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Khashoggi fallout: Saudi conference no-shows

Dubai - The head of German conglomerate Siemens on Monday joined a slew of corporate chiefs and politicians in pulling out of an investment conference this week in Saudi Arabia, over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi's young crown prince: reformer or authoritarian?

Dubai - Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman has shaken up the ultraconservative oil superpower with economic, social and religious reforms since becoming crown prince last year. But many now see his crackdown on any dissent as verging on authoritarianism.

Saudi and the US: a friendship based on security and oil

Dubai - Saudi Arabia has long been a major US ally in the Middle East, thanks primarily to security considerations and oil.But their diplomatic friendship has not always been a smooth one.

Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic

Dubai - A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government, and was ultimately killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic

Dubai - A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government. Now even Donald Trump fears he is dead.

Khashoggi fallout: Saudi conference no-shows

Dubai - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday joined top US and European officials, as well as corporate chiefs, pulling out of an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia, following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UAE charges British student with spying

Dubai - The United Arab Emirates has charged a British PhD student with spying in the Gulf country, as his wife Tuesday called on Britain to defend his innocence.

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic

Dubai - Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

Saudi rejects 'baseless' murder claims over missing journalist

Dubai - Saudi Arabia dismissed on Saturday accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as "lies and baseless allegations", as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate.

Saudi's strategy of silence on Khashoggi risky: analysts

Dubai - Riyadh's silence since shrugging off as "baseless" reports of a state-sponsored killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi is a risky strategy amid increasing pressure from key allies such as the US, analysts said Thursday.

Saudi prince's image seen at risk over missing critic

Dubai - The disappearance of a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's rulers after entering the kingdom's Istanbul consulate risks severely tarnishing the reformist image of its de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, experts say.

Jamal Khashoggi: editorialist and critic of 'extremist' Saudi

Dubai - Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who has gone missing after entering his country's consulate in Istanbul, has been an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government.

UAE approves $16.4bn budget for 2019

Abu Dhabi - The UAE on Sunday approved a zero-deficit 60.3 billion dirham ($16.4 billion) budget for 2019, up 17 percent from this year's budget and the largest in the country's history.

Diamond-trimmed stilettos go on sale for $17 mn in Dubai

Dubai - Gold, silk and hundreds of diamonds: a Dubai-based shoemaker has debuted what it says is the world's most expensive pair of shoes -- with a whopping $17 million price tag.

Key player UAE backs new Yemen peace talks

Dubai - The United Arab Emirates, whose troops are fighting Yemeni rebels alongside government forces, said Wednesday it would fully support new peace talks after UN-brokered negotiations broke down earlier this month.

Nearly 170 charged with forming 'Bahrain Hezbollah'

Dubai - Bahrain's attorney general charged nearly 170 people on Tuesday with forming a Shiite "terrorist organisation" named for Lebanon's famed militant group Hezbollah.

HRW accuses Yemen rebels of hostage-taking, torture

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Yemen's Huthi rebels of hostage-taking, torture and other serious abuses against people in their custody.

OPEC chief says Iran still 'very important' as US sanctions loom

Fujairah - The head of OPEC said Tuesday that Iran remains "a very important member" of the oil cartel, as Tehran braces for a new round of US sanctions partially targeting its crude exports."Iran is a very important member of OPEC...

Failure of Yemen peace talks opens way to escalation

Dubai - The collapse of UN efforts to organise peace talks between the Yemeni government and rebels is likely to lead to an escalation in the country's war, analysts say.

Yemen foes head to peace talks as 'ugly war' rages

Dubai - Yemen's warring parties meet in Geneva Thursday for a new round of peace talks with little hope of a breakthrough in an "ugly war" between the Saudi-backed government and rebels linked to Iran.
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