Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28948/all en Twitter popularity tests conservative Gulf http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter's unmatched platform for public opinion is emboldening Gulf Arabs to exchange views on delicate issues in the deeply conservative region, despite strict censorship that controls old media.</p> <p>The authorities have been attempting to limit the damage by handing out jail terms to some whose tweets have been deemed offensive in the Muslim states, including in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Religion Technology Twitter AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:28 +0000 5742516 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Japan offers nuclear help to Saudi to free up oil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/update-1-japan-offers-nuclear-help-saudi-free-oil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details on UAE concessions, loan, Saudi nuclear Offer)</p> <p>ABU DHABI, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Japan has offered to help Saudi Arabia build nuclear power stations to free up more oil for exports, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday, but a visiting Japanese minister said he was not seeking a supply increase now.</p> <p>Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi's visit at the weekend was aimed at securing extra oil from the world's biggest exporter in case of instability in world supply, Japanese officials had said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/update-1-japan-offers-nuclear-help-saudi-free-oil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of OPEC Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf oil Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:15:42 +0000 5751850 at http://www.globalpost.com Shooting in Saudi Shiite town wounds woman, child http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/shooting-saudi-shiite-town-wounds-woman-child <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Unknown gunmen opened fire at a prison and police targets in Saudi Arabia's Shiite-populated Eastern Province, wounding a woman and her child, police and rights activists said on Sunday.</p> <p>The gunmen carried out three separate shootings in two Shiite towns on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Ziad al-Rukaiti said.</p> <p>"The prison in Qatif came under fire from an unknown source," said Rukaiti, referring to the prison in the Shiite town of Awamiya in the Qatif district.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/shooting-saudi-shiite-town-wounds-woman-child" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:02:01 +0000 5758052 at http://www.globalpost.com UK's LSE cancels Arab Spring forum in UAE, citing local curbs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/uks-lse-cancels-arab-spring-forum-uae-citing-local-curbs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A top British university has cancelled a conference on the Arab Spring in the United Arab Emirates, citing curbs imposed by the Gulf state, which has placed limits on foreign research groups in the past two years.</p> <p>The UAE, a major oil exporter and regional business hub, has not seen the unrest that has ousted autocratic Arab rulers elsewhere, but analysts and diplomats say the U.S. ally is anxious to prevent instability spreading to its turf.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/uks-lse-cancels-arab-spring-forum-uae-citing-local-curbs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf War Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:16:01 +0000 5764355 at http://www.globalpost.com Struggling Gulf Air sacks staff as unions reject revamp http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/struggling-gulf-air-sacks-staff-unions-reject-revamp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's loss-making flag carrier Gulf Air, struggling against competition from other regional carriers, has embarked on a sweeping restructuring plan that has annoyed unions over heavy job cuts.</p> <p>The company said this week it had sacked 15 percent of its staff and closed four more routes in January as it pressed ahead with a restructuring plan that it launched a month earlier.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/struggling-gulf-air-sacks-staff-unions-reject-revamp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Labor Law Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:00:27 +0000 5771939 at http://www.globalpost.com (Blank Headline Received) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/blank-headline-received-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DOHA- KERRY, ASKED ABOUT TALKS WITH QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA, SAYS U.S. HAS HAD TALKS ON WHAT KINDS OF ARMS ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO WHICH SYRIAN OPPOSITION FORCES</p> Asia Member states of OPEC Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:00:27 +0000 5773981 at http://www.globalpost.com Kerry says raised rights concerns in talks with Bahrain minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/kerry-says-raised-rights-concerns-talks-bahrain-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Kerry met Bahraini counterpart in Saudi Arabia on Monday</p> <p>* Gulf Arab state a vital strategic U.S. ally</p> <p>* Reconciliation talks between govt and opposition on-going</p> <p>DOHA, March 5 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had voiced concerns about human rights in Bahrain with the foreign minister of the strategically vital Gulf Arab kingdom where protesters are demanding democratic reforms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/kerry-says-raised-rights-concerns-talks-bahrain-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia John Kerry Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:00:25 +0000 5774182 at http://www.globalpost.com Arabs accuse Iran of aiding 'terror' in Bahrain, Yemen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/arabs-accuse-iran-aiding-terror-bahrain-yemen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Arab interior ministers gathered for a security meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday accused Iran of supplying "logistic help to terrorist operations" in Bahrain and Yemen.