Activists across the Arab world continue to fight for human and civil rights despite violence and intimidation.
Riyadh takes a shot at Dubai with an ultimatum to foreign firms on moving their Middle East headquarters to the Kingdom.
Humanitarian groups have hailed the decision as "historic," as it will determine a complete blockade on weapons sales to the Gulf countries.
US military says it has already tested unloading and shipping cargo overland from the country's port at Yanbu, a crucial terminal for oil pipelines in the kingdom.
While diplomatic relations remain tense, both countries are signalling at potential for improved ties.
Following UAE's normalisation with Israel, the gulf state - in collusion with Egypt - are openly supporting the oppressive Syrian regime, banding against Turkey in northern Syria.
Both Bahrain and Oman praised the UAE-Israel accord, although neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations.
The ruling, that rejected Riyadh's national security justification for not taking action against a pirate TV outfit, could have serious implications for Saudi Arabia's prospective takeover of English Premier League club Newcastle United.
A year ago some of its neighbours blockaded Qatar, accusing the tiny Gulf state of supporting terrorism, being too close to Iran and destabilising the region. With the aid of Turkey, and with a deepening relationship with Tehran, Qatar is resisting.
The U-17 national basketball team of Qatar travelled to Turkey to play a few practice games for the Gulf Countries Cup after some countries refused to play against the team.
Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
The US State Department on Tuesday says it's "mystified" that Gulf Arab states haven't released to the public or Qatar details of the grievances that prompted their boycott of the country.
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