Arabian Peninsula http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32835/all en Arabs rap Iranian call for atomic talks to include Bahrain,Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/arabs-rap-iranian-call-atomic-talks-include-bahrainsyria <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>* GCC states again accuse Iran of destabilising agenda</p> <p>* West wants talks focused on Iran's disputed nuclear work</p> <p>ABU DHABI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab government dismissed as "interference" an Iranian suggestion that unrest in Syria and Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, accusing Tehran of constantly trying to destabilise some Arab states.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/arabs-rap-iranian-call-atomic-talks-include-bahrainsyria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Bahrain Persian Gulf countries Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:45:53 +0000 5755447 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf monarchies reject 'provocative' Iran talks idea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/gulf-monarchies-reject-provocative-iran-talks-idea <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 Gulf monarchies on Thursday rejected as a provocation an Iranian proposal to include the Syria crisis and the situation in Bahrain on the agenda of upcoming talks on Tehran's nuclear programme.</p> <p>The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdellatif Zayani, announced the "total rejection" of the Iranian proposition, calling it "a provocation" and "interference in the internal affairs of Arab states."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/gulf-monarchies-reject-provocative-iran-talks-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Politics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:02:48 +0000 5755525 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia reopens archaeological gem hidden almost a century http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/saudi-arabia-reopens-archaeological-gem-hidden-almost-century <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Riyadh, Feb 18 (EFE).- Saudi Arabia has opened to tourism an ancient archaeological treasure to which entry has been strictly limited for almost a century for religious reasons, and which is very similar to the nearby ruins of Petra, Jordan.</p> <p>The construction of Madain Saleh - "the cities of Saleh" - was started 5,000 years ago not far from the city of Tabuk.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/saudi-arabia-reopens-archaeological-gem-hidden-almost-century" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Middle East Saudi Arabia Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:20:29 +0000 5767158 at http://www.globalpost.com GCC states slam world inaction on Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/gcc-states-slam-world-inaction-syria <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 six Gulf monarchies on Sunday criticised world inaction on Syria and Iranian "interference" in their internal affairs ahead of a visit to the Saudi capital by US Secretary of State John Kerry.</p> <p>"The Syrian crisis has become more of a quasi-catastrophe through the unjustified killing of the Syrian people," Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled al-Khalifa said at the opening session of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/gcc-states-slam-world-inaction-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Disaster Persian Gulf countries AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:15:38 +0000 5772261 at http://www.globalpost.com Kerry in Riyadh for Gulf talks on Iran, Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/kerry-riyadh-gulf-talks-iran-syria <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>US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Saudi capital on Sunday for talks with the Gulf monarchies on Iran and the deadly conflict roiling Syria.</p> <p>Kerry, on his first trip to the region since taking over as the top US diplomat, was to dine with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the group of six Gulf monarchies including Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>On Monday he will hold separate talks with each GCC nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/kerry-riyadh-gulf-talks-iran-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Technology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:45:12 +0000 5772310 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Soccer-Shared World Cup is crazy, says AFC candidate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/interview-soccer-shared-world-cup-crazy-says-afc-candidate <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>By Sudipto Ganguly</p> <p>March 7 (Reuters) - Michel Platini's idea that Qatar share the 2022 World Cup hosting rights with its Middle East neighbours was "crazy", UAE soccer chief Yousuf Al Serkal told Reuters on Thursday.</p> <p>UEFA president Platini has long called for soccer's showpiece to be shared by the tiny Arab state and that the tournament should be moved to the end of the year to avoid the soaring temperature in June and July.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/interview-soccer-shared-world-cup-crazy-says-afc-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Middle East Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:00:51 +0000 5775930 at http://www.globalpost.com UAE court hears Islamists accused of plotting to seize power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/uae-court-hears-islamists-accused-plotting-seize-power <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 Federal Supreme Court of Abu Dhabi on Monday heard the lawyers of 94 Islamists accused of plotting to seize power in the United Arab Emirates before scheduling the next sessions to March 18 and 19.</p> <p>Eighty-five Islamists including 12 women appeared in court, for the second hearing in the largest trial in the history of the UAE, state news agency WAM reported quoting the justice ministry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/uae-court-hears-islamists-accused-plotting-seize-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Business Hospitality Law Member states of the Arab League Politics AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:00:57 +0000 5779772 at http://www.globalpost.com TDAP plans 3 exhibitions in ME, USA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/tdap-plans-3-exhibitions-me-usa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) plans to hold three exhibitions in next three months in Middle East and the United States. According to an official, TDAP has devised a comprehensive strategy for promoting Pakistani exports abroad.</p><P>He said the TDAP has already arranged 58 such exhibitions in American and Middle Eastern region in the last three years. Giving breakup he said 25 exhibitions had been held in United States of America, four in Brazil, 16 in United Arab Emirates, 10 in Saudi Arabia and one each in Iran, Oman and Iraq.