</p> <p>In a statement, the ministers "strongly denounced logistic aid supplied by Iran to terrorist operations in Bahrain and Yemen," and congratulated security services in both countries for "dismantling cells and uncovering dangerous terror plots."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/arabs-accuse-iran-aiding-terror-bahrain-yemen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Islamic terrorism Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Religion Technology War AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:46:51 +0000 5782618 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi arrests 18 spies including Iranian: ministry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/saudi-arrests-18-spies-including-iranian-ministry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Saudi authorities have arrested 18 suspected spies, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Sixteen Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese were arrested in coordinated and simultaneous operations in four regions of the kingdom," including the capital Riyadh and the holy city of Mecca, the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/saudi-arrests-18-spies-including-iranian-ministry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Social Issues AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:16:12 +0000 5788126 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia says arrests 18 in spying investigation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/saudi-arabia-says-arrests-18-spying-investigation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people, including an Iranian, a Lebanese citizen and 16 Saudis, for spying, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could raise tensions between Riyadh and arch-rival Tehran.</p> <p>Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said on state television the suspects were "involved with a spy network working for a foreign country".</p> <p>Turki later told Reuters he could not say who the 18 were suspected of spying for, pending further investigation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/saudi-arabia-says-arrests-18-spying-investigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Saudi Arabia Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:15:25 +0000 5788219 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Shi'ites fear spy arrests will worsen tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/saudi-shiites-fear-spy-arrests-will-worsen-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RIYADH (Reuters) - Tensions between Saudi Arabia and its Shi'ite Muslim minority could worsen if 16 detained Shi'ites are charged with spying in a case linked to Iran, community leaders said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The government has blamed unrest among Shi'ites in the Qatif district of oil-producing Eastern Province on an unnamed foreign power, seen as code for Iran, something local activists have denied. Sixteen people have been killed in Qatif in clashes with police in the past two years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/saudi-shiites-fear-spy-arrests-will-worsen-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:00:30 +0000 5788937 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran says not linked to group arrested in Saudi Arabia for spying http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/iran-says-not-linked-group-arrested-saudi-arabia-spying <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry said the country was not linked to a group of alleged spies arrested in Saudi Arabia, Iranian media reported on Sunday.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that it had detained an Iranian, a Lebanese, and 16 Saudis for spying. Political analysts and press in Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia have accused Shi'ite Iran of being behind the alleged espionage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/iran-says-not-linked-group-arrested-saudi-arabia-spying" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:00:04 +0000 5792327 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran denies link to spy cell arrests in Saudi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/iran-denies-link-spy-cell-arrests-saudi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iran has denied any link to a spy cell dismantled in Saudi Arabia, after Riyadh said an Iranian is among 18 suspects arrested on charges of espionage for a foreign country, media reported on Sunday.</p> <p>"This is without any foundation. It is a scenario that is being repeated... for domestic consumption," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/iran-denies-link-spy-cell-arrests-saudi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Social Issues AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:31:27 +0000 5792362 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran denies link to group arrested in Saudi Arabia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/iran-denies-link-group-arrested-saudi-arabia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry said the country was not linked to a group of alleged spies arrested in Saudi Arabia, Iranian media reported on Sunday.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that it had detained an Iranian, a Lebanese, and 16 Saudis for spying. Political analysts and media in Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia have accused Shi'ite Iran of being behind the alleged espionage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/iran-denies-link-group-arrested-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:23:17 +0000 5792576 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Shiite cleric tried for 'instigating unrest' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/saudi-shiite-cleric-tried-instigating-unrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A prominent Shiite Muslim cleric appeared in a Saudi court on Tuesday facing accusations he instigated unrest and sought foreign meddling in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a witness said.</p> <p>Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was arrested in July last year following trouble in the kingdom's Eastern Province, where the Shiite community is concentrated, and his trial before a special security court opened on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/saudi-shiite-cleric-tried-instigating-unrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:32:25 +0000 5794120 at http://www.globalpost.com