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Syrian Arrested in Saudi Arabia over pro-Assad Facebook Photo

RIYADH, Dec 16 – Saudi police arrested a Syrian resident in Riyadh after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook praising the recapture of his home city of Aleppo by government forces, according to a report in al-Riyadh newspaper on Friday. A photo published with the report showed a man with his hand raised

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EXCLUSIVE: UAE Foreign Minister Al Gargash on Iran’s Role in the Region

In an exclusive with Newsweek Middle East, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Al Gargash spoke about Iran’s role in the region and the necessity of Tehran changing its behavior to become constructive rather than destructive. Minister Gargash believes “it is doable” to change Iran’s role in the region as long as there

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Saudis Order Oil Cuts to U.S., Europe Before non-OPEC Talks

By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Vladimir Soldatkin VIENNA, Dec 9 – Saudi Arabia has told its U.S. and European customers it will reduce oil deliveries from January, as Russia said it was confident non-OPEC producers would fully join OPEC’s output limits on Saturday in the first such move since 2001. Saudi Arabia told

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Egypt Denies Rift with Saudi, Drift Toward Iran

MANAMA, Dec 10 – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on Saturday hailed a “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia, denying reports that the two powerful Arab nations had fallen out after Egypt expressed support for the Russian intervention in Syria. Egypt voted in favour of a Russian-backed U.N. resolution on Syria in October that excluded calls

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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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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Trump’s Empty Threat to Stop Buying Saudi Oil

By John Kemp LONDON, Nov 16  – President-elect Donald Trump is very unlikely to restrict imports of crude oil from Saudi Arabia despite threats to do so issued during the election campaign. Trump is first and foremost a showman and impresario rather than a policy wonk. Much of what he said on the campaign trail

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