Trump, King Salman Speak by Phone; Trump Urges End to Qatar Crisis

President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke by phone yesterday and discussed a number of regional issues, according to a readout of the call and wire reports.

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.  King Salman thanked the President for hosting Crown Prince ...



Saudi Arabia eyes high-value investments from the U.S.

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has held several meetings with multinational companies in conjunction with the state visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ...


MBS in Los Angeles

Commentary: Saudi Crown Prince’s Visit Shows Global Appetite Of Hollywood, And Endeavor

I’m not arguing here that there’s anything wrong with Endeavor re-imagining its role in the entertainment spectrum, but it’s all happening so fast that the ...



Saudi’s Crown Prince met Richard Branson to bring Hyperloop to Riyadh

The Crown Prince and several other members of Saudi Arabia's defense ministry met at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California to speak with ...


Social Media

Snap is in talks to set up shop in Saudi Arabia

In addition to potentially opening an office, the company is developing a content deal with the MiSK Foundation, a Saudi youth empowerment organization chaired by ...


Houthi Missile Attack

Houthi Missile Hits Saudi Oil Tanker

A Saudi oil tanker was targeted by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Tuesday afternoon local time off Yemen’s port of Hodeidah, sustaining minor damages and ...



Israel and Saudi Arabia: The relationship emerging into the open

Whatever may be happening behind the scenes, a complex system of public signalling is under way between Saudi Arabia and Israel. And Saudi Crown Prince ...



Trump: Saudi Arabia might have to pay US for military presence in Syria

“Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision, and I said, ‘Well, you know, you want us to stay, maybe you’re going to have to ...


Gulf Shield-1

23 countries take part in Gulf Shield-1 military drills in Saudi Arabia

“The field exercise lasts for four consecutive days,” said the spokesman for the Joint Gulf Shield 1, Brig. Gen. Al-Subaie, a live-fire exercise involving participating ...



Iraqi elections to test Saudi rapprochement

"The Saudis know that they can't have the same influence as Iran in post-2003 Iraq, so it would be inaccurate to assume that there is ...



Trump Talks to Leaders of Qatar and Saudi Arabia About Feud

President Donald Trump had separate phone conversations with two leaders of nations in the Persian Gulf region, discussing the ongoing disputes between Qatar and some ...


Exit Visas

Saudi: Around 1.2million exit visas issued in 2017 – Report

A total of 1,186,449 final exit visas were issued last year by the Department of Passports (Jawazat), reported Arabic newspaper Al-Madina on Monday. ...



Saudi Official Endorses US, Canada, Mexico (‘United 2026’) Over Morocco’s Bid

Saudi football’s chairman’s position has been dubbed as a purely political move, and one that puts the country’s bilateral and strategic relationships with the U.S ...


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Trump seeks Syria pullout as advisers warn of hard work ahead

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted to “get out” of Syria but offered no timetable, as his advisers warned of the hard ...


Gulf Art Acquisitions

Vibrant art scene inspires cooperation, competition in Gulf

Gulf countries’ cultural initiatives aim both to drive national development with increased investment in and attention to creative industries, and to redefine their relationship with ...


Bahrain Bank Transactions

Billion-dollar sanctions-busting scheme aided Iran, documents show

Records from a Bahraini government audit reveal that the now-closed Future Bank — a joint venture partly owned by two of Iran’s largest lenders — ...


Gaza Protests

Gaza protests driven by desperation, Hamas organization

Nahed Qudih, a 17-year-old high school student, said he has nothing to lose by joining his peers in the seemingly futile and dangerous act of ...



Trump discusses Iran threat with Qatar emir: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the threat posed by Iran with the emir of Qatar on Tuesday and also stressed the importance of resolving the ...



White House postpones planned Trump summit with Gulf leaders: sources

The decision to delay the May summit with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council reflects a crowded diplomatic calendar, and the fact that President Donald Trump ...



Abu Dhabi Financial Group invests in venture capital firm 500 Startups 

Abu Dhabi Financial Group, which manages more than $6 billion in assets, has invested in US-based venture capital firm 500 Startups, as it seeks to ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

Perspective: Why Iran won’t rush to a bomb if Trump pulls out of the nuclear deal

Contrary to the nightmare scenarios of former secretary of state John Kerry, Iran is unlikely to rush to a bomb using one of its monitored ...



Turkey’s Erdogan says Akkuyu nuclear plant investment to exceed $20 billion

Investment in Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, which is being built by Russia’s Rosatom at Akkuyu on the Mediterranean coast, will exceed $20 billion, President ...



U.S.-designated ‘terrorists’ vow to run in Pakistan elections

A Pakistani political party placed on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations vowed on Wednesday to continue its political activities and participate in upcoming ...


Global Income Distribution

What’s happening to the world income distribution? The elephant chart revisited

n 2013, Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic published a graph—quickly dubbed the “elephant chart”—that depicts changes in income distribution across the world between 1988 and ...


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