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Some big changes in Saudi Arabia 
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud appoints interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the new crown prince and the king’s son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as the new deputy crown prince. 
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My article on Christians in Jordan, one of the last safe havens for the religious group in the Middle East. 
Though Christians consider themselves safe in Jordan, there is an undercurrent of uncertainty as extremists wreak havoc in neighbouring countries.
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King Abdullah joins hundreds to offer condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot killed by ISIL.
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These Kuwaiti youth still want change. They want to build businesses and be creative. But the political, economic, and cultural challenges remain.
The youth of Kuwait are ready to take their country forward through technology and a vision of multiculturalism, but are frustrated by government inertia and reluctance to change, Gulf Correspondent Justin Vela writes
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For the first time Oman marks National Day without Sultan Qaboos. My story from Muscat. 
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said has been receiving medical treatment in Germany since July, and told his subjects earlier this month that he would be unable to return for the occasion, which falls on his birthday.
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Ali Al Nusf helped an international troupe of clowns travel to Lebanon to entertain Syrian refugees, Justin Vela reports from Kuwait City.
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Glad I got to write this good news story about a business startup in Kuwait with a lot of potential. http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/startups-flourish-in-kuwait-as-entrepreneurial-spirit-takes-hold
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On Kuwait and the latest Middle East war. 
Will Kuwait be able to use its relationship with Iran to help find a solution to the crisis?
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A new book deftly explains how ISIL’s network gained from Saddam Hussein’s demise in Iraq and how Bashar Al Assad has nurtured it in Syria.
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My latest from Amman, Jordan.
ISIL said that Jordanian airstrikes in Syria killed an American woman hostage, Kayla Jean Mueller, but there has been no evidence to prove their claims.
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Oman National Day celebrations
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An unprecedented public dispute, air strikes on ISIS, and calls for reforms on state spending... it's been an eventful year so far for GCC states...
While the group at times appears arcane and even puzzling to outsiders, officials say their main aim is to establish unified positions on the various challenges facing their countries.
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Justin Vela is a Senior Foreign Editor at The National in Abu Dhabi. 

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