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U.S. tells commercial vessels to send Gulf transit plans in advance

08 Aug 2019

DUBAI The U.S. maritime agency has told U.S.-flagged commercial vessels they should send transit plans in advance to American and British naval authorities if they intend to sail in Gulf waters following several incidents over tankers involving Iran.

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes

19 Jul 2019

DUBAI/PARIS The United States is struggling to win its allies' support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said.

Trump creates doubt over use of U.S. force to protect Gulf oil

18 Jun 2019

GENEVA/DUBAI U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran. | Video

Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport, coalition vows to retaliate

13 Jun 2019

DUBAI The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that wounded 26 people.

Kuwait plan for northern mega city faces political hurdles

01 May 2019

KUWAIT A "Silk City" rising from Kuwait's northern sandy plains will help diversify the Gulf Arab state's economy away from oil, draw foreign investment and galvanize trade links with Iraq, Iran and China - or at least that's the plan.

U.N. rights boss condemns Saudi Arabia's beheading of 37 men

24 Apr 2019

GENEVA/DUBAI The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday condemned the beheadings of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week, saying most were minority Shi'ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced.

Saudi plans to invite bids for nuclear power project in 2020: sources

04 Apr 2019

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabia plans to issue a multi-billion-dollar tender in 2020 to construct its first two nuclear power reactors and is discussing the project with U.S. and other potential suppliers, three sources familiar with the plans said.

Qatar Airways backs Boeing despite MAX crash crisis

25 Mar 2019

MUSCAT Qatar Airways threw its support behind Boeing on Monday as the U.S. planemaker faces its biggest crisis in years after two deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX jet.

Kuwait says U.S. Mideast peace plan should weigh regional considerations

20 Mar 2019

KUWAIT Kuwait's foreign minister said on Wednesday that a long-awaited U.S. peace proposal for the Middle East should be acceptable to all stakeholders and factor in regional considerations.

UPDATE 2-Kuwait says US Mideast peace plan should weigh regional considerations

20 Mar 2019

* Gulf rift, Yemen and Syria also discussed (Adds quotes, context)

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