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Saudi King Removes Crown Prince From Post

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has replaced his cousin as heir to the throne in an abrupt shakeup that consolidates the 31-year-old leader’s growing power in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The new crown prince, who already controls the defense, oil and economy portfolios, took over from Muhammad bin Nayef, 57, who […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been offered $80 million in exchange for his agreement to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, the New Khalij news outlet reported a prominent journalist has revealed. “After two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer,” journalist Jaber Al-Harimi said. Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted […]

US lawmakers seek to reverse Trump’s $110bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia

US lawmakers seek to reverse Trump’s $110bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Top Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for the $110-billion arms deal Donald Trump signed with Saudi Arabia last week to be reversed. Their primary concern is that the kingdom may use the newest weapons in the Yemen war, they say. Washington should reconsider the delivery of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) and other sophisticated weapons […]

Saudi Arabia, UAE Donate $100 Million To Women’s Fund Proposed By Ivanka Trump

Saudi Arabia, UAE Donate $100 Million To Women’s Fund Proposed By Ivanka Trump

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are donating $100 million to a women’s empowerment fund proposed by Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s elder daughter and a senior White House adviser. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the contribution to the World Bank Women Entrepreneurs Fund at a meeting in Riyadh between Ivanka Trump […]

Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350bn, $110bn to take effect immediately

Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350bn, $110bn to take effect immediately

In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.” “This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of […]

Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia, kicking off first foreign trip as president

Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia, kicking off first foreign trip as president

President Trump on his first foreign trip has arrived at the Royal Court Palace in Saudi Arabia where he will begin a full day of meetings with the country’s royalty. The president was greeted by King Salman and honored with an elaborate red carpet ceremony. A Saudi military band then played the Star-Spangled Banner. The […]

ICD, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDB”) cooperates with Coris Bank International to launch Islamic windows

ICD, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDB”) cooperates with Coris Bank International to launch Islamic windows

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) (www.ICD-PS.org), the private sector arm of IDB Group, and Coris Bank International have entered into a Joint Strategic Collaboration to establish Islamic window. The CEO of ICD, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi and Mr. Idrissa Nassa, CEO and Chairman of Coris Bank International signed the […]

Saudi woman flew to Australia escaping arranged marriage, forcibly removed from her flight, returned to Saudi Arabia didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel

Saudi woman flew to Australia escaping arranged marriage, forcibly removed from her flight, returned to Saudi Arabia didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel

Activists feared Friday for the safety of a young Saudi woman they say was returned to the kingdom against her will, in a case highlighting tight restrictions on women. Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, intended to flee to Australia to escape a forced marriage, Human Rights Watch cited a Canadian witness as saying. The witness said […]

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

The UAE’s flagship carrier, Emirates Airline, posted a video on social media with the slogan ‘Let us entertain you’ Arab airlines are using witty marketing and satire to respond to the recent US and UK ban on carry-on electronic goods on inbound flights from Arab countries. The decision, introduced on Tuesday, bars passengers on flights […]

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