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In bitter tirade, Jordan king slams Netanyahu’s ‘political showmanship’

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Thursday launched a bitter tirade against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “absolutely unacceptable” warm reception …

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GDP per head declines sharply in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is widely viewed as the most successful Gulf economy, having successfully diversified away from its fossil fuel-driven past …


Saudis conduct first VIP run on Haramain high-speed line

THE first trial run on the Haramain high-speed line with VIPs and invited guests onboard was organised by Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) between …


Qatar hits back at Saudi demands: 'Outsourcing our foreign policy … will never be acceptable'

Doha (AFP) - Qatar refuses to bow to Saudi-led demands to "outsource" its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis, its government spokesman told AFP in an interview.<p>Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani, who holds ministerial rank, accused Doha's adversaries in the crisis -- Saudi Arabia, the United …

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End the Blockade Against Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf countries gain nothing from cutting off trade and diplomacy.<p>For two months, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have led an illegal and unwarranted blockade on Qatar. The blockaders have attempted to use trade and economic levers as weapons – by closing …

Middle East

Qatar Settles In for a Long Standoff

In a sprawling farm complex in the desert north of Doha, more than 300 cows occupy a warehouse, munching on piles of grass. In one pen sits a group …

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Saudi Arabia should clarify status of ex-crown prince: HRW

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia must clarify whether they have imposed movement restrictions on former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, saying the kingdom should end all arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi citizens.<p>Saudi officials did not immediately …

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Exclusive: Saudi Aramco advisers favor London for historic IPO - sources

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco's advisers have recommended London for the historic listing of the oil company, with U.S. disclosure rules a concern for Saudi authorities, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.<p>A final decision on the venue for what is expected to be the world's …

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Saudi Arabia will finally allow girls to take PE — that's a big deal

Saudi Arabia will allow girls to participate in physical education classes for the first time ever, a change experts say illustrates how the government is moving to modernize and loosen rules in the ultra-conservative kingdom where women are not allowed to drive or travel without a male …

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Al-Qaeda strikes back

Al-Qaeda's attempted assassination of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in 2009 appears to have ultimately brought the prince down in 2017.

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The energy factor in the GCC crisis

Gas production from the world's largest gas field takes centre stage in Qatar-Iran relations and the GCC crisis.<p>As top diplomats from various countries flock to the Gulf in an attempt to solve the GCC rift, major energy companies continue to vie for competitive projects in the oil and gas fields in …


Things you only know if you’re a hotel concierge

<b>…according to David Haines, 51.</b><p><b>There’s an actual secret society for hotel concierges…</b><p>‘Most concierges are part of The Society of the Golden Keys, …


Exclusive: Saudi Aramco advisers favor London for historic IPO - sources | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Jul 27, 2017 10:00 pm | Updated Date: Jul 27, 2017 …

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Peek at How IKEA Tailors Its Catalogs for Different Markets Around the World

That fat IKEA catalog that lands with a thud in mailboxes worldwide around this time annually is apparently a massive undertaking that requires …


Saudi air defense system shoots down Houthi missile aimed at Makkah

| <b>Published —</b> Friday 28 July 2017<p>This file photo shows debris of a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militias in Yemen toward Makkah sometime last …

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Can Sarahah app’s unexpected success survive the trolls?

There are two unusual things about Sarahah, a mobile app topping iPhone App Store download charts around the world. The first is the Arabic script in …


Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aide to promote image abroad

Qatar has hired a firm founded by a former aide to US president Donald Trump in an attempt to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in …

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U.S. Backs War as UN Agencies Make Urgent Plea To End 'World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis'

Julia Conley, staff writer"The country is on the brink of famine." So why does the United States continue to fuel the crisis?

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Qatar Seeks UN Help as Dispute With Saudi-Led Alliance Drags On

Qatar wants the United Nations to have a greater role in resolving its standoff with a Saudi-led alliance after U.S. and U.K. efforts to find a …

Middle East

Qatar to push opening of transportation links at UN agency special hearing

Print<p>MONTREAL — Qatar's battle with four Middle Eastern neighbours will be fought in Montreal on Monday where the country's transportation minister …

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Over 400,000 infected in Yemen's deadly, but entirely preventable, cholera outbreak

Yemen's unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak is so widespread that just drinking water can lead to death. More than 400,000 people have contracted …


Opec and the oil barons face a slow death by electrification

Opec, Russia and Big Oil thought they had half a century to prepare for the end of the internal combustion engine. At best they have a decade before …

Saudi Aramco

22 bizarre things you probably didn't know are banned or illegal around the world

There are so many reasons why people travel. Some explorers want to experience culture and food while others are boarding planes in the hopes of discovering history and nature in far-off destinations.<p>But no matter why you're traveling abroad, it's good to remember that some places have rules, …

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Saudi King claims role in resolution of Temple Mount crisis

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday King Salman had been in contact with the United States and other world powers to try to prevent Al-Aqsa Mosque compound …

King Salman

Donald Trump 'getting outsmarted at every turn, while the United States gets nothing'

×<p>Tag History<p>DonaldTrump created by Mark Sumner at 07/27/2017 09:39 AM<br>• DonaldTrump foreignpolicy created by Mark Sumner at 07/27/2017 09:39 …

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US officials: Iranian-backed group fired missile deep into Saudi Arabia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yemen-based Houthi rebels fired a missile Saturday that flew hundreds of miles into Saudi Arabia, two US defense officials told CNN.<p>The missile, described by one official as a Scud, was fired from Houthi controlled territory near Sa'Dah in northern Yemen and flew some 930 kilometers before …

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Al-Ula, Diriyah Gate to become major tourist attractions

JEDDAH: King Salman has decreed the establishment of commissions to develop two of Saudi Arabia’s most important archaeological and historical sites, …

King Salman

Saudi Arabia, Egypt keep mum on Israeli crimes, abandon al-Aqsa: Author

A prominent author has strongly denounced Saudi Arabia and Egypt for keeping mum on crimes committed by Israel against Palestinian Muslims.

King Salman

UAE: Qatar Crisis Taken so Long, Time to Look for New Regional Relationships - ASHARQ AL

Dammam, Dubai– UAE said on Wednesday that no compromise with Qatar would come anytime soon announcing that it may be time to go on without Qatar.<p>UAE …

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Qatar hired a firm founded by Trump's former campaign manager and looks like it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia in Washington

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia's massive lobbying efforts in America's capital …

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