With Abbas Visit, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Reaffirms Support for Palestine

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s longstanding support for the Palestinian cause during a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday, in the wake of President Trump's controversial move to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Saudi Nuclear Energy

Saudi Arabia hopes to start nuclear pact talks with U.S. in weeks – minister

Saudi Arabia aims to start talks with Washington within weeks on an agreement to allow U.S. firms to participate in its nascent civilian nuclear energy ...


2018 Budget

Saudi Arabia’s expansionary budget positively received by economists

“Given the economic slowdown experienced in 2017, continued spending in 2018 is critical to stimulate the economy and improve Saudi’s attractiveness as an investment venue,” ...


Yemen Blockade

Saudi Arabia says it will allow food and fuel shipments into Yemen after UK criticism

audi Arabia yesterday declared it will keep open a vital port in war-ravaged Yemen to ease the humanitarian crisis, following pressure from Britain. ...


Yemen Civil War

83 ballistic missiles fired into Saudi Arabia, Coalition Says

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen revealed that 83 ballistic missiles have been fired by Houthi militia forces towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

In Call With Saudi King, Trump Condemns Iran For Houthi Missile Attack

According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the US President condemned Houthi attempts to target Riyadh with advanced rockets which the American administration believes are ...


Citizen's Account

Saudi Arabia makes $533 million payment in citizens account program

In a presentation of the program last week, labor ministry officials said about 3.7 million households signed up, representing some 13 million total beneficiaries, but ...


Subsidy Reform

Saudi Arabia extends deadline for energy price reform

The timeline for the lifting of subsidies on gasoline and other crude products has been delayed as the kingdom looks to boosts spending in a ...


Khalid Al-Falih

Saudi Energy Minister Q&A

As we said last month we still have approximately 150 million barrels of overhang, and it is going to take the second half 2018 to ...



Saudi sovereign fund chief says outlook for Uber is positive

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, its top sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday that the outlook for ride-hailing firm Uber was positive ...


Aerospace and Aviation

Saudi bank unit inks $800m aircraft deal

NCB Capital (DIFC) Limited, a subsidiary of Saudi-based NCB Capital Company, has announced the acquisition of a portfolio of 21 commercial aircraft from AerCap Holdings, ...



King Salman tells Palestinians Saudi Arabia backs Jerusalem claim

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reassured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting that the kingdom continues to support Palestinian claims to Jerusalem, a government statement ...


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US military carried out more than 120 airstrikes in Yemen in 2017

The U.S. military has conducted more than 120 airstrikes and “multiple” ground operations in Yemen against al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and ...



U.S. threatens countries with loss of aid over U.N. vote on Jerusalem

President Trump suggested Wednesday that billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid could hinge on how countries vote on a U.N. resolution condemning his decision ...



The Saudi and Emirati Conundrum After Saleh

Since the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are again trying to find a powerful figure in Yemen around whom they ...


Top Findings

Gallup’s Top World Findings for 2017

The following list includes Gallup editors' picks for some of the most important world discoveries -- and most highly read international stories -- of the ...



Both Ends of the Spectrum: GCC-Maghreb Relations

The Gulf Arab states and the states of the Maghreb are part of one strategic space defined, broadly, by shared linguistic, cultural, religious, social, and ...


GCC Retail

Mega malls to boost GCC retail market to $300bn, says report

The GCC's retail market is set to grow by 15% from $253bn in 2016 to $290bn by 2018, the report stated. The UAE and Saudi are ...



UN chief says conflicts today average more than 20 years

Conflicts today are longer — more than 20 years on average — and often involve multiple armed groups competing for control of government institutions, natural ...



Mattis is 1st Pentagon chief to visit Guantanamo since 2002

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the American Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to offer holiday greetings to troops Thursday. It was the first ...


Politico Story

Commentary: Missing The Forest, Lying About The Trees: Politico’s Attack On The Iran Deal

In a poorly sourced (non)-story, Politico falsely claims that the Obama administration went soft on the Lebanese Hezbollah and shut down an effort by the ...


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