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Pakistan and US: Partners in new economic geography?

Haroon Sharif | After successful engagements with the neighboring Arabian Gulf countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s expected meeting with President Donald Trump is a welcome...
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Trump goes to lengths to protect Crown Prince Salman; Praises him in G20

AFP | US President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday, saying he was doing a "spectacular job", despite international...
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Trump ‘champion’ of perpetrators of Khashoggi murder: Washington Post

Anadolu| U.S. President Donald Trump has become an unwavering ally of the main perpetrators of the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in...
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Yemeni rebel attack Saudi airport, one killed, 21 wounded: coalition

AFP| A Yemeni rebel attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians Sunday, a Riyadh-led...
Pompeo

US-Iran crisis: Pompeo meets Saudi King

AFP| US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Monday with the king of Saudi Arabia as he sought to coordinate with allies over soaring tensions...
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One year on: Saudi women savor freedom to drive

AFP | Until June 24 last year, the concept of women driving would have been considered a crime in Saudi Arabia, where hardliners have preached...
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US trying to lobby in Middle East against Iran

Anadolu | The State Department's top official for Iran will travel to the Middle East this week to meet with key allies, the agency said. Brian...
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Trump maintains an intentional ambiguity over protecting Gulf’s oil supply

News Analysis | U.S President Donald Trump has once again stirred the U.S allies in the Middle East by not explicitly committing to the task...
Imam

Imam Khomeini & Revolution: 30 years on…

Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Many political changes, upheavals of one or the other kind, throughout the twentieth century have often been referred to as: “revolutions”....
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Deep rooted mistrust in the Gulf: Qatar’s blockade continues

AFP | In a region of tight media control and official statements, the body language of Saudi Arabia's king and Qatar's prime minister spoke volumes...
Iran

Riyadh summit to discuss US-Iran tension

AFP | Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia hosts Islamic, Arab and Gulf summits this week as tensions between Iran and the US raised fears of military...
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Four more Saudi women activists freed pending trial

AFP | Saudi Arabia on Thursday released at least four more detained women activists pending trial, campaigners said, bringing the total number of women provisionally...

IS claims attack on Saudi security base

AFP | Four men were killed Sunday in an attack on a Saudi security services base north of the capital Riyadh, official media said, as...

US bars entry to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

AFP | The US State Department Monday barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist...

Economic reform in the Gulf: Who benefits, really? – James Dorsey

James M Dorsey | Leaders like the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, quickly...

OPEC oil production falls as Saudi Arabia slashes output

AFP | Global oil cartel OPEC said Tuesday it sharply reduced crude oil production last month, after heavyweight Saudia Arabia slashed output and exports fell...

Support for US Iran policy out of left field: China dramatically reduces trade with...

Dr James M Dorsey | China has dramatically reduced its trade with Iran in line with US sanctions, raising questions whether Iran will remain committed to...

Women throng Saudi stadium for Italian Super Cup amid controversy

AFP | Chaperoned by men, thousands of women thronged a Saudi stadium Wednesday for the Italian Supercup final between Juventus and AC Milan, brushing off...

Saudi teen refugee, now in Canada, wants to fight for other women

AFP | A Saudi teen who caused an international sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad on Tuesday vowed to fight for women's...

Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland

AFP | A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada has said in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire...

Syria’s Kurds: The new front line in confronting Iran and Turkey – Dr. James...

Dr. James M Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey’s economy if Turkish troops attack Syrian Kurds allied with the United...

Pompeo to press Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi’s murder

AFP | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, where he is set to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

Qatar rejects normalising ties with ‘criminal’ Assad

AFP| Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian...

Saudi crown prince MBS expected to visit Pakistan next month

News Desk | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is likely to visit Pakistan next month (February) to ink a USD10 billion deal to...

Managing minefields: Saudi/UAE aid puts Pakistan-Iran relations on the spot

James M Dorsey | Pakistan is traversing minefields as it concludes agreements on investment, balance of payments support and delayed payment oil deliveries with Saudi...

Canada takes in Saudi teen asylum seeker

AFP | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada was taking in an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the...

Thailand will not forcibly deport Saudi woman: official

AFP | The Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum after landing at Bangkok airport will not be forcibly deported from Thailand, an...

Saudi to notify women of divorce by text message

AFP | Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a new regulation that took effect on Sunday, officials said....

US says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

AFP | Saudi Arabia's investigation and handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior US official said...

Saudi king orders government reshuffle after Khashoggi fallout

AFP | Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday, replacing key security and political figures including the foreign minister, as the kingdom...

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