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Middle East refinery expansion plans experiencing complications

Cairo - Expansion to oil refining capacities hit an unforeseen snag, halting an already expensive importing chain responsible for gasoline production. Partially responsible for these snags is an increase in domestic energy needs amidst excruciating heat.

Saudi Arabia: Prince vows to give entire fortune to charity

Riyadh - Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia said he will give his entire fortune — worth $32 billion (£20bn) — to charity when he dies.

Wikileaks publishing over half a million secret Saudi documents

The transparency advocacy website, Wikileaks, is publishing secret documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has confirmed that Wikileaks is publishing these documents in batches.

Op-Ed: Times prematurely warns ISIS no threat

Riyad - No need to worry about ISIS, a New York Times” op-ed piece, headlined “Calm Down, ISIS Isn’t Winning” said Friday morning. Whoops.

Saudi Arabia considers buying nuclear weapons from Pakistan

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia is said to be engaged in a strategic review of its security that includes as one possibility acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

Saudi woman gets revenge on husband with $100,000 traffic fines

A Saudi Arabian woman angered by her husband’s decision to take a second wife has exacted her revenge by raking up $100,000 in deliberate fines on his wedding night.

Op-Ed: Saudi violence continues unabated

Sanaa - Mansour Hadi was feted as the legitimate Yemen president by members of the Arab League. He resigned in January, but after managing to flee house arrest in the capital Sanaa, he sought refuge in the south in Aden where he declared he was president again.

Sweden, Saudi Arabia to resume normal diplomatic relations

Stockholm - Saudi Arabia and Sweden have agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations two weeks after they were unexpectedly interrupted by a row over critical comments from Stockholm.

Saudi Arabia and allies poised to invade Yemen

Sanaa - Latest reports are that up to 150,000 Saudi troops have massed at the border with Yemen together with heavy artillery. There are a number of allies supporting the Saudis including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden in diplomatic row

Stockholm - A diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Sweden that has frayed relations between two of the world’s most-influential nations could exacerbate philosophical differences that could threaten cooperation in the battle against terrorism.

Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Militarization and alternative biofuel drives Ethiopian land-grab

Ethiopia buys military weapons and claims advance on Millennium Goal objectives while India and others gain large scale alternative biofuel crops and claim advance on reduction of fossil fuel dependency.

Op-Ed: Obama's sickening Saudi homage is object lesson in U.S. hypocrisy

Riyadh - By paying effusive homage to the late Saudi King Abdullah and by honoring the kingdom's new fundamentalist dictator with his presence, President Barack Obama has given the world an object lesson in American hypocrisy.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

Riyadh - While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Jailed Saudi blogger's wife pleads for international pressure

The wife of Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, who has convicted of “insulting Islam” called on world leaders to pressure the Saudi government into releasing him in the wake of the government postponing his second set of 50 lashes due to medical reasons.

Op-Ed: Saudi's market share challenged by U.S. shale producers

Vienna - The last two days of this week after OPEC decided not to cut current production levels, oil prices plunged by 10 percent just within the span of the last two days of the week.

Op-Ed: New Saudi legislation classifies atheists as terrorists

Riyad - Human Rights Watch reports that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has introduced new legislation to deal with terrorism that includes as terrorists not just members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Islamic State but atheists.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

28 pages of 9/11 report about foreign involvement still secret

Washington - In 2002 a report was issued that gave details of support for the hijackers behind the 2001 attacks. Twelve years later the pages dealing with the support still remain classified in spite of many promises to have them released.

Saudis offers to train Syrian opposition; needs Congressional OK

Washington - President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the State Floor of the White House on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Obama said the U.S. will destroy ISIL militants and ordered airstrikes in Iraq and, for the first time, in Syria.

As ISIS shocks world, beheadings spike in US ally Saudi Arabia

Denounced by the Obama administration as especially brutal for its practice of beheading prisoners and enemies, the Sunni insurgent group ISIS can make no claim to be the sole practitioner of the barbaric policy.

Four brothers beheaded for smuggling marijuana into Saudi Arabia

Riyad - Two sets of brothers were beheaded using swords in the city of Jajran in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Monday August 18th after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country according to the Saudi Interior Ministry.

Op-Ed: Shoring up the Persian Gulf

What the latest $11 billion armed deal between the United States and the Persian Gulf sheikhdom of Qatar implies about United States policy in the Persian Gulf region.

Two confirmed dead in Saudi government building suicide bombing

A suicide bombing inside a southern Saudi Arabian government building has left at least two confirmed dead, both of whom are believed to Al Qaeda linked militants.

Geopolitics, oil and power in the Persian Gulf: Then and Now Special

Understanding history is crucial for understanding the present. Especially whereby our understanding of the Iran situation is concerned. To understand how this situation came about it is crucial to understand the history which shaped it.

How Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) is funded

Baghdad - The International Business Times has described ISIS as the "world's best-resourced terror organization." Some funds come from donors but they also smuggle antiquities, and sell oil, and collect taxes in areas they control.

Iraq's cabinet blames Saudi Arabia for ISIS crisis

The Iraqi cabinet has accused the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of funding the crimes that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have committed in Iraq in the last few days.

Gulf states advise ally Egypt to invest aid in infrastructure

The United Arab Emirates is giving Egypt billions worth of aid which it says it should use to invest in its infrastructure in order to bring the economy out of the dire straits it has been in for years now.

Saudi Arabia and UAE ready to give Egypt's Sisi $20 billion aid

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are prepared to give Cairo $20 billion in aid after their ally in Cairo, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is inaugurated as the new president of Egypt.
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