U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

Secretary of State Pompeo Kicks Off 8-Nation Middle East Tour

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begins a weeklong tour of eight Arab nations in the Middle East through Jan. 15, including a visit to Saudi Arabia. The Secretary's schedule will take him to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.

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Security

Six killed and one arrested in security operation in Saudi Arabia’s al-Qatif region

Six people were killed and one arrested in a security operation in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Al-Qatif region on Monday, the state news agency reported on ...

 

Oil and Gas

Saudi Arabia to announce slight rise in oil, gas reserves after audit

Saudi Arabia is expected to announce a slight rise in its crude oil and gas reserves on Wednesday after being independently audited, according to a ...

 

Religious Tourism

30 million pilgrims ‘will visit Saudi Arabia by 2030’

Under the agreement, Flynas, the country’s budget airlines, will be able to tailor travel packages for pilgrims through the Hajj Ministry’s central booking system. ...

 

AFC Asian Cup

Juan Antonio Pizzi delighted to see Saudi Arabia get Asian Cup campaign off to winning start

The three-time continental champions kicked off their Group E campaign with a convincing 4-0 win at Dubai’s Rashid Stadium. Their plight was helped somewhat by ...

 

Debt Finance

Saudi Arabia’s New Bond Sale Will Entice Investors

Saudi Arabia is back with another bumper bond issue, launching new 10-year and 31-year paper. It’s the first real test of investor demand since the ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia Edges Toward Bet on Booming U.S. Energy Sector

“One reason is the geopolitical aspect of how to keep the U.S. close and maintain the strategic relationship, and secondly they see LNG as diversifying, ...

 

Desalination

Desalination Creating Toxic Brine Pollution in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia isn’t just the world’s top crude oil exporter. It’s also the biggest producer of a toxic effluent that’s the byproduct of slaking the ...

 

John Abizaid

Our man in Riyadh: U.S. needs Gen. John Abizaid as Saudi envoy

The post has been vacant since January 2017, when President Barack Obama's representative, Joseph Westphal, departed. ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Mike Pompeo: Oil prices don’t influence US response to Khashoggi crisis

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said oil prices did not and will not influence the Trump administration's response to the killing of Saudi ...

 

Music

Saudi Arabia Sings a Nationalist Tune

Poets are held in high regard in the Gulf states – popular shows such as “Million Dollar Poet” are aired on channels such as MBC ...

 

Shipping and Transportation

Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector to get US $8.8-billion boost from government

Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector is set to receive a much-needed boost with an allocation of (US $8.8 billion) for the energy, industry, mining and logistics ...

 

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War in Yemen

U.N. chief wants to deploy up to 75 truce monitors to Yemen

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Security Council to approve the deployment of up to 75 observers to Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah ...

 

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Turkish leader Erdogan scolds and snubs Bolton over Kurdish fighters

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Trump Foreign Policy

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Global Oil Markets

Oil 2019 Forecast: A Tug Of War Between Bulls And Bears

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Pakistan says UAE’s financial assistance to shore up economy

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What Slump? Dubai Finance Hub Plans Canary Wharf-Sized Expansion

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Syria

Russian military police starts patrols around Syria’s Manbij

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Iraq

Car bomb blast kills two police in Iraq’s Tikrit

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Kuwait

Commentary: Kuwait breaks from GCC on warming up to Israel

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Counter Terrorism

US carried out 36 airstrikes in Yemen last year

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