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Regional and International Relations
The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait discuss the possibility of an alliance to fight “fanatics” in Libya and Yemen.
Qatari fund bids for Canary Wharf owner Songbird Julia Kollewe analyzes the implication of Qatar’s efforts to buy Canary Wharf in London.
GCC ministers’ meet “likely to be postponed” A meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers, scheduled for this week, is postponed.
Yemen`s ex-president says U.S. has told him to leave or face sanctions The Yemeni president says that the United States gave him an ultimatum to leave Yemen or face United Nations sanctions.
U.S. denies telling Yemen ex-president to leave or face sanctions The United States denies that it delivered an ultimatum to the former Yemeni president.
Reports and Opinions
Masked gunmen kill five in Saudi Arabia Three gunmen kill five people who were commemorating `Ashura in al-Ihsa.
Deadly security raid in Saudi after shooting Two policemen and two suspected gunmen were killed in Buraida in a security operation related to the shooting in al-Ihsa.
Thousands mourn the Ashura shooting victims in Saudi Arabia Thousands of mourners attend the funeral of the people killed in the attack in al-Ihsa.
Attack on Shias fans fears of jihadi blowback in Sunni Saudi Arabia Ian Black reports on the fears of “blowback” from the wars in Syria and Iraq reaching Saudi Arabia after the deadly attack in al-Ihsa.
Saudi Arabia executes man for drug smuggling Saudi Arabia executes a Pakistani, brining the number of people executed in the kingdom this year to sixty-five.
Saudi denies it may ease ban on women drivers Local media assert that reports that the king’s advisory council recommended easing a ban on women driving are a “fabrication.”
Repression in Bahrain
Bahrain`s Justice Ministry ends action against Waad opposition Bahrain drops a case it filed four months ago to suspend the National Democratic Action Society.
Crisis in Yemen
U.S. drone strikes, clashes kill 20 in Yemen: tribal sources US drone strikes kill ten al-Qa‘ida suspects in Yemen.
A dangerous balancing act in Yemen Peter Salisbury reports on the political scene in Yemen amid reports of UN sanctions against the former president and Houthi leaders.
Yemen Houthi Shia rebels join new cabinet A news report on the formation of a new government in Yemen.
Yemen`s Houthis reject new power-sharing government The Houthi rebels reject the new government after initially approving it.
Saleh`s party rejects new Yemeni government The General People’s Congress rejects the newly formed government.
Yemenis protest at ex-president sanctions threat Thousands of supporters of the former Yemeni president took to the street to protest possible UN sanctions against him.
Yemen security forces kill senior al-Qaeda leader Yemeni security forces kill a senior al-Qa‘ida in Lahj.
Houthis seize control of another Yemeni city Houthi fighters seize control of Khokha on the Red Sea coast.
Yemen kidnappers free U.N. water engineer, says world body A Sierra Leonean engineer, who was kidnapped a year ago, is released.
Tajik nurse kidnapped from Yemen hospital A Tajik nurse is kidnapped from a hospital in central Yemen.
Statelessness and Citizenship
Kuwait says stateless to be offered Comoros citizenship The Kuwaiti government says that tens of thousands of stateless people in Kuwait will be offered Comoros citizenship.
Qatar’s ambitious future driven on by North Korean ‘forced labour’ Pete Pattisson writes on the plight of North Korean workers in Qatar.
Dispatches: Killings of Saudi Shia a Wakeup Call Adam Coogle, from Human Rights Watch, calls upon the Saudi authorities to confront the long-standing discrimination against the Shi`a in the kingdom.
Oman: Travel ban imposed on human rights defender Saed Jadad The Gulf Center for Human Rights condemns the ongoing targeting Saed Jadad.
Saudi Arabia: Blogger and human rights defender Mikhlif Al-Shammari sentenced to two years in prison and 200 lashes The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on a Saudi court’s decision against the human rights activist al-Shammari.
Saudi Arabia shuts office of TV channel for fomenting sectarian tension The Saudi authorities shut down Wesal TV for fomenting sectarian tensions.
السعودية: 5 قتلى خلال إحياء ذكرى عاشوراء
Five people die after three gunmen open fire on people commemorating `Ashura in al-Ihsa, Saudi Arabia.
الرياض: منفذو هجوم الأحساء مرتبطون بـالقاعدة
The Saudi authorities announce that the three men who carried out the attack in al-Ihsa are linked to al-Qa’ida.
السعودية: اعتقال 33 شخصاً للاشتباه في تورطهم في جريمة الأحساء
Saudi security forces arrest thirty-three people who are suspected of being involved in the attack in al-Ihsa.
آلاف السعوديين يشيعون ضحايا حسينية الإحساء
Thousands of Saudis march in the funeral of the people who died in the attack in al-Ihsa.
السعودية: إعفاء خوجة من منصبه
The Saudi king relieves the minister of education and information of his position.
الداخلية البحرينية تأمر بالتحقيق في وفاة محتجز
The Bahraini interior minister opens an investigation into the death of a detainee.
محمد المتوكل: مسيرة ثقافية حافلة
An obituary of Mohammed Abdel-Malek al-Mutawakel, who was assassinated in Sanaa last week.
أبرز الأحزاب اليمنية
A news report on the most important political parties in Yemen.
اليمن: مقتل قياديان في القاعدة
Two members of al-Qa’ida are killed in a drone strikes in Yemen.
اليمن: "الحراك الجنوبي" ينفي "أي علاقة" بإيران
Yemen’s southern movement denies having “any relations” with Iran.
علي عبدالله صالح.. بطل الكواليس
Abdullah Zughaib writes on the former Yemeni president’s political power.
اليمن الجديد: السياسة تُصنع محليّاً
Fouad Ibrahim argues that politics is being decided locally, not in Riyadh or Washington, since the Houthis took control of Sanaa.
المؤتمر: أي عقوبات على صالح تهدّد أمن الجوار
The General People’s Congress, which is headed by the former Yemeni president, asserts that any UN-imposed sanctions on Saleh will threaten the security of Yemen and neighboring countries.
اليمن: حكومة خالد بحاح تبصر النور 34 حقيبة بينها 6 للحوثيين و5 للنساء
A news report on the new Yemeni government, which consists of thirty-four members.
تحالف مصري ـ خليجي: دور عسكري في ليبيا واليمن
Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait discuss the possibility of an alliance to fight “fanatics” in Libya and Yemen.
خلاف نفطي جديد بين السعودية والكويت
A news report on the Saudi-Kuwaiti rift over al-Khafji oil fields.
اندلاع حريق في أنبوب نفط قرب الرياض
A fire in an oil pipeline near Riyadh is contained shortly it began.
اتفاق بريطاني - قطري لمكافحة الجهاديين
Qatar and the United Kingdom sign a security agreement to fight “jihadis.”
الخلافات الخليجية: وصلة مسقط وعقدة الدوحة
A meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers, scheduled for this week, is postponed.