Saudi Arabia

Opinion: The Saudi Big Bet

By Fadila Al Jaffal Mohammed bin Salman, who appeared on the stage two years ago with all the charisma of a Hollywood Arab prince, is also the decision-maker who drives difficult issues in his country, boldly breaking old taboos along his journey toward becoming an expert statesman and king. The people revere him as a

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Tillerson Leaves Gulf After Crisis Talks, No Word on Progress

DOHA, July 13 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar on Thursday after a tour of Gulf Arab countries aimed at easing the worst regional dispute in years, but made no comment on whether any progress had been made in resolving the month-long crisis. Tillerson declined questions after meeting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim

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Top U.S. Diplomat Faces Tough Gulf Talks on Ending Qatar Row

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces an uphill task in persuading four Arab states to end a boycott of Qatar in talks on Wednesday after the four labelled a U.S.-Qatar terrorism financing accord an inadequate response to their concerns. Any resolution of the dispute has to address

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Saudi Arabia to Introduce Physical Education for Schoolgirls

RIYADH, July 11 – Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom’s education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory.

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Arab States Seek to Step Up Pressure on Qatar Over 2013 Accord

DUBAI, July 11 – Four Arab states sought on Monday to pile pressure on Qatar over charges it backs terrorism, saying the publication of a previously secret accord between Riyadh and Doha showed Qatar broke a promise not to meddle in the affairs of Gulf countries. The text of the 2013 accord, whose existence was

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Energy Giants Court Qatar for Gas Expansion Role Despite Crisis

By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, July 6 – Three of the West’s biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbours. The chief executives of ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and

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Arab States to Deliver Verdict on Qatar as Compromise Elusive

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, July 5 – Four Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region’s ruling dynasties, key partners in energy and defence. Regional newspapers with links to their governments suggested the foreign

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Safe Bases: UAE’s Military Expansion in Africa

For the Arabic version of the story, click here By Awad Mustafa Two overseas Arab military garrisons are being established to secure a hold over one of the world’s most crucial chokepoints, right across the waters from Arabia. The military expansion is a clear reflection of a need felt across the Gulf Arab capitals to

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UAE Says Still Awaiting Qatar Response to Arab Demands

ABU DHABI, July 4 – United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Tuesday that Arab countries boycotting Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism were still awaiting a response to their demands via mediator Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are pressing Qatar to shut its Al Jazeera

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