</p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Member states of the Arab League Technology Asianet Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:32:04 +0000 Asianet 5799333 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. allies plan big Gulf naval exercise in May http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130408/us-allies-plan-big-gulf-naval-exercise-may <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) - The United States and its allies will stage a naval exercise in the Gulf in May to practise minesweeping and escorting ships, the U.S. Navy said on Monday, a manoeuvre likely to be seen in the region as guarding against a potential threat from Iran.</p> <p>Representatives from more than 30 nations will gather in Bahrain for the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13 from May 6-30, eight months after they staged a previous edition of the exercises at a time when Israel and Iran were trading threats of war.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130408/us-allies-plan-big-gulf-naval-exercise-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:46:23 +0000 5805672 at http://www.globalpost.com Undersecretaries of GCC ministries of Finance and Economy discuss economic integration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/undersecretaries-gcc-ministries-finance-and-economy-discuss-economic-in <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Undersecretaries of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) ministries of Finance '&amp;' Economy, will hold their 40th meeting on Wednesday next, to prepare for the 95th session of the Financial '&amp;' Economic Cooperation Committee to be hosted by Bahrain on 4th May 2013.</p><P>The meeting will discuss a number of issues including the GCC's proposals on the implementation of the resolution of the Supreme Council on deepening economic integration between the countries of the GCC.</p><P>The meeting also addresses the recommendations of the working groups and other tech</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/undersecretaries-gcc-ministries-finance-and-economy-discuss-economic-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:22:25 +0000 Asianet 5807849 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf states may place Hezbollah on terror list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/gulf-states-may-place-hezbollah-terror-list <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>Gulf Arab states will consider placing Lebanon's Shiite party Hezbollah, which is openly involved in the Syrian conflict, on its terror list, Al-Rai daily quoted highly placed diplomats on Thursday as saying.</p> <p>Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss "placing Hezbollah on the terror list" at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the newspaper said.</p> <p>Bahrain currently holds the GCC's rotating presidency.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/gulf-states-may-place-hezbollah-terror-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries AFP Thu, 30 May 2013 11:46:53 +0000 5848679 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf-EU meeting calls for Syria political settlement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130630/gulf-eu-meeting-calls-syria-political-settlement <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 Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged Sunday to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting in Bahrain.</p> <p>The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also called on Shiite Iran to play "a constructive role" in the Sunni-dominated region.</p> <p>The ministers "reiterated the utmost urgency of finding a political settlement of the Syrian conflict," said a statement issued at the end of the meeting.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130630/gulf-eu-meeting-calls-syria-political-settlement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Technology War AFP Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:03:53 +0000 5871770 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Qatar acclimatisation takes a month - study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/football-qatar-acclimatisation-takes-month-study <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>Teams contesting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will need a month to prepare for the country's sweltering heat, according to a report by a British university published on Thursday.</p> <p>The study by the University of Bedfordshire recommends that teams arrive in Qatar at least four weeks in advance of the tournament, which is currently scheduled to take place amid temperatures that could reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/football-qatar-acclimatisation-takes-month-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Emirates AFP Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:15:37 +0000 5915291 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan, Bahrain agree to restart strategic talks with GCC nations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130824/japan-bahrain-agree-restart-strategic-talks-gcc-nation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Leaders of Japan and Bahrain agreed Saturday to resume a strategic dialogue between resource-poor Japan and a regional grouping of oil-producing Gulf countries, Japanese officials said.</p> <p> The accord was reached between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain, on the first day of a trip by Abe to four Middle Eastern and African countries. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Bahrain.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130824/japan-bahrain-agree-restart-strategic-talks-gcc-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Technology Kyodo News International Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:32:30 +0000 5916989 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan mulls sending patrol aircraft for int'l antipiracy mission http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130825/japan-mulls-sending-patrol-aircraft-intl-antipiracy-mi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday Japan will consider sending P-3C patrol aircraft for multinational antipiracy operations off Somalia, Japanese officials said.</p> <p> In a meeting with Vice Adm. John Miller, commander of the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet, in Bahrain, Abe said it is very important to contribute to the international community's efforts with the dispatch of the Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft. Miller lauded the plane's capabilities, the officials said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130825/japan-mulls-sending-patrol-aircraft-intl-antipiracy-mi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Member states of the Arab League Kyodo News International Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:01:05 +0000 5917400 at http://www.globalpost.com