IRAN IN THE REGION

Ambassador Haley Gives Dramatic Presentation of Alleged Iran-Made Weaponry Recovered from Regional Battlefields

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks about evidence of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East and Iran’s effort to cover up continued violations of UN resolutions at a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia-Boling Dec. 14, 2017. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley made a presentation at Bolling Air Force base in Washington, D.C. to provide evidence that Iran had supplied short-range ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen which were then fired at Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Nuclear Energy

U.S. To Boost Saudi Nuclear Power Development

The Energy Department’s official statement about Perry’s talks with Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, did not use the word “nuclear,” ...

 

Saudi Export Bank

Saudi Arabia launches new $8bn export bank

Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih announced the launch of a new export bank with SR30 billion ($8 billion) in capital to boost ...

 

Saudi Foreign Policy

Commentary: Saudi Arabia’s new foreign policy doctrine

For decades, Saudi Arabia relied on checkbook diplomacy, quiet mediation, secret agreements, and US guarantees to secure its foreign policy aims. Saudi leaders funneled billions ...

 

Financial Action Task Force

Saudi hopes purge will help push to join anti-illicit funding body

The kingdom, one of only two G20 nations along with Indonesia which is not a FATF member, has tried for years to shake off a ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco to push ahead with market share, expansion strategy – CEO

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, aims to regain its lost market share after the OPEC-led supply-cut pact ends and plans to push ahead ...

 

Entertainment

IMAX on verge of opening cinemas in Saudi Arabia

IMAX is close to sealing a deal that could see it open cinemas in Saudi Arabia. ...

 

Entertainment

The studio behind the satirical Saudi cartoon millions are watching

Named after a Saudi neighborhood about 186 miles (300 km) west of the capital Riyadh, the series pokes fun at the conservative kingdom over issues ...

 

War in Yemen

UAE and Saudi Arabia hold talks with Yemen’s Al Islah party – The National

Al Islah fighters have been fighting alongside forces loyal to Yemeni president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi in Marib province, east of Sanaa, for three years. ...

 

Iran in the Region

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN report on Iran’s support for Houthi militias

In a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency, Riyadh welcomed “the UN report that asserted that the hostile Iranian intervention and its support ...

 

U.S. Artist

American Artist David Datuna Recreates the Flag of Saudi Arabia

Today American artist David Datuna presented his rendition of the flag of the Saudi Arabia to His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, the Governor of ...

 

Yemen Civil War

US presents ‘proof’ missile fired at Saudi Arabia was ‘made in Iran’

The United States on Thursday presented pieces of what it said is the missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it ...

 

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Yemen

Rebel infighting leaves Yemen’s capital more divided than ever

Still, I could not believe how much of this beautiful city had been destroyed since my last visit, only three months ago. Endless rows of shops, ...

 

Iraq

Top Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for scaling back militia influence, backing prime minister

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the powerful Shiite militias that helped conquer the Islamic State’s territory to choose between politics and arms, ...

 

Russia in the Region

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

Now that the war has turned decisively in Assad’s favor, it has become permissible to portray the Syrian and Russian presidents as symbols of some ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Defense

Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring ...

 

Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Tayyip ...

 

Syria Civil War

U.N. calls Syria talks a ‘big missed opportunity’, seeks new ideas

A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may be more talks next month if ideas ...

 

Russia in the Region

U.S. F-22s fired warning flares at Russian planes in close call over Syria, Pentagon says

A pair of U.S. jets intercepted two Russian fighter aircraft over Syria on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, the kind of highly dangerous yet constant encounter ...

 

Mosul

U.S. Army Study Finds Flaws With Military’s Pivotal Assault on Mosul

It is common for the military to analyze the lessons of its operations, but its examination of the hard-fought Mosul campaign has particular relevance. The ...

 

Financial Technology

Fintech Is The New Oil In The Middle East And North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the financial technology sector, or fintech, is coming of age with regulators and governments across the region ...

 

Bodybuilding

From Mr Universe in 70s Iraq to the Lion of Lebanon, how bodybuilding has muscled in to the Middle East

“In America, bodybuilding happened in places like Holyoke, Massachusetts and no one knew about it. In Iraq, 15,000 people tried to gain entry to the ...

 

ME Images

AP Photoes: Best of 2017 for the Middle East

The following is a selection of some of the best AP images from yet another tumultuous year in the Middle East ...

 

Cyber Security

Triton malware targets oil and gas assets in the Middle East

A disturbing new form of malware that targets industrial equipment has been discovered in the wild in what may a serious state-sponsored attack. ...

 

Somalia

U.S. suspends aid to Somalia’s battered military over graft

The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African ...

 

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