Senior Sunni relgious leaders in the Muslim world have clashed over the role of Christian communities in Muslim countries. Mehmet Görmez, Head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, has sharply criticized Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia, for comments the latter made during a meeting with a delegation from the Kuwait-based Society of […]Read more
The visit of the Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to the Island of Abu Musa in the Gulf, on Wednesday (11 April), must surely be seen as an act of diplomatic folly, which has as expected been robustly condemned by the government of the United Arab Emirates, which considers the island as part of its territory. […]Read more
One hundred jet fighters from 10 countries screamed across the Bahrain’s skies yesterday as part of the “Initial Link” exercise 2012, organized by the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF). The major military exercise is part of the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s (RBAF) training programme. This year’s drill is the biggest since 1988. Participating countries include Saudi Arabia, the […]Read more
A decision on an American Missile shield for the GCC is expected in June, but not everybody is happy.
The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the United States have agreed to build a regional missile defence architecture, Bahrain’s foreign minister has said. Details of the agreement and the final decision by the GCC member states and the US will be taken in June, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said in remarks published by […]Read more
A female Kuwaiti artist whose paintings of male society were deemed “obscene” by authorities has vowed to continue pushing the boundaries. Her recent exhibition was shut down within three hours of opening. This was at a gallery in Kuwait on March 5. Shurooq Amin spoke to Gulf News on the phone and said that she […]Read more
British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks here yesterday with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Salman ibn Abdulaziz and discussed issues of mutual concern and ways of strengthening bilateral ties. The meeting at No. 10 Downing Street was attended by British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, Saudi Ambassador to UK, Prince Muhammad bin Nawaf, and Saudi State Minister […]Read more
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received here today afternoon at Za’beel Palace The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who conveyed to Sheikh Mohammed the regards of British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two sides discussed a number of financial, economic […]Read more