Qatar’s attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. The hacking helped precipitate the diplomatic rift that has since opened up between Qatar and some of its powerful Arab neighbors. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June over comments briefly posted on the Qatar News Agency attributed to its ruler in which he allegedly praised their arch-foe Iran.
Abdul Samad Afghan, Consul-General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has commended the role played by the United Arab Emirates in supporting his country since the era of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and as now followed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The remarks were made at the ceremony held by the Consulate-General of Afghanistan in Dubai on the occasion of the 98th Independence Day of his country. It was attended by Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, Director of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Dubai, a number of Arab and foreign Consuls-General in Dubai, and members of the Afghan community in the country.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denounced Qatar’s recent decision to restore full diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing Doha of undermining chances to resolve a rift between several Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and Qatar. Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, Qatar had recalled its ambassador to Tehran last year. Unlike Riyadh, however, Doha had not cut all diplomatic ties with Iran.
The officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Saudi forces had been stationed at Aden's presidential palace, port and airport. They are the first special Saudi forces in Aden since 2015, when the Arab monarchy launched a military campaign against Yemen in an attempt to eliminate the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall Riyadh-friendly Hadi.
A plot to blow up a plane travelling from Australia to Abu Dhabi with a bomb hidden inside a Barbie doll was foiled by security services. Four brothers, of Lebanese-Australian origin, were said to be behind the plot, according to Lebanon's interior minister. As well as planning to smuggle explosives inside the child's toy, the brothers' plan also included hiding a device inside a meat grinder.
Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, senior members of her party said on Saturday, a day after she failed to show up for a trial in which she faced up to 10 years in prison. Puea Thai Party sources said Yingluck left Thailand last week and flew via Singapore to Dubai where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for corruption, has a home.
Branch campus leaders in Qatar have insisted that the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf is having limited impact on universities as they prepare for the upcoming academic year. Four Arab states – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding terrorist groups. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have also ordered their citizens to leave Qatar.
A little-known Qatari shaikh has been thrust into the limelight as a Saudi Arabia-led bloc tries to wring concessions from his nation to end the political feud dividing the Arabian Gulf. Shaikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, a descendant of Qatar’s founder, was welcomed warmly in Saudi Arabia by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, then jetted off to Morocco, where Saudi King Salman hosted him at his vacation spot in Tangier. And while the Qatari government said the shaikh was on a personal visit, some media outlets close to the alliance portrayed his meetings as a triumphant diplomatic effort.
Qatar has blocked Saudi planes from transporting Hajj pilgrims, Saudi state media said on Sunday, after Riyadh reopened the border despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf. Riyadh last week reopened its land border with Qatar and allocated seven flights of the Saudi national carrier to bring pilgrims from Doha, in a temporary lifting of a weeks-long boycott of its Gulf neighbour. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.
Qatar ordered the embassy of Chad be closed and gave its diplomats 72 hours to leave, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Thursday, accusing the African country of joining a “campaign of blackmail” with its decision to shutter the Qatari embassy. Qatar is involved in a row with four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, over allegations that Doha supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges. Chad said on Wednesday it was giving Qatari diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing Qatar of trying to destabilize the central African nation through its northern neighbor Libya.
Qatar is to reinstate its ambassador to Iran, its foreign ministry announced on Thursday, in a significant move at a time of diplomatic friction within the Gulf. Qatar’s move may be seen as provocative among those countries which have cut ties, but Saudi Arabia and its allies have not yet responded. In Bahrain, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa took to Twitter to comment on the Qatari decision.
Bahrain said it will file an official complaint to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court against Qatar, with which ties have been severed over accusations it supports
The Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Renato Pedro Villa said some 10,000 Filipinos are living illegally in Kuwait, including 8,000 domestic workers who have fled their sponsors and pointed to the presence of about 60 Filipinos at the labor center, some of them are accused of illegitimate pregnancies, reports Al-Rai daily. He told the Al-Rai daily about 265,000 Filipinos live in Kuwait most of whom are employed in beauty parlors and household work. He denied what has been circulated by social media that the government in the Philippines intends to stop sending domestic workers to Kuwait.
