mena news

Afghan Troops Defect To Taliban

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 14 – At least 65 Afghan soldiers have defected to the Taliban, taking their weapons and equipment with them and 88 have been killed in days of heavy fighting in the volatile southern province of Helmand, the local provincial Governor said on Saturday. The latest losses underline the heavy toll being

[ Read More ]

Standard and Poor’s Takes Negative Ratings Action Against 8 Saudi Banks

By Staff Writer Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services took negative rating actions on eight Saudi banks, citing increased economic risks as the main reason. The ratings agency, which has recently lowered the Kingdom’s ratings to ‘A+/A-1’, said the sharp drop in oil prices and the resulting negative swing in Saudi Arabia’s fiscal balance “will weaken

[ Read More ]

Yemen: Girls With Guns

Female university students join the resistance BY Nasser Al Sakkaf By most measures, Amal Al Wafi is like most college students. She wakes each morning at 7, boards the bus and studies hard to earn her administration degree at Taiz University, hoping it will earn her a position as a manager someday. But since renewed

[ Read More ]

Arab Youth, Arab Fathers: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan on Parenting

An Arab father imparts his thoughts BY H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan IN ALL CULTURES, fathers are important figures. In our region especially, children are expected to listen to their wisdom so that they may be guided toward more fulfilling lives. These days, I suspect that many a father in our region is uncertain about

[ Read More ]