Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms John Abizaid as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

John Abizaid
The Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm retired Gen. John Abizaid as the new US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a 92-7 vote, paving the way for the former head of then U.S. Central Command to be the first person to fill the post since President Trump took office.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

U.S. Senate confirms Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington has not had an ambassador in Riyadh since January 2017, a 27-month period in which U.S.-Saudi ties have become increasingly complicated over issues including ...


Aramco $ Bond

Commentary: Lessons learned in Saudi Aramco’s monster bond offering

In fact, the success of the bond could make an IPO more, not less, likely. In its 400-page prospectus, Aramco has gone maybe 75 percent ...


Wind Power

Saudi Arabia To Build 6.2 Gigawatts Of Wind Capacity By 2028

Saudi Arabia is set to become a regional heavyweight in wind power by the early 2020s, according to new research published this week by Wood ...


King Abdullah Financial District

Saudi Arabia’s Long-Delayed Banking Hub Gets a Trendy Makeover

In an interview in 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the project had faltered because it included far too much office space. He ...



Saudi job hunters handed more than $100 million in March

Saudi Arabia’s Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) on Wednesday deposited SR430 million ($111.8 million) in the bank accounts of 284,000 people through its national job-hunting ...


Saudi Aramco

Investors Turn Lukewarm on Aramco After Oil Giant’s Bond Debut

Enthusiasm over one of the most oversubscribed debt deals ever is running out of steam in the first full day of trading. Risk premiums on Saudi ...


Nuclear Power

U.S. Senate bill to mandate disclosure of nuclear power approvals involving other nations

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators will introduce legislation on Wednesday mandating that the executive branch disclose details about authorizations it gives companies on sharing ...



Arrests of Saudi women activists’ supporters rise to 14

The number of Saudis detained over the past week in a fresh wave of arrests has risen to 14, people close to them said, even ...



Saudi Arabia to donate 6,500 tons of dates worldwide

A total of 6,500 tons of dates, well-known for their nutritional value, will be sent out to 43 different countries to support food requirements as ...



Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al Qura to build Hilton hotels for Makkah pilgrims

The Hilton Garden Inn with 1,560 rooms and the 392-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton – both located in the Hilton in King Abdul Aziz Road ...


Physical Education

BW welcomes women from Saudi Arabia: Teaching physical education to girls

The recent legalization of physical education for girls in Saudi Arabia brought a group of would-be teachers from the kingdom to Baldwin Wallace University. ...


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Netanyahu set for fifth term as Israel’s leader as rival concedes defeat

After a dramatic finish to a tightly-fought race, former army chief Benny Gantz accepted that Netanyahu had won. "We are all democratic, we all accept ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Iraq seeks multibillion dollar fee to receive Isis prisoners

Discussions about what to do with Isis members, among them thousands of foreign men, women and children, have been pushed intensively by US officials, who ...



Sudan’s Bashir forced to step down after mass protests

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the army on Thursday and consultations were under way to form a transitional council to run the country, ...



Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories began casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks ...



Is debt the answer to Middle East economic troubles?

Bahrain and Oman are most vulnerable, as they lack the foreign reserve assets that their GCC peers can rely on in addition to plentiful debt ...


Exxon Mobil

Exxon Said in Talks Over Floating LNG Partnership in Israel

Exxon Mobil Corp. is in discussions to build a platform that would expand the export reach of Israel’s biggest natural gas field, according to people ...



Why Iran is silent about US military deal with neighboring Oman

The region has in recent years seen Chinese pushes to expand ties with Oman and boost the presence in Duqm through an ambitious industrial park ...


Gray Zone

Keep those Iraq War notes handy: Small wars, not great power battles, still the most likely future fight

“While you’re going to have the larger force-on-force kind of engagements, at the same time, there’s going to be action in ‘gray zone’ ... the ...



US conducts airstrike in Somalia as PM visits White House

American diplomats, military officers, and USAID officials tell CNN that they see progress in Somalia, with many of them citing increased security in major cities ...



Egypt withdraws from U.S.-led anti-Iran security initiative

Egypt has pulled out of the U.S. effort to forge an “Arab NATO” with key Arab allies, according to four sources familiar with the decision, ...


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