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British billionaire Branson halts Saudi space investment talks


The British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Sir Richard has also suspended directorships in two tourism projects. In a statement, Sir Richard said:  “What … Continue reading

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What happened to Khashoggi?


A source at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has strenuously denied a Reuters report which cited Turkish sources as saying they believed the well known Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (above), was killed inside the consulate building. In a statement, the … Continue reading

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No Saudi U-turn on Canada spat


Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has cast doubt on a quick resolution to the country’s dispute with Canada after issuing some sharp criticism of the north American country saying it had treated the kingdom  like a “banana republic”. The Gulf country … Continue reading

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Abbass calls for Arab action at UN

Mahmoud Abbass

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next week to discuss prospects for peace. The meeting, to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly … Continue reading

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Saudi defence official arrested on bribery charge


Saudi Arabia has arrested a defence ministry official on charges of receiving a SAR1m ($267,000) bribe and abusing his position, the SPA state news agency bass confirmed. “The official sought to facilitate irregular procedures for the disbursement of financial dues … Continue reading

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YEMEN: “Human catastrophe” imminent


Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels, according to reports from the area. The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas … Continue reading

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Gulf bail out for Jordan


Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an economic crisis following anti-austerity protests. The package, announced at a summit of the four nations in the … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Can Sisi keep his promises?

Can President Sisi make good on his promises?

Despite presidential promises for a more open and transparent society, fears for the future of democracy in Egypt were further exacerbated when a gathering of dozens of politicians, writers and human rights activists were attacked  by unknown assailants at the … Continue reading

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Palestinian death toll tops 100, Israeli wounded 3


Israel has attacked militant sites in Gaza with jet fighters, after what its authorities claim has been the heaviest barrage of mortar and home-made rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave in years. The Israeli army said fighter jet air strikes … Continue reading

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Trump pulls the plug on nuclear deal with Iran


US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it “decaying and rotten”, he said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”. Going against advice from European allies, he said he would … Continue reading

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