Trump Administration, Saudi Government at Odds over Yemen Blockade, Jerusalem Decision

In an unusual public demand of Saudi Arabia, President Trump has called on Saudi leaders to ease the blockade of Yemen to allow for humanitarian aid to assist the war-torn and decimated country.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court Issues a Statement Following Jerusalem Announcement

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia followed, with great disappointment, the announcement made by the President of the United States Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the ...


War in Yemen

Trump to call for ending Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

President Donald Trump said his administration would be calling on Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Yemeni ports in order to allow critically needed ...



Saudi Arabia’s SABIC Looking At Investing In US

Petrochemicals company Saudi Basic Industries Corp is considering several possible investments in the United States, while state oil giant Saudi Aramco is looking at gas ...


U.S.-Saudi Nuclear Cooperation

U.S. energy chief says to start negotiations on nuclear pact with Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is interested in reaching a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington, the U.S. government’s energy chief said on Wednesday, a step which would ...


Jeddah Floods (Again)

Fatal Flood Leaves Saudis Asking When Their Prince Will Deliver

“Get your act together!” said Abdulaziz Almaghraby, a 22-year-old student, addressing Saudi authorities. “It rained for a few hours,” he said, maneuvering his car around ...


Changing Saudi

Saudi Arabia beauty show highlights challenges to reform

But there are many hurdles to overcome in a nation that has for decades had its social norms defined in large part by the powerful ...


Citi Saudi Arabia

Citi Hires Investment Banking Head for Saudi Arabia

Citigroup Inc. has hired a new head of investment banking for Saudi Arabia as the U.S. bank prepares to launch operations in the kingdom next ...



FBI Agent: Saudi at Guantanamo Admitted Helping 9/11 Plot

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, now facing a war crimes tribunal, spoke to interrogators over four days in January 2004 as they showed him evidence of his ...


Royal Family

Mystery Buyer of $450 Million ‘Salvator Mundi’ Was Saudi Prince Bader Bin Abdullah

He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly ...


Khat Al-Balda

‘Khat Al-Balda’ soon to become memory

Many Arab expat commuters rely on these minibuses as a cheap transportation means. “The Khat Al-Balda service began more than 30 years ago. About 600 ...


Hiba Tawaji

Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji headlines all-female concert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Video

Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji headlined the concert before a packed audience at the King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh. ...


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Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. ...


Ali Abdullah Saleh

Perspective: The Killing of Former President Saleh Could Worsen Yemen’s War

The dramatic collapse of the Huthi-Saleh alliance is likely to prolong Yemen’s war and the suffering of its people. After killing former President Saleh, the ...


Iran in the Region

Iran-Backed Iraqi Groups Threaten Violence Following U.S. Terrorism Bill

Two Iranian-backed Iraqi militia groups have threatened violence against the United States in Iraq and the broader region after a proposed U.S. congressional bill designated ...



Pentagon Acknowledges 2,000 Troops in Syria

The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged that 2,000 American troops are on the ground in Syria, the first time the military has admitted that it deployed ...


Shale Economics

Wall Street Tells Frackers to Stop Counting Barrels, Start Making Profits

In the past decade, the shale-fracking revolution has made the U.S. the world’s largest oil-and-gas producer and reshaped markets. Yet shale has been a lousy bet for most ...



Kuwait Struggles for Unity at Home and in the Region

With both the emir and crown prince of advanced age and questionable health, the battle over future rule is happening now. This royal transition is ...



Israeli tech puts Iranian ride-hailing startups in bind

Iran’s recent decision to once again block Waze, a mobile navigation app developed in Israel, has created a great deal of controversy in the country. ...



Lebanon’s economic dependence on Saudi Arabia is dangerous

Last month, Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, resigned in Saudi Arabia — only to later rescind his resignation. This sparked fear of a Saudi-backed war ...


Dubai Zipline

Dubai unveils a new zip line among towering skyscrapers

The 170 meter-high (558 foot) XLine opens this week in Dubai’s Marina neighborhood. For an entire kilometer (3,280 feet), those brave enough can whiz past ...


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