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MENA & GCC

U.S. requests OPEC to hike up oil production by “1 million barrels” daily

The government of the United States asked some of the oil producing countries of OPEC including Saudi Arabia to boost their daily production by “1 million barrels”, reported Bloomberg, whereby citing people who are...

Saudi Arabia’s threat a violation of Gulf cooperation charter and international law: Qatar

Responding to Saudi Arabia’s military threats, Qatar's foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, warned the move is in violation of the Gulf cooperation charter as well as international law. Sheikh Mohammed made the comments...

Iran details conditions for sticking to 2015 nuclear deal

On Tuesday, Iran is set to inform the United Nations’ nuclear body that it will begin the process of increasing its capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride, a key ingredient for enriching uranium. Following U.S. President...

Emirates facing double whammy of rising fuel cost and stronger dollar

According to the president of Saudi Arabia’s Emirates airline, the combination of rising fuel prices and a stronger dollar has resulted in the airline operator receiving a “double whammy”. “We have very strong summer bookings...

Russia, Abu Dhabi shake hands over energy market stability deal

On Friday, 01 June 2018, Abu Dhabi and Russia have shook hands over a cooperation agreement, whereby signing to bring in stability in the energy markets amid the rising trend of oil prices, reports...

Vogue Arabia draws flak for featuring Princess Hayfa while women activists are jailed

Vogue Arabia landed for a bit of harsh criticism following its June 2018 cover which features a Saudi princess. While Vogue Arabia’s intentions may have been noble: to feature the “trailblazing women of Saudi...

Jordan: King Abdullah faces grumbling protesters

The Kingdom of Jordan economy suffocates. Last Wednesday, the government proposed a new law aiming at increasing taxes on employees (+5%) and on companies (+20-40%), as a new series of IMF-backed measures. The government...

Europe bets on Sisi’s Egypt

Egypt wins it all: almost $13 billion for modernizing Egyptian institutions. “The richness of cooperation is evident in the figure of the total EU aid commitments to Egypt, which amounts to over $351 million...

Saudi Arabia criminalizes sexual harassment

In a significant milestone, the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia, has approved a law that criminalizes sexual harassment in the kingdom. Instructions to do the same came directly from King Salman, with the law being...
refugees, Syria, war,

Syrian refugees must voluntarily return

Lebanon is collaborating with Damascus in order to ensure the safe return of its citizens, who have ended up as refugees, in Lebanon. Lebanese President Michel Aoun, as well as other politicians have called on...