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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: October 22, 2014
UAE. Saudi Arabia had the largest rail project pipeline in the region with over US$100bn, including the Riyadh Dammam High-Speed Rail, which is currently under study, along with the Eastern Province Municipality - Dammam Metro.
Posted: October 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In addition to enrichment, the speed of lifting sanctions is another sticking point, one on which Iranian and Western delegations have sharp differences.
Posted: October 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decrease came a week after Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, reduced the price of Arab Light crude for Asia to the lowest since December 2008.
Posted: September 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli leader displayed a photo of Hamas rocket launchers placed alongside children playing, illustrating the argument that the militants use civilians as human shields.
Posted: September 24, 2014
UAE. Dr Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) addresses Fourth Gulf Energy Markets Forum held for the first time in Fujairah.
Posted: September 22, 2014
IRAN. Mohammad Javad Zarif said a meeting he held with his Saudi counterpart would bring a new chapter in ties between their countries, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
Posted: September 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats talked for more than an hour about two security issues with global ramifications.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kremlin data showed an almost one-third decline in trade turnover to US$1.6 billion last year following Western sanctions against the oil-producing Middle Eastern nation.
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The military and economic benefits Russia has derived from Iran under the ayatollahs is part of a wider and more complex consideration than a simple strategy of fanning animosities between Tehran and the Western powers."
Posted: September 9, 2014
IRAN. "69.3% use proxies [servers in other countries] to circumvent censorship and reach websites that are officially banned, according to government research.
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The lack of movement in the inquiry by the IAEA will disappoint the West and could further complicate efforts by six world powers to negotiate a resolution to a decade-old dispute with Iran.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran held serious discussions with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about issues that are part of an investigation into suspicions Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister in Riyadh Tuesday as the two rivals seek to counter Islamist militants in Iraq.
Posted: August 26, 2014
IRAQ. "We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil.
Posted: August 25, 2014
IRAN. Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
date:Posted: October 30, 2014
UAE. GCC corporate earnings strength intact; Regional bonds unaffected by global shocks; Central Banks support financial markets.
date:Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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