The trio of countries cited the ongoing blockade as their reason for not attending, as the tournament is left with just five remaining teams.
Can the esteemed scholar be trusted to speak truth to power, and should the public intellectual be held accountable to a higher standard?
Reports about a military drawdown come at a time when the UAE is deeply involved in the complex conflict and faces global scrutiny over its role.
Mohamed Morsi embodied the Egyptian establishment's worst fears: a democratic path for the country. He could not be openly executed and was instead ushered to a slow death.
This isn’t the first time one of the world’s most strategically-important stretches of water has seen clashes. We take a look at other incidents that have destabilised the Persian Gulf.
Rights group says at least nine activists due to be freed have instead been moved to a ‘counselling’ facility in a UAE prison.
Most world powers have aided or stood by silently as revolutions have been crushed across the Middle East and North Africa but the people's desire to rid themselves of tyranny is still alive.
Saudi Arabia may finally be realising that its marginalisation of Qatar has only strengthened Iran.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in UAE to discuss "regional security matters" amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated in recent weeks as the United States tightened sanctions with what it said was the goal of pushing Iran to make concessions beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal.
The reconstruction of Syria will be another battle with rival powers trying to stamp their authority over the country through their chequebooks.
Qatar has managed to gain independence from the Saudi-UAE sphere of influence and might be better off for it in the long run.
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