GCC

Gulf states' defence budgets to hit $100bn in 2019: report

In the next five years, military spending by the six GCC countries is likely to reach $117bn.

Gulf states' defence budgets to hit $100bn in 2019: report

Middle East

Beauty brands ban Kuwaiti blogger over comments on Filipino maids

Beauty blogger Sondos al-Qattan doubles down on initial comments on Kuwaiti law granting Filipino workers more rights.

Beauty brands ban Kuwaiti blogger over comments on Filipino maids

Inside Story

Is the Gulf bailout enough for crisis-hit Jordan?

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait pledge $2.5bn help for cash-strapped kingdom.

Kuwait

Jared Kushner 'annoyed' with Kuwait's Palestine resolution at UN

White House denies report saying Kushner told Kuwait's initiative embarrassed him in front of US officials, allies.

Jared Kushner 'annoyed' with Kuwait's Palestine resolution at UN

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Kuwait seeks UN support for Palestinian protection

Draft resolution circulated at the UNSC calls for safety guarantees for the Palestinian civilian population.

Kuwait proposes 'international protection' for Palestinians

Qatar

Qatar Human Rights Committee condemns arrest of Qatari national

Nawaf Talal al-Rasheed was arrested in Kuwait and then transferred to Saudi Arabia, according to Qatari rights group.

Opinion

Why Duterte banned workers from going to Kuwait

Can the murder of a Filipino worker change the Philippines' decades-old labour export policies?

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Middle East

Kuwait expels Filipino envoy, recalls own ambassador

Move comes after discovery of Philippine embassy staff 'encouraging workers to flee employers' households', KUNA says.

Kuwait expels Filipino envoy, recalls own ambassador

GCC

Kuwait: Not resolving GCC crisis is destructive to region

Kuwaiti Deputy FM Khaled al-Jarallah says the crisis 'will destroy the hopes and dreams' of the GCC if left unresolved.

Kuwait: Not resolving GCC crisis is destructive to region

War & Conflict

GCC arms race: Who sells to whom

A close look at the recent arms agreements made by the different members of the Arab Gulf grouping.

GCC arms race: Who sells to whom

Philippines

Couple sentenced to death in Filipina maid's murder

Lebanese man and Syrian wife sentenced in absentia for killing Joanna Demafelis, who had gone missing in September 2016.

Kuwait court sentences couple to death in Filipina maid's murder

Kuwait

Are Sudanese passports the Bidoons' solution?

Protesters on social media say the Bidoons are 'not for sale'.

Are Sudanese passports the Bidoons' solution?

Inside Story

Can Donald Trump end the Gulf crisis?

The US president is soon to meet leaders who imposed the blockade on Qatar nearly nine months ago.

Lebanon

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

Lebanese citizen Nader Essam Assaf handed over to Lebanon after his arrest in Syria, Lebanese authorities say.