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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 »

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 »

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 »

Saudi Arabia Eases Military Blockade on Yemen amid Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

Saudi Arabia has finally agreed to ease its military blockade on Yemen after multiple warnings from the UN and humanitarian organizations that the embargo could lead to mass starvation in the war-wracked country. Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, said in an official statement that it will allow […]

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

Lebanon: Hariri ends two-week exile, returns home

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attended the 47th celebration of his country’s independence in Beirut on Wednesday after he touched down at Beirut international airport late Tuesday ending two weeks of ‘Saudi-imposed’ exile. According to press reports, Lebanse President Michel Aoun said Hariri has put his resignation on hold. The Sunni leader was expected to […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iraq resumes paying war reparations to Kuwait

Iraq announced that it will resume reimbursements to Kuwait to fully pay the remaining $4.6 billion for the destruction it has caused during the 1990-1991 invasion. The U.N. Compensation Commission (UNCC) said Iraq will restart payments to Kuwait for the destruction of its oil fields and facilities during the Gulf war. The payments will begin […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Crude Prices to Further Fall by year-end despite Political Tension in Saudi Arabia

Analysts expect oil prices to come down by year-end despite the political tension inside Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s main producers, and the turmoil plaguing several other oil producing countries. Ahead of next week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna, crude oil prices are slightly falling with the possibility of hitting $52.60 per barrel by the end of 2017 […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Energy,Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »