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Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf

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Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in...

Egypt will protect Gulf Arabs

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the army will come to the defence of Gulf Arabs if they face any direct threats,...

Gulf states scramble for Somalia

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A battle for access to seaports is underway in one of the world's unlikeliest places: Somalia, now caught in a regional struggle...

Gulf Arabs focus on short-term military procurement needs

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Having rushed to war in Yemen just as oil prices sank, Gulf Arab militaries are in a thrifty mood. They are focussing...

Yemen’s Saleh says intent on power transfer

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he is intent on leaving office in line with a Gulf-brokered power transfer plan and lashed...

Oman vote masks deeper malaise as reforms stutter

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This month's election in Oman may give the small Gulf sultanate a glossier democratic veneer, but it is unlikely to bury the...

Bahrain sets up fact-finding team for recent unrest

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Bahrain's king ordered the formation of an independent fact-finding team to investigate weeks of protests that rocked the Gulf island nation earlier...

Gulf states vow to seek end to Yemeni crisis

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Yemen's Gulf neighbours renewed an offer to mediate in Yemen's bloody political crisis, but offered no formula to break a deadlock over...

Dozens of Bahrainis face court, 7 already convicted

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Thirty three Bahrainis faced military court hearings on charges of illegal activities during weeks of protests that rocked the Gulf island kingdom...

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SONA doesn’t do defence

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was much in evidence ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). This high visibility did...