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Raw Video Emerges of Houthi Attack on Saudi Frigate as U.S. Sends Destroyer to Red Sea

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Raw video has emerged online of a Houthi attack on a Saudi frigate that damaged the ship and drew the condemnation of Saudi Arabia and its allies.

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Mutah Beale aka Napoleon

Mutah Beale: From rapping alongside Tupac to selling Saudi coffee

Beale, best known to gangster hip-hop fans as Napoleon, converted to Islam after leaving his previous life in the United States and headed to Saudi ...

 

Pro-Trump Tweets

Tens Of Thousands Of Saudis Are Tweeting For Trump

Vocativ found that the vast majority of the tweets using these hashtags came from Saudi Arabia and that the most retweeted posts came from leading ...

 

Motiva Split

Shell expects to split Motiva assets with Saudi Aramco in second quarter

Shell Oil Co, the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said on Monday it expects to divide the refineries and other assets of the ...

 

Alleged Houthi Attack

Yemeni Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Capital With a Missile

The Houthis said in a statement carried by the rebel-run SABA news agency that the missile "targeted" the al-Mazahmiya army base in western Riyadh, around ...

 

Saudi Frigate Attack

Video emerges of suicide boat ramming Saudi frigate

A video that shows the moment a skiff loaded with explosives rams into a Saudi warship in the Mandeb Strait emerged Sunday, providing new details on last week’s suicide ...

 

Pakistanis in Saudi

Call for closer scrutiny of Pakistanis in Saudi after 39,000 deported

A member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council has reportedly called for closer scrutiny of Pakistanis entering the kingdom for work after around 39,000 were deported ...

 

Airport Privatization

Saudi Airports to Attract Foreign Investments

The Saudi official noted that all of the 27 Saudi airports, in addition to the sectors of air navigation and IT services, fall within the ...

 

Real Estate

New Saudi legislation to boost realty market

“The Kingdom’s real estate market is going through a shift. Over the past two years, real estate transactions have declined. We expect that the recently ...

 

U.S.-Saudi

Cabinet OKs Saudi-US tax compliance pact

The Cabinet on Monday approved an agreement between the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States to improve compliance to international tax and implementation ...

 

Saudi-UK Military Sales

Judicial review aiming to stop UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to begin

A judicial review that aims to halt UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they could be used to illegally kill civilians in Yemen is ...

 

Saudi-Lebanon

Saudi Arabia to appoint ambassador to Lebanon: president’s office

Saudi Arabia will appoint a new ambassador to Lebanon, encourage the return of Saudi tourists and increase flights there by Saudi airlines, the Lebanese president's ...

 

Bechtel

Bechtel embroiled in bribery claims as Saudi family feud goes to court

But London’s Court of Appeal on Monday heard of a “corrupt scheme” the company was implicated in, with a witness statement naming the company in ...

 

Rotana

Rotana to open 4 new hotels worth $130m in Saudi Arabia this year

Intra-regional travellers from the GCC – and in particular Saudi Arabia – remain the dominant source market for Rotana and the industry as a whole, ...

 

Aviation Innovation

Airbus Middle East identifies Saudi top aviation innovators

Organized by Airbus Middle East, the ceremony was hosted by KACST and attended by the program’s strategic and community partners, industry stakeholders and wider guests. ...

 

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Military Spending

Pentagon details plan for $30 billion budget boost

Buoyed by President Donald Trump's pledge to rebuild the U.S. armed forces, senior Pentagon officials have delivered to Congress plans for increasing the defense budget ...

 

Syria

Amnesty: As Many as 13,000 Hanged in Syria Prison Since 2011

Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people — possibly more — since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a ...

 

U.S.-Israel

Netanyahu, Trump align on Iran ahead of Israeli leader’s visit

Seizing on an Iranian missile test, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new U.S. President Donald Trump are nearing common ground on a tougher U.S. ...

 

Iran

Iran’s missile test ‘not a message’ to Trump

Iran said on Monday a recent missile trial launch was not intended to send a message to new U.S. President Donald Trump and to test ...

 

Yemen Raid

Yemen Raid Had Secret Target: Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi

The Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week had a secret objective — the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who survived and ...

 

Terrorism "Underreporting"

Here are the 78 terrorist attacks the White House says were largely underreported

The list, which includes domestic and overseas incidents, starts in September 2014. It includes some very heavily covered news events, including last year’s attack at ...

 

Intelligence

Unpredictable Trump foreign policy may test U.S. spy alliances

Donald Trump's unpredictable foreign policy could hamper long-standing U.S. intelligence-sharing partnerships as countries react to a president who seeks closer ties to Russia and is ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Target ISIS: Inside the Predator war against the world’s most ruthless terrorists

Stateside pilots like Jonathan handle most of the flying for the actual missions. But there’s about a two-second delay while control signals get beamed from ...

 

Mosul

The Women Who Could Save Mosul

The two-and-a-half-year Islamic State occupation of Mosul has destroyed bonds of trust among the city’s residents, deepening rifts among sects and ethnicities that could take ...

 

Afghanistan

Record number of children killed in Afghanistan conflict in 2016, U.N. says

The United Nations has reported that 923 children in Afghanistan were killed last year, a 25% increase from 2015 and the most since the U.N. ...

 

Russia and Iran

Kremlin says it disagrees with Trump’s assessment of Iran

The Kremlin said on Monday it did not agree with U.S. President Donald Trump's assessment of Iran as "the number one terrorist state" and a ...

 

West Bank Settlements

Israel passes controversial law on West Bank settlements

Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising about 4,000 homes built on settlements in the occupied West Bank. ...

 

JASTA Aftermath

Israel targeted under law passed to help 9/11 families sue Saudis

The suit could bolster critics of the Saudi-targeted law, who warned U.S. lawmakers that the statute opened the door to legal claims that ultimately could ...

 

Kuwait Opera House

Kuwait’s new opera house complex catches fire, no casualties

Flames ripped through the complex housing Kuwait's new opera house on Monday, just three months after the futuristic $770-million venue opened to the public. ...

 

Afghanistan

Official: U.S. ‘aggressively’ targeting ISIS, al-Qaida in Afghanistan

U.S. forces in Afghanistan continue to target al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Khorasan, steadily decimating their ranks over the last 12 months. ...

 

Mosul

Areas of Mosul are still under siege, but signs of life return

Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. support, have retaken one side of the city of Mosul. Now a military offensive to recapture the rest of the ...

 

Raqqa

U.S.-backed Syrian force in new phase of Raqqa assault

An alliance of U.S.-backed militias started a new phase of its campaign against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, aiming to complete its ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Paul Ryan: It looks like the Iran deal is here to stay

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the nuclear agreement with Iran is probably going to stay in place, despite significant Republican opposition to the deal. ...

 

GCC Immigration

Economics 101: there is a better way of handling illegal migration than a wall

In the GCC, regional disparities are acute at present because of violent conflict. As the security situation begins to improve, a potentially fruitful strategy is ...

 

Syria

Russia, Turkey, Iran discuss Syria ceasefire in Astana

Representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran have kicked off a technical meeting in Kazakhstan's capital Astana to discuss details of the implementation of the Syrian ...

 

GCC Millennials

Infographic: 92% of millennials in the GCC believe climate change is a real threat

A Recent YouGov Study has found that millennials in the GCC are increasingly concerned about the effects of global warming on the climate and its ...

 

Roller Derby Beirut

The Middle East’s first female roller derby team are shattering all your stereotypes

Roller derby has made its way to Beirut and slammed down with an intentional thud. These women aren’t just pioneers: they’re the architects of a ...

 

Trump Travel Ban

U.S. tech firms file legal brief opposing Trump’s immigration ban

Several technology giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing ...

 

Yemen

The Right — and Wrong — Lessons of Trump’s Yemen Raid

America cannot punish its elected officials for allowing its military, diplomatic corps, and intelligence services to take risks necessary to pursue its interests. ...

 

U.S. Defense Agreements

Mapped: America’s Collective Defense Agreements

As Donald Trump starts his presidency, the United States has agreements to come to the defense of more than 50 other nations. ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Perspective: Trump’s Travel Ban Will Not ‘Help’ ISIS Recruitment

The trope posits an overly simplistic understanding of jihadist radicalization, and demeans Muslims in general. ...

 

Algeria

Tensions Rise as Algeria’s Leaders Feud and the Economy Stagnates

There are undeniable investment opportunities, especially in the energy and banking sectors, but for many the political and economic risks may remain prohibitively high for ...

 

Rail

GCC dominates rail with $240bn planned projects

Asia and the Middle East have the largest selection of freight and urban transport projects in the world with more than $642bn worth of planned ...

 

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