Barred from Gulf, Bangladeshis risk lives to head south

Denied their traditional route out of poverty in the Gulf and often urged on by relatives, growing numbers of young Bangladeshis are joining the waves of Rohingya trying to reach Southeast Asia on horror boat journeys.

Iran minister says nuclear deal likely if partners serious

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism about reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in comments published Friday by German newsweekly Der Spiegel.

Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf

Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday in what appeared to be the country`s latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with a passing commercial vessel, U.S. officials said.

Qatar elects two women for first time

 Qataris have for the first time voted two women onto the Gulf emirate`s only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday.

Obama invites Gulf leaders to spring Camp David summit

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has invited Gulf leaders to a spring summit at Camp David to discuss security cooperation in the region.

Yemen strikes could last six months: Gulf officials

Arab air strikes against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen could last up to six months, Gulf diplomatic officials said Saturday, voicing fears that they could face retaliation at home by Iran.

France deploys aircraft carrier in Gulf for IS fight

A French aircraft carrier launched operations in the Gulf on Monday as Paris stepped up its participation in the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Kuwait blogger critical of Saudi gets increased jail term

Kuwait`s appeal court on Wednesday increased by two years the four-year jail sentence of an activist who tweeted comments deemed offensive to Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Funeral of Saudi King Abdullah begins: State TV

The funeral for Saudi King Abdullah got under way Friday with foreign leaders gathering in a cavernous mosque in the capital.

France to deploy aircraft carrier to Gulf in IS fight: Report

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its fleet will be deployed to the Gulf to support operations against the Islamic State group, a military news site reported on Tuesday.

Gulf leaders could meet ahead of Qatar summit: Reports

Arab leaders in the Gulf could hold a special meeting to resolve differences within their ranks ahead of a scheduled annual summit in Qatar next month, newspapers said Wednesday.

UN chief hails new government in Yemen

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday welcomed the announcement of the formation of a new government in Yemen, saying that the "announcement is a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country".

Sushma Swaraj to embark on three-day UAE visit Monday

Aiming to deepen ties, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday during which she will hold talks on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues with top leaders of the Gulf nation which is a major crude oil supplier to India.

Qatar emir denies funding Syria extremists

The emir of Qatar has denied accusations that his country funds extremist groups in Syria, while stressing the Gulf state's commitment to the US-led campaign against Islamic State jihadists.

Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights

Two Gulf-based airlines on Saturday announced that they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

UAE launches Arab Social Media award

The UAE has launched the first `Arab Social Media Award in the Gulf region to encourage Arab societies for responsible use of social media and increase awareness about the issues of concern to the community.

Iran warns against military intervention in Iraq

Iran warned today that "any foreign military intervention in Iraq" would only complicate the crisis, after the US said it was deploying a warship in the Gulf.

Iraq insurgent advance slows, US sends carrier to Gulf

An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi`ite-led government in Baghdad.

Australia mulls fresh World Cup bid

Football Federation Australia said Monday it may re-submit its bid to host the 2022 World Cup, after fresh corruption allegations emerged surrounding Qatar`s controversial campaign to host the tournament.

Kuwait`s emir embarks on landmark visit to Iran

Kuwait`s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah flew to Tehran on Sunday for a landmark visit expected to focus on mending fences between Shiite Iran and Sunni-ruled Gulf states.