort to mend fences with Gulf states suspicious of its nuclear program and regional ambitions.
Saudi renews demand for 'stern' world action on Syria 
April 15, 2014 03:47 PM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 07:28 PM)
Saudi Arabia Tuesday urged "stern" world action against Syria after the regime's decision to hold presidential elections and its alleged use of toxic gas against civilians.
Egypt to raise electricity prices before election: minister 
April 15, 2014 12:36 AM
Egypt plans to boost electricity prices for the richest 20 percent of its citizens before the presidential elections at the end of May, as the country has “no time to waste” in starting reforms, the planning minister said.
Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus 
April 13, 2014 12:13 PM
Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
Dubai stocks drop most in month on overdone rally 
By Arif Sharif | April 14, 2014 12:22 AM
Dubai’s benchmark stock index fell the most in a month, tracking a decline in global markets last week, on investor concern that this year’s rally was overdone given prospects for earnings growth.
A bitter pill to swallow 
April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
The latest police seizure of Captagon pills, around 12 million this time, must be commended, but until the problem is addressed at the source, the story looks set to continue, and the market will continue to overflow with the drug.
Abu Dhabi ports expect spike in traffic as projects boom 
By Maha El Dahan | April 14, 2014 12:22 AM
State-owned Abu Dhabi Ports Co. expects a surge in shipping traffic toward the end of this year as work on major infrastructure projects in the United Arab Emirates capital gathers pace, the company’s chief executive said.
Iraq is caught in yet another impasse 
By Myriam Benraad | April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
As the next national elections approach, officially scheduled for April 30, 2014, Iraq finds itself embroiled in another political and military impasse similar to those of 2004 and the sectarian bloodshed of 2006.
UAE: Paramedic dies from MERS, others infected 
By Adam Schreck | April 11, 2014 09:14 PM
A paramedic in the United Arab Emirates has died after contracting Middle East respiratory syndrome and five others have tested positive for the virus, the Gulf nation's interior ministry said Friday.
Cleveland Clinic exports brand to Abu Dhabi 
By Robin Respaut | April 12, 2014 12:10 AM
Saudi Arabia’s late king, Khalid bin Abdul-Aziz, went there for heart surgery.
Work to begin on Casablanca port project 
By Alaa Shahine | April 11, 2014 12:10 AM
Wessal Capital, a Moroccan fund backed by oil-rich Gulf Arab countries, expects construction on a 530 million euro ($735 million) project to develop Casablanca’s port area to begin in about 18 months.
Lebanese Desert Runner in one-man race to overcome autism 
By Rayane Abou Jaoude | April 11, 2014 12:14 AM
Ali Wehbe, better known as the Lebanese Desert Runner for running in the harshest conditions across the globe, began his latest challenge last week: to run 12 marathons in 12 days.

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