gulf arab states

Saudi Arabia Criticises U.N. Over Yemen Blacklisting

RIYADH, June 6 – Saudi Arabia has rejected a United Nations report that criticised the military coalition it is leading in Yemen, saying it was based primarily on information supplied by its adversaries. On Thursday U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added the Saudi-led coalition to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate

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Bahrain Arrests Eight Men Trying to Escape to Iran by Boat: BNA

DUBAI, June 5 – Bahrain’s coast guard has arrested eight people who were trying to escape to Iran by boat, state news agency BNA reported on late on Saturday. Bahrain’s official agency said two other men it described as “fugitives” had organised the escape from Iran. The eight men had already been convicted – in

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Terror Case Opens Up Kuwait’s Sectarian Divisions

By Sylvia Westall KUWAIT, June 2 – Kuwaiti security service officers raided farmhouses near the Iraqi border late last summer, slicing through carpets and smashing open concrete floors. Hidden in large plastic containers was a weapons cache, the largest discovered in Kuwait’s history. State television showed Kuwait’s Interior Minister, a senior ruling family member, solemnly

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Gulf OPEC Members Seek Joint Action on Oil Output

By Rania El Gamal and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, June 1 – Gulf OPEC members including Saudi Arabia are looking to revive the idea of coordinated oil-output action by major producers when the group meets on Thursday, a senior OPEC source said, but Iran signalled the country was not ready for any such pact. “The Gulf

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GCC: Change Is Needed

GCC central banks need to bolster research to reform decades old dollar pegs BY Martin Dokoupil Oil-rich Gulf Arab states’ central banks lack adequate research capabilities to pursue a currency reform that could help them better control their economies in both harsh periods of low crude prices as well as in times of economic boom, says

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Kuwait’s KNPC Says in Talks For $6.4 Bln in Loans for Clean Fuels Project

DUBAI, May 29 – Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is in final stages of talks with international institutions for $6.4 billion in the second tranche of loans to finance its multi-billion dollar Clean Fuels project, state news agency KUNA reported on Sunday. The first portion, signed on April 28, was worth 1.2 billion dinars ($3.97

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Kuwait Freedoms Make Austerity Drive Tricky for Government

By Sylvia Westall and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, May 2 – A three-day strike by oil workers in Kuwait last month over pay reforms shows the government faces considerable opposition as it prepares to push through painful and controversial cuts to longstanding welfare benefits. Oil-exporting states around the Gulf are reducing subsidies for fuel, public utilities

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Gulf Arabs Back Morocco in Western Sahara Rift with U.N.

RIYADH, April 21 – Gulf Arab rulers back fellow monarchy Morocco in its row with the United Nations over the disputed region of Western Sahara, Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency reported, one of the worst diplomatic crises over the territory since a 1991 ceasefire. Morocco expelled dozens of U.N. staff from the mission in Western

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Saudi Arabia’s Bitter Lebanese Divorce

By Dominic Evans and Angus McDowall BEIRUT/RIYADH, April 5 – The waspish cartoon in a Saudi-owned newspaper summed up the anger behind Riyadh’s decision to cancel billions of dollars in military aid and suspend decades of engagement in Lebanon’s fraught politics. “The State of Lebanon: April Fool”, it read. Published on the same day that

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Blast Claimed By Daesh in Riyadh Police Station Kills One

RIYADH, April 3 – An improvised explosive device planted next to a police station south of the Saudi capital Riyadh killed one person, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried on state news agency SPA on Sunday. The ministry said at least three police cars were damaged in the explosion at a parking

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