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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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....

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. October 10, 2012

    Jordan’s king appoints reformist as PM

    Jordan's King Abdullah appointed reformist politician Abdullah Ensour as prime minister on Wednesday to prepare for the...

  37. October 5, 2012

    Jordan’s opposition groups stage protest

    Jordan’s Islamist opposition brought thousands of protesters on to the streets of Amman on Friday, staging one of the...

  38. October 5, 2012

    Jordan heads for early elections

    Jordan is heading for a potentially divisive parliamentary election in the coming months, after King Abdullah issued a royal...

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