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Egypt lawmakers approve island transfer to Saudi Arabia

Parliament approves controversial treaty to hand over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

downtown Cairo

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Bahrain lawyer arrested for suing over Qatar blockade

Prominent human rights activist says Bahrain's constitution outlaws imposing sanctions on fellow Gulf bloc countries.

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UAE: 'No military component' in actions against Qatar

Ambassador to the US threatens 'escalation of economic pressure' but says no military moves will be taken against Qatar.

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Qatar Airways: Services largely unaffected by Gulf ban

The national carrier's operations 'continue to run smoothly' despite an airspace ban in several neighbouring countries.

Qatar Airways

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Media blocks against Qatar violate free speech: HRW

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have threatened criminal sanctions against those who express sympathy with Qatar.

Al Jazeera

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UN’s Zeid: Gulf states must respect rights in Qatar row

UAE and Bahrain appear to be violating human rights by threatening to jail Qatar sympathiser, says human rights chief.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

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Morocco supports Kuwait mediation in Gulf crisis

Emir of Kuwait received Moroccan foreign minister who delivered a message from king Mohamed, hailing Kuwaiti efforts.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI

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Egypt: Parliament committee approves Saudi islands deal

Legislative committee agrees the treaty for Cairo to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia after heated debate.

Parliament

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Iran accuses Saudis of supporting terrorist groups

Iran's Zarif says Tehran has intelligence that Riyadh supports terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

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US' Mattis: Qatar blockade 'very complex situation'

Defence secretary Mattis says Qatar 'moving in the right direction' but common ground needs to be found in crisis.

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