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Qatar emir hands rule over to son

Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has abdicated in favour of his 33-year-old son Sheikh Tamim, a first for the Arab world.

Bahrain reform urged as protesters stand firm

Bahrain's Sunni Muslim ruling family came under increased pressure to open in-depth negotiations with the Shi'ite-led opposition on Sunday.

Bahrain opposition rejects talks offer

The Bahraini opposition on Saturday rejected an offer of dialogue from the authorities, saying it would join talks only after the Cabinet quits.

More deaths after violent Bahrain crackdown

Riot police stormed through a Manama square early on Thursday firing rubber bullets and tear gas in a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Two killed in violent Bahrain crackdown

Two people were killed in Bahrain as riot police unleashed rubber bullets and tear gas to drive panicked protesters out of a Manama square.

Wary Persian Gulf leaders host Ahmadinejad

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, wary of the repercussions of Iran's nuclear programme, opened a two-day summit on Monday at which they were joined by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was the first Iranian president to attend the gathering of the neighbouring bloc of wealthy Gulf Arab oil producers.

Abu Dhabi vies for spot on tourism map

Abu Dhabi, looking to tap into the thriving tourism market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), plans to offer a cultural bonanza rather than follow Dubai in focusing on shopping holidays. Centrepiece of the quiet emirate's mega project to lure tourists is the construction of four museums, including a Guggenheim and, perhaps, a local version of the famous Louvre of Paris, as well as an art centre.

Al-Jazeera English hits the airwaves

Al-Jazeera's English-language news channel hit the airwaves on Wednesday with a heavyweight cast of presenters and the ambition to compete with Western broadcasting giants. Al-Jazeera English, sister channel of Qatar's Arabic television al-Jazeera, said its launch ushered in "a new era in international news" as it began broadcasts.

Saddam: ‘The war is not over’

An audiotape attributed to ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on Wednesday warned that the war against the US-led coalition was not over and called for Iraqis to continue their resistance.

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