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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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UAE Announces “Historic Agreement” with Hyperloop Technology

By Arfa Shahid/Abdullah Ahmed DUBAI – Nov 8 – Dubai is set to significantly reduce traffic congestion in the emirate via Hyperloop One technology. The country’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a “historic agreement” with Hyperloop One, a mobility company, and the two parties have agreed to jointly explore routes for a transport

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Saudi to Transfer Riyadh Finance District Project to PIF

By David French and Katie Paul DUBAI/RIYADH, May 10 – Saudi Arabia is to transfer ownership of Riyadh’s floundering King Abdullah Financial District to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) from the Public Pension Agency (PPA), according to four sources aware of the matter. The move is an attempt to rescue the project, started a decade

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Obama Starts Talks with Gulf Leaders Aimed at Easing Strains

By Roberta Rampton RIYADH, April 21  – U.S. President Barack Obama and Gulf Arab leaders started talks in Riyadh on Thursday at a summit aimed at forging joint action on perceived security threats from Iran and Daesh, and at ironing out strains in their old alliance. Obama, who arrived on Wednesday, hopes to allay Gulf

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U.S. Defense Chief Lays Ground For Obama Meeting with Gulf Allies

By Yeganeh Torbati RIYADH, April 20 – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Gulf Arab counterparts met in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss ways to counter Iranian influence and fight the Daesh group, hours before President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia. Obama will meet Saudi King Salman before a summit with all the

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Saudi Arabia: In The Driver’s Seat

Obama’s making nice. But it may not be enough to salvage his track record in the Gulf By Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla At the beginning of his first term, U.S. President Barack Obama’s regional tour targeted Egypt in 2009, just one year prior to the outbreak of the Arab Spring. He wanted to engage in dialogue

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With Alliances Strained, Obama Seeks to Reassure Gulf States on Iran

By Angus McDowall, Roberta Rampton and Sylvia Westall RIYADH/WASHINGTON/KUWAIT, April 19 – President Barack Obama travels to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday with a familiar message: the United States will not abandon its Gulf allies in their struggle against Iran, a regional power they fear is seeking to undermine their security. Tired of what they see as a reduced commitment

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Saudi King Sets Aside Frustrations with Egypt for State Visit

By Angus McDowall and Lin Noueihed RIYADH/CAIRO, April 5 – Despite years of mutual frustration and disappointment over diverging priorities, Saudi Arabia and Egypt remain fundamental to each other’s security, a message King Salman’s visit to Cairo this week is intended to reinforce. The rare foreign trip by the 80-year-old Saudi ruler will counter media

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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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How the Hyperloop Could Change the Gulf

By Hunter Lee Soik Every year in the fall, a thick, impenetrable fog settles on roads throughout parts of the Arab Gulf, as temperatures between night and day begin to change. Car drivers slow their journeys, heart beats quicken, and seen at close quarters, lights blink through the mist. Every year sees fatalities on the

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