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Tag: Middle East

Saudi Arabia says firm stand needed to deter Iran

King Salman says the absence of a firm deterrent stance against Iranian behaviour is what led to the escalation we see today.

Kushner heads to Mideast to press US peace plan

The Trump administration is expected to unveil the long-awaited plan possibly as early as next month.

Iran not pursuing war

The statement comes after Saudi Arabia called for Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits.

Middle East tensions take an ominous turn

Tensions between the US and the Middle East are said to be growing with recent developments.

China to invest US$3.4 Billion in Dubai for trading initiative

China is continuing its investment into the middle east.

US health officials seek to stem measles outbreaks traced to Israel,...

Persons infected with the virus brought it to the USA from Israel and Ukraine and passed it on to members of their tight-knit communities, many of whom had not been vaccinated.

Uber, Mastercard deals mark arrival of Mideast tech sector

Investors are expected to deploy more capital to the sector as they see the outcomes of companies such as Careem and Souq.com.

Uber announces US$3.1 billion deal to buy Mideast rival Careem

The announcement comes as San Francisco-based Uber is preparing to file in April for an initial public offering.

Mideast anger over Trump’s Golan vow ‘breaking international law’

Trump's comments on Golan Heights were seen as a 'blind bias' towards Israel.

No pressure to withdraw from Syria by specific date

Last December, President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 US troops after they had defeated the Islamic State militants in Syria.

Yemen pull-out shows Malaysia’s increasing independence over foreign policy, says academic

James M Dorsey says the current government's approach to dealing with Saudi Arabia, the US and China shows Malaysia 'charting a more independent force'.

Qatar Asian Cup victory to ‘deepen’ Gulf tensions

Strained Qatar-UAE ties may worsen due to Qatari Asian Cup victory.

US Senate passes pro-Israel bill

The Senate backed the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act on Tuesday, before Trump's annual State of Union speech.

Shutdown over, US senate advances Middle East bill

The legislation imposes new sanctions to Syria as well as increase security for Israel and Jordan.

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

The Khashoggi crisis has cast a renewed spotlight on a Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Trump political ad assailed as ‘sickening,’ racially divisive

The online ad features courtroom footage of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California, saying in accented English he would kill more cops.

Sarawak to woo Middle Eastern visitors

State minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says many Middle Eastern tourists have been making their way to Peninsular Malaysia but are not exposed to Sarawak.

Australia mulling embassy move to Jerusalem

Morrison rejected suggestions that his decision to consider following Trump's lead was a result of US pressure or related to the by-election in Sydney's Wentworth district.

Iran: Trump should stop interfering in Middle East if he wants...

The United States will apply sanctions to halt oil exports from Iran, the third-largest producer in OPEC, starting on Nov 4.

Japan’s Cosmo Oil replaces Iran oil with other Mideast supplies

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are supplying more crude to Cosmo Oil to replace its 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) shortfall from Iran.

Palestinian official says US will never present Middle East peace plan

The Palestinian chief negotiator said that the Trump administration was siding with Israel on core issues of the conflict.

Brent gains above US$78 as lower Iranian crude flows curb supply

Oil rose last month as supply concerns intensified before renewed American sanctions - aimed at curbing Iranian exports - kick in, adding to concerns over Venezuela’s plunging production.

US Navy seizes big weapons cache from boat in Gulf of...

The Gulf of Aden is one of the world's busiest shipping routes connecting Europe to Asia and the Middle East, with Yemen to the north, Somalia to the south and the Arabian Sea to the east.

Trump seeks to revive ‘Arab Nato’ to confront Iran

Saudi officials raised the idea of a security pact ahead of a Trump visit last year to Saudi Arabia where he announced a massive arms deal, but the alliance proposal did not get off the ground.