Electricity and water rates in Kuwait have been revised to encourage consumers to rationalise consumption, Dr. Mashaan Al Otaibi, assistant undersecretary of the ministry of electricity and water for planning and training, said in a statement. The new rates, that came into effect in the investment sector on Tuesday, are five fils (nearly $0.016) per kWh and two dinars ($6.63) per 1,000 imperial gallons of water, he said at a press conference.
The Camel Racing Organizing Committee continues the transportation of Qatari racing camels, from the UAE to Doha by sea via Oman. The second batch of 207 camels was shipped through the Omani port of Sohar and is expected to reach Qatar via Hamad Port in the next two days. The Camel Racing Organizing Committee decided to begin the new season on September 9 and will last for more than six months.
Small oil spillage was discovered near Qaruh Island in Kuwait on Friday. However, ships owned by the Kuwait Oil Company have managed to contain the situation, said Essam Al Ghanim, Minister of Oil of Kuwait. In a statement to the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA), Al Ghanim added that an air sortie was carried out to determine the presence of pollutants near the Kuwaiti Island.
The Zayed Giving Convoy on Friday launched its humanitarian campaign in Egyptian villages. The campaign aims to treat 1,000 patients through the UAE-Egyptian mobile volunteer hospital in the country's eastern province. The humanitarian campaign will enable doctors to diagnose patients and carry out operations as part of their efforts to help vulnerable and underprivileged patients. The mobile hospital was established as a joint humanitarian initiative between the Zayed Giving Initiative, the Saudi-German Hospital, Dar Al Ber Society, the Emirates Volunteer Association, Egypt's Health Ministry and the Egyptian Volunteer Society, to provide free diagnosis and treatment to patients.
The Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA) organised a special panel discussion to mark World Humanitarian Day at the Majlis of Salem Ahmed Al-Moosa in Dubai. On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. Among those who lost their lives was Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. Every year since then, the humanitarian community has organised global campaigns to commemorate WHD, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.
The UAE has provided Yemen with Dhs8.63 billion ($2.35 billion) in aid during the period from April 2015 through July 2017, Dhs2.37 billion of which is humanitarian assistance, as part of its efforts to lay the foundations for development, security, stability and peace in the country. The aid amounted to Dhs1.39 billion during 2017, which is four times more than the $100 million pledged by the country during a donor conference held in Geneva in April. Recently the UAE has informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) it will additionally provide a total of Dhs36.7 million in medical aid to Yemen to be allocated to supporting the international organisation’s efforts in fighting the protracted cholera outbreak in the country as part of the UN's Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) team in Hadhramaut Governorate in Yemen on Wednesday announced the completion of its preparations for the launch of the “Zayed Legacy to Support the Yemeni People” campaign which seeks to assist the families of martyrs and those injured. Ahmed Al Neyadi, Head of the ERC Team in Hadhramaut, said that the launch of the campaign is in line with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s directives to support the people of Yemen, adding that the campaign will provide for the needs of the families of martyrs and those injured.
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has distributed food to needy families, orphans and widows in Habban district in the Yemeni governorate of Shabwa, in a move to ease their difficult economic and humanitarian conditions. Mohammad Saif Al Muhairi, head of the ERC team in Shabwa, said the distribution of food supplies is part of the humanitarian aid programme begun by the ERC to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people, caused by the Al Houthi coup. Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude upon receiving the UAE’s assistance.
Kuwait has financed the construction of six new schools in Iraq’s Nineveh, a province on the outskirts of Mosul, it has been revealed. Of the six, four were built in the Nineveh Plains region; one in the Qayyarah camp for internally displaced individuals, south of Mosul; and one on Mosul’s left coast, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. Made of prefabricated units, each school features 16 classrooms, as well as administration and medical facilities.