The issue of religious minorities in Muslim countries causes controversy.

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…

Bahrain hosts large war games amidst internal and external tensions

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…

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…

Cameron in meeting with Saudi Defence Minister

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…

Thousands of trucks stuck at Saudi-UAE border.

A line of trucks waiting to cross the UAE-Saudi border on Tuesday stretched to 20km past Al Sila highway toward Abu Dhabi. The line keeps getting longer, with at least three trucks joining per minute. An estimated 5,000 trucks are stuck at the border while waiting to complete Saudi customs procedures. There has been no…

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al Hashemi arrives in Qatar. Baghdad calls the visit unacceptable and asks Qatar to hand him over.

Iraq Vice President Tariq Al Hashimi arrived here yesterday on a several-day official visit to Qatar. He was welcomed on arrival at Doha International Airport by the Minister of State H E Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim Al Thani, according to the Qatar News Agency quoted by the local english language newspaper The Peninsula.…