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Saudi Arabia’s Miscalculations Start to Backfire

Mired in a protracted conflict in Yemen and threatened by the rise of the Shia crescent in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon with fears of an uprising of its own Shia population or those in neighboring Bahrain, Saudi Arabia has taken a series of aggressive foreign policy decisions that only reflect the domestic turmoil it is […]

November 25th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Saudi Arabia & Arab Allies Add 13 Qatar-linked Individuals to Terror List

The Arab quartet led by Saudi Arabia and including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have added two organizations and 13 individuals with ties to Qatar to their “terror list” in yet another crackdown on the Muslim brotherhood. The two organizations that have been included in the blacklist are the two Doha-based NGOs: The International Islamic […]

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Women allowed to compete at international weightlifter contests

Iranian women can now take part in international weightlifting competitions as authorities on Thursday lifted the ban. The sport is one of the country’s most advanced sport activities to have offered the Islamic Republic international accolades with several world champions and Olympic medals. Women have never been allowed to lock horns with their world counterparts. […]

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Bombardier Mulls Building Rail Factory in Morocco

Bombardier, World’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains, says it will build a factory in Morocco if it wins a contract to supply rolling stock to the country’s state-owned railways. This project was unveiled by Marc-Andre Lefebvre, a Bombardier spokesman. The facility would build railcars and perform engineering and maintenance work. It would have […]

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iraq: Iran-backed militia vows to disarm once IS defeated

Iraqi militia groups fighting on the side of national army to quash the Islamic State group (IS) said Thursday they will return weapons they use to the Iraqi army as US and Saudi Arabia worry the groups might be used by Iran to further expand its influence in the country. “The heavy weapons belong to […]

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Tourist visa to be available as of next year

Saudi Arabia is planning to start issuing tourist visa from next year in its drive to open the country to foreign investment, reports say. “Hopefully in 2018,” said Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage, in an interview broadcast late on Wednesday when asked about plans […]

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Palestine: Political factions agree to hold elections by end of 2018

Rival Palestinian political groups agreed Wednesday in Cairo to hold by the end of next year elections as a way to cement reconciliation between the different factions. The factions had been in Egyptian capital since Tuesday to continue talks for effective reconciliation since 2007 after Gaza ruler Hamas flashed out West Bank-based rival Fatah following […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: football team coach sacked two months after appointment

The Saudi football federation (SAFF) saw off Argentine technician Edgardo Bauza just two months after naming him to train the national team preparing its participation in next year FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Bauza was appointed in September to replace Dutchman Bert van Marwijk who qualified the team for the Russian tournament. Bauza only […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

KSA: Detainees in anti-corruption crackdown begin payments for freedom

Saudi business tycoons and senior officials detained in anti-corruption purge have begun making payments in exchange for their release, reports say. Up to 201 businessmen and officials, including international investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Minister of the national guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, have been rounded up since November 4 and clocked up in […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Russia, Iran & Turkey Agree to Join Efforts to Facilitate Syrian Peace Congress

Russian President Vladimir Putin has brought Turkey’s Erdogan and Iran’s Rohani together in a meeting that resulted in a watershed agreement to hold a Syrian Congress comprising pro-regime and opposition leaders in a bid to end the six-year civil war. The Russian leader hosted the talks in Sochi, just as some Syrian opposition groups met […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »