U.S., Saudis in Talks for New Defense Deals Worth Billions Ahead of Trump’s Visit, Sources Tell Reuters

Lockheed Martin programs in the package include a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system with several batteries, the sources told Reuters.

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Trump's First Foreign Trip

Trump goes to Riyadh

The Saudis are planning three events for this month's Trump visit. First is a session with the king and his court, then a meeting with the ...


U.S.-Saudi Military Sales

Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales – U.S. sources

One of the people with knowledge of the sales said that as planning for Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia intensified in recent weeks, the arms ...


Global Oil Markets

Saudi Arabia and Russia Signal Oil-Cuts Extension Into 2018

Saudi Arabia and Russia signaled they could extend production cuts into 2018, doubling down on an effort to eliminate a supply surplus just as its ...



Iran threatens to leave ‘only Mecca and Medina’ untouched if Saudi Arabia does something ‘ignorant’

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant," Tehran's defense minister was quoted as saying Sunday after a Saudi prince threatened to move ...


Women's Rights

Saudi step to relax male guardianship welcomed by women’s advocates

This means women could, in some circumstances, study and access hospital treatment, work in the public and private sector and represent themselves in court without ...


Saudi Arms Purchases

Russia tries to elbow its way into Saudi Arabia arms club

The Saudis plan to increase military spending by nearly 7 percent this year, partly reflecting the war in Yemen and the rising military threat from ...


Jeddah Transport

Saudi city of Jeddah talks with banks about transport network finance

Jeddah Metro Company, a transport company owned by the government, is expected to make a formal invitation in the coming weeks to banks and other ...



Lightening up the lives of Saudi women

“At the moment, customers buy mainly in person from malls. Saudis love malls but there is much less leasable space per head than elsewhere in ...



1.6 million Saudis on waiting lists for government housing programme

State funds will provide seed capital but Riyadh hopes private firms and banks will provide much of the investment and bear some of the risk. ...



Saudi deflation continues for third consecutive month

Deflation in Saudi Arabia continued for the third consecutive month and reached 0.4 percent, up from 0.1 percent in February, said a Jadwa Investment report ...



Saudi’s Ma’aden posts 41.9% rise in first-quarter profit

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden), the Gulf’s largest miner, posted a 41.9 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit on Sunday, beating analysts’ forecasts as ...



Saudi preacher slammed for mocking women

Social-media users in Saudi Arabia have lashed out at a preacher who claimed that if women were allowed to drive they would come home late ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi father forbidden from naming his daughter Ivanka

Saudi authorities have turned down a move by a father to name his baby “Ivanka” after the daughter of US President Donald Trump. ...


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Syrian Kurds are now armed with sensitive US weaponry, and the Pentagon denies supplying it

Syrian Kurdish fighters are newly armed with sophisticated American combat equipment as they close in on the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa, Military Times has ...



Trump to Tell Turkey: We’re Going to Take Raqqa With the Kurds

The Trump administration is ready to press ahead with a U.S.-backed military offensive to evict the Islamic State from its last remaining urban stronghold in ...



Can Russian Safe Zones Solve Syria?

If a potential negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict exists, something in the spirit of Russia’s plan for decentralization and ceasefires might be it. ...



Taking Down Terrorists in Court

The Eastern District of New York has long been known for its work against organized crime. Since the September 11th attacks, E.D.N.Y. has also become ...


War in Yemen

UN envoy on Yemen in new bid to revive peace talks

The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is on a new regional tour to push Yemen’s peace consultations which are stalled since late ...


Iran Elections

President Rouhani Steps Up Game for Second Televised Debate

On May 5, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani improved his performance in the second of three televised debates that pitted him against five other contenders for ...



Hamas elects former deputy Haniyeh as new political chief

The Palestinian movement Hamas on Saturday elected Ismail Haniyeh to head its political office, a leadership change that comes as the Islamist group looks to ...



Iran warns will hit militant ‘safe havens’ inside Pakistan

The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni ...


Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden’s family on the run: ‘I never stopped praying our lives might return to normal’

n 10 September 2001, Osama bin Laden’s wives were ordered to pack one suitcase each. No one would say why, only that their husband wanted ...



Erdogan’s trip to India was anything but a Turkish delight

Nonetheless, it was remarkable that the visit went through, with both sides committed to a stronger economic relationship and bolstering of people-to-people relations. ...


Arab Portrayal

The negative portrayal of Arabs by Hollywood

Image Nation is an Abu Dhabi and China government-backed Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC) set up to jointly invest in movies and TV content produced in ...


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