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Syrian Opposition Figure Urges More Gulf Arab Support After Aleppo

RIYADH, Dec 15 – A senior Syrian opposition figure called on Thursday for an increase in Gulf Arab military support for armed rebels following the fall of the city of Aleppo to government forces this week. The loss of the rebels’ last urban stronghold this week has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to oust

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Gulf Cooperation Council Condemns ‘Barbaric Shelling’ of Aleppo

DUBAI – The Arab states of the Gulf, including regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, condemned on Tuesday what they described as “the barbaric shelling” of Aleppo and called on the United Nations to move quickly to provide relief to the Syrian people. Their statement comes as the rebel hold on Aleppo appeared to end, after months of

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Iran Says Gulf Worried About War Risks With Trump

DUBAI, Dec 12 – Donald Trump’s election has led to unease over threats to peace in the region, Iran’s defence minister said on Sunday, warning that a war would destroy Israel and the small Gulf Arab states. Trump’s election victory has raised the prospect the United States will pull out of a nuclear pact it

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Kuwait’s Emir Tells New Parliament Austerity is Inevitable

KUWAIT, Dec 11 – Cutting public spending has become inevitable because of the sharp drop in oil prices, Kuwait’s emir on Sunday told a new parliament that was elected partly by voters protesting against austerity policies. Kuwait is seeking to plug a budget deficit officially projected at 9.5 billion dinars ($31 billion) for the current

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British PM Heads to Bahrain to Cement Gulf Ties Before Brexit

LONDON, Dec 5 – Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Bahrain this week for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council that she hopes will cement stronger ties with Middle Eastern countries as Britain leaves the European Union. May, who was appointed prime minister shortly after Britain voted to leave the EU at a

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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A Time for Change

Kuwait’s opposition and newcomers win 24 of 50 parliamentary seats By Abdullah Alelyan Kuwait’s November 26 parliamentary elections were by far the most controversial public voting in the country over the past decade, as many Kuwaitis refused to reelect most outgoing members of the Parliament (MPs) who are considered “government deputies.” Allegations of political money being

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Economic Reforms Weigh on Kuwait’s Parliamentary Election

By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 24 – Kuwaitis vote on Saturday for a new parliament the government hopes will help push through reforms to a lavish welfare state to curb a budget deficit caused by weak oil prices. Nearly 300 candidates are vying for 50 seats in an assembly that has legislative powers but which

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The Dubai Effect

The emirate leads regional hospitality and tourism sectors with new attractions and innovative products By Yahia Idris With the latest opening of the Dubai Water Canal and the developments surrounding it, the emirate has once again proved to the world that a leadership with a vision will continue to set top-tier achievements and create breathtaking

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As Cracks Emerge in Global Oil Pact, Saudis May Need to Compromise

As cracks emerge in global oil pact, Saudis may need to compromise By Rania El Gamal/Reuters Tough negotiations await a group of OPEC experts as they meet their counterparts from other oil producers such as Russia, on October 28-29 to hammer out details of an output-capping agreement, with disagreements threatening to scupper the deal. OPEC

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