Opinion

Why did the UAE and Bahrain re-open their embassies in Syria?

The official justification that the embassies were opened to counter Iranian influence is hardly believable.

Ali Bakeer

by Ali Bakeer

Ali Bakeer

Qatar

Qatar take part in AFC Cup in UAE with message of peace

Some journalists denied entry as the Qatari team makes the first trip to the UAE since the start of a diplomatic row.

Qatar at Asian Cup: 'No need to mix politics with football'

Houthis

'This is how we welcomed 2019': Civilians killed in Houthi attack

A woman and a child killed and 16 others wounded after Yemeni rebels shell a residential neighbourhood in besieged Taiz.

'This is how we welcomed 2019': Civilians killed in Houthi attack

Yemen

UN envoy arrives in Yemen's capital to salvage Hodeidah ceasefire

Martin Griffiths to meet Houthi officials before travelling to Saudi Arabia for talks with the Yemeni government.

Qatar 2022

UAE 'happy' to help host Qatar 2022 World Cup matches

Senior Emirati sporting official said country is willing to step in and help host matches during the 2022 tournament.

UAE 'happy' to help host Qatar 2022 World Cup matches

Dubai

Dubai stocks limp to end of worst year since financial crisis

Plunge in Dubai Financial Market Index was biggest among Arab bourses amid signs of slowdown in emirate's economy.

Dubai stocks limp to end of worst year since financial crisis

Yemen

Houthis stole food 'from the mouths' of hungry Yemenis: UN

World Food Programme says food and aid meant for starving Yemenis has been 'diverted' and sold on black market.

Houthis stole food 'from the mouths' of hungry Yemenis: UN

United Arab Emirates

UAE activist Mansoor loses final appeal against 10-year sentence

Prominent pro-democracy activist Ahmed Mansoor was sentenced for criticising the UAE government on social media.

UAE activist Mansoor loses final appeal against 10-year sentence

Middle East

Saudi Arabia 'recruits Darfur children for Yemen war'

Riyadh offered child survivors from Sudan's bloody Darfur conflict as much as $10,000 to fight in Yemen, says the NYT.

Saudi Arabia recruited Darfur children to fight in Yemen: NYT

Bahrain

Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move

Bahrain says it wants to 'strengthen the Arab role' in Syria in order to combat 'regional interference' in its affairs.

Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move

United Arab Emirates

UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

Move seen as boost to Syrian government from an Arab country which once funded opposition fighters.

UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

Yemen

Clashes erupt in Hodeidah as UN-led monitors prepare to meet

UN-brokered truce has been in effect for eights days, but both sides allege repeated violations.

Clashes erupt in Hodeidah as UN-led monitors prepare to meet

Yemen

Q&A: What do the Houthis want?

A high ranking member of the rebel movement speaks to Al Jazeera about the Houthis' endgame in Yemen.

Mohammed al-Houthi: We want a united and democratic Yemen

Opinion

Two court cases the UAE and Bahrain are hoping the West forgets

The court appeals of activists Ahmed Mansoor and Nabeel Rajab are conveniently scheduled during the holiday season.

Bill Law

by Bill Law

Bill Law

Yemen

Head of UN ceasefire monitoring team arrives in Yemen

Patrick Cammaert, a retired general with experience in Sri Lanka and the DRC, will oversee the withdrawal of fighters.