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Yemen: Saudi Warship Struck by Houthis, 2 killed

A Saudi frigate patrolling off the coast of Yemen was struck by what is dubbed as suicide boats but the Houthi Movement claims that it was a guided missile. Two soldiers are reported to have been killed by the blast but the frigate was able to continue sailing. Saudi State media reported that that “the […]

January 31st, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Kuwait Announces a Budget Deficit of $25 Billion

Kuwait, which has posted a budget surplus for 16 years in a row, has approved for the third consecutive time a budget with expenses surpassing the income forecasted by the state despite the introduction of several austerity measures to reduce state expenditures. The financial year begins on April 1 in Kuwait and Finance Minister Anas […]

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Morocco Retakes its African Seat with Majority Support

As expected, Morocco has regained its seat at the African Union, after an overwhelming majority of African countries okayed the Moroccan bid to rejoin the pan-African organization after 33 years of absence. The return, officially enacted Monday during the first day of the 28th African summit, is viewed as an outstanding victory for Moroccan diplomacy […]

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African Union Braces for Morocco’s Return

African Heads of State start this Monday in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) a two-day African Union summit expected to approve Morocco’s return to the African Union after 33 years of absence. King Mohammed VI hosted Sunday in the Ethiopian capital a function in honor of the summiteers and held private talks with several African leaders. Last […]

January 30th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Trump’s Yemen, Syria Safe Zone Request

President Donald Trump of the USA and King Salman of Saudi Arabia had a phone discussion on Sunday with a Saudi source claiming that it lasted for more than an hour. In their discussions, King Salman agreed to Trump’s request “to support” the establishment of “safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting […]

January 30th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

UAE: Russians Granted 30-Day Visa at All Entry Points

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to waiver visa requirements for Russian nationals after the Cabinet approved the granting of 30 days entry visa at all entry points, renewable once for another 30 days. The decision is expected to boost the arrival of Russian tourists to the UAE as there are already 56 weekly flights […]

January 30th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

IMF Commends Morocco for ‘Sound’ Macroeconomic Reforms

The IMF Executive Board commended Moroccan authorities for conducting sound macroeconomic policies and reforms, which strengthened the national economy in the face of external vulnerabilities, and forecasts 4.4 percent growth in 2017. These reforms “have helped reduce domestic and external vulnerabilities, enhance the fiscal and financial policy frameworks, and increase economic diversification,” the IMF said […]

January 28th, 2017 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Gloomy Prospects Laying Ahead for Palestine’s Relations with USA, Israel

A senior Palestinian official has confirmed that the Palestinian Authority has received the $221 million transfer authorized by former US president Barack Obama hours before he handed over power to Donald Trump. Husam Zomlot, strategic affairs advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas said the money has been “transferred” from the US Agency for International Development and […]

January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Saudi Arabia: Court Throws out Fatal Crane Accident in Mecca

The Mecca Criminal Court that has been hearing the charges against 13 people who allegedly played roles in the crane collapse that killed scores of people and injured many at the Grand Mosque near the Kabba in September 2015 has dropped the case. The court claimed that it does not have the jurisdiction to make […]

January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Bahrain: Police Raid of Shia Cleric’s Supporters Leaves one Dead

Supporters of the 75-year old Shia cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim have been protesting against his detention and trial since July when he was arrested and charged for illegal fundraising and money laundering. The protests in Diraz got violent on Thursday and reportedly left at least one person dead and another injured with a live bullet. […]

January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »