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    1. November 20, 2014

      Jordan $15bn gas deal under threat amid conflict

      A proposal for Jordan to buy $15bn of natural gas from Israel is facing strong opposition in the kingdom because of the...

    2. October 5, 2014

      Jordan tackles homegrown Islamists as it joins attacks on Isis

      The bearded man stood in a cage at Amman’s state security court, accused of posting messages and videos sympathetic to the...

    Special Reports

    1. Education in the Arab World

      Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
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    1. August 7, 2014

      Saudis have lost the right to take Sunni leadership

      When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the jihadi leader whose blackshirts over-ran swaths of northern and central Iraq in June, gave...

    2. July 3, 2014

      Saudi Arabia sends 30,000 troops to Iraq border

      Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, as tribal leaders within the war-torn country reported...

    3. June 29, 2014

      Isis support grows in restive Jordanian town

      About 100 people, mostly young men and boys, have gathered outside the main mosque in Ma’an, a restive city in southern...

    4. June 3, 2014

      Saudi Arabia calls on region to assist Egypt

      Saudi Arabia has called for a donor conference to assist Egypt as the Gulf’s Arab superpower seeks to muster regional...

    5. March 28, 2014

      Barack Obama meets King Abdullah in drive to mend relations

      President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday in Riyadh in an effort to mend a relationship that has...

    6. March 23, 2014

      Time for frank US talk with Saudis

      When President Barack Obama meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week, there are likely to be sharp exchanges behind the...

    7. January 12, 2014

      The Johnny-come-latelies of geopolitics

      Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf By Miriam Cooke (University of California Press, £19.95, $29.95) In...

    8. January 5, 2014

      John Kerry offers support for Iraq but no US troops on the ground

      US secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday pledged Washington’s support – but no ground troops – to help Iraq reestablish...

    9. The A-List

      November 18, 2013

      Time for Obama to deploy his cunning in the MidEast

      Sadly, the political correctness that has swept western societies has smothered an appreciation of the virtues of cunning....

    10. November 6, 2013

      Jordan’s digital green shoots

      In January, Judy Samakie and her brother Karim took a bus out of war-ravaged Aleppo in Syria to the Lebanese border and...

    11. beyondbrics

      November 4, 2013

      Guest post: Egypt's economy, propped up but struggling

      By Anthony Skinner of Maplecroft The Egyptian economy is being propped up by loans, grants, direct deposits and fuel...

    12. October 27, 2013

      Islamic finance takes centre stage in City

      The City of London will this week set out its credentials as a centre for Islamic finance when politicians, investors and...

    13. October 20, 2013

      Saudi Arabia’s women graduates hit ‘walls of tradition’

      In 2011, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced the inauguration of the world’s largest women-only university, built...

    14. beyondbrics

      October 10, 2013

      The cost of a revolution: $800bn

      It'll cost you Commenting on the Russian revolution, Joseph Stalin is alleged to have said, “You can’t make an omelette...

    15. July 29, 2013

      Saudi Arabia awards $22.5bn Riyadh metro contracts

      Saudi Arabia has awarded three foreign-led consortiums contracts worth $22.5bn to build a metro system in Riyadh, said to be...

    16. July 12, 2013

      Egypt’s unravelling threatens the democratic experiment

      To the surprise of the rebellious youth of Tahrir Square, Egypt’s military issued a constitutional declaration this week...

    17. June 25, 2013

      Qatar shows how to manage a modern monarchy

      The Emir of Qatar’s decision to abdicate voluntarily in favour of his 33-year-old son may well be a first in Arab dynastic...

    18. June 25, 2013

      Qatari abdication puts pressure on ageing Gulf monarchs

      The Qatari succession, in which the 61 year-old Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed power to his 33 year old son Sheikh...

    19. May 29, 2013

      Saudi Arabia: Spending power

      Women in traditional black abayas huddle at an entrance to the Granada Centre in north Riyadh; not even torrential rain can...

    20. May 28, 2013

      Lombard: BAE’s chairman search is not a race against the clock

      The law of supply and demand works differently in the boardroom. The greater the demands of the role, the shorter is the...

    21. May 27, 2013

      Lack of financial stimulus curbs Arab world’s growth, warns WEF

      Arab states have made little progress in tackling unemployment, consumer subsidies and other chronic problems that are...

    22. May 19, 2013

      Saudi prince pressed Jordan to make arrest, court papers claim

      A senior Saudi Arabian prince pressed Jordan to arrange the arrest through Interpol of a Jordanian former business partner...

    23. May 16, 2013

      Saudi princes deny laundering claim

      A brother and nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah were involved in a scheme to launder millions of dollars, including to...

    24. May 15, 2013

      Appeal court refuses immunity from legal action for Saudi princes

      Two Saudi princes have failed in an appeal to get immunity from being sued in a case in London’s High Court. On Wednesday...

    25. May 10, 2013

      Barclays in probe over links to Saudi prince

      A prominent member of the Saudi royal family is at the heart of a US criminal probe into whether Barclays made improper...

    26. April 21, 2013

      Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

      Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sacked the powerful deputy defence minister, who until recently was considered a strong...

    27. March 22, 2013

      Obama warns on post-Assad Syria

      Barack Obama warned that Syria could become an “enclave for extremism” when Bashar al-Assad, its leader, leaves power. The...

    28. March 19, 2013

      Judge refuses immunity for Saudi princes

      Two high-profile Saudi Arabian princes have failed in an attempt at the High Court to get immunity from being sued in...

    29. March 10, 2013

      Saudi jailings renew human rights fears

      The decision by a Saudi Arabian court to sentence two prominent political and human rights activists to at least 10 years in...

    30. March 8, 2013

      Prince Alwaleed, singular Saudi scion

      Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal insists he will realise his dream of seeing the world’s tallest building soar 1km...

    31. February 13, 2013

      Saudi princes fail to keep court case secret

      Two influential princes in Saudi Arabia have failed in an attempt to keep secret a London court case which has raised...

    32. February 3, 2013

      Saudi king signals generation jump

      Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has surprised many in the kingdom by appointing his 70-year-old half brother Muqrin as second...

    33. January 24, 2013

      Jordan elects mostly pro-government MPs

      AMMAN, Jan 24 – Pro-government candidates strengthened their hold on Jordan’s parliament after an election on Wednesday...

    34. January 22, 2013

      Jordan election undermined by boycott

      Jordan’s election has been billed as a step toward democratisation with voters given a modicum of new choices. But to...

    35. January 11, 2013

      Women appointed to Saudi Arabia council

      King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Friday appointed females to the country’s unelected advisory council for the first time, in...

    36. November 20, 2012

      Gulf states assess Jordan aid

      Gulf states are indicating they will come to Jordan’s rescue with financial assistance as international worries about the...

    37. November 14, 2012

      Protests in Jordan after fuel subsidy cut

      Jordanian protesters clashed with riot police in Amman early on Wednesday, hours after the government announced a fresh rise...

    38. October 22, 2012

      Jordanian soldier killed on way to Syria

      A Jordanian soldier was killed in a skirmish with Islamist fighters trying to cross into Syria, the government in Amman said...

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