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Qatar Dispute

Arab states seek to step up pressure on Qatar over 2013 accord

Four Arab states sought on Monday to pile pressure on Qatar over charges it backs terrorism, saying the publication of a previously secret accord between ...

 

Saudi-Qatar

Like Father, Like Son: Qatar Pays Price for Going Against Saudis

The Gulf country's policy of trying to balance competing interests has finally caught up with it. ...

 

Global Oil Markets

Aramco CEO sees oil supply shortage as investments, discoveries drop

About $1 trillion in investments have already been lost since a decline in oil prices from 2014. Studies show that 20 million barrels per day of new ...

 

Foreign Workers

Report: 670,000 expats to leave Saudi Arabia in 3 years

About 670,000 foreign workers are expected to leave Saudi Arabia by 2020, a report prepared by Banque Saudi Fransi revealed. According to the report, 165,000 expats ...

 

Physical Education

Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls

Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom's education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step ...

 

Telecom Tower Sale

Zain Saudi Is Said to Be Close to $500 Million Towers Sale

Zain Saudi Arabia is nearing an agreement to sell about 7,500 mobile phone towers to Lebanon’s TASC Towers, according to people familiar with the matter. ...

 

Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia

Outcry as Saudi Arabia executes six people in one day to bring 2017 death penalty total to 44

Largest number of capital punishments carried out in single day so far this year ...

 

Saudi Sukuk

Saudi Arabia to issue sukuk this month, finance minister tells Al Arabiya

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan revealed that the Ministry will issue a sukuk this month in line with the objectives of the fiscal balancing program. ...

 

Makkah Mosques

14 mosques in Makkah being built in original architectural style

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has began implementing the designs of 14 out of 50 mosques in the Makkan style to increase the Islamic identity ...

 

Construction

UK contractor Carillion pulls out of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar

The chief executive of Carillion has stepped down as the Middle East construction slowdown hit home for one of Britain’s biggest builders. ...

 

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Qatar Dispute

U.S. foreign chief Tillerson arrives in Gulf for talks on Qatar crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Kuwait on Monday for talks aimed at resolving the crisis triggered by the the cutoff of links ...

 

GCC SWFs

Gulf’s share of sovereign funds manage to hold steady

According to the Sovereign Wealth Institute, the shared value of SWFs of GCC countries stood at $2.9 trillion in March 2017; this is about the ...

 

Iraq

Mosul Back in Iraqi Hands, But Still ‘Tough Fight Ahead’

Wearing the black uniform of the U.S.-trained Counter-Terrorism Service — which spearheaded much of the fighting in Mosul — Abadi announced “the end and the ...

 

Gaza

Gaza ‘unlivable’ ten years after Hamas seized power: U.N.

A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized Gaza, the Palestinian enclave is effectively unlivable for its 2 million people, with declining incomes, healthcare, education, ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Syrian Observatory says has ‘confirmed information’ that Islamic State chief killed

Baghdadi's death had been announced many times before but the Observatory has a track record of credible reporting on Syria's civil war. ...

 

Syria

Partner Operations in Syria

The relationship between the US-led anti-ISIS coalition and the YPG began to take root when ISIS sought, in September 2014, to take the Syrian Kurdish ...

 

666 Fifth Avenue

Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get a Half-Billion-Dollar Bailout From Qatar

Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, negotiated directly with a major investor in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, known as ...

 

ADNOC

Abu Dhabi oil firm ADNOC catches regional listing bug

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is looking to float some of its services businesses and enter tie-ups with global investors to help it create ...

 

GCC VAT

Official: GCC states ratify VAT framework agreement

The framework will set out the main rules governing the operation of VAT in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. ...

 

G20

A G-20 Summit to remember

The G-20 was formed in 1999 after the Asian financial crisis as a forum for finance ministers and central bankers to discuss ways to address ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Tillerson launches personal diplomacy in Persian Gulf dispute

After weeks of public statements and private phone calls with no apparent result, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to personally intervene in the ...

 

Turkey

Huge crowd rallies in Istanbul against Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

Addressing hundreds of thousands of people waving Turkish flags and banners demanding justice, Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul - culminating ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces declare victory over ISIS

Iraq’s prime minister entered the city of Mosul on Sunday to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the Islamic State’s former stronghold, signaling ...

 

Qatar Dispute

How the Qatar Crisis Shook Up the World’s Supply of Helium

Largely for these reasons, the element is needed to use or make all sorts of things: semiconductors, rocket fuel, computer hard drives, the Large Hadron ...

 

Syria

UN says truce deal in southern Syria will help peace talks

The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the agreement struck between the United States and Russia for a cease-fire in southwest Syria, saying it would support ...

 

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