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Trump Taps Gen. John Abizaid as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

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President Trump has selected Retired Four-Star General John Abizaid to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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Trump names Gen. John Abizaid new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war ...

 

Global Oil Markets

Oil Plunges Over 8% As Trump Faces Off With Saudi Arabia, Russia Over Production

OPEC and its partner, Russia, have been eager to raise the price of oil in recent weeks. The price of the global benchmark, Brent, has ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

U.S. lawmakers expect votes on steps to crack down on Saudi Arabia

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday the Senate could vote within weeks on legislation to punish Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen and the death ...

 

Uber

Uber CEO on Relationship With Saudi Investors: Video

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talked about his company's relationship with its Saudi investors after the Jamal Khashoggi killing. ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

US says recording linked to Khashoggi killing does not implicate Saudi crown prince

U.S. officials have said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom Trump sent to Riyadh and Ankara, the Saudi and Turkish capitals, respectively, for consultations ...

 

Healthcare

Comprehensive health coverage for Saudis in five years: Al-Rabiah

The Ministry of Health is planning to establish a national insurance center to provide medical insurance to Saudi citizens, who will have comprehensive health coverage ...

 

Aviation

Saudi’s flyadeal to pick Airbus or Boeing jets by end of month

Saudi Arabian budget airline flyadeal aims to decide whether to order Airbus (AIR.PA) or Boeing (BA.N) narrow-body jets by the end of this month, its ...

 

Yukon Journey

Pentagon launched new classified operation to support Saudi coalition in Yemen

The three operations, which focus on al-Qaida and ISIS, are classified, the report notes, and the Pentagon has not publicly disclosed their location beyond saying ...

 

Security

Saudi Arabia executes IS member

Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday the execution of a Saudi citizen who was a member of Islamic State (IS) militant group, Al Arabiya ...

 

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Record U.S., Russia and Saudi oil production means supply well outstrips global demand: IEA

The IEA said oil output from the world’s three biggest producers is holding global supply steady, at around 100.7 million barrels a day last month. ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

US-backed fighters resume final offensive against ISIS after pause to deal with Turkish tensions

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are returning to the battle against the Islamic State following a pause to deal with clashes between their northern troops ...

 

Iran Sanctions

U.S. to step up sanctions on Iran, ‘squeeze them until the pips squeak’

The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways ...

 

Iran Sanctions

Iraq to exchange food for Iranian gas, seeks U.S. approval: government officials

Iraq has agreed with Iran to exchange Iraqi food items for Iranian gas and energy supplies, two Iraqi government officials said on Wednesday. ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

UN nuclear watchdog says Iran abiding with 2015 deal limits

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding ...

 

Libya

Libya’s Haftar meets with rival Sarraj in Italy for first time since May

Eastern Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar met on Tuesday morning with the prime minister of the internationally recognised government of western Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, despite ...

 

Afghanistan

After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war

When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the ...

 

Technology

Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa

Spotify, the world’s most popular paid music streaming service, officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday. ...

 

IMF Country Focus

How the Middle East and Central Asian Countries Can Reduce Debt and Preserve Growth

Experience shows that, while the amount needed to achieve debt sustainability will differ, the way in which expenditures are cut or revenue increased matters for ...

 

BeIN Corp.

Qatar-based Sports Broadcaster’s Piracy War Threatens Income for Leagues

The world’s biggest sports rights holder, BeIN Corp., says it will spend less to broadcast major competitions unless the industry does more to stop a ...

 

Israel

Israeli defence chief Avigdor Lieberman quits over Gaza truce

Israel’s hawkish defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has announced he is resigning from the rightwing coalition government led by Benjamin Netanyahu in protest at a Gaza ...

 

U.S.-Turkey

Turkey making efforts to get U.S. Congress to remove bills against Ankara

The U.S. Senate has demanded a block on sales of F-35 jets to Turkey unless U.S. President Donald Trump certifies that Turkey is not threatening ...

 

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