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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: January 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The nuclear negotiations are one set of negotiations, and the discussion about if Iran should go to Geneva II or what role they can play in Syria are completely separate."
Posted: January 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Ban made the invitation after Iranian officials assured him they supported the conclusion of Geneva-1, which called for a transitional administration to take over in Syria.
Posted: January 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with world powers, a confidential U.N. atomic agency report showed.
Posted: January 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Washington suggested it could support Iran's participation if it explicitly declares its support for a June 2012 plan for a political transition that the United States says means Assad would have to step down.
Posted: January 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A deal between Iran and six major powers intended to pave the way to a solution to a long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions will come into force next week.
Posted: January 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will meet on January 13 in a bid to decide whether Iran should take also part.
Posted: December 30, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Iran resumed technical talks with world powers on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month.
Posted: December 10, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Output from Saudi Arabia fell to a five-month low of 9.63 million barrels a day last month from 9.71 million in October, according to OPEC's monthly report.
Posted: December 10, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. This is a territory spread across four nations with bitter histories and a shared commitment to prevent Kurdish aspirations for independence from eroding their territorial integrity.
Posted: December 5, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. The prospect of revitalized oil production in Iraq and Iran may add to tensions between those two countries and Saudi Arabia over export quotas; Ultimately, however, emerging markets in Asia will set global demand, and their energy thirst will determine the scale of the problem OPEC faces.
Posted: December 5, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. "We have rolled it over,' Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters at the end of three hours of closed-door talks in Vienna. "We are all satisfied."
Posted: December 4, 2013
UAE. The UAE stands to benefit directly from any easing of sanctions under the nuclear deal that have dampened regional trade since they were imposed in late 2011.
Posted: December 4, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. The agreement is a "promising potential turning point" in curbing Iran's nuclear program and repairing Iran's fraught relations with the United States and the international community.
Posted: December 2, 2013
OMAN. Zarif's remarks came during a stopover in Muscat as part of a tour he began in Kuwait aimed at assuring Gulf Arab states that a deal Tehran secured with the West on its nuclear programme is in their interest.
Posted: December 2, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. A preliminary agreement last month between Iran and six world powers in Geneva allows for the lifting of some sanctions on the auto industry.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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