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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: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by the deadline that was set for today and therefore we will extend the JPOA to June 30, 2015."
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday reversed plans to leave the Austrian capital for briefings with allies and national leaders.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said he was still unable to provide "credible assurance" Iran had no undeclared nuclear material and activities.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATINAL. The campaign group Naame Shaam has published an in-depth report examining various aspects of the Iranian regime's role in the ongoing war in Syria.
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."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
UAE. An advisory body to the UAE government has suggested that the central bank review the country's currency peg to the U.S. dollar, but local bankers said any change to the peg remained very unlikely for the foreseeable future.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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