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Behind the Scenes: The Saudi-U.S. Arms Deal

Has Trump taken credit for Obama’s weapons’ sales? By Awad Mustafa The single largest military deal in American history signed on Saturday, May 20th in Riyadh may have appeared as a foreign policy coup for U.S. President Donald Trump. However the deal was a coup for Saudi Arabia as its military has been undergoing a major

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Amid Regional Strains, Qatar Says Hackers Post Fake Comments by Emir

CAIRO, May 24 – Qatar said on Wednesday its state news agency had been hacked, after it reported remarks purportedly by its ruler criticizing aspects of U.S. foreign policy in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The comments attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani continued to be carried

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Trump: People in the Middle East have Borne the Brunt of Terrorism

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions. In his much-awaited speech in Saudi Arabia on

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Trump Awaited in Middle East With Foreboding and Hope

May 18 – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance.

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Saudi Sale of the Century Lures Foreign Investment Banks, P.E. Firms

By Saeed Azhar and Tom Arnold DUBAI, May 16 – One of the world’s largest privatisation programmes is drawing foreign investment banks and private equity (PE) firms to Saudi Arabia, despite the prospect of low fees and an uncertain regulatory environment. KKR is among the U.S.-based PE firms joining regional companies such as Abu Dhabi’s

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Iran says Saudis seeking tension, calls Riyadh comments “destructive”

LONDON, May 4 – Iran accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of seeking tension in the region, saying the Saudi deputy crown prince had made “destructive” comments by ruling out dialogue with Tehran. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister and a son of King Salman, said in unusually blunt remarks on Tuesday that

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Veteran aid expert Egeland warns of “Biblical” famine in Yemen

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 3 – Yemen faces a “famine of Biblical proportions”, veteran aid expert Jan Egeland warned on Wednesday during a visit to the war-battered nation, expressing fury over the failure of the “men with guns and power” to end the crisis. Yemen‘s two years of civil war have pitted the Iran-aligned

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Death of 7-year-old Jamila: Victim of a man-made catastrophe in Yemen

By Abduljabbar Zeyad HODEIDAH, Yemen, May 3 – Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the malnutrition ward ofYemen‘s Hodeidah hospital. Too weak to resist the march of disease and hunger in her war-battered country, the seven-year-old’s tiny

